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Cuban Sports

April 2017

We include guest features from around Cuba, a detailed Havana Events Listing as well as our reviews of the best restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels and private accommodation.

Editorial

Cuban sports, its achievements and results, have led Cuba to become a true
power in this area, but also to be admired throughout the world. Many people cannot understand how an island of only 11 million people has been able to achieve so many feats of this nature. They fail to realize that for the Cuban people, the practice of sports is not only a right—it is also an expression of their way of life.

In this month’s issue, which is dedicated to Cuban sports, there is something for everyone—from interviews with Olympics athletes to great moments in the history of Cuban sport.

If you like traditional Spanish dance and music, be sure you don’t miss the La Huella de España Festival (April 2-9) where the rich Spanish cultures alternate with decidedly Cuban manifestations. And if you want to know what young Cuban filmmakers are up to nowadays, the Muestra Joven ICAIC (April 4-9) is the best event for getting into contact with daring and inquisitive works.

Elsewhere in Cuba, the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara—
former International Low-Budget Film Festival—takes place from April 15 to
21 in the small town of Gibara, in the eastern province of Holguín. Founded in 2003, the festival has carved out a niche for itself in the independent festival circuit as one of the most interesting and authentic.

And back in Havana, ever since its world premiere in 1981, the musical Cats has been tremendously popular around the world and captivating audiences wherever it has been shown. Now, the talented Cuban director Alfonso Menéndez  shows us his version of the famous musical at Old Havana’s Amphitheater (Opens April 29, Saturdays & Sundays).

And in the world of dance, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba will perform pieces from several ballets of their repertoire at the recently reopened Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso (April 14-16).

Be sure to check our listings for art exhibitions, live music, and plays. You are sure to find something to your taste.

Abrazos! The LaHabana.com Team

In this Issue

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Contents

JAVIER SOTOMAYOR, THE PRINCE OF HEIGHTS

SIBELIS VERANES FOR THE LOVE OF JUDO

FLYING, HIGHER AND HIGHER

PUNCH AFTER PUNCH

CUBA IN THE OLYMPICS, PAN-AMERICAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN GAMES

GREAT CUBAN SPORTS COACHES

FROM NATIONAL PAINTING TO NATIONAL SPORT

TIPS FOR PARTICIPATING IN CUBAN SPORTS EVENTS

AN UMPIRE’S MONOLOGUE

WHAT HAPPENED TO BASEBALL

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF CUBAN SPORTS

Havana Events Listing

Havana Guide