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A bookseller, bakers, school teachers, farmers’ market vendors, mechanics, fix-it-alls, a knife grinder, repairmen, a metalworker…these are ordinary Cubans, heroes in their own way that La Habana Magazine has chosen to depict in this month’s issue. These are the kinds of people who are usually not recognized with medals or diplomas—one exception on our list is metalworker Froilán Gutiérrez, who received the medal awarded to Labor Heroes of the Republic of Cuba for his innovations and inventions—including keeping the legendary Hershey Train running!
And after you’ve finished reading about the lives of these humble, yet heroic folks, take a look at our Havana Listings. Cubadisco, a celebration of the strides that Cuban musicians and the Cuban recording industry have made over the years, will shake things up from May 13 to 21.
A highlight in May is the French Culture Month, which kicked off this past April 27 with the 20th edition of the French Film Festival in Cuba. Be sure you don’t miss Varda/Cuba, an exhibition of 100 pictures taken by the great French filmmaker Agnès Varda in Cuba back in 1962.
If you happen to be in the eastern part of Cuba, take the time to visit Holguín and check out the Romerías de Mayo, an International Youth Arts Festival that is held every year from May 2 to May 8. Los Primos and the Nova Scotia Community College will be working together to bring 150 people to the festival this year for a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
And also in Holguín, Cuba will be celebrating its 10th Jornada Cubana Contra la Homofobia from May 10 to May 21, coinciding with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17. Not to miss is the colorful and lively traditional gay parade to the beat of conga drums.
And in the world of sports, one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the world, the Ernest Hemingway International Bill Fishing Tournament will celebrate its 67th anniversary this year, as usual at the Marina Hemingway in Havana, from May 29 to June 23. You’re still in time to register for the catch of your life.
The LaHabana.com Team
In this Issue
Repairmen “a lo cubano”
Metalworker Froilán Gutiérrez keeps the Hershey Train chugging along
The knife-grinder: in danger of extinction?
Beware: Cubans behind the wheel!
So you need your shock absorbers fixed?
An Ode to Havana Mechanics
Doing the Daily Shopping in Havana
A Life Surrounded by Books
Cuban Primary School Teachers
Celebrating Mother’s Day in Cuba
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