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It seems like it was just a little while ago we were wishing our readers a Happy New Year, and here we are already in the second month of 2017. As usual, we’re back with exciting contents and photos in What’s On La Habana—the definitive cultural and travel guide to Havana.
The largest international event for lovers of the world’s finest tobacco, the Habano, will kick off on February 26 and so we have dedicated February to tobacco and Habanos. In this issue of Lahabana Magazine, readers will find the program of the 19th Habano Festival (February 26-March 3, 2017) plus a review of the 2016 festival.
We have also included a number of tobacco- and cigar-related articles, from its origins in the New World when the native population smoked rolled leaves, down to present-day Habano, a Protected Denomination of Origin, a cigar that is manufactured to the most exacting standards.
The articles range from life stories of people involved in tobacco growing, reminiscence of childhood days in tobacco plantations, humidors, tobacco and religion, the pairing of cigars and rum, just to name a few.
In other news, read about the internationally famous Havana International Book Fair (February 9-29), with Canada as Guest Country of Honor in this 26th edition. Another piece not to miss tells us about the origins of Valentine´s Day and how it is celebrated in Cuba.
If you are a salsa fan, then the Festival de la Salsa (February 20-27) is not to miss. In the evenings, Havana´s Parque Metropolitano will be the venue for the performances of Cuba´s top salsa bands, including Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Paulo FG, Los Van Van, Adalberto Álvarez y su Son, NG La Banda, Alexander Abreu y Havana de Primera, Bamboleo, El Noro y Primera Clase, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Tania Pantoja y su Grupo, and more.
The Premios Lucas 2016 award show will be held at the Karl Marx Theater, February 10-11, with a roster of performers that includes both nominees and guest musicians.
Meanwhile, classical music lovers will delight in the Festival de Música Antigua Esteban Salas (February 4-12), which gathers outstanding Cuban and international musicians of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music.
If you missed it last month, you´re still in time to see a retrospective of the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is considered one of the great representatives of Arte Povera, at the Fine Arts Museum (Edificio de Arte Universal) throughout the month.
And as proof that February has something for everyone, Harlistas Cubanos invite anyone with a Harley (motorcyclists riding other bike brands are also welcome) to participate in the Sixth International Harley Davidson Rally of Cuba (February 9-12 ) in lovely Varadero. So grab your bike and step on the gas!
Abrazos! LaHabana.com Team
In this Issue
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HABANOS
CUBAN CIGARS: THE REALITY BEHIND THE LEGEND
HÉCTOR LUIS PRIETO: A COUNTRY MAN
THE SONS OF TOBACCO
THE SILENCE OF TOBACCO
THE TOBACCO FIELDS OF MY CHILDHOOD
THE SPIRITS OF TOBACCO
TOBACCO CARESSED BY MUSES AND DIVAS
CIGARS IN CUBAN ART: CONSOLATION OF THE PENSIVE
CUBAN CIGAR BANDS
CUBAN HUMIDORS ART AND FANTASY
THE WORLD’S LONGEST CIGAR IS IN CUBA
18th HABANO FESTIVAL. A REVIEW
WITH SIR TERENCE CONRAN AT THE FESTIVAL DEL HABANO
VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE IS IN THE AIR
THE ROAD TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC IN CUBA