Leopoldo Luis

Leopoldo Luis

Street Vendors Increase Havana’s Sound Pollution

The offer is generous in variety and diversity: gas stoves maintenance, repair service of spring mattresses; vendors of soft bread, biscuits, and onions or strings of garlic which they wear as bandoliers across their chest; street vendors pushing wheelbarrows overloaded of green beans and avocados or walking prepared food sellers pushing vans full of sweets. But the prize should correspond to newly emerging specie which not sells but purchases "any piece of gold, veneers, antique watches, coins, silverware".

United by Water

Photos: Elio Miranda Water covers approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface, forming the oceans, seas, rivers, lakes and underground currents. Water represents between 50 and 60% of the human body, and usch is its importance that in order to survive it is necessary to drink, at least, a couple of liters daily. How then can we fail to understand its inveterate presence in art?

Cuba Migration Law: New Package of Measures

Cuba’s Secretary of the Council of State Homero Acosta Alvarez announced a new package of measures that complement the new Migration Law, during a special broadcast last night. The new policy, based on the new law, allows temporary entry to the country to those people that illegally left the country after the signing of the US-Cuba migratory accords, as long as their departure took place eight years ago or more.

Statues of Life and Color

Photos: Leopoldo Luis Polychromy is perhaps the hallmark of Spanish imagery of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with baroque art booming. People’s religiosity and the relatively low weight of the wood carvings (which allowed them to carry their saints images in the processions), encouraged the Iberians sculptors, to unleash their talent to create works of dropping realism (as the San Jerónimo de Juan Martínez Montañés, sculpted in Seville around 1610).

Humor in Cuba, an insider’s opinion

Photos by the Author His debut in the comedy world took place in the early 1980s, while he was a student of Philology at the Universidad Central de Las Villas. After graduating and serving (among other things) as literary adviser in the city of Santa Clara, he was among the founders of the fondly remembered La Leña del Humor group, led by Pible which enrolled prominent exponents of the genre in the central region.

Trova Sanctuary

Photos by the Author "This is not a time for smart songs", a good friend of mine is fond of saying; a man whose love for trova is strengthened as years pass, without "wasting", according to his unchangeable opinion, a minute to listen to other genres which he labels, no matter  what, as "commercial".

Twins at the Fototeca de Cuba

The Dioscuri (which in Greek means “sons of Zeus”) are perhaps the most famous twins in the history of humankind, even though they were not real persons but mythological heroes of Ancient Greece, sons of Leda (Zeus’ mistress) and siblings of Clytemnestra (that same character who, together with Aegisthus, murdered king Agamemnon after his return from Troy).

Cultural Promotion and Journalism in Casa

Photos by the author The Manuel Galich Hall of Casa de las Américas hosted the sessions of the III Taller de Gestión Cultural: Comunicación y Periodismo, (3rd Workshop on Cultural Promotion and Journalism), held on September 19-21 with agenda focused on the role of cultural promoters, managers and communicators in today’s world.

Revisiting the Cuban Landscape

Paisajes en la Oficina del Historiador (Landscapes at the City Historian’s Office) is the name of the event in relation with plastic arts that is taking place these days in Havana. Organized by the Museum of Colonial Art, with a program that includes theoretical panels, guided tours, conferences and exhibitions, the meeting dedicated to the Cuban landscape opened its doors to the public last September 18 at the Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, with attendance of the City Historian, Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, who pronounced the inaugural words.