(Click to begin slide show) Flying proudly. The opening of US-Cuban diplomatic relations after 50 years promises to bring more artists, musicians, composers and community talents onto the world stage.
Kids on the street in a restored area of Old Havana.
Market in Havana offers organic produce
Icon painter’s homage to Che Guevara.
Bicycle power in Havana. Rickshaws are popular way to get around the city.
The amazing world of Jose Rodriguez Fuster in Jaimanitas, the northwest edge of the capital. Fusterlandia covers the artist’s property, fence and goes into the neighborhood.
Ry Cooder’s efforts to introduce the Buena Vista Social Club to the jazz world brought their fabulous talent to the U.S., resulted in the film by Wim Wenders, new recording opportunities, and a permanent place in the jazz pantheon. Today, you can still go to the Buena Vista Social Club to listen, sing along, dance and carouse.
Music for kids and community is a social goal — the Cuban version of El Sistema promotes creativity. Yo9u’ll find music being performed everywhere – in restaurants, clubs, on street corners.
Ernest Hemingway’s beloved fishing boat Pilar is restored and a permanent attraction at his perfectly preserved home Finca Vigia. He remains an icon on the island in favorite bars, restaurants and locations.
Potter at work in Trinidad. Educational tours to artists’ studios create opportunities for exchange and chance to buy paintings, ceramics, sculpture and other art.
Out for a spin in a restored Pontiac. Tourists and visitors love to see the vintage American cars lovingly maintained. For Cubanos, it’s a necessity!
Doll used in santeria religious ceremony.
Cruise ship in Havana harbor. While anglos are eager to visit Cuba, they fear that mass tourism will destroy a beautiful and authentic culture. Cuidado!