Habaneras Festival celebrates half a millennium of the Cuban capital

Havana, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) The Habaneras Festival begins here today with an inaugural concert by Spanish group Mariners de Riera together with Cuban soprano Johana Simon, as part of activities to mark 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, the capital of all Cubans.

The habanera is a genre of Cuban popular dance music that originated in the 19th century and was brought back to Spain by sailors, where it became popular for a time.

The Festival will also see the presentation of the PAX URBIS international award to Havana, granted by 100 Cities for Peace, and feature a performance by trova musician Liuba Maria Hevia, which will take place in the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis.

Meanwhile, Spanish foundation Ernest Morato will present the pictorial piece ‘Esencia habanera,’ by visual artist Josep Maria Alarcon, to Cuban institutions and personalities that cultivate this artistic manifestation.

The theoretical meeting ‘Conocer la habanera’ (Getting to know the habanera) will take place in the Aula Magna of the Colegio San Geronimo to provide knowledge about the genre that contributed to the formation of Cuban identity at the beginning of the 19th century.

The program of activities also includes the launch of the book ‘Havaneras a peu de muralla,’ by Grupo Habana Vieja; as well as a recital by the sopranos Indira Ferrer (Spain) and Johana Simon (Cuba), accompanied by Spanish pianist Antoni Mas.

Several cultural centers in the historic heart of Havana will host the musical event running through November 10, dedicated to one of the most emblematic genres of the Caribbean island.

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