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Group exhibition embraces art

Group exhibition embraces art

Creators from the Saíz Brothers Association (AHS) and...

El patio de mi casa: Cienfuegos' song to Cuban culture

El patio de mi casa: Cienfuegos' song to Cuban culture

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"Los Elementos", National Prize for Community Culture 2021: Filled with Pleasure

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Eliseo Alberto Diego: In Havana every Night

Eliseo Alberto Diego: In Havana every Night

Today in the Cuban cultural universe Eliseo Alberto Diego García-Marruz (Havana, September 10, 1951-Mexico City, July 31, 2011) is remembered, essentially in the literary and cinematographic fields, to the growth of which he contributed with his poetic work, because he was essentially a poet.

Many will say that "de casta le viene al galgo", but the truth is that Lichi, as everyone knew him, had a very personal way of interpreting life in verse, both in deeds and words, and all his narrative and essay prose is marked by a lyrical breath that was rooted in the writer and that is very likely, was testamentary, like his melancholy, something he confessed to have inherited from his father, the great Cuban writer Eliseo Diego.

It is very likely that he also inherited from his father the way he spoke, in a low, caressing voice, a voice born to read poems, although in that he could not surpass his progenitor, since almost no one has read his verses of the soul as he did.

He began in the world of literature as a poet with the work Importará el trueno (1975), to later publish Las cosas que yo amo" (1977), and Un instante en cada cosa (1979).

But if Lichi was a poet, in the full scope of the concept, he was also a journalist in all his magnitude; his sharp, critical and loving gaze can be appreciated in his poems as well as in his novels, essays and film scripts.

He graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Havana; he was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine El Caimán Barbudo, deputy director of the magazine Cine Cubano, and director of the ICAIC Information Center.

He taught at the San Antonio de los Baños International Film School in Cuba, the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico and the Sundance Institute in the United States.

He wrote a total of five novels, which have been translated into more than twelve languages, and four compilations of his journalistic articles have been published; he also wrote the memoirs La Quinta de los comienzos and Informe contra mí mismo.

When he died, he left unpublished the manuscript Tratado Elemental de Ilusiones, and unfinished a novel about the legendary Cuban champions José Raúl Capablanca, Kid Chocolate and Ramón Font.

He collaborated with Ediciones Union in the publication of a selection of interviews with his father Eliseo Diego, on one of his last visits to Cuba, and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) was in the process of producing the film Esther en alguna parte, based on his novel of the same name, and directed by Gerardo Chijona, when the news of his death was received.

Among the most outstanding awards his works received were the La Edad de Oro Prize for Algo del corazón; the 1983 National Critics' Prize for La fogata roja; the Casa de las Américas Prize for Un instante en cada cosa; the 1997 Gabino Palma Prize for Informe contra mí mismo; and the 1998 Alfaguara International Novel Prize for Caracol Beach.


At the time of his death, he wrote a weekly column in the newspaper Milenio, of the Mexican capital, in whose last issue, 17 days before his death, entitled "Eso que llaman amor para vivir", he thanked all those who had been involved in the kidney transplant he had required due to renal insufficiency.

The writer was an extraordinary conversationalist; by the way, writer Josefina de Diego García-Marruz, his twin sister, evokes: "Lichi had an overflowing and captivating imagination and, also, a fine and Creole sense of humor. He wrote with passion, honesty and rigor, and enchanted everyone who listened to him" [1].

Lichi had resided in Mexico City since 1988, and died there on July 31, 2011, due to complications derived from the transplant operation.

As for his final resting place, his sister shares: "He wanted his ashes to rest under the centennial Cambó Bridge, 'the bridge of sadness' as he described it, with strange premonition, in his first book, La Quinta de los comienzos, a bridge that had to be crossed to enter and leave the enchanted village of our childhood." [2]

She refers to the then town of Arroyo Naranjo, where the twins lived together with their brother Rapi Diego, two years older, and their parents, from 1953 to 1968, in the Villa Berta cottage.
The writer says: "I want to remember him smiling and passionate, a faithful and constant lover of his country, its history and culture, telling me his wonderful stories, reinventing our lives, with his warm and tender voice, playing with me and Rapi in 'the fifth of our beginnings', always" [3].

And she also assures that Havana was the land she never left: "I visit my Havana every night", she says the poet confessed.

[1]Eliseo Alberto. A través de la niebla de su vida, Josefina Diego, published on July 30, 2016, in the Mexican digital newspaper

(Taken from Cubarte)

English version Hector Hdez.

Awards to the talent of our art schools

Awards to the talent of our art schools

So far this year, more than 60 awards have been won nationally and internationally by students of our art schools. And just as the school year resumes, the news of three new awards for talented young people who have participated in an online contest in Morón, in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, has arrived.

This is the 5th María Luisa Anido International Youth Guitar Competition, which is being held these days and has attracted hundreds of young performers from several countries, including Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, France and Mexico, according to the Cubarte website, a Cuban cultural portal.

In guitar, in the instrumental soloist category for children under 15 years of age, Enmanuel Perez, a 4th year guitar student at the Alfonso Perez Isaac Provincial School of Arts in Matanzas, won first prize. Also in this category, but under 21 years of age, Thais Arencibia, who is now a 1st year student of the National School of Music, won a shared third place.

Although it is a guitar contest, the organizers extended prizes for virtuosos in other categories. Thus, in the other Instruments and instrumental soloist, and under 15 years old, Víctor Pérez, with the saxophone, obtained a first prize. Emmanuel's young brother also studies at the emblematic art school of Matanzas.

To achieve these results, they had to overcome three rigorous stages of classification and convince a prestigious jury that discussed in depth the presentations of more than one hundred children and young people from different countries, which expresses the value of this contest.

Legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died at 88 years old

Legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died at 88 years old

French film legend Jean-Paul Belmondo died Monday at his home in Paris at the age of 88. "He had been very tired for some time. He passed away peacefully," his lawyer, Michel Godest, told AFP news agency.

Godest, who in an emotional voice broke the news on the television channel BFMTV, said his death was "a loss for all in France".

Nicknamed in the film world as "Bébel", Belmondo participated in unforgettable films such as Jean-Luc Godard's À bout de souffle (Breathless, The Edge of Escape), or L'homme de Rio (The Man from Rio).

His participation in Jean-Luc Godard's film, made him one of the leading figures of the French cultural movement known as the Nouvelle Vague. He became a legend with more than 80 films in many genres, including comedies and thrillers.

In addition, he participated in many films directed by Vittorio de Sica or Angès Varda.

He won the 1989 César Award for best actor for the film The Empire of the Lion (1988), an award he refused. In 2016 he won the Golden Lion for his entire career at the Venice International Film Festival.

Born on April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an affluent suburb of Paris, Belmondo grew up in a family of artists. His Italian-born father was a renowned sculptor.

After a few films as a beginner, it was Jean-Luc Godard, the father of the Nouvelle Vague, who spotted his talent and entrusted him in 1960 with the leading role opposite Jean Seberg in Á bout de souffle (Breathless), before Pierrot the Madman.

Jean-Paul Belmondo on stage to receive an Honorary César Award at the 42nd César Awards ceremony.
42nd Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris, France, February 24, 2017. /Photo credit: Reuters

 Belmondo, who rose to international fame with At the End of the Escape (A bout de souffle, 1960), worked with several of the great directors of the French "nouvelle vague", such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Louis Malle or Claude Chabrol in the 1960s.

The Mississippi Mermaid, Une femme est une femme or The Paris Thief were some of his most outstanding films of that period.

Little by little he specialized in roles of seducer and adventurer, even gangster, taking advantage of his former boxer's physique and his contagious smile, in films such as The Magnificent, Borsalino, The Professional, The Man from Rio or The Marseillaise Clan.

In these films he stood out performing his own action scenes, without stuntmen, which further enhanced the adventurous spirit.

January 1, 1977, French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and American actress Raquel Welch during the filming of "Animal".
during the filming of "Animal" directed by Claude Zidi in Paris /Photo: AFP

He had suffered a stroke in 2001 and his health was very delicate since then, but he recovered after a long convalescence and was able to regain much of his body, as well as his famous smirk.

Known as "the ugliest actor in French cinema", he knew how to exploit his deviated nose - a consequence of his youthful boxing practice - with an irresistible personality that gave him a seductive tone that marked a whole generation of admirers.

He was perhaps the most popular star of the 1960s, yet he had never sought that destiny: "I wanted to be a clown, I always went to the circus. That's all I liked. Boxing and circus," he said.

His last job was in 2009, when he participated in the film Un homme et son chien (A man and his dog) by Francis Huster. (AFP and EFE)
English version Hector Hdez.

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