jueves, julio 14, 2011

Cuban Contemporary, the Malaysian Link exhibition

Dear Friends, 
We are pleased to inform you that the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in collaboration with the MAP @ Publika and Friends of Cuba Association Malaysia, are holding an exhibition entitled “Cuban Contemporary, the Malaysian Link” Exhibition featuring 40 pieces of artworks from renowned Cuban artists from 12th to 21st July 2011. The event will be held at the following venue:

Black Box MAP @ Publika
Level G2-01, Block A5,
Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1
(Off Jalan Duta), Kuala Lumpur

Gallery hours – Monday to Saturday, 11.00 a.m to 7.00 p.m. Close on Sunday.
Gallery contact no.: 603-62079732
Embassy of Cuba contact no.: 603-26911066/71/75

Attached please find the brochure of the exhibition. All paintings are for sales.

With warmest regards,

Carlos A Amores
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

Cuba comes to Malacca

MALACCA: Cuba is a country known for producing high quality cigars.
Less-mentioned, is its unique culture that is an amalgamation of African, Spanish and North American influences.
For the observant, one would find such elements in its food, music and art.
To promote the country, the Cuban Embassy here is giving Malaysians a taste of the unique blend of its culture through Casa Cuba, an exhibition gallery in Bukit Peringgit.

Keen visitor : A visitor visiting the gallery.

The gallery, built in June 2007, is located inside what was a former senior government officer’s residence during the British rule. It is one of Malacca’s historical sites.
The Second Secretary (Political Affairs) at the Cuban Embassy in Malaysia, Nestor Tores said Casa Cuba had an important role in introducing Malaysians to Cuban culture.
The gallery showcases various forms of art by Cuban artists, including paintings, lithographs and ceramic works.
Tores said the embassy features over 80 works of renowned Cuban artists, including Nelson Dominguez and Belkis Manso.

Just like in Cuba: A scene in a factory making Cuban cigars.

Belkis was a Cuban artist and lithographer whose work was based on the Afro-Cuban religion, combining the myth of Sikan and the traditions of the Abaku which is a man’s secret society. The artist committed suicide in September 1999, at the age of 32.
Since her death, the Cuban government declared her work a patrimony where none of it was allowed to leave the country.
“It is a privilege that her works were allowed to be brought to Malaysia, to be featured in the exhibition,” said Torres.

The right way: A worker showing visitors how to light a Cuban cigar.

The main exhibition hall features many paintings, including portraits of Cuban President Fidel Castro, and pictures of young people playing baseball, one of the popular sports in the republic.
Speaking on setting up the gallery in Malacca, Tores the move was based on the state as a well-developed tourist attraction.
He hopes that the establishment of Casa Cuba in Melaka will bring more local and foreign visitors to the gallery, and interest them in the republic.
Casa Cuba is open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. – Bernama.

domingo, mayo 22, 2011

III Latin American Fest 2011

The 3rd Latin American Fest was held on the May 22, 2011 at the BB Park in Bukit Bintang, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city.
Nine South American embassies in Malaysia took part in the event which was co-organized by the Latin Ladies Association of Malaysia. They are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
It was an afternoon of great fun, hot Latin & Salsa music, performances and dances, and food from the countries taking part in the event.
Also, art and handicraft items from the various indigenous groups were on display and for sale.
Various attractive prizes and hampers were given away at the lucky draw and those who won were delighted with the gifts from the various embassies. The main prize was the auction for a vacation in the Langkawi Islands which was won by the highest bidder. The proceeds of this and other from the sales of the various items and food sold will go to help the victims of  the Haiti disaster.

At the Cuban stand:

Members of the staff of the Embassy of Cuba in Malaysia had worked very hard prior to the event. The stall was manned by them and they helped out in serving food and drinks to all who came to patronise the stall.
Arroz congri, ropa vieja, cerviche, croquettas were among some of the Cuban food prepared for sale at very reasonable prices. Cocktail drinks of Mojitos and Cuba Libre were also sold besides beer and other drinks to those wanting to quench their thirst on that hot but overcast afternoon.
Also on sale were bottles of Cuban rum (Havana Club), Cuban beers, cigars, Cuban movie posters, art sculptures and paintings by Cuban artists.


miércoles, mayo 18, 2011

An Invitation: III Latin American Festival



Date:      Sunday, 22 May 2011

Time:     11am - 6pm

Venue:  @BB Park

You are cordially invited to the grand annual Latin American Fiesta where you will find plenty of food, arts & crafts on sales from various Latin American countries.

Our Cuban stall will offer authentic Cuban cuisine, Cuban cocktail “Mojitos” and many more.

The proceeds generated by this event will be donated to UNICEF in aid of the children of HAITI.

Come and join us this Sunday (May 22) for this colourful and meaningful festival.

Entrance is free.

jueves, mayo 05, 2011

Cuban Hand-Rolls the World’s Longest Cigar

The world’s longest cigar measures 81.80 meters and was rolled by cigar-maker Jose Castelar Cairo, better known as “el Cueto”.
Jose Castelar and his assistants started working on the giant Cuban cigar at the end of April and finished on Tuesday, May 3rd. British representatives from the Guinness Book of Records acknowledged that the 67-year-old cigar rolling master has set a new world record, beating the previous one (also set by el Cueto) of 60 meters.
Castelar began rolling cigars at the age of 14, in his native province of Villa Clara, and admits he never though he’d end up making cigars almost the size of football fields. He first made cigar history in 2001 when he rolled a 11.04-meters-long cigar, followed by a 14.86-meter one (2003), then 20.41 meters (2005) and 45.38 meters in 2008. For his next project Jose Castelar Cairo will make a cigar measuring 100 meters, and says that as long as el Cueto is alive, the longest cigar will always be found in Cuba.
Just in case you were wondering what “el Cueto” means, apparently it translates as “someone whose achievements cannot be surpassed”.

miércoles, mayo 04, 2011

Been to Cuba Lately?

by: Mike Farrell
Actor, 'M*A*S*H' and 'Providence'

Hey, how you doing?
What's new? Been to Cuba lately?
Oh, that's right, you're only a U.S. citizen; you can't.
You can't. How stupid is that?
I guess they worry you'll catch communism or something. But you know what? Canadians and Europeans go there all the time without catching ... well, I guess Tea Party types say they're already socialists, so ... But hey, that's what they say about Obama.
But really, I ask you, what's the big deal? I went to Cuba some years back and I didn't come back a commie, though some on Fox might argue the point.
Our group had the required dispensation for researching Cuban medical and educational needs. And the trip was very interesting. We saw some extraordinary things, learned a lot about the country, the people and the government. We saw that education is free and they encourage -- and pay for -- people to become doctors. As a result, Cubans have free medical care and the government provides doctors to other countries. In fact they offered to send a group of physicians here to help out after Katrina. But I guess Mr. Bush and company didn't like the idea of free medical care.
Mr. Obama seems inclined to change things a bit, but our decades-old embargo continues to do harm -- as much to us as to them, one could argue. And the politics that drive it are truly absurd. We have relationships with Vietnam and China, for God's sake, so why do we let a group of diehard right-wing Cuban émigrés in Miami and their acolytes in Congress wave their tattered anti-communist banner and frighten us away from a productive relationship with another baseball-loving Caribbean island?
This anti-Castro obsession has led us down a rocky road for decades: a bungled invasion; illegal, embarrassing assassination attempts; nearly a nuclear war; the harboring of terrorists on our own shores; and decades of lies and hypocrisy.
It's nuts. And it continues. Two recent examples of the utter stupidity of our ongoing cold war against Cuba include the operetta involving an actual terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, and the dark tragedy of the Cuban Five, who are not.
Posada Carilles, who once told the New York Times, "I sleep like a baby," is, according to evidence known by our government, a CIA asset responsible for an ongoing terror campaign against Cuba, including the bombing of an airliner that cost 73 lives. Months after his publicly celebrated move to the U.S. in 2005, Posada Carriles was finally charged by the Bush Administration, not with terrorism but fraudulent entry.
The ante was raised a bit by the Obama Justice Dept. in 2009, adding perjury charges (again not terrorism) for statements he made under oath relating to hotel bombings. But after he was finally brought to trial three months ago in federal court in El Paso, Texas, under a Bush-appointed judge who, according to one report, "simply turned the floor over to the defense attorney," Posada Carriles was acquitted of all charges and is now free to enjoy life in Miami, where anti-Castro zealots cheer him as a hero.
Compare that outrage to this one:
Because of decades of attacks against Cuba by U.S.-based anti-Castro organizations like CORU, the F4 Commandos, Brothers to the Rescue, Omega 7 and Alpha 66, which Cuba reported 10 years ago had cost thousands of lives and great damage (including hotel bombings connected to Luis Posada Carriles), five Cuban intelligence officers were sent to the U.S. to gather information about these groups in an attempt to blunt their effectiveness.
The five, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Fernando González Llort and René González Sehwerert, not only succeeded in doing so, but sent home information on the activities of the groups that the Cuban government then made known (as if it was news) to U.S. authorities.
Agents of the FBI went to Cuba in 1998 to receive the information gathered by the five, returning with reams of evidence of terrorism committed by U.S.-based groups. However, instead of acting against them, the FBI, having discerned the identities of the five, arrested them instead, hoping to charge them with espionage.
But, because all they had done was infiltrate, observe and report on the groups committing terror against Cuba, the U.S. was unable to prove the five had done anything illegal other than being unregistered agents of a foreign power. So, Bush's Justice Dept. retrenched and charged them with "conspiracy" to commit espionage and "conspiracy" to commit murder (because the Cuban Air Force shot down two Brothers to the Rescue planes after a mission over Cuba).
Refused a change of venue, the men, now known as the Cuban Five, were convicted in a Miami court (!) and sentenced to long terms in prison (Gerardo Hernández Nordelo receiving two life sentences on the conspiracy to commit murder charge).
With their sentences overturned on appeal (a three-judge panel citing "prejudice" in Miami), reinstated and subsequently refused review, the Cuban Five have now served 12 years in American prisons for protecting their country from U.S.-based terrorism.
An international effort calling for freedom and fairness for the Cuban Five has grown up around the case. It includes Amnesty International, 10 Nobel Laureates, Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, and many others. Former President Jimmy Carter added his voice after a recent trip to Cuba, saying,
I believe that there is no reason to keep the Cuban Five imprisoned; there were doubts in the U.S. courts and also among human rights organizations ... Now, they have been in prison 12 years and I hope that in the near future they will be released to return home.
So do I. In the interests of full disclosure, I am one of a group of Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban Five. For more information, www.thecuban5.org.

lunes, abril 25, 2011

Friends Of Cuba Boost Cultural Exchanges

Friends Of Cuba Boost Cultural Exchanges

MELAKA, April 21 (Bernama) -- The Friends of Cuba Association Malaysia (FOCAM) is set to boost cultural exchanges between the two countries, which have had diplomatic relations for the past 35 years.

The Cuban ambassador to Malaysia, Carlos A. Amores, said Casa Cuba, a gallery launched in 2007 here to exhibit Cuban culture, would help FOCAM boost cultural exchanges between the two countries.

"Besides cultural exchanges, the organisation aims to promote friendship and trade," he said at the Melaka launch of FOCAM in Casa Cuba, Bukit Peringgit here, Thursday.

The launch was presided over by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, and attended by the Ecuadorian ambassador to Malaysia, Lourdes Puma Puma; the Iraqi ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Amal Mussa Hussain; the Fijian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Suliasi Lutubula; Russian Ambassador Vorobyeva Lyudmila Georgievna and Jose Soares Junior, Charge d'Affaires of Brazil.

Amores said the excellent political relationship between Malaysia and Cuba was based on brotherly friendship and close cooperation in issues raised by international organisations, besides shared interests on international concerns.

"FOCAM has been introduced to make this friendship closer and deeper, and to bring to Malaysians the culture of Cuba. It also aims to promote closer economic relations for the benefit of both countries," he said.

He said that to promote FOCAM outside Kuala Lumpur, the embassy chose Melaka because the state has been successful in promoting its traditional culture globally, especially to tourists.

He pointed out that Melaka received more than nine million tourists last year. By combining FOCAM's efforts to promote cultural exchanges and Melaka's efforts to promote tourism, both parties would benefit, he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Ali hoped that the FOCAM launch would be the first of several activities to be held in Melaka by the Cuban embassy. He also looked forward to cooperative ventures between Melaka and Cuba through FOCAM.

"We are looking to send several of Melaka's scientists and doctors to Cuba to learn and serve there. We are also looking forward to Cuban scientists and doctors serving here. We can conduct such exchange programmes in the future," he said.

FOCAM was launched by the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, on Oct 12 last year in Kuala Lumpur. Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir serves as its current president.


domingo, abril 10, 2011

52nd Cuban National Day 2011 in Malaysia

The 52nd Cuban National Day 2011 in Malaysia was held on January 06th, 2011 at Yayasan Seni, Kuala Lumpur.

photos (at the event) here: 

Welcome for HE Bruno Rodriquez, Foreign Minister of Cuba

photos of the event

A welcome reception was held at the La Bomba, Kuala Lumpur on 11 October, 2010 for HE Bruno Rodriquez, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cuba. In conjunction with that welcome is the introduction of the Members of Pro-Tem Committee of the Friends of Cuba Association, Malaysia to His Excellency. The Ambassador of Cuba to Malaysia, HE Carlos A Amores was the host for that event.