Cuba Week

By , March 8, 2016
Lively music and colors personify Cuba's creative culture

Lively music and colors personify Cuba’s creative culture

Cuba Week Comes to Brunswick

The Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association [BTSCA] is a non-profit organization that promotes creative and constructive non-political interactions with the people of our sister community in Trinidad, Cuba. “Cuba Week” is sponsored annually by BTSCA in Brunswick, celebrating the diverse cultures and commonalities of the two communities. 2016 Cuba Week, March 28th -April 3, offers an exciting array of activities for those interested in Cuban culture. This year’s events planned for Cuba Week involve a community wide effort to promote education and appreciation..

  • Local restaurants will be saluting Cuban cuisine with selected items during the week of March 28 through April 3. Sample the chef’s creations at Big E!, Big Top Deli, El Camino, Frontier Cafe, Gelato Fiasco, Henry & Marty, Little Dog Coffee Shop, Scarlet Begonias, and Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe.
  • The Curtis Library will feature an exhibit of Cuban books, art, crafts, and memorabilia in a showcase at the Curtis Memorial Library throughout the month of April.
  • The Gulf of Maine Bookstore on Maine Street will offer a selection of Cuban literature and gladly offer anecdotes of Cuban observations.

Tuesday March 29th, George Lopez,  Artist in Residence an Bowdoin College will be playing a piano concert of Cuban composers and themes at the main lounge of the Moulton Student Union on Bowdoin Campus. Previously he has played around the world including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam, Havana, Mexico and across the U.S. He will provide commentary of the composers and his recent trip to Havana. The concert will begin at 7:00 and donations are accepted.( E7)

Friday April 1 Primo Cubano plays at the Frontier Cafe as a special event. Primo Cubano is well known for their traditional dance music. The Cafe will rearrange their tables for lively dancing to the Cuban beat. Tickets for this event are only available by phone to the Frontier 725-5222. As space is limited for dining and dancing, advance purchases are recommended. The concert will begin at 7:30 although doors for limited dinner seating will open at 5:00.

Saturday, April 2nd will feature a group discussion from Susan and Brooks Stoddard of the University of Maine, Augusta. Their Cuban Studies program culminated with a trip to Cuba with Maine students and was summarized in an exhibit- “Cultural Understanding Between the Arts”. BTSCA members will present the particulars of an upcoming trip to Cuba and will welcome audience questions and participation. The discussion will be held in the Morrell Room of the Curtis Memorial Library from 2- 4:00 and is open to the public free of charge.

On Sunday April 3 the Frontier Theater becomes the location for a Cuban Film Festival. Two films will be shown offering a wide scope of insight  for those interested in our Cuban neighbor.

Cuba: the Accidental Eden” will be shown at 2:00 and 6:00. (60 minutes long) This film, suitable for the entire family, features the rich and unusual Cuban landscape and its stunning biodiversity. It explores the impact the new and massive influx of tourism will place on this natural environment. Admission $5.

The second movie offers a perspective of a human nature. “Great Day in Havana” centers on musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, and filmmakers  who reflect on their African heritage, the ironies of tourism, and how to live with dignity in the face of the US embargo during the early ’90’s…..with English subtitles.  2001.   73 minutes.  A discussion to follow the film and questions are encouraged.. One showing will take place at 8 pm; $5.

For more details, information about Cuba Week, please check out the BTSCA website or like us on Facebook.

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