The sixth anniversary celebration of Cubaplus magazine, held in Havana, was a feast of culture and fashion that opened with an art exhibit. Created with the goal of sharing all of the wonders of Cuba with the world, and of establishing the country as one of the Caribbean's best tourist destinations, Cubaplus has achieved this through its originality and aesthetic creativity, present since the start. The event, which was held at the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba, was attended by many friends, including some 20 Cuban artists whose work has been featured in our pages. Twenty-six pieces by painters and photographers were on display in the hotel's Vedado Hall during the celebration.
The event's host, Cubaplus founder and director, Dominic Soave, thanked everyone present for their continued support and reiterated the magazine's commitment to showing the world the beauty of Cuba's culture. Patrick Picard, Political Counselor of the embassy of Canada in Cuba, spoke about the importance of Canadian tourism to Cuba, and praised the role played by Cubaplus in further bolstering the nearly 65-year-old relationship between the two countries. Likewise, Maitte Marrero, publishing vice-president of the Prensa Latina news agency, which, together with the Cubaplus staff, produces our magazine, emphasized that Cubaplus has gained ground among readers' preference.
The celebration included performances by young Cuban singers Laritza Bacallao and Isis Flores in the hotel gardens. Bacallao performed songs from her Cuban and international repertoire, and Flores, accompanied by her band and dancers from the Danza Contemporanea company, performed songs ranging from pop rock to rumba. Cuban fashion provided an elegant closure to a perfect evening, with the presentation of designer Viera Reinoso's “In Black and White” collection.