The time in Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba.-The names of the winners of the first edition of the Farber Foundation Cuban Art Awards were announced in this capital on Wednesday, when only a few hours remained for the official inauguration of Havana's 12th Biennial.
The organization, directed by Patricia and Howard Farber, of the United States, created in 2010 to promote Cuban art and sponsor of Cuban Art News Web site, named Alexandre Arrechea Artist of the Year, who received a trophy and 10,000 dollars as part of the benefits of the award. Arrechea, a graduate of the Higher Arts Institute and a member until 2003 of Los Carpinteros, is known for his work linked to power and its network of hierarchies, surveillance, controls and prohibitions.
Havana, Cuba.-Before winding up a three-day visit to Cuba, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, granted Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro the Order of the Serbian Republic, and described his meeting with Fidel as a dream come true.
Nikolic told reporters that he was able to meet the Cuban people who, like the Serbian, know the meaning of freedom and said that his visit was fantastic.
The Serbian head of state was awarded the Jose Marti Order, the highest distinction granted by Cuba and he also held official talks with President Raul Castro. This was the first visit to the island by a Serbian president since former Yugoslavia disintegrated. Bilateral relations between Cuba and Serbia were established August 30, 1943.
Havana, Cuba.-Executives with the new Engage Cuba coalition, a group designed to lobby at the US Congress to achieve the lifting of the US´s Cuba travel and trade ban, said that a majority of Americans support a change of US policy towards the Caribbean nation.
Coalition president James Williams told reporters covering today the third round of US-Cuba talks on diplomatic relations in Washington about the importance of taking advantage of the current situation to advance relations between the two countries.