CubaNostalgia 2014: Five Events Not to Miss This Weekend
Every year, Leslie Pantin and Emilio Calleja organize a showcase to honor, remember, and celebrate the golden years of Cuba. In Miami, where many can trace back their roots to the island, CubaNostalgia is a brief escape to warm memories.
All photos courtesy of Emilio Calleja
"For 15 years, CubaNostalgia has been celebrating 'La Cuba de Ayer' through exhibits such as the Malecon on Havana's bay front, La Catedral (Havana's famed cathedral), and El Encanto, Cuba's premier department store," says Calleja.
In its 16th year, the three-day festival has chosen to come together under the shared theme of a worldwide legend: Celia Cruz. "Celia made her mark with the band La Sonora Matancera and became world famous after being exiled from the island," explains Calleja, adding that FIU will be showcasing part of their collection of the singer's albums, awards, dresses, shoes, and those oh-so-famous wigs.
While you're bound to get lost in the abundance of events going on during the expo, we've narrowed it down to five you don't want to miss.
Viva Payret Mini Movie Theater
One of the biggest attractions this year will be the addition of a mini pop-up movie theater provided by Viva Payret. Calleja explains how it will show "favorite Cuban movies from the 1950s, Cuban documentaries, and episodes of La Tremenda Corte, a favorite in Cuba and Latin America." Showtimes vary, but will run throughout the weekend while the expo is open.
Just like the iconic boardwalk that lines the bay in Havana, a life-sized replica will be on display at CubaNostalgia. The eye-catching exhibit features a large mural of Havana bay with the Morro Castle in the background, making it a "favorite for picture taking," says Calleja. El Malecón will be on display all weekend long.