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Cuba Today
Swan Lake Ballet at the Garcia Lorca Theater
Cuba's multi-racial heritage and unique position as the Caribbean's largest and least commercialized nation have allowed Cuban culture to flourish. The arts have been actively supported by the government, whose commitment to cultural development is reflected in: the founding of numerous theaters, local and national museums, and arts schools; and the establishment of a national film industry, among other cultural achievements throughout the country. The existence of nationally and internationally renowned cultural institutions such as ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte), El Conjunto Folklorico Nacional (National Folkloric Ensemble), the Havana Bienal, the National Ballet of Cuba, and Casa de Las Americas (a Latin America-focused cultural institution) reflects the continued development of Cuban arts institutions, while the carnival of Santiago de Cuba, charanga of Bejucal, and parrandas of Remedios in central Cuba reflect the vibrant popular traditions which color the rich cultural landscape of present day Cuba.
Students studying music at Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) perform for guests of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba facilitates cultural exchange programs between U.S.-based groups and individuals, and some of Cuba's leading arts and cultural institutions. Made possible through the AFLFC's relationship with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, these exchanges highlight the full breadth of Cuban culture in the visual, literary and performing arts, and architecture. AFLFC's commitment to promoting and supporting Cuban art and artists is reflected in its relationships with:

Casa de las Americas
Center of Development for Visual Arts
Ceramics Museum
Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)
Cuban Institute of Music
Cuban National Ballet
Cultural Center of Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry
Decorative Arts Museum
Educational Cinema at the Ministry of Education
Faculty of Arts and Philology, University of Havana
Ernest Hemingway Museum
Faculty of Journalism, University of Havana
Fototeca de Cuba
Foundation for New Latin American Cinema
Fernando Ortiz Foundation
Alejo Carpentier Foundation
Caguayo Foundation
Galería 23 y 10
Galeria Acacia
Galeria Habana
Hermano Saíz Association
Jose Martí Center of Studies
Jose Martí National Library
La Casona Art Gallery
Model of the City of Havana
Museum of Architecture of Trinidad
National Council for Performing Arts
National Council of Visual Arts
National Museum of Fine Arts
National Theater of Cuba
National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba
Office of Preservation of Trinidad
Provincial Center for Visual Arts and Design
Revolucion y Cultura Magazine
Romantic Museum, Trinidad
Saint Francis of Asisi Convent
Superior Institute of Arts (ISA)
Wifredo Lam Center

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