Louisville is home to over 53,000 internationally-born residents, representing countries and communities from all over the globe, with more newcomers arriving each day. In this new event series, the Louisville Free Public Library, in partnership with Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Americana World Community Center, will celebrate the history and culture of our immigrant and refugee populations.
The History of CubaWednesday, November 8, 6:30 pm – Main Library
As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba has a played a central role in the history of the Americas. Join University of Kentucky historian, Dr. Devyn Spence Benson, on a tour of Cuban history. This presentation will explore the challenges that have preoccupied Cuba since its founding, including experiences with slavery, wars for independence, revolution, and immigration; as well as the resilience of its residents. Dr. Benson will give audiences a better understanding of Cuban history, with special attention to the experiences of Black Cubans and their fight against racism.
The Dance of Cuba
****** RESCHEDULED: Thursday, December 7, 6:30 PM - Southwest Regional Library ******
Join us for a lively evening of dance, showcasing the rich and diverse Cuban culture which has influenced social dancing around the world. Enjoy the rhythms and movements of salsa, rumba, mambo, and more; learn about their historical and cultural significance, and also get a chance to practice some steps. No partner or experience required, just bring your enthusiasm and your dancing shoes. Click the link to register or call (502) 574-1623.
The Cuisine of CubaWednesday, November 15, 6:30 pm - Northeast Regional Library
With its burgeoning Cuban population, Louisville has seen an explosion of Cuban restaurants in the past few years. Cuban cuisine often reflects the historical availability and abundance of certain ingredients like rice, beans, and plantains. In this program we’ll learn about Cuban cooking traditions and discover how to make a staple Cuban dish with Sweet Havana restaurant. There will be a vegetarian friendly option. LIMIT 60 PARTICIPANTS. Click the link to register or call (502) 574-1623.
The Music of CubaThursday, December 7, 6:30 pm – South Central Regional Library
Come celebrate the diverse and vibrant rhythms and melodies of Cuba that have influenced musical genres around the world. This live musical presentation will have your feet tapping to the beat as you learn about the roots of salsa, mambo, son, rumba and others. Click the link to register or call (502) 574-1623.