festival !cuba presente!

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The Independent Culture
With Cuba now one of the hottest holiday destinations, dance styles such as salsa livening up the clubs, and Cuban restaurants springing up on high streets, a Latin American wave is sweeping through the UK. London's Barbican Centre dives right into the surf this week with !Cuba Presente!, the UK's biggest-ever celebration of Cuban arts. On the 40th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, the festival will include performances by such luminaries as Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez, concerts of new and traditional music, dance and literature events, exhibitions, and a film week featuring Wim Wenders' new movie on the making of the Buena Vista Social Club. !Arriba!

Barbican Centre, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) Fri to 27 June

Sharon Gethings