Havana at 500: a silver fairy in Old Havana

Beatriz Estevez, 29, gave up her law studies and turned to the arts. The streets of Old Havana are now her everyday stage where she performs as a living statue. Her character the ‘silver fairy’ has become an almost permanent fixture there. For those like Beatriz who work in the tourism sector in Cuba, opportunities are rife. On average, self-employed Cubans can make up four times as much as state employees.

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Havana’s 500th anniversary: Actress Beatriz Estevez | AFP

As Havana turns 500 years old, AFPTV speaks to Cubans who reflect on how the capital has impacted their lives. Once in a while actress Beatriz Estevez turns into a statue of a fairy in the streets of the capital, as she believes “we are more than what is typically known about Cuba”.

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