This year’s Charity & Community Award for extraordinary charitable service went to Camaquito, an organization fostering sustainable advancement of children in rural and infrastructure-poor areas in Cuba.
Launched in 2012, the Davidoff Art Initiative aims to support contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, in particular the Dominican Republic, and to foster cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
For the first time in history, Club Macanudo hosted the American qualification tournament for the Cigar Smoking World Championship.
The Nordic Qualification Tournament for the Slow Cigar Smoking World Championship, which took place in Tallinn last weekend, was won by Oleg Padon, from St Petersburg, in a time of 1 hour, 43 min, 35 sec.
In August this year, around 200 people attended the 5th Gothenburg Cigar Festival on the island of Hisingen. Beside the presentations, the area outside the nightclub invited people to simply hang out, smoke cigars and meet up with like-minded people.
Nick Hammond gladly swaps the leaden skies of London to witness the 5th Cigar Smoking World Championship in Split. Under a sunsplashed Dalmatian sky, cigar smokers from across the planet gather as one. They came for the competition and they are here to celebrate the brotherhood surrounding the hand-rolled cigar.
Cigar Journal is proud to announce it will co-sponsor the Spectator Cigar Awards of 2014 at Boisdale, London. With both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone rumored to be on the guest list, it should be another sensational night celebrating the art of the cigar.
Architect Adolfo Despradel and Andras Szanto, the art initiative’s chief consultant, turned the sod for a new studio in the building complex of the Altos de Chavón School of Design.
Founded by Marco Bilič, president of the international Cigar Club Mareva, the championship will celebrate its fifth anniversary this summer.
After this year’s Festival del Habano had ended Simon Chase was still in Havana, so he went in search of an old friend, the torcedor Hamlet Jaime Paredes, who is best known as the cigar roller in residence at the Romeo y Julieta Casa del Habano.
In the run-up to the fifth international Cigar Smoking World Championship, the official competition for the long smoking of a Montecristo No. 4, qualification tournaments for the championship will be held in many countries. Initiator, Marko Bilič, will personally preside over compliance with the rules at the events.
The Partagás meetings started in the Nineties. The casa’s then manager, Abel Expósito Diaz, initiated these one-week events by including the employees from the Partagás factory, which gave Habanos fans the unique opportunity to personally meet the experts who manufacture their beloved cigars. Following an interim solution last year, Grecia Anely Quiñones Marrero, has now taken over the reins.