As happened in 2019, when the situation in Cuba was plenty bad but not so dire as now, Havana is hosting a “refined epicurean event” known as Le Dîner en Blanc (at $530 per couple) for 350 guests–obviously not ordinary Cubans, who are scrounging for food and going without sugar, coffee, decent bread, electricity and even water. They are also desperate to emigrate in pursuit of a simply normal life, especially younger Cubans who see no future on the island.
As the name implies, the dress code is “elegant and original” all-white attire. The dinner, awash in champagne and wine followed by dancing, will take place next month in a location kept secret till the last minute to add “mystery” to the proceedings. The event is part of a weekend package deal with other culinary and party offerings. It is apparently an attempt to lure foreign tourists, whose numbers have fallen significantly on the island ever since the pandemic.
The irony is too crass to require much comment, like Nero playing fiddle while Rome burned. No doubt this thing is being promoted in travel trade sites, though presumably it will not feature in domestic Cuban news for obvious reasons. Of course, the Castro regime has no shame about anything like this, since whatever brings in money it needs to stay in power is seen as perfectly justified. Its prime directive is very clear, and it is NOT the welfare of “the people.”