Contemporary hot spot in Havana - Vedado, originally the headquarters for Electricity Company, then converted to an olive oil factory famous el Cocinero, and now to Cuban Art Factory. Cuban musician X Alfonso converted a former oil factory into art gallery, theatre, night-club. There is always something new to see and do, theatre, jazz, contemporary dance, live music performances, fashion shows and art exhibitions.
All of that can is taking place in one night. Instead of paying for drinks at the bar, everyone gets a card which is stamped for each drink or snack you purchase. When you leave you hand your card over at the exit, your stamps are tallied up and you pay your tab at the door. Note: if you lost your card, that's a CUC$ 30 fine.
Fabrica de Arte is located on the corner of 11th and 26th streets in Vedado, near the Puente de Hierro - Iron Bridge.
Admission $2 night-club open 10pm to 3am in Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday.
Havana Book Fair - next February 2018 (annual)
This year Canada has been chosen as guest country of honor at the Havana International Book Fair 2017.
Canada guest of honor as it celebrates 150 years of the Canadian Confederation.
The vibrant diversity of Canada and its culture will be exhibited for everyone’s enjoyment.
The generation that came unto the literary scene in Canada in the 60s is one of the most significant, with writers like Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen, Eli Mandel, Margaret Avison, and the well-known Margaret Atwood, whose work has already been published in Cuba.
The Havana International Book Fair is the most important publishing event in the Caribbean island, and is mainly hosted at the San Carlos de la Cabana Fortress, east of the Cuban capital.
Canada’s diversity and vibrant culture will be exhibited for all to enjoy, while participants will also have the opportunity to explore the country’s diversity and heritage, as well as celebrate the long-standing friendship between Cuba and Canada.
Literature is the best way to understand soul of Havana, in
19th Cirilo Villavarde expose the tragedy of slavery in his novel Cecilia Valdes, with
description parts of Havana that are still recognizable today.
Ernest Hemingway's typewriter in his room, Hotel Ambos Mundos in Old Havana Book Hotel Ambos Mundos Cuba will carry out a series of activities to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Finca Vigia Museum, housed in the former residence of US author Ernest Hemingway in Havana.
For those of you looking to follow in Hemmingway's footsteps you should head out to Marina Hemingway in the Western suburb of Havana for the Ernest Hemingway International Fishing Competition in May
National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana - Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes
Cuban paintings express national identity, most recognizable
is "Gitana Tropical" by Victor Manuel.
National Museum of Fine Arts Museum has expressive collection
of Cuban paintings, included masterpieces by Wilfredo Lam, Amelia Pelaez,
Carlos Enriquez and Servando Cabrera.
There are art galleries located
aroud Old Havana, famous art gallery "Acacia" at the back of the Capitolio.
Also Old Havana bazaar, offers variety of paintings for souvenirs.
Galeria: La Casona
Address:Street Muralla No. 107 at corner of San Ignacio, Old Havana
Phone: 62-2633 or 62-2377
Galeria: La Acacia
Address: San Jose 114 e/ Industria y Consulado, Havana Center.
Address: Muralla 107 esq. a San Ignacio, Old Havana
Galeria: Museo del Ron
Address: Ave del Puerto No.262 esq. Sol, Old Havana
Galeria:Museo del Ron
Address: Ave del Puerto No.262 esq. Sol, Old Havana
Galeria: Museo del Ron
Address: Ave del Puerto No.262 esq. Sol Old Havana
Address: 23 esq. a 10, Vedado, Havana
Casa de las Americas Street 3RA & G, Vedado phone: 55-27-12
Gallery Galeria Habana Street Linea No. 460 at corner E & F streets, Vedado, Havana
Phone: 832-71.01 or 831-46.46
Gallery Nacional De Bellas Artes Street Trocadero e/ Zuleta & Monserrate, Old Havana
Museum The best of the colonial art museum is the Palace of the Captains-General, where Spanish governors once lived. The Casa de Africa presents another aspect of Cuba 's history: an impressive collection of Afro-Cuban religious artifacts.
The Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes containing works by Rubens, Goya and Velazquez, Other museums the Casa de los Arabes and the Casa de Asia with Middle and Far Eastern collections. And as many of these small "boutique" museums are in elegant old Spanish houses with airy courtyards, it's often worth the price of admission - usually CUC$ 3.
The Museo de Finanzas is more than an empty vault where dictator Fulgencio Batista once stashed his loot. A few old bank-notes are displayed on the walls. Havana's Deposito de Automovil is in a way redundant, since the city streets are already an automobile museum, full of old American cars, but this museum has an impressive collection of vehicles dating back to a 1905 Cadillac.
There's also a Rolls-Royce, which belonged to Batista, near the sleek 1960 Chevrolet that Che Guevara drove. There's nothing like the Museo de la Revolucion. Housed in the former Presidential Palace, its displays and documents outline Cuba 's history from the beginning of the "neo-colonial period".
Havana Carnival - August 2017 (annual)
Havana's Carnival provides a spectacular display of music, dancing, conga lines, fanciful outfits, fireworks and rum.
Carnival comes with some traditions, like effigies of well known people being paraded along the coastal road, Parades run the length of the Malecon and rich traditional music competes with more contemporary sounds.
Thousands of Cubans look forward to the traditional carnival festivities, a colorful and explosive show of allegoric floats and dancers. As a complement, dishes from Cuban cuisine and beverages, Cuban cold beer and Cuban rum offered by the Malecon.
Danza Teatro Retazos Dance Festival in Urban Scenery, Old Havana -
from March 29 to April 2, 2017
Danza Teatro Retazos is a Contemporary Dance Theater, located in Old Havana.
Contemporary dance in Cuba has achieved a great deal in its short history and is making an important and unique contribution to the world of dance.
Retazos, which has taken the lead in using the setting, revitalizing it and making people part of the artistic creation, is one of the most admired companies in Latin America.
International Dance Festival in Havana Urban Scenery March 29 to April 2, 2017 (annual)
The objective is to encourage the exchange of ideas and artistic experiences between the peoples, creating a common commitment to spread and preserve the different languages and cultures.
Visitors Old Havana's Historical Centre will find a surprising sights, the city dances. Squares, parks, streets
museums and old houses seem to be possessed by the spirit of dance, which invoked by dancer and choreographer Isabel Bustos and her company Retazos. Dancers turns balconies, windows, stairs and walls into stages,
for the 18th International Dance Festival in Urban Landscapes Old Havana City in Motion.
Old Havana, a World Heritage takes creators, walkers and audience in general into its vitality, rhythm and movement as to participate in the International Dance Festival Old Havana City, Retazos Theater Dance Ensemble. Festival info
Carnival de Santiago de Cuba - July, 2017 (annual)
The Carnival always given the people of
Santiago a means to put aside
their worries and dance to the rhythm of conga
music. This year like every year, locals and visitors
will keep up the tradition and pour onto the streets
in what is considered the most colorful carnival in
Free of all commercialization, the Santiago
Carnival is truly an opportunity to celebrate this nations unique history and culture in a riot of rhythms,
drumming and colors.
CHANEL turn Havana's Paseo del Prado a chic catwalk - CHANEL FASHION SHOW
The cultural richness and opening up of Cuba is a source of inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel.
Havana is going to serve as a gorgeous backdrop for a Chanel fashion show,
Karl Lagerfeld will dream up for this collection, you can anticipate a lot of vibrant colours, inspired by the colourful architecture of Havana.
Ritmo Cuba - International Cuban Dance Festival April 24 to 30, 2017 (annual)
Ritmo Cuba is a unique international event where dancers, students, teachers and choreographers from around world come to share a love of latin dance in Havana Cuba – the birthplace of salsa rythmn.
The festival boasts more than 60 of the best salsa teachers from across Cuba and the world - including the principal dance instructors from each of the major salsa schools in Havana.
The festival offers classes, with 3 separate salons operating at any given time so that students can select their preferred style and level. Take classes in Cuban Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Reggaton, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata, Hip Hop, Kizomba, Rumba or Folklorico, and then join us at night as we take the party to the hotest salsa clubs in Cuba.
Ritmo Cuba festival info
Music is the most recognized of the Havana's artistic heritage,
this long tradition began 18th century with Esteban Salas's Villancicos.
Ballad "Trova" is one of most popular form of music. Recently Silvio Rodriquez and Pablo Milanes, tradition that is kept alive at the “Casas de la Trova” Rich
variety popular dance music: son, danzon, bolero, cha cha, mambo and
salsa attracts worldwide attention. Cuban dance is a blend of Spanish
fire, French elegance and African sensuality.
Havana Rhythm Festival - March 5 to 12, 2017 (annual)
When Cuba's artistic talents come together for rhythm and dance.
Cubas most prestigious dance companies, such as Habana Compas Dance, will also dazzle crowds with an upbeat fusion of flamenco and Afro Cuban rhythms of salsa, rumba and Latin jazz.
At the heart of the festival is a Montrealer, Aldo Mazza whose commitment to blending innovative musical styles has helped grow the event to international heights. An accomplished performer and studio musician, Mazza fell in love with Cuban rhythms more than a decade ago.
In early March, the annual Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival "La Fiesta del Tambor" is one of Cuba's most important artistic events—shines a spotlight on the nation's collective talents over the course of a week, featuring gala evening performances, workshops, conferences and amateur competitions.
The festivals star galas before some 30000 spectators at venues including Teatro Mella, Casa de la Musica and the Hotel Habana Libre; while workshops, conferences and percussion competition run simultaneously throughout the Havana city.
Havana International Jazz Festival "Jazz Plaza 2017" December 15 to 18, 2017
Havana Jazz Plaza Festival
Sponsored by famed Cuban musician Chucho Valdes and the Cuban Institute of Music, the International Jazz Festival of Havana showcases some of the biggest names in jazz, along with talented new artists. Enjoy the rhythm of Latin jazz in venues scattered throughout Havana.
The festival has since expanded to include all the main concert halls in downtown Havana, not to mention impromptu street jam sessions along the Malecon.
Cuban Artists Venue:
Mella Theater, Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, Jardines del Mella, Pabellon Cuba.
One of Havana’s most famous music events, the Jazz Festival is a display of the link between Cuban rhythm and jazz, which goes back to the late 19th century when newly freed slaves immigrated to New Orleans. Started in 1979 pretty much as a local event at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, the festival has grown in size and scope with venues that include several large theatres and nightclubs. International stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Steve Coleman, Michel Legrand, Ivan Lins and Ronnie Scott are just a few names in the list of past participants, who, together with Cubans Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bobby Carcassés and Ernán López-Nussa, to mention just a few, attract fans from all over the world.
Cuban Art Factory events:
Thursday, 15 December
9:00 pm: Música Clásica – Teatro, Trío Lecuona: Alejandro Martínez, Alberto Rosas y Lianne Vega
11:00 pm: Música – Sala de Conciertos, Pekka Pilkman con Mike del Ferro - Finlandia
12:00 am: Música – Sala Santiago Feliú, Dayramir Gonzáles
1:30 am – Música – Sala Santiago Feliú - Jam session Festival de Jazz en FAC
Friday, 16 December
11:00 pm: Música – Sala de Conciertos Quintet U.S.
12:00 am: Música – Sala Santiago Feliú Jorge Luis Pacheco cuarteto
1:30 am – Música – Sala Santiago Feliú Jam session Festival de Jazz en FAC
Saturday, 17 December
11:00 pm: Música – Sala de Conciertos - Roberto Fonseca y Fatoumata Diawara
12:00 am: Música – Sala Santiago Feliú Oliver Valdés y sus invitados
1:30 am – Música – Sala Santiago Feliú, Jam session Festival de Jazz en FAC
Best Jazz Clubs in Havana:
"La Zorra y El Cuervo"
Address: Rampa Str 23 & Vedado. Tel: (53-7) 66-2402. Havana center, three blocks from the Habana Libre Hotel down the street.
You drink and dance with Jazz live music. Prominent Cuban Jazz bands come to this place to perform their music.
Open every day from 22:00 to 04.00
"Jazz Cafe" Address: Galeras Paseo, Calle 1ra, e/ Paseo y A Vedado, across the Hotel Melia Cohiba.
Excellent place to hear some of Cuba's top jazz musicians including Chucho Valdes, open design provides for a good bar
atmosphere. Open every day from 21:30 to 03.00
Havana Theater Facing the Parque Central, is the faux-baroque Gran Teatro, built in 1837 by an impresario.
Today the stately theatre one of the oldest in the New World the glories of its rich history: Caruso sang there, Pavlova danced, Bernhardt acted. The building's principal theatre is the Sala Garcia Lorca, an intimate 1500 seat auditorium with five balconies and good acoustics.
Remarkably, the Gran Teatro was once the most technologically advanced in the world, thanks to an Italian scientist named Antonio Meucci. Some say the experiments of this eccentric inventor who arrived in Havana in year 1835 produced electrical lighting effects and an internal telephone system long before Edison or Bell.
Meucci's ingenious spirit lives on in the theatre. The theatre is home to Cuba 's esteemed Ballet Nacional. Created in 1948, it's still directed by its founding prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso soul of National Ballet.
International Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema - 8 to 18 December, 2016 (annual)
The Havana event is one of Latin Americas most prestigious film festivals. The Festival promotes and awards those works whose significance and artistic values contribute to enrich and reaffirm the Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.
The Festival promotes and awards those works whose significance and artistic values contribute to enrich and reaffirm the Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.
The New Latin American Cinema Festival sets up an annual competition in Fiction, Documentary and Animation, Opera Prima, Unproduced Script and Poster. Besides that, the programme includes a showcase of contemporary world cinema.
Festival Internacional de Musica Benny More - September 2017 (annual)
The voice of Benny Mor is still one of the best ways for foreigners to get a taste of Cuban music.
An inspiration to singers the world over. It is no surprise, that not only does this festival boast some of the best Cuban singers, but also international stars such as Jordano Di Marzo, Lucecita Bentez, Moncho and Danny Rivera. The event is held in various venues every September Address: Centro Nacional de la Musica Popular 1ra Avenida 1010 Miramar.
When Admiral Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba in 1492, he sent two of his best men with introduction letters from the Catholic King and Queen of Spain to the Emperor of China, since he thought they had arrived in that Asian country, reality was completely different when they met with aborigines holding rolls of leaves between their lips.
The natives lighted one of the ends of the roll and absorbed the smoke from the other end.
That way, unintentionally, Columbus discovered one of Cuba's biggest treasures, and even some of his companions, became aficionados to these aromatic leaves, so words "tobacco" and "cigar" were incorporated into the vocabulary of the old continent.CUBAN CIGARS Info - download