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Fabrica de Arte Cubano - Cuban Art Factory

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.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano - Cuban Art Factory in Havana


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.

Habanarte Habanarte the art event that involves different Cuban artists. Habanarte aims to give a true picture of what is happening in Cuban culture today, from the traditional to the most innovative and avant- garde. This year the event will include a Special Exhibition at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, performances by dance companies Rosario Cardenas, Ballet Espanol de Cuba, Danza Abierta and the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional; musical performances by Aldo Lopez- Gavilan, Interactivo, Roberto Fonseca, Gerardo Alfonso, Polito Ibanez, Raúl Torres, Frank Delgado, Telmary, Yasek Manzano, Van Van, Bamboleo and Charanga Habanera, among many other.

From September 14 to 17, the Gran Teatro de La Habana will host first International Forum of Front Line Music aimed at assessing and creating mechanisms for the promotion of Cuban music abroad. The forum will include fairs, lectures and showcases. There will also be a special tour of Guanabacoa, the cradle of great figures of Cuban music such as Ernesto Lecuona, Ignacio Villa and Rita Montaner.

Havana Book Fair  February, 2017 (annual)

Hemingway's typewriter   Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway's typewriter in his room, Hotel Ambos Mundos in Old Havana
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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.

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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.

Galleria La Casona La Casona art gallery - Photography in Old Havana go  "Our Natural World" by Wlodek Sass
National Museum of Natural History, Plaza de Armas in Old Havana.

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.

Galeria: Diago
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

Galeria: Servando
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
Phone: 861-02.41

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".

Old Havana street music

Havana Carnival - August 2016 (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.

Havana Carnival

Danza Teatro Retazos
Retazos event in Old Havana

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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

International Dance Festival in Havana Urban Scenery - April 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 go

Internacional Festival Boleros de Oro in Havana - June 22 to 26, 2016

Bolero, a musical genre which emerged in Cuba in the second half of the 19th century, the first printed notation of a bolero is Tristezas, written by composer Jose Pepe Sanchez. This genre has had a marked influence in other countries of the area, including places as far away as Spain and Japan.
The first Bolero festival was held in Havana in 1987, it is considered the oldest festival of its kind in Latin America.

Tropicana Cabaret Havana
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Carnival de Santiago de Cuba - 22 to 28 July, 2016
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 Cuba.
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 2016

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 Cuban International Salsa Festival & Musicabana Festival - 2017 (annual)

Ritmo Cuba
Ritmo Cuba - A great variety of workshops and lessons that are part of the festival program. "Rumba afrocubana" traditional "Son" , "Rueda de Casino", Chachacha and Mambo. Seven days of non-stop Salsa, excellent lessons of rumba, of traditional son. Gran Teatro de la Habana to be its official venue of its party nights.

Cuban Music
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 & Dance Festival

Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival March 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.

Through subsequent collaborations Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival has grown to encompass more than 1600 artists, including dance companies, musical ensembles, folklore groups and some of the hottest percussionists on Earth.
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.

Jazz  Havana International Jazz Festival "Jazz Plaza 2016" December 2016

Jazz Caffe in Havana
Havana Jazz Festival "Jazz Plaza 2016"

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.

Best Havana Jazz Clubs:

"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 - 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.

Jazz Cafe Festival Internacional de Musica Benny More - September 2016 (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.

havanaFestival of the Habana Cigar  February 27 - March 3, 2017 (annual)  
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Cigar Habanos

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.

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