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Culture in Cuba – Music & The Arts 2008

Links to our Favorite Annual Events
HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL – FEBRUARY 2008/09
LOW BUDGET FILM FESTIVAL- GIBARA – April
“CUBADISCO” MUSIC FAIR – MAY
WEMILERE - FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN ROOTS – MAY
FIESTA DEL FUEGO - SANTIAGO – JULY
HIP HOP FESTIVAL – AUGUST
“CUBADANZA” MODERN DANCE WORKSHOP – AUGUST
JAM SESSION FESTIVAL - VARADERO – SEPTEMBER
MATAMOROS SON FESTIVAL - SANTIAGO – OCTOBER
FIESTA DEL TAMBOR – OCTOBER
INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL - OCTOBER
“JO JAZZ” COMPETITION FOR YOUNG JAZZ PLAYERS – NOVEMBER
NEW LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL – DECEMBER


February 2008

17th INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
February 13 –24, 2008
Organizer:  Cuban Institute of Books
Venue: San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, Havana and 40 other cities in Cuba

This is one of Cuba’s main cultural events of the year. It is attended by tens of thousands of people who flock to the fair to participate in book launchings by foreign and Cuban publishing houses, poetry readings, concerts and children’s events. The fair travels from Havana to 40 other cities.
Website: www.cubaliteraria.cu

Chucho - Jazz Festival24th INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (“JAZZ PLAZA”)
February 14 – 17, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music and National Center for Concert Music
Venues: Amadeo Roldan and Karl Marx Theaters, Teatro Mella, Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, The Jazz Café and La Zorra y El Cuervo Jazz Club

Havana’s International Jazz Festival was initiated in 1978 when Bobby Carcasses, and other important Cuban Jazz musicians, presented their first jazz concert at the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza in Vedado. It was so successful that a jazz festival was organized the following year, featuring pianist Chucho Valdés, who later became the festival organizer. The origin of the name of the festival comes from its birth in this open-air venue and the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza remains one of the festivals most important venues.
E-mail: alexisv@icm.cu
Website: www.festivaljazzplaza.icm.cu

The 25th Jazz Plaza Festival is set for February 12–15, 2009. Watch PlazaCUBA.com for more details.


"El Tosco" NG la Banda

Dayramir Gonzalez

Singer: Bheki Khosa Quartet

Bheki Khosa

Review of Jazz Festival 2008 / Photos by Rita:
Jazz fans from all over the globe gobbled up four days of musical offerings at the 2008 Havana International Jazz Festival. Chucho Valdes, a towering piano genius presided over this smorgasbord of Latin jazz, pop, timba and straight ahead jazz. Over 50 players performed this year, including Joao Donato (Brazil), the Bheki Khosa Quartet (South Africa) and vocalist, Martirio (Spain).  Cuba rolled out such greats as Bobby Carcasses y Afro Jazz, Giraldo Piloto y Klimax and NG La Banda. The festival sprawled over ten venues throughout the city, including the Casa de la Cultura de Plaza and the theaters Mella, Almadeo Roldan and Karl Marx.
“Piano Concerts: A tribute to Tete Montoliu,” with a stunning line-up of virtuoso soloists, was a festival highlight. Cuban music fans know about the hard-rocking piano montunos of dance bands like Manolito Y Su Trabuco, but this concert highlighted the depth of Cuban piano playing. Six Cuban pianists and one Brazilian performed solos that leapt over the boundaries between classical music and jazz.  Energetic young players like Dayramir Gonzalez (from the timba band Klimax) poured out a mesmerizing performance. During Ernan Lopez-Nussa’s dreamy solo, a caramel-colored, hard-bodied male dancer stepped on stage and launched into a sultry rumba, igniting a passionate dialogue between melody, rhythm and motion. Solo playing challenges most pianists, but that night all the artists provided polyrhythmic, awe-inspiring feats that sparked the audience to explode into standing ovations again and again.   But Roland Luna was the standout hit of the evening, kicking the level of musicianship up to a higher level.  His elegant touch, savory vocals (tinged with shades of Bill Evans) and musicality mesmerized the audience.  Shutting his eyes and swaying at the Steinway grand piano, Roland played as if he was channeling ancient musical spirits.  At the end of his performance, Chucho Valdes, wrapped his arms around Roland in a playful bear hug.  On the final day of the festival, Tania Maria’s piano spewed out samba and Brazilian pop tunes at the Teatro Amadeo Roldan while on the other side of town at the Casa Cultura Plaza hip-swinging Cuban teens twirled to the blasting trumpets of Manolito Y Su Trabuco. Only in Havana.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURE”
February 18 – 22, 2008
Venue: Casa de las Amèricas.
This conference includes readings, concerts and exhibits by Cuban and International writers and artists. It is dedicated to research about gender violence in the Latin American and Caribbean history.
E-mail: pem@casa.cult.cu
Website: www.casadelasamericas.org


March
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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF SANTIAGO ALVAREZ)
March 7 – 13, 2008
Organizer: The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)
Venues: ¨Cuba¨ and ¨Rialto¨ Cinemas, Santiago de Cuba.

This year’s festival features discussions and showings of a variety of documentary films with themes that include: documentary cinema as it expresses the voice of the people, documentary format vs. reporting, new technologies in documentary filmmaking and cartoons in documentary films.
E-mail: salvarez@icaic.cu, festivalsantiagoalvarez@icaic.cu
Website: www.cubacine.cu/festival/santiago.html

FESTIVAL OF ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC “SPRING IN HAVANA”
March 10 – 16, 2008
Organizer: National Center of Concert Music and the Institute of Cuban Music
Venue: Centro Histórico, National Museum of Fine Arts and the Higher Arts Institute (el ISA), Havana

Composers, musicians and sound engineers participate in concerts and conferences with other prestigious professionals of this genre.
E-mail: inme@cubarte.cult.cu

Pepe Sanchez record cover“PEPE SANCHEZ¨ INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF TROVA
March 15 to 19, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music with Eliades Ochoa Bustamante
Venues: Casa de la Trova and ¨Dolores¨ Concert Hall, Santiago de Cuba.

Different generations of Trova singers come together to share the rich history of Santiago’s Trova movement. A variety of artistic performances, conferences and workshops examine different genres including traditional trova, filin and nueva trova and celebrate the life of Jose “Pepe” Sanchez (1856 – 1918), one of Cuba’s most important Trova singers.
E-mail: cpmusica@cultstgo.cult.cu
Web site: www.cultstgo.cult.cu

Ballet14th INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF BALLET ACADEMIES / COMPETITION FOR BALLET STUDENTS
March 16 – 30, 2008
Organizer: National Center for Artistic Teaching
Venues: The National Ballet School and Grand Theatre, Havana

Master classes and conferences focus on the development of ballet in Cuba and demonstrate Cuba’s methodology for teaching ballet. Also featured are a variety of performances by participating international dance academies and the 10th International Student Ballet Contest.
E-mail: cneart@cubarte.cult.cu
Website: www.cubarte.cult.cu

¨NICOLAS GUILLEN¨ FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND POETRY
March 17 – 21, 2008
Organizer: Association (Union) of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
Venue: Various in Havana

Festival celebrates Nicolas Guillen, one of Cuba’s finest poets and most important writers. He is credited with being one of the first poets to celebrate the black Cuban experience and was named National Poet of Cuba in 1961. Activities include lectures, music and poetry presentations, folkloric shows and visual arts exhibits.
E-mail: albitafng@u.h.cu
Website: www.uneac.org.cu

UNEAC logo“DANZON HABANA” FESTIVAL AND CONTEST
March 25 – 30, 2008 
Organizer: Association (Union) of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
Venues: Theaters in Havana and “EL Bosque¨ Hotel

Musicologists, dancers, bands and Danzon lovers from all over the world come together to celebrate this influential genre of music and dance from the early 1900’s. Danzon evolved from the French-Haitian Contradanza, brought to Cuba by Haitians fleeing the revolution of the late 1700s. The dance style has formal salon characteristics and was heavily influenced by European classical orchestration and the waltz.
E-mail: loyola@cubarte.cult.cu; promoven@uneac.co.cu
Website: www.uneac.org.cu

CELEBRATION OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE IN THE CARIBBEAN
March 27 – April 3, 2008
Organizer: The National Council for the Performing Arts of Cuba, Brownstone Foundation
Venue:  Mella, Nacional and Gran Theaters

The event includes art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances focusing on the richness and multiplicity of modern dance in the Caribbean.
E-mail: noelbonilla@cubaescena.cu


April

“OLGA ALONSO” THEATER FESTIVAL
April 9 – 13, 2008
Organizer: National Council of Casas de Cultura
Venue: Fomento, in Sancti Spìritus

musicology posterThis exciting festival for amateur theatre artists is now in its 10th year. It has contributed to the upcoming reputation of this area as producing some of the best theatrical works in all of Cuba.
E-mail: gartiles@cncc.cult.cu

INTERNATIONAL MUSICOLOGY CONFERENCE AND AWARDS CEREMONY
April 14 – 18, 2008
Organizer/Venue: Casa de las Amèricas
Participation is open to musicologists, professors and other specialists interested in deepening their knowledge of Cuban music. Themes focus on the development and preservation of musical culture in Latin America and the Caribbean.
E-mail: musica@casa.cult.cu
Web: www.casadelasamericas.org

INTERNATIONAL LOW BUDGET FILM FESTIVAL 
April 14 – 20, 2008
Organizer: Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)
Venue: Various in Gibara, Holguín province

The remote town of Gibara sets an unusual yet charming stage for this up and coming film festival. Its goal is to celebrate low budget films from all over the world, fiercely defending cinema made with modest resources and therefore not bound to the rules of commercial filmmaking. Seminars, exhibitions and conferences examine low budget cinema from aesthetic, artistic and technological angles.
E-mail:  festivalcinepobre@icaic.cu
Website: www.cubacine.cu/cinepobre, www.festivalcinepobre.org

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP IN PUPPET THEATER
April 21 – 29, 2008
Organizer: Provincial Council of Performing Arts, Matanzas
Venue: Theaters in Matanzas

Matanzas opens its doors so that a puppet can welcome us with the humbleness of those wishing to meet the reflexive and entertaining spirit that this art expression offers to all puppet-loving people. (I couldn’t resist keeping the original Cuban description and translation of the event.)

Corhabana8TH INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL: “CORHABANA 2008”
April 23 – 27, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music
Venue: Amadeo Roldan, Gran Theater and San Francisco de Asis Concert Hall.

Cuba’s main choirs and musical academies host a meeting of choral groups from all over the world. Groups have an opportunity to perform in the main theatres and concert halls in Havana, to sing and share musical and cultural experiences.
E-mail: coronac@cubarte.cult.cu, cnmc@cubarte.cult.cu


May

Romerias del Mayo“ROMERÍAS DE MAYO” INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUNG ARTISTS
May 2 – 8, 2008
Organizer: “Hermanos Saíz” Association
Venue: Various in Holguín (Eastern Cuba)

Young intellectuals, artists and cultural promoters unite for the defense of humanity, and against war and terrorism. Meetings and presentations focus on artistic creation as a source of spiritual enrichment. This event attracts young researchers, writers, visual artists, playwrights, musicians and dancers interested in socially conscience artistic expression.
E-mail: cibr@baibrama.cult.cu
Website: www.baibrama.cult.cu, www.romeriasdemayo.cult.cu/

Guitar FestivalGuitar FestivalINTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
May 6 – 11, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music
Venues: Amadeo Roldan Theater, Havana

This festival features concerts, conferences, master classes and exhibitions focusing on a variety of musical styles that feature the guitar. Founded by internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer and conductor, Leo Brouwer, this festival has welcomed many distinguished players from all over the world.
E-mail: cnmc13@cubarte.cult.cu

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CUBADISCO 2008 - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FAIR

May 17 – 25, 2008
CubaDiscoOrganizer: Institute of Cuban Music
Venue: Pabellon Cuba, Amadeo Roldan Theater, the Garden of the Institute of Music, ExpoCuba, Salon Rosado de la Tropical and others in Havana

CUBADISCO 2008 is devoted to Africa and its Diaspora, with the theme being Music and Poetry. The goal this year is to strengthen solidarity among continents and to honor our African roots. Workshops and discussions create an environment for reflection by all types of musicians, artists, musicologists and music executives about Cuban and world music and its industry. Awards are given to the best Cuban music recordings on CD and DVD in different musical genres for the previous year. It’s over one week of festivities that include music sales at deep discounts and performances with some of Cuba’s greatest music and dance groups at multiple venues. This is a great time to be in Havana and is one of our favorite events of the year. CUBADISCO 2008 is sponsoring a Rumba all over Cuba called “the Largest Rumba in the World,” which lasts 2 weeks in May, just before the music fair begins.
The Largest Rumba Schedule:
May 3–4: Holguín, May 4–5: Guantánamo, May 5–6: Santiago de Cuba, May 6–7: Granma, May 7–8: Las Tunas, May 8–9: Camagüey,
May 9–10: Ciego de Ávila, May 10–11: Sancti Spiritus, May 11–12: Cienfuegos, May 12–13: Villa Clara, May 13–14: Matanzas,
May 14–15: Pinar del Río, May 15–16 Havana Campo (countryside), May 16–17: Havana City

E-mail: cubadisco@icm.cu
Website: www.cubadisco.soycubano.com
Click here to read more about CubaDisco 2007

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WEMILERE” FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN ROOTS“WEMILERE” FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN ROOTS
May 25 – 31, 2008
Organizer: Provincial/Municipal Management Offices of Culture in Guanabacoa
Venue: Guanabacoa, Havana

Guanabacoa is a neighborhood in Havana that is known for its rich history in Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition. This Festival offers a varied artistic program, including performances with Cuban folklore and rumba groups from all over the island, academic investigation, cultural meetings and tours to places of historic interest.
E-mail: dmcgbcoa@cubarte.cult.cu

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Casa AmericasINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE CARIBBEAN”
May 26 – 31 2008
Organizer: Casa de las Américas
Venue: Various in Havana

Casa de las Américas, Center for Caribbean studies presents a series of lectures and other events addressing topics like, patrimony, religion, oral speech, pop art and cultural similarities and differences within Carribbean culture.
E-mail: caribe@casa.cult.cu
Website: www.casadelasamericas.org

INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL - HAVANA
May 26 – 31, 2008 
Organizer: Association (Union) of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC)
Venues: San Francisco de Asís´s Concert Hall and other sites in Havana.

Poets from all over the world meet for cultural exchange and to promote new works. This World Meeting of Poets for Peace and in Defense of Humanity features concerts, plays, films and poetry readings in public spaces, work places and universities.
E-mail: cubapoesia@uneac.co.cu, proyectosurcuba@uneac.co.cu
Web: www.uneac.org.cu

“CUBANIMA” YOUTH FILM WORKSHOP
May 28 – June 1, 2008
Organizer: Cuban Institute for Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)
Venue: Havana and other provinces

A meeting for young people to exchange ideas about genres like cartoon animation, fiction and documentary films. Kids will make their own cartoons using digital technology and animation.
E-mail: festival@animados.icaic.cu, cubanima@animados.icaic.cu
Website: www.cubacine.cu
www.cubacine.cu/dibujosanimados/festival/index.html


June

20th FESTIVAL “THE SPANISH IMPRINT”
June 1 – 8, 2008
Organizer: Havana’s Grand Theatre and the National Ballet of Cuba
Venue: Havana’s Grand Theatre

Lectures, meeting and performances focus on examining elements of Spanish cultural heritage that have influenced Cuban artistic expression. Cuban and Spanish artists participate in events relating to dance, music, visual arts, literature and cinema. This year also marks the 60th Anniversary of the National Ballet of Cuba.
E-mail: bnc@cubarte.cult.cu
Website: www.balletcuba.cult.cu

INTERNATIONAL CUBAN MUSIC FESTVAL - “VARADERO 2008”
June 11 – 15, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music with Juan Formell
Venue: Various in Varadero

Important Cuban musicians come together to perform and discuss topics relating to the development, evolution and preservation of Cuban music. Attended by Cuban and foreign audiences.
E-mail: alexisv@paradis.artex.cu

22nd INTERNATIONAL “BOLEROS DE ORO” FESTIVAL
June 26 – 29, 2008
Organizer: Association of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
Venue: Various Theaters in Havana

Boleros de Oro is the oldest and most prestigious boleros event in the western hemisphere. Cuban and foreign singers share the stages of some of Havana’s grand theaters and nightclubs in celebration of this popular singing style.
E-mail: loyola@cubarte.cult.cu; promoven@uneac.co.cu
Website: www.uneac.org.cu

CUCALAMBEANA WEEK / DECIMA FESTIVAL
June 30 – July 6, 2008
Organizer: Spanish American Center of Décima and Improvised Verse and Las Tunas Cultural Director’s Office
Venue: El Cornito, Las Tunas

Rural fiesta inspired by poet Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo (El Cucalambé). Poets, musicians, improvisers, artists, researchers and writers will participate in discussions regarding the identity of rural culture in Cuba and review themes like Décima (ten-line verses) and improvised verses within Spanish-American culture.
E-mail: cdecima@tunet.cult.cu, dpclt@tunet.cult.cu
Website: www.tunet.cult.cu


July

“FIESTA DEL FUEGO” SANTIAGO DE CUBA’S CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL
July 3 – 9, 2008
Venue: Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo provinces
Santiago’s biggest festival celebrates its 28th year with activities that focus on the preservation, development and dissemination of Caribbean cultural diversity. This colorful celebration features a wide variety of music and dance performances, religious rituals, workshops and exhibits that reflect the Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions of the eastern part of the island.
E-mail: caribe@cultstgo.cult.cu
Website: www.casadelcaribe.cult.cu

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TRAVELLING CARIBBEAN FILM EXHIBITION
July 14 – 20, 2008
Host: Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and the Industry (ICAIC)
Venue: Chaplin Cinema in Havana, and Cuba Cinema in Santiago de Cuba.

Exhibition showcases films from English, Spanish and French-speaking countries that represent diversity within Caribbean culture.
E-mail: muestracaribe@icaic.cu


August

INTERNATIONAL HIP HOP FESTIVAL
August 19 – 24, 2008
Organizer:  National Council of “Casas de Cultura” in Cuba
Venue: Various in Havana

The best Cuban Rap groups perform with an array of international guests. Discussions focus on this genre and its influence on Cuban culture, as well as touching upon some of the more controversial aspects of Cuban life that are being addressed through Hip Hop culture. The festival also includes dance, graffiti artists and films.
E-mail: gartiles@cncc.cult.cu

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“CUBADANZA” – INTERNATIONAL MODERN DANCE WORKSHOP
August 6 – 17, 2008
Organizer: National Council of Performing Arts
Venue: “Danza Contemporanea,” Cuba’s National Theatre

The Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba holds classes for Cuban and international dance students. The workshop focuses on Cuban modern dance techniques, known as tecnica Cubana, a highly evolved hybrid of ballet, modern dance and Afro-Cuban folkloric movements.
Website: www.havana-cultura.com/en/cuban-ballet/danza-contemporanea-de-cuba/cuban-life.html

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September

JAM SESSION FESTIVAL
September 11 – 14, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music and Chucho Valdés
Venue: Various in Varadero

This festival of improvisation will feature a variety of the most important and influential Cuban jazz players, as well as brilliant musicians from other genres, like son and timba. A real descarga all over Varadero with jam sessions on different stages throughout the beautiful beach town.
E-mail: alexisv@icm.cu
Website: www.jazz.soycubano.com

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23rd INTERNATIONAL HAVANA CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
October 1 – 10, 2008
Organizer: Association of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
Venue: Amadeo Roldan Theatre

This event brings together contemporary Cuban and foreign bands, composers, conductors, and soloists. Also, features a Jazz Competition for Young Jazz Musicians.
Email: teregav@cubarte.cult.cu
Website: www.uneac.org.cu


October

INTERNATIONAL MATAMOROS SON FESTIVAL
October 16 – 20, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music with Adalberto Alvarez
Venue: “Heredia” Theater and Casa de la Trova, Santiago de Cuba

Concerts, workshops, exhibits and meetings focus on the history and development of Son and analyze its place as a permanent part of Cuban Culture. Adalberto Alvarez presides, bringing together the greatest and most famous artists of popular and traditional Cuban music. This event features a dance competition for the best in the areas of Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and Salsa.
E-mail: cpm@cultstgo.cult.cu
Website: www.cultstgo.cult.cu

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INTERNATIONAL FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
October 20 – November 21, 2008
Organizer: Association of Writers and Artists, (UNEAC) and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)
Venue: Cinemateque of Cuba and Charlie Chaplin Cinema

Workshop for people interested in knowing about the main aspects of film production for both professionals and laypeople.
Email: edmival@cubarte.cult.cu
Website: www.uneac.org.cu, www.cubacine.cu

FIESTA DEL TAMBOR (CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM)
October 21 – 25, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music and ¨Antonio María Romeu” Provincial Center of Music
Venue: Teatro América and the Higher Institute for the Arts (el ISA)

Prestigious Cuban and foreign percussionists will participate in performances and discussions aimed at exchanging information on various percussion styles, and displaying Cuba’s level of achievement in the percussive arts. The founder and main organizer of events is Giraldo Piloto, drumset player and director of popular music group, Klimax.
E-mail: romeo@cubarte.cult.cu

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IBERIAN-AMERICAN CULTURE CELEBRATION
October 24 – 30, 2008
Organizer: The Spanish American Center and Holguin´s Provincial Director of Culture.
Venue: The Spanish American Center, Holguin

This celebration highlights the Hispanic presence in Cuban culture. It will include a wide program of concerts, exhibitions, workshops and artistic performances.
E-mail: cibr@baibrama.cult.cu
Website : www.baibrama.cult.cu

INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF HAVANA
October 28 – November 6, 2008
Organizer: Ministry of Culture and the Ballet Nacional de CUBA with Alicia Alonso
Venue: “Gran Teatro” of Havana

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his international gathering is one of the oldest and most prestigious events in the dance world. The Cuban Ballet demonstrates the artistic and technical ability that has given rise to their worldwide recognition as one of the great ballet institutions.
E-mail: bnc@cubarte.cult.cu
Website: www.balletcuba.cult.cu

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November

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP OF RUPESTRIAN ART
November 17 – 22, 2008
Organizer: “Antonio Núñez Jiménez” Foundation, the Anthropological Museum of the University of Havana and the Cuban Speleological Society
Venue: University of Havana

Created for specialists and students interested in the examination, management, protection and conservation of cave painting and art created in rock formations.
E-mail: angel@fanj.cult.cu
Web Site: www.fanj.cu

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “ESPERANTO 2008”
November, 20 – 23, 2008
Organizer: Cuban Association of Esperanto and the Cuban Institute of Books
Venue: International Press Center

International Meeting focusing on Esperanto (neutral language not associated with of any country or ethnic group). Workshops lectures and presentations analzye the theme “Esperanto for a better world.”
E-mail: julian@esperanto.co.cu, info@esperanto.co.cu

“ANFORA” MAGIC FESTIVAL
November 19 – 25, 2008
Organizer: Las Tunas Cultural Center and the National Council of Performing Arts
Venue: Raúl Gómez García Concert Hall, “Tunas” Theatre.

Meetings and classes focus on stage magic, manipulation techniques and various types of illusion.
E-mail: aescnit@tunet.cult.cu

AUTHOR´S WEEK
November 20 – 23, 2008
Organizer: Casa de las Americas
Venue: Casa de las Americas

This annual meeting features discussions and presentations of books and films. It is well attended by prestigious personalities in Latin-American literature.
E-mail: cil@casa.cult.cu
Web site: www.casadelasamericas.org

“JO JAZZ” MUSIC COMPETITION FOR YOUNG JAZZ PLAYERS
November 27 – 30, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music
Venue: “Amadeo Roldán” Theater and other venues in Havana

Short for joven jazz –or young jazz– this competition and music course for jazz players under 30, focuses on experimentation and the creation of one’s own individual style. The event promotes young Cuban talent and demonstrates the contribution of Cuban musicians to Jazz. Among other awards, winners have the possibility of cutting an album with Chucho Valdes.
E-mail: alexis@icm.cu

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“CUBADANZÓN” FESTIVAL
November 20 – 23, 2008
Organizer: Institute of Cuban Music and the Matanzas Provincial Cutural Center
Venue: Sauto Theater and other venues, Matanzas

Events, performances, contests and classes focus on the importance of Danzón in Mantanzas’ rich musical history. Attended by musicians and dancers from all over the world, the program seeks to investigate and preserve this important tradition.
E-mail: cpmusica@enet.cu


December

FIESTA “GUANTANAMERA”
December 1 – 4, 2008
Organizer: Guantanamo´s Provincial Cultural Center
Venue: “Guaso” Theater, Guantanamo

Dynamic event featuring concerts, dance performances, fairs and exhibits that explore this regions particular music and dance styles and cultural influences, including Changüi, Tumba Francesa, Gaga, Vodu and deeply explores Guantanamo’s Haitian folkloric traditions.
E-mail: guantanamera@gtmo.cult.cu
Website: www.gtmo.cult.cu

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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NEW LATIN-AMERICAN CINEMA

December 2 – 12, 2008
Organizer: Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC),  Ministry of Culture and the Casa del Festival
Venue: Various Cinemas in Havana and throughout Cuba

Havana’s International Film Festival is gaining respect as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The Festival promotes works whose significance and artistic value contributes to the enrichment and reaffirmation of Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity. It features a wide panorama of international films, contests for the best scripts and posters, and seminars with themes like: cinema and new technologies, Latin cinema in the U.S., the audiovisual world of the Latin-American child.
E-mail: presidenciafestival@icaic.cu
Website: www.habanafilmfestival.com

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INTERNATIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR 2008
December 5 – 14, 2008
Organizer: Cuban Center of Cultural Assets
Venue: PABEXPO, Havana

This fair features exhibits, wholesale and retail sales of crafts and workshops. A variety of cultures are represented with the focus being to show the diversity and cultural identity of each place. Discussion  are held with recognized experts on the development and marketing of Visual and Applied Arts. This festival has been recognized by many international organizations, including the World Organization of Intellectual Property (OMPI) and UNESCO World Heritage Organization.
E-mail: fcbc@fcbc.cult.cu

 
 
 

 

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