Cuba to host first electronic music festival in 2016

Posted: 13-Oct-15 09:46

As the United States and Cuba resume diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostilities, new experiences are being opened up to both Cubans and visitors. The Caribbean island will be getting its first ever electronic music festival in Santiago de Cuba in May, 2016, where Afro-Cuban Folkloric music will meet electronic masterminds.

Cuba to host first electronic music festival in 2016

For the first time ever, Cuba is to host an electronic music festival next year, thanks to MANANA, a Cuban/British non-profit organisation.

Following more than five decades of hostilities between the United States and Cuba, diplomatic relations are well on their way to being resumed, resulting in a blend of cultural experiences for both Cubans and visitors.

MANANA is set to take place in May, 2016 in Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba, and it will feature a collaboration between traditional Afro-Cuban Folkloric music and modern electronic sounds.

The event was created in a partnership between "ethical travel company" Caledonia Worldwide, and Harry Follett from London and Cuban hip-hop legend, Alain Garcia Artola. The pair joined forces to record Folkloric musicians experimenting with electronic hardware.

Using a Kickstarter campaign, where buyers will receive-shirts, tickets, and dubplates, the festival is using the initial $60,000 already raised to fund a line-up of impressive Cuban and international musical legends, including Mala, London club promoter Hydra, Santiago Rumba group Oba Tuke, UK tropical collective Sofrito, and Puerto Rican band Grupo IFE.

Since the changes in the law for travel to Cuba, American residents will now be able to visit the Caribbean island for a number of reasons including cultural tours, educational visits, and religious purposes, through licenced tour operators and agents.

While general tourism and sun holidays are still prohibited, visits to Cuba where Americans engage and interact with the local community, are permitted through "people to people" programmes.

Situated in the Caribbean Sea, south of the United States, Cuba is an island nation that is home to popular tourist destinations such as the historic capital city, Havana; the beautiful Jardines del Rey archipelago which boasts virgin cays, azure ocean waters and thriving coral reefs; the Spanish Colonial city of Trinidad; and the popular beach resort of Varadero with 21 kilometres of coastline and white sandy beaches.


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