U.S based music entrepreneur will bring more Americans to Cuba

Posted: 16-Feb-16 14:18

Fabien Pisani, founder and director of Musicabana festival, confirmed that this new event will offer packages for tourists that includes a service for processing visas, allowing American citizens to travel to the Caribbean country.

U.S based music entrepreneur will bring more Americans to Cuba

New initiatives are flourishing in the Cuban artistic field to cope with the increasing demand of holidaymakers willing to go to the island, given that U.S. nationals have many restrictions for travelling to Cuba as tourists, and they need to apply for licenses under 12 categories approved by the American government last year.

As one of this categories includes the possibility to participate in cultural and educational interchanges, Fabien Pisani, creator of the festival Musicabana, is promoting an idea that consist of mediating in the tricky process of obtaining visas, making the journey more attractive for the American public.

This organization is the first of its class in the music business that offers this type of packages, taking advantage of the favourable climate after the U.S. and the Cuban governments announced a new era in their diplomatic relations on December 2014.

Pisani, interviewed by Billboard magazine, stated that:

“We hope Americans will attend Musicabana in record numbers to experience Cuba´s thriving music scene and to help us to build an unprecedented new cultural bridge between Cuba, the United States and the rest of the world.”

The festival, to take place in May, will introduce American singer and producer Sean Paul and Brazilian singer and composer Carliños Brown to the island´s audience.

Organisers of Musicabana have also programmed some of the most popular and recognised Cuban artists and bands, such as Los Van Van, Carlos Varela and Pablo Milanés. Correspondingly, they will bring back to the Caribbean country some Cuban musicians based abroad, like Ibeyi duo and percussionist Pedrito Martinez.

While this concerts will be offered for free or with very low prices to the local audience, as it is stipulated in the standing governmental regulations, packages for holidaymakers will cost between 1,595 and 4,495 U.S. dollars.

Under the new regulations approved on 2015 by the U.S. Treasury Department that made more flexible some points of the embargo policy, impresarios can keep the money collected in their events. Before last year, this kind of profit had to be donated to NGOs or charities.

Musicabana´s website describe the packages as:

“(Packages) will provide plentiful opportunities for participants to engage in meaningful interactions with the Cuban people using music as the foundation for these cultural exchanges.”

Packages comprise salsa dancing lessons and cultural tours around Havana, as well as tickets for the three-day music festival, and accommodation for the premium category.

The Musicabana´s team is also organising Major Lazer concert in Havana which will take place at the beginning of March this year, but for this event there are not cultural or tourist packages offered.

All these new approaches between both countries in the cultural scene, are jointly organised with Cuban cultural authorities.


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