Havana gears up to an arty summer with the launch of Arte en La Rampa 2016

Posted: 04-Jul-16 13:56

Having officially kicked off on 1st July with plans to last all throughout the summer until mid-September, one of Havana's most popular annual fairs, "Arte en la Rampa" is now in full swing. Over the following weeks the capital city will be exhibiting authentic Cuban art in all forms of expression, with the majority of special activities, galleries, seminars and workshops housed inside the fair's headquarters at Pabellon Cuba. The popular venue in downtown Havana will also host a series of one-off performances from invited guests such as jazz and trova performers.

Havana gears up to an arty summer with the launch of Arte en La Rampa 2016

The Cuban capital will be dressed in a flurry of colours, textures and shapes as the 17th edition of the Cultural Cuban Fair Arte en La Rampa 2016 gets under way. An annual event that sees the city showcasing the very best and finest of its art across the streets, galleries and exhibition spaces, this year’s fair promises to be a real treat for the senses whether you’re a die-hard art aficionado or an occasional art lover.

Like every year, numerous open spaces and art venues across Havana will be showcasing the latest local designs in a number of arts and crafts, from footwear, textiles, metal craftsmanship and natural fibres to outdoor furniture; giving holidaymakers an exceptional opportunity to buy an even wider variety of souvenirs and special Cuba holiday mementos.

Exhibitors will come from various nearby provinces like Artemisa, Mayabeque, Cienfuegos and Matanzas to showcase their artisan goods, and not only sell them but also expose them to a wider audience and add prestige to their crafts by making their names known. Mercy Correa, a member of the organising committee for the Cuban Fund of Cultural Goods ("Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales") and the Sainz Brothers Association ("Asociacion Hermanos Sainz") said of the fair:

“Arte en la Rampa is Cuba’s culture fair”

She added that during 2016’s opening ceremony, over the course of the fair’s first few days, the works of Cuban photographers, Liborio Noval and Ismael Francisco, gathered under a collection titled “Soldado de las ideas” (Ideas Soldier) would be presented in celebration of Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, to whom the event is dedicated to this year.

Music will feature big as part of Arte en la Rampa’s celebrations, with various performances planned, including jazz jamming sessions and trova concerts, as well as recitals from fusion group Interactivo and local singers and songwriters Polito Ibanez and Ernesto Blanco. On top of that, EGREM, Cuba’s signature music label, will be organising a series of concerts to present some of its Cuban musicians’ latest singles and albums. A great time to be travelling to the island and discover local contemporary talent, music-loving visitors will have a pick of musical events to choose from and fantastic opportunities for getting acquainted with Cuban sounds live.

The "patio" at Pabellon Cuba will be the centre stage for popular salsa bands like Armando y Su Talisman (performing 13th August), fusion singer Raul Paz (on 28th August) and Ray Fernandez (on 3rd Semptember). Contemporary songstress and songwriter Diana Fuentes will be on 10th September. Also singing and playing live, popular musician David Torrens will bring the event to a close with a concert on the fair’s last day, 18th September.

Alongside the music and the festival’s colours, special book presentations will also take place as well as CD launches and one-off magazine editions. Activities dedicated to the littlest ones in the family will bring special joy to those taking a break from school during the summer season. Watch this space for more updates on what Arte en la Rampa 2016 will bring in the upcoming weeks and months.


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