Havana to host third Habanarte festival in September

Posted: 26-Jul-16 13:24

Responding to its slogan "every art form at once", the Habanarte festival comes back to Cuba on September with amazing opportunities for culture vultures. From ballet and folkloric dance to photography, painting and music, this edition brings colour and movement to the Cuban capital. Travellers who are interested can purchase a "passport" giving them access to the most exciting events.

Havana to host third Habanarte festival in September

Every art form at once” comes to Cuba’s capital once more, this time from 8th to 18th September. Looking to present the island’s most prominent artistic manifestations, the Habanarte Festival encompasses everything from dance, music and theatre to painting, photography and cinema. As a unique event that tries to unite Cuba’s rich cultural life in a small period of time, the festival welcomes thousands of locals and tourists with a passion for art.

Countless manifestations blow you away during the festival. Dance will set Habanarte off on this occasion, with pieces from Cuba’s National Ballet and Cuba’s Spanish Ballet with Rosario Cardenas’ company and Danza Abierta. The dramatic arts will be represented by “Teatro El Publico” and “Teatro Argos”, directed by Carlos Diaz and Carlos Celdran respectively, both national Theatre Award winners.

Young artists will be the privileged stars of plastic arts in this edition. The Visual Arts Development Centre will show a special exhibition dedicated to aficionados, whilst those who appreciate the art of a wonderful shot can explore the Fototeca (photo gallery), the Galeria Habana and Galeria El Reino.

Last but most certainly not least, music comes with an ample representation. Cuban “trovadores” will occupy a special space with performances from local icons like Frank Delgado, Raul Torres, Polito Ibanez and Gerardo Alfonso. Jazz lovers will also be able to rebel in the amazing concerts of virtuosos like Yasek Manzano, Aldo Lopez Gavilan and Ruy Lopez Nussa, whilst those who prefer the flavour of popular Cuban salsa beats can dance the night away with the legendary Van Van, David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera and Elito Reve y su Charangon.

If you’re travelling to the island around these dates, you can make sure you don’t miss out on Habanarte’s top events by purchasing “passports”. Tourism agency, Paradiso sells two kinds of “passports”, special permits which grant you access to some of the most incredible shows, performances and visits. For a price of $150, Passport 1 includes tickets to the Cuban National Ballet, a tour around the Great Theatre of Havana, visits to Casa de la Musica and Fine Arts Museum, among other amazing activities. Passport 2 ensures tickets to Cuban National Ballet, a patrimonial tour and tickets to a Cultural Artex Centre in Havana.

This year the Festival has gone a step further by organising the International “Primera Linea” Music Forum, with Womex (World Music Expo) as a partner, according to UNESCO, “the most important professional fair” which includes folk, ethnic, traditional and alternative music. The nation’s Culture Ministry and Institute of Music are also part of the initiative.

Primera Linea” allows music enthusiasts to get a real feel of how art is nurtured in the island, by offering visits to schools, shows and singular spots where musical magic happens. The most memorable visits include professional recording studios like the EGREM and Abdala, to Cuba’s Superior Arts Institute, the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and the typical “Callejon de Hamel” and the world-famous Tropicana cabaret.

Antonio Martinez, the Forum’s main coordinator, who has dedicated his career to launch Latin American artists into a worldwide market, stated that the country had a lot to offer in terms of arts, and that this Festival would be a clear demonstration. Although this year’s edition will be focused on promoting Cuba, next festivals will be “open to international music, mostly from the surrounding Caribbean”.


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