Keep tabs on contemporary Cuban artists and on those who appear on the Havana Cultura website. This is where you’ll find the latest info about their concert tours, gallery exhibitions, CD releases and book launches, in Cuba and around the world.

New documentary focuses on the new generation of Cuban musicians

Havana, Havana! is a documentary directed by American film director David Grubin that gives an account of the homecoming of four Cuban musicians—Raúl Paz, Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa, and David Torrens—previously established abroad.  The film will be aired on PBS Arts on July 27th as part of its Summer Arts Festival. 

 


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A new album by Eme Alfonso

Cuban singer Eme Alfonso releases Eme, her second solo album, this summer. The CD draws its inspiration from 1950s Cuban music and combines soul with boleros, son, and other Latin beats.  Prominent figures of the Cuban musical scene, including Pedro Luis Ferrer, Harold López-Nussa, and X-Alfonso, contributed to the project. The album’s first video, “Buscando inspiración” [‘in the search for inspiration’], is already available on Youtube. 

 


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Roberto Fonseca kicks off a new European tour at Paris's legendary Olympia concert hall

Havana’s hottest artists at the Fiesta Tropical summer festival in Rome

Havana’s hottest artists at the Fiesta Tropical summer festival in Rome

This summer, you can take a dip into Havana’s current musical scene without leaving the Old Continent.  Popular Cuban artists and groups—including Maykel Blanco, Charanga Habanera, Los 4, Kola Loka, Havana d’Primera, and El Chacal— will be featured in Rome’s Fiesta Tropical festival, which takes place in July and August. To see performance dates, visit http://www.fiesta.it/

 


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'7 Days in Havana' will be on UK cinemas starting on July 6th

'7 Days in Havana' will be on UK cinemas starting on July 6th
The film’s release is preceded by preview screenings and events

The movie 7 Days in Havana, produced in collaboration with Havana Club International, will be released in UK theaters on July 6th. To celebrate the arrival of the film, Havana Club hosts a series of public preview screenings complemented with an authentic Cuban cocktail and an after-party in seven cities throughout the country:

26/06- Leeds, White Cloth Gallery

27/06- Edinburgh, The Caves

28/06- Manchester, 2022 NQ

02/07- Sheffield, Showroom & Workstation Cinema

03/07- Bristol, Java Bar

04/07- Brighton, Audio Bar

05/07- London, Soda Cinema Shortwave


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Los Carpinteros solo exhibition in Buenos Aires

Los Carpinteros, the renowned Cuban artistic duo formed by Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez, will be featured in a solo exhibition at Buenos Aire’s Faena Arts Center. Three sculptural works will be displayed at the show: Avião [Portuguese for “Airplane], El Barrio [“the neighborhood”], and Alumbrado Público [“street lights”]. Common to these pieces are the concepts of progress and development. Click on the video above to watch the artists give insight into the show. 

 


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Carlos Garaicoa retrospective at Madrid’s Fundación ICO

Carlos Garaicoa retrospective at Madrid’s Fundación ICO
Until September 9th

Until September 9th, Madrid’s ICO Foundation will host La fotografía como intervención [“Photography as intervention”], a retrospective exhibition that encompasses twenty year of Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa’s photographic work. The opening coincides with PHotoEspaña 2012’s kick-off.

Photography is a central element in the work of this artist that began taking snapshots of buildings in ruin in Havana during the 1990s. He would later extend this technique to other cities to symbolize frustrated dreams and illusions around the world.

Visitors will find not only Garaicoa’s characteristic images of ruinous buildings and deserted architectonical spaces, but also a series composed exclusively for the occasion portraying Cuba’s involvement in Angola’s civil war. The show’s catalog—edited in collaboration with PHotoEspaña and La Feria—presents itself like an artist’s book.


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Havana Cultura artists featured at New York’s Cuban Art Space

Havana Cultura artists featured at New York’s Cuban Art Space
Until June 23rd

To commemorate its 40th anniversary and the 11th Havana Biennial, New York City’s Center for Cuban Studies is currently exhibiting painting, sculpture, drawings, and new media from its collection at Cuban Art Space. Included in the show are Havana Cultura artists Luis Enrique Camejo, José Fuster, and Mabel Poblet, whose multimedia pieces were recently acquired by the Center. 

 


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Fine cuisine brings together Cuban and American citizens at the Havana Biennial

Fine cuisine brings together Cuban and American citizens at the Havana Biennial

Proyecto Paladar is an initiative of New York-based restaurant designer Craig Shillitto designed to foster dialogue through a culinary performance-installation produced for the Havana Art Biennial. Twenty chefs—10 American and 10 Cuban— take turns cooking for groups of 12 guests composed  of ordinary Cubans and foreign visitors at an improvised restaurant within a prefabricated container. The dishes served result from a fusion of New York high cuisine with Cuba’s increasingly sophisticated paladar culture and provide for an occasion of conviviality. 

 


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The film "7 Days in Havana" screened at Cannes

The film 7 Days in Havana was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23rd at the Debussy Theater. Here’s the official trailer! (Spanish with French subtitles)

 


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