Havana Club International S.A. presents Havana Cultura

A window on contemporary Cuban creativity


Go north from anywhere in Havana and you arrive at the Malecón, the ocean boulevard that stretches from Habana Vieja to the mouth of the Almendares river. The Malecón’s great attraction is the wide stone seawall that shields the city from the Caribbean and provides a prime resting place for Havana’s restless population. Night or day, couples kiss, kids play on the rocks below, men fish from inner tubes bobbingon the surf - unless, of course,Yemaya’s in a contrary mood.

Yemaya is the goddess who rules the ocean,as any Cuban practitioner of Santeria can tell you,and when she starts sending waves up and over the seawall, look out. Even a low-level storm can leavethe Malecón flooded across all six lanes of highway. Seawater pours in, geysers erupt through cracks inthe pavement, storm-drain covers rocket skyward….

Head back inland and you encounter a tempest ofa different sort. Artistic expression, surging fromevery corner of Havana, shows no sign of letting up. Our Santeria friends point again to Yemaya, whose goddess duties include making creation happen.It’s not difficult to see how busy she’s been.

In Havana’s art galleries and museums but also in open-air markets, schools, abandoned factories and tiny one-room flats, visual artists are showing what they do, and much of it is astonishingly good. Some artists hope for a quick sale to a passing tourist, but many more, like most artists in the world, dream ofan exhibition abroad. And with ever greater numbers of the world’s art patrons paying attention, as they’ve been doing since the Havana Biennial began to showcase Cuban art in 1984, such dreams are looking more like a sensible career path.

Over at La Tropical and La Casa de la Musica, allof young Havana is dancing to the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of son, salsa, cha-cha and rumba that started in Cuba and never stopped, not to mention reggaeton and, of course, timba (warning: stay clear of the dancefloor unless you’re equipped for the challengeof Cuban timba rhythms). Someone once remarked that all Cuban music is dance music, but that doesn’t prepare you for the virtuosity of the musicians performing at these dance clubs or in just about anyof Havana’s cafes, concert halls, cabarets, or bodegas.

You get the point. You don’t have to look far in Havana to find evidence of creativity. But you haveto look carefully. You have to listen for those few notes of Afro-Cuban jazz coming from a piano somewhere as you stroll along the Paseo del Prado. You have to read the poem scribbled on a tiny piece of paper and left at an Orisha shrine.

Havana Cultura exists to enable Havana’s artists to show the world what they do, and to let the world see and hear what they have to say about their work, their life and their city. It’s an international effort, originating in Havana and made possible by Havana Club International S.A. We hope you enjoy the show.

Havana Club International S.A
Calle A n° 309 e/ 13 y 15
Vedado, Plaza,
Ciudad de La Habana,


Me encanta el trabajo que habeis hecho, vengo de hacer un reciente viaje a cuba y he encontrado gente que me había hablado de muchos de los artistas que citais por aqui... me encanta el flamenco fusionado con otros estilos musicales y con este trabajo habeis abierto la caja de pandora 2... ya solo queda tirar del hilo... gracias a todos.
I'm an African American living in Charleston S.C one of my Latino friends told me about your website and the Great art and music I love what I see and hear...one of my dreams is to visit Havana Cuba I love the cultura , I'm an Artist and Photographer and former Radio announcer I will be visiting your site offend. Jae
Rosell y Fernandez
It makes those of us who left before 1959 very homesick--I see the movement --I hope you support Pres Obama in opening up our country enough is enough. Thank you for this site and introducing me to Haydee..which I will in turn introduce to 50k viewers on my site. Vayan con Dios
daniel Allen
HI.. Soy Daniel trompetista cubano viviendo en Berlin .. tengo un proyecto con Dj que se llama" Los Negros " que precisamente representa esa fusion de la musica cubana con muchos otros estilos como siempre hice en Cuba tambien,,hace tiempo estoy buscando un poco de apoyo de bookings y promocion para que el mensaje llegue a donde tiene que llegar .. gracias El congo
Hein de Brouwer
Me encanta Cuba y Havana Club- I love Cuba and Havana Club!
Me interesa informacion para ver la posibilidad de traer a tijuana el concepto cine-havana , contamos con el inmueble adecuado y los permisos necesarios, esperamos noticias , gracias
What a pleasure to see the talent in my Cuban brothers and sisters. I was born in Cuba but left at the age of seven. 30 years later I yearn for my motherland. I pray the Good Lord is watching over it and all its beautiful people. The website is magnificent and I am so pleased to have found it.
cool site
policarpio rodriguez
holas saves lo que quiero es que me puedan dar datos para poder estar en esa escuela de ballet me llamo miguel angel rafael policarpio rodriguez y estoy o sdoy peruano . por favor quien lea este mensaje quisiera estar en cuba por la linda educacion de. baile la danza . es mi pasion . quiero saver . mas de este . escuerla . por favor .
What a wonderful website. I discovered it by reading an artcle on Havana written by D.J Giles Peterson. This site provides a much needed showcase for the wealth of creative talent that exists in Cuba and which makes Cuba such a much loved and very special place. Long may it continue! Viva Cuba!. Veronica.
Reinaldo Powell
Este proyecto es algo muy bonito e increible. Saludos les esperamos en Kiev, Ukraine !!! Estudioa Salsa Club
Wonderful site! At last I saw my favorite writer P.J.Gutierrez! Bravo Havana Club, it's the second reason I like you...
pedro bandera
nos gustaria traer algunos de estos artistas a brasil
me encanta que fino seria que hubiese un lugar para estudiar danza contemporanea en venezuela tan bueno como el de ustedes =)
Your presentation is wonderful, totally integrating video with the passionate power of your dance. I look forward tos seeing you in action... H.Smith
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