​​​​​​​​​​The Arts in Cuban Culture: 13th Havana Biennial 

Registration Deadline - December 1, 2018
Limited to groups of 15 participants

April 22-27, 2019 - with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College
Judy Levine, Guest faculty

​​April 15 - 20, 2019

April 29 - May 4, 2019

At the center of this program is the 13th Havana Biennial with the participation of artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. In addition, during the Biennial, the Cuban Art Collateral Exhibit shows the work of 200 Cuban artists in sites all over the city of Havana. The Havana Biennial encourages not only traditional artists to show art but also the most exciting and experimental artistic projects in alternative places all around the city.
The goal of the 13thHavana Biennial is to promote “the interaction between the public, creators, curators, experts and institutions» and represents an aspiration for «art to point to new ways of collective reasoning and for art work to provide, through the confrontation of different creative models, more interaction between public, locations and levels of experience”.
In addition to the Biennial experience, the Arts in Cuban Culture travel program provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn about Cuban architectural restoration, dance and music. Cuban experts in these areas will share their experiences with our delegates. Each day will include guided visits to restored architectural sites (or those in the process of restoration) and opportunities to experience Cuban visual arts, dance and music.    

​​Program Inclusions

  • Access pass to all Biennial activities
  • Ground transportation in luxury AC bus
  • Five nights accommodations at Mercure Sevilla Hotel
  • 14 meals (5B, 5L, 4D)
  • Panoramic visit to Havana
  • Admission to all sites in the itinerary
  • ​Tips for museum docents, driver, Cuban Tour Guide and servers in included meals
  • Lecture by Cuban art curator - Contemporary Arts in Cuba and the 13th Havana Biennial
  • Bilingual Cuban Tour Guide 
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Educational license to travel
  • Orientation before departure

Not included

  • $225 (estimate) round trip airfare to Havana from Tampa on Southwest Airlines                           

       Air tickets will be individually booked online after registration deadline using miles or a credit 

       card; health insurance while in Cuba is included in the airfare.

  • $50 Cuban tourist visa  

       Travelers will be able to buy the Cuban visa online before departure or at the Southwest check-

       in counter at the airport on the day of departure

  • 1 dinner and 1 lunch
  • ​Optional evening entertainment activities suggested
  • Gratuities for luggage handlers, maids, Cuban Tour Guide and driver
  • Airfare for connecting flight to - from Tampa, if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Tampa hotel the night before departure
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance

For a Registration Packet

Please visit our
Contact Us  page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.

Payment Options

Cashier's Check or Credit Card

Itinerary - Specific Biennial venues and events will be available one month before departure day.


Our journey from Tampa, Florida to Havana, Cuba will take an hour. Once in Havana we will meet our bilingual Cuban Tour Guide who will be with the group every day during the program. As soon as we get to our bus we will be on our way to a panoramic tour of Havana, lunch and accommodations at the hotel in Havana. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for a welcome dinner.


Our fist day in Havana will start with a buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by a lecture by a Cuban art curator about contemporary art in Cuba and the 13th Havana Biennial. After the lecture guided by a Cuban architect, we will visit Old Havana to learn about restoration results during the last 30 years. Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. We will visit two of the five plazas in Old Havana. After lunch we will participate in Biennial activities. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for dinner.


During the morning of day 3 in Havana we will visit the National Museum of Fine Arts - Cuban Collection and Biennial Exhibits in the museum.  The Cuban Art Collection is the most comprehensive display of artwork—spanning nearly three centuries. After lunch we will attend other Biennial activities. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for dinner.  
OPTIONAL- If you are interested this can be the night for you to enjoy Cuban jazz in one of the many jazz clubs in Havana or just go for a walk to participate in evening Biennial activities.


On Day 4 we will go back to Old Havana. During this visit we will explore two additional plazas and participate in Biennial activities taking place in art centers through the city. You will have free time to relax before dinner on your own.
OPTIONAL- In the evening, after dinner, you can visit the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) (Cuban Arts Factory.) FAC is the initiative of renowned Cuban musician X-Alfonso. The groundbreaking project uses nightlife as a platform for numerous cultural activities, art exhibits, a dance party (or jazz concert), even a film screening—all in the same venue on the same night.


On this day we will visit the Cuban Art Biennial Exhibit at La Cabaña Fortress and after lunch
participate in Biennial activities along the Malecon and Linea Street, two main venues of the biennial exhibiting art in public spaces, art centers and parks. You will have free time to relax before our farewell dinner.
OPTIONAL- To finish our journey, and to say “hasta luego, Cuba,” you might be interested in enjoying a unique dance experience at the Tropicana Cabaret. 

Lunch and departure from José Martí International Airport

Program Package Fee

Single   $4400

Double  $3800 p.p.