The Arts in Cuban Culture
Available for small groups upon request
January-February-March-April-October-November-December - 2019
The Arts in Cuban Culture travel program provides a unique opportunity for participants to customize a program that combines architectural restoration, visual arts, dance, music, community arts and gardening to create a unique learning experience in Cuba. Participants will stay at a bed and breakfast and share daily experiences with Cuban people and experts in the areas of architectural history and restoration in Havana, contemporary visual arts, classic, contemporary, folkloric and popular dance and music, how the arts are applied in community development projects and the art of gardening and organic agriculture. The program will provide the option of private conferences and guided visits to sites leaded by Cuban experts. Each day will include morning and afternoon field trips to selected sites with programed lunches and evening venues to experience Cuban cuisine, art, dance, and music will be available upon request.
Program Package Fee
Will depend on day and night activities and sites selected by participants through a planning interview to decide program focus and intrerests.
Please CONTACT US to set an appointment.
What is Included?
Instructions will be provided to book flights to Havana and buy the Cuban visa. Tickets
will be booked by each group member using miles or a credit card.
For a Planning Appointment
Please visit ourCONTACT US page and provide all required Information. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.
Sample Itinerary - 5 nights - Architecture, Visual Arts and Dance
DAY 1 - ARRIVE
Once in Havana, we will be on our way to our Bed and Breakfast to drop off our luggage; next we take a panoramic tour of the city and have lunch in Old Havana. After lunch, we head back to our B&B to check-in. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for a welcome dinner.
DAY 2 - VISUAL ARTS
We begin with breakfast at our B&B followed by an interactive seminar with a Cuban art historian who will facilitate a conversation about the most interesting developments in Cuban contemporary arts as these relate to a more general state of affairs in Cuban society during the last decades. The seminar will be based on work exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts-Cuban Collection, to be visited in the afternoon. After the seminar and lunch we will visit the Cuban Art Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Cuban Art Collection is the most comprehensive display of artwork—spanning nearly three centuries. In the evening, we will have dinner and 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, performances, jazz concerts, even a film screening—all in the same venue on the same night.
DAY 3 – COLONIAL ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION
After breakfast, a Cuban architect will facilitate the seminar about architectural restoration projects in Old Havana and the Cuban experience using the arts in these efforts. After the seminar, we will visit Old Havana for a guided walking field trip with an architect. We will visit three of the five plazas in Old Havana with stops to the Experimental Graphic Design Workshop, Colonial Arts Museum, Palace of Captain Generals, and the Museum of the City of Havana. An art center to visit will be the Jean Baptieste Vermay Painting Restoration Workshop. This workshop is in charge of restoring all canvas paintings considered national patrimony and exhibited in different museums and public spaces.
DAY 4 – REPUBLICAN ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION
We begin with an overview of the architectural restoration efforts in the area of Parque Central (Central Park). An architect, who specializes in the restoration of republican-era buildings in Parque Central, will lead us on a walking field trip of the Manzana Kempinski Hotel, the Capitol Building, and the Alicia Alonso Theater — all jewels of Cuban architecture. After the walking visit, we will travel to Revolution Square to visit the Jose Marti Memorial. Inaugurated in 1996, on the 143rd anniversary of Marti’s birth, the memorial contains original documents, relics, and engravings related to the life and work of the Cuban Apostle. The obelisk tower is the highest lookout point over the city at nearly 455 feet (138.5 meters) above sea level. Our last stop is the Hotel Nacional and a walking tour of its facilities. Opened in 1930, the hotel shows eclectic style architecture with Art Deco, Moorish, Neoclassical, and Neocolonial characteristics. Hotel Nacional was home for guests such as Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), Edward VIII (Prince of Wales), Jack Dempsey, Errol Flynn, the Duke of Windsor, Carol II of Romania, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Prince Ali Khan, Ernest Hemingway, Fred Astaire, Cesar Romero, and Gary Cooper among others.
DAY 5 – DANCE
The history of classical ballet in Cuba is internationally known through the work of Alicia Alonso and the Cuban National Ballet Company. Through a seminar with an expert in Cuban dance, we will get a better understanding of the contributions made by ballet dance in Cuba and its impact on contemporary dance companies. The seminar will be delivered at the Fernando Alonso National Ballet School, followed by a demonstration by faculty and students. The morning seminar will set the context for a gallery walk of the National Museum of Dance followed by a demonstration and conversation with dancers of a The Teatro Danza Retazos Company, organizers of the City in Motion Festival. To finish our adventure and say “hasta luego, Cuba,” we will enjoy a farewell dinner followed by a unique dance experience at the Parisiene Nightclub at the Nacional Hotel. The show called “Cubano, Cubano,” is a representation of the history of Cuban culture with Indo-American, Spanish, and African dances and music. To finish the night, there will be dance lessons for anyone who wants to learn how to rumba!
DAY 6 - DEPART
After a final breakfast with an evaluation of the program, followed by checkout and lunch, we will travel to José Martí International Airport for departure.
Danza Teatro Retazos