​​​​​​​​​​​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 29 - May 4, 2019 - with Art Center Sarasota

The Arts in Cuban Culture travel program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about Cuban architecture, visual arts, dance, and music. Experts in these areas share their experiences and knowledge about the rich and complex narrative of Cuba’s renown arts history. Each day students get guided tours that include visits to restored architectural sites (or those in the process of restoration); or to studios and exhibits in public spaces and private galleries to talk with contemporary artists.  

At the center of our 2019 program is the “13thHavana Biennial.” The Biennial features artists from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas and encourages not only traditional artists to show art, but also the most exciting and experimental artistic projects in alternative places all around the city.

According to poet, critic, and architect, Nelson Herrera Ysla, a member of the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center curatorial team, “the purpose is to occupy public spaces in the city, where the presence of the work of visual artists join dancers, actors, musicians, and architects, all integrated to make moving through the city to look like crossed by constant cultural events.” 

The conceptual platform of the Biennial will respond to the present and, at the same time, “sketch possible notions of the future, at least at the level of the poetic or symbolic, aimed at the needs of social transformation in the world today.”

​​Program Includes

  • 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 tour to Havana
  • Admission to all sites in the itinerary
  • ​Tips for museum docents, driver, Cuban tour guide and servers 
  • Lecture by Cuban art curator
  • 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; 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

  • one dinner and one lunch
  • ​Optional evening entertainment activities suggested
  • Gratuities for luggage handlers and maids
  • Airfare  to Tampa, if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Overnight accommodations 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.

Registration and Payment Due Dates 

Dec. 1, 2018                Registration Documents Deadline
                                  50% (per person) of Program Cost  

March 1, 2019              45 days before departure 
                                  50% (balance per person) of Program Cost

Payment Options

Cashier's Check or Credit Card

Itinerary - Specific Biennial venues and events will be announced one month before date of departure.


Our flight from Tampa to Havana will take an hour. Once in Havana, we will meet our bilingual tour guide who will be with us every day throughout our stay. Our first tour includes a panoramic tour of Havana, followed by lunch. Every day you will have free time to relax before we gather for dinner.


We begin with a buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by a presentation by a Cuban art expert on Contemporary Art in Cuba and the 13th Havana Biennial. After the presentation, it’s off to Old Havana to learn about restoration results during the last 30 years. Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana a “Universal Patrimony of Humanity.”  We will tour two of the five plazas in Old Havana, and after lunch participate in Biennial activities. 


The National Museum of Fine Arts, featuring the Cuban Art Collection (and Biennial Exhibits) is the most comprehensive display of artwork spanning nearly three centuries, is where we will spend our morning. After lunch, we will attend Biennial activities. You may wish to join the group for dinner or visit one of the many jazz clubs in Havana.  


We go back to Old Havana and explore two additional plazas and participate in Biennial activities. In In the evening you may choose to visit 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. 


We visit the Biennial exhibit at La Cabaña Fortress, and after lunch, enjoy the exhibits on Linea Street and along Malecon two main art venues in public spaces, art centers, and parks. We end our adventure with a farewell dinner.  You may also choose to say “hasta luego, Cuba,” by taking in a unique dance experience at the Tropicana Cabaret.

Lunch and departure from José Martí International Airport

Program Package Fee

Single   $4500

Double  $3800 p.p.