The Arts in Cuban Culture : A Panoramic View of Architectural Restoration, Visual Arts, Music and Dance
March 4-9 / 18-23, 2019
April 15-20, 2019
October 28-November 2, 2019
November 10-15, 2019
December 9-14, 2019
The Arts in Cuban Culture travel program provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn how architectural restoration is implemented to create self-sustained urban development efforts in Old Havana. Cuban experts in the areas of architectural restoration and contemporary visual arts will deliver lectures. Each lecture will be followed by guided visits to restored architectural sites (or those in the process of restoration), a fine arts museum; demonstrations by contemporary dance companies, and evening venues to experience Cuban art, dance, music and cuisine.
Program Package Fee
FOR GROUPS OF 12 PARTICIPANTS
Single Room $3000
Double Room $2700 p.p.
FOR GROUPS OF 6 PARTICIPANTS
Double Rooms Only $2900 p.p. (king, queen or twin beds available)
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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Our flight to Havana from Tampa, Florida will take one hour. Once in Havana, we will be on our way to our B&B to drop off our luggage. Next we will have a panoramic visit to the city and have lunch in Old Havana. After lunch, we head back to our B&B to complete check-in. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for a welcome dinner.
DAY 2 - COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE RESTORATION
After breakfast, a Cuban architect will deliver a lecture about architectural restoration projects in Old Havana. The lecture will describe restoration efforts in three of 6 plazas we will visit later during the program. After the lecture we will visit Old Havana. Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. You will learn about Old Havana as a unique urban development project that integrates community and economic development with art. Through a walking visit guided by our morning speaker we will visit Cathedral and Arms Squares. In Cathedral Square we will visit the Experimental Graphic Workshop (printmaking). In Arms Square we will stop to visit the Palace of Captains Generals and the City Museum of Havana. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for dinner.
DAY 3 – REPUBLICAN ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION
Our day will begin with an overview of the architectural restoration efforts in the area of Parque Central (Central Park) through a walking visit of the Manzana Kempinski Hotel and the Capitol Building — jewels of Cuban architectural restoration effort. After the walking visit, we will travel to Hotel Nacional for lunch and a guided tour of the hotel. 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. After dinner you will enjoy an evening of Cuban Jazz.
DAY 4 – VISUAL ARTS
We begin with breakfast at our B&B followed by a lecture by a Cuban art historian and curator 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 lecture will be based on work exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts-Cuban Collection, to be visited after the lecture. 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 5 – DANCE
Our last day in Havana will start with a guided visit to the Alicia Alonso Theatre. The history of classical ballet in Cuba is internationally known through the work of Alicia Alonso and the Cuban National Ballet Company. The construction of this building, financed by donations of Galician emigrants, began in 1908 and it opened in 1915 with an opera season offered by important artists of the period. In 1985, at the initiative of the prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, the building was renamed the Great Theatre of Havana. Following extensive renovations, the theatre has reopened on January 1, 2016 and renamed to honour the Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso.
After lunch we will visit the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company for a private presentation. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is the precursor and maximum exponent of the "fusion" style in Cuban dance. Founded 25 years ago by its creator, director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, it has conquered audiences of all ages in the five continents, performing in hundreds of cities with the strength and rhythm of the Cuba that vibrates today. The Company works with the Old Havana community providing dance classes to 1,200 students.
To finish our journey 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 followed by checkout and lunch, we will travel to José Martí International Airport for departure.