There are only 21 days before Havana officially turns 500 years old and, in the lead-up to the big birthday celebrations the city’s cultural calendar has already started to fill up with a series of events, some paying tribute to the half-millennium milestone. It’s a time to celebrate and as always, our casas are the best place to stay!

 

Our Havana casa particular owners are in a flurry, and they’ve got reasons to be! The Cuban capital is warming up to its 500th anniversary next month and the city’s going all out in the last week of October. If you’re in Havana now, lucky you! Whether you’re there right or planning a Cuba holiday in the next week or so, this is the blog post you need to read to find out where to be today and over the coming days in order not to miss all the action. We’ll keep updating the info published in this blog post as more events are announced, and there will be more to come, just remember that Cuba tends to announce leisure and nightlife goings-on kind of last minute, so keep checking back here!

Dance

Cuba Vibra! at Teatro Nacional (25th to 27th October)

The prestigious Havana-based contemporary dance company Litz Alfonso is performing its latest production “Cuba Vibra!” this weekend from 25th to 27th November at Havana’s Teatro Nacional de Cuba. Catch the dancing action every night this weekend starting tonight, at the theatre’s Sala Avellaneda hall. Tickets are on sale onsite, at the theatre’s ticket office.

Room of a casa particular in Vedado, Havana
Casa Leticia – a lovely Havana casa particular in Vedado

And what is Cuba Vibra all about you ask? Well, it’s been choreographed to take viewers on an immersive journey through Cuba’s many music genre and dance styles, from last century’s 50s decade to today. The characters in the production tell a variety of stories to the rhythms of mambo, cha cha cha, conga, bolero, filin’ …all of which will make for a vibrant spectacle not to miss. If you wonder what Havana casas particulares are closest to the theatre, you’ll do well with any in the Vedado area or in the Cerro municipality. Casa Leticia for example is a 20-minute walk away or Casa de Mario and the swanky Casa Penthouse Artedel, both a 30-minutes’ scenic stroll (alternatively a taxi will drop you there in 5 to 7 minutes).

30th Festival del Cha Cha Cha (25th to 27th October)

Fancy a cha cha cha? Whether you’re a dance lover, a cha cha expert or an eager dance enthusiast you’ve got a date in Havana this month with the 30th edition of the Cha Cha Cha Festival, on at the centric and legendary Teatro America in Vedado. Celebrating Havana’s milestone 500th birthday as well the 80th anniversary of the legendary Orquesta Aragon and the 61st anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the 30th edition of the Festival del Cha Cha Cha is bursting with Cuban flavour with heavy undertones of nostalgia.

 

Theatre action

Festival Mozart-Habana 2019 (25th to 2nd November)

Paying tribute to Havana’s 500th anniversary , thosewith a taste for classical music enjoying a Cuba holiday next week are in luck as on 31st October the Festival Mozart-Habana 2019 takes place at the Sala de Conciertos Jose White in Matanzas and the next day in Havana’s Teatro Marti.  Whether you’re in Varadero or Havana you have two chances to catch this special concert and enjoy sublime music at the hands of Cuban virtuosos.

But that’s not all, also as part of the festival, Mozart’s opera “La Clemencia de Tito” (original name La clemenza di Tito) will be performed at the Gran Teatro de la Habana on 25th and 26th October at 8:30 p.m. and on 27th October at 5 p.m.

Berliner Ensemble (25th and 26th November)

Prestigious German theatre company Berliner Ensemble will be in Havana on 25th and 26th October for a special performance of the Bertolt Brecht classic “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”. Directed by Michael Thalheimer, the production, one of the company’s first and most famous is a classic everyone should enjoy at least once in a lifetime. You’ve got an amazing chance to do so during Cubah holidays this month in Havana, at Teatro Martí in Centro Habana (where we’ve got great casas particulares too). The performances start at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the theatre’s ticket office.

 

Art

Nostalgias de la Habana (25th October to 25th November)

As its name indicates, Nostalgias de La Habana is a special photography exhibition by Cuban photographer Roberto Salas dedicated to Havana on the occasion of its 500 years of history. It’s on at the Memorial José Martí in the emblematic Plaza de la Revolución. 25th October is opening day at 4 p.m. and every day after that the exhibition opens at 10 a.m.

Collective exhibition at Galería Habana (25th October to 26th November)

A retrospective look at the photographs by María Magdalena Campos, Adonis Flores and René Peña, all paying homage to Havana and its timeless beauty. The exhibition opens on 25th October at 4 p.m. for the special inauguration. Every day after that it opens at 10 a.m.

Mi Habana at Galerías Manos (25th October to 26th November)

Cuban artists Miriam Balboa, Leonor Bandrich, Alberto Vázquez, Rafael Hernández, Idalmis Torres, Elsa López, Ela María Pérez, María Luisa Barthelemy and María Catalina Hernández present their tribute to Havana through a selection of patch tapestries depicting images from photographs of different places in Havana, with patch and appliqué techniques. A visual treat for the senses.

Rock

Jorgito Kamankola at Maxim Rock (25th October)

Havana rock star Jorgito Kamankola, a talented musician from the humble municipality of El Cerro and his unique fusion style blending rock, rap and Cuban trova, will put on a special performance on 25th October at Maxim Rock, Havana’s number one rock venue. Rock on from 9 p.m.

Jazz

Jazz Habana at El Tablao (28th October)

The former Cabaret Nacional, now renamed El Tablao will be hosting “Noches de Jazz Habana” this coming 28th October, a spectacle full of jamming sessions and good vibes at the hands of Ruy López Nussa and Aldo López Gavilán. It’s on at 9 p.m.