Salsa enthusiasts have a place to be next week as the dates for Cuba’s annual Salsa Festival in Havana have been finally announced and it all happens in a few days! Now is the time to find a Havana casa particular and be part of the salsa action from 25th February to 1st March.
If you’re a salsa lover it’s time to find your dancing shoes and start planning a Cuba holiday right away as, if you want to make the most of the Cuban capital’s biggest salsa action, you don’t have long to arrange your Cuba trip! The dates for the 5th edition of the Festival de la Salsa in Havana were announced earlier on this week and the event is scheduled to take place from 25th February to 1st March.
This year, the festival changes location and moves from the lush greenery of the Parque Metropolitano de La Habana to a seaside location in the same municipality of Playa. This year Havana’s Salsa Festival headquarters will have a beach theme, with the majority of concerts and salsa festivities taking place at the Paseo Maritimo in 1ra y 70, in the elegant neighbourhood of Miramar.
Havana’s Paseo Maritimo (which translates as Seaside Walk) gives way to a small improvised rocky beach lined by thatched umbrellas, so, after enjoying the free concerts under the sun and salsa-dancing your way through your Cuba holiday this February, you can go for a cooling dip or enjoy a meal at the panoramic onsite restaurant with magnificent ocean views. It might be winter still but it’s not like temperatures in Havana will dip below 20 degrees Celsius during the day, in fact, the weather forecast predicts sunny weather peaking around the 30s degrees mark between Monday and Wednesday.
All you need now is find a nice Havana casa particular to stay at during the salsa action. And we have plenty of those!
The line-up: your guide to all the salsa action
This year Havana’s Salsa Festival will bring to the stage three to four salsa bands daily, with performances starting at 8 p.m., preceded by comparsas, dance shows, and DJ sessions.
Bands to look out for include: NG La Banda, Formell y los Van Van, El Septeto Santiaguero, Havana d’ Primera, Bamboleo, El Niño y la Verdad, Pupy y los que son Son, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Haila Mompie, Lazarito Valdes and Tania Pantoja.
There will also be dance workshops, some specifically focusing on teaching participants (of all levels, you don’t have to be a pro) Afro-Cuban rhythms, rumba, salsa and “casino”, the real Cuban salsa dancing style.
In this year’s edition, a total of 380 foreign holidaymakers will be part of the event and their participation has been officially confirmed. Many of them arrive on packaged “salsa holidays” to Cuba but that’s not to mean that those coming without a themed holiday cannot attend the event’s concerts. If you travel to Cuba independently and happen to make it there next week in time for the Havana Salsa Festival, rest assured you only need to turn up at Miramar’s Paseo Maritimo to catch the salsa action.