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Festivals & Carnavals in Cuba

Havana Jazz Festival: Cuba Tour - Cultural Immersion for Educators, Students, and Professionals: “Architecture, History, Art, Music, Science, Afro Cuban Culture and Society” December 11th – December 23rd 2013
HAVANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL TOUR Sunday 15 to Monday 23 December 2013

THIS IS OUR seventh year helping North Americans experience the world's best jazz in the exotic Caribbean capital of Havana, Cuba. During this globally renowned celebration of Latin music you'll rub shoulders with jazz greats from scores of nations. You stay in the best digs the Cuba has to offer. We keep our prices low so ordinary Americans attend. But our services and activities are five-star across the board. This Cuba tour is designed for participants to get an overview of island culture, history, and nature too. You'll enjoy best seats at all jazz festival performances and venues.

Baila en Cuba - Salsa Congress in Havanna 11/24/13 - 11/29/13
VI Edición del Festival Olorum, Camaguey 9/11/13 - 9/15/13 Promover, difundir, y divulgar el arte músico-danzario cubano, de raíces africanas, como expresión valedera dentro de la cultura popular tradicional y como unidad vinculante con el pueblo que la trasmite

Festivals in the Americas

Cuba Caribe Festival  3/28/2017 SF Chronicle:  March 30 - April 7, 2017 "The 13th Cuba Caribe Festival of Caribbean dance and music, which runs nine days from Thursday, March 30, to April 7, will include seven world premieres, master classes, film screenings, lectures and celebrations at Brava Theater and Museum of the African Diaspora. The theme of this year’s festival is “Manos De Mujeres,” and it will look at the role of women in our society
The 2013 Annual Miami
Fiesta Para Los Charangueros
 Enjoy a night of music by the legendary Charanga Típica Tropical on their 40th year of performing Charanga music world wide, as well as, our very own newly formed Charanga Legends All Star Band, and as always, our traditional all out “Descarga” Jam session at the height of the evening. This popular event is in its fifth year and tickets traditionally sell out quickly; be sure to order yours early —this is an event not to be missed!

Fiesta del Mamoncillo 6/29/13 Club Cubano Inter-Americano: North Bergen, NJ. Four live bands, tribute to Benny Moré

Festivals in Europe

Send us your festivals!

Past Festivals in Cuba

XXXII Caribbean Festival, Feast of Fire, Dedicated to Martinique

7/3/2012 - 7/9/2012

City of Santiago de Cuba

De la Habana a New York
Memorial Day Weekend: Timba Music Festival

May 26, 2012

The Armory, New York City

11th Havana Biennial

May 17 - June 7, 2012

La Habana, art festival

Kiba Kreyol '08 International Festival

8/1/08 to 8/3/08

Havana, Cuba


Varadero, Provincia de Matanzas
see also Cubarte
th International Festival of Popular Dance and Ballroom Dancing in Cuba 9/27 - 10/3, 2006 Havana, Teatro Nacional de Cuba

Mr. Virgilio Martinto
6th Drums Festival 11/14 - 11/18, 2006 Havana, Teatro Nacional  and Amadeo Roldán Theater

Ms. Nieves Candelario,
Tel.(537)8624938 / 8626649, Fax:(537)8668937
CUBA - DANZON 11/21 - 11/23, 2006 Matanzas, City Theatres
Mr. Reynaldo Domínguez Caballero, Tel.(5345)243512 y 245434, Fax:(5345)283176,
23rd International Jazz Festival, "Jazz Plaza" 11/30 - 12/3, 2006 Havana
Mr. Alexis Vázquez Aguilera, Tel.(537)8326789,                                 Email:  
Havana City International HIP HOP 8/17-8/20, 2006 Havana

Mr. Alpidio Alonso Grau, Tel.(537)8323514, 

Festival de Rap RAPSODIA 8/24/06 - 8/26/06 Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba
Kiba Kreyol '06 International Festival 8/5/06 to 8/7/06


V Coloquio y Festival Internacional de Música y Poesía "Nicolás Guillén" 7/06


Cubadisco 2005 5/21/05-5/29/05

Havana: numerous performances

Kiba Kreyol '05 International Festival 7/23/05 to 7/25/05

Havana - Haitians in Cuba

XXIV Caribbean Festival, Feast of Fire


Kiba Kreyol '04 International Festival 7/11/04 to 7/13/04 Havana: Haiti in Cuba
Festival Internacional del Son "MATAMOROS SON"


Teatro Heredia de Santiago de Cuba: "Con la realización de conciertos, talleres, eventos teóricos, exposiciones, encuentros entre agrupaciones y homenajes a músicos cultores del género; Santiago de Cuba rinde tributo a una de las figuras más representativas de la música cubana, Miguel Matamoros." Contact: Sr. Adalberto Álvarez Zayas -
Wemilere 2004 African Roots Festival


Guanabacoa, Havana
XV Festival Internacional de Percusión "PERCUBA 2004"

4/20/04 - 4/24/04

La Havana
1er. Encuentro Internacional del baile de la salsa en Cuba, 2003

11/8/03 - 11/13/03

la Havana
Carnaval, Santiago 7/23 7/29 Santiago de Cuba En la calle!
XXIII Festival Del Caribe - Fiesta del Fuego 7/3/03 7/9/03   Santiago De Cuba   Jose Millet

Feria Internacional CUBADISCO

5/11/03 5/18/03

PABEXPO, Ciudad de la Habana.


Sr. Ciro Benemelis Durán.

Teléfonos: (537) 830 9972 / 832 3504 / 06



Fax: (537) 33 3716


Matanzas Matanzas
IV Wemilere African 
Roots Festival
11/23/03 11/29/03 Havana Guanabacoa
"WEMILERE" African Roots Festival  11/24/02 11/30/02   Guanabacoa, Habana    
Festival Internacional Jazz/Plaza: numerous packages available 12/13/02   12/17/02   Ciudad de La Habana Teatro Sr. Jesús "Chucho" Valdés, Telf.(537)321234, Fax:(537)333716 y 662286 
XVII Encuentro Nacional de Orquestas Charangas 11/7/02


11/10/02   Santiago de Cuba Palma Soriano Sr. Ivan Bychko Houdayer, Telf.(53226)
Fiesta del Tambor 11/7/02 11/10/02   Havana   many famous groups

Kiba Kreyol 02 

10/12/02 10/14/02   Havana    
ExpoCuba - Primer Festival Latinocaribeño 6/20/02 6/23/02 C. Habana     Strong Haitian participation
XXII Festival del Caribe. FIESTA DEL FUEGO 7/3/2002 7/9/2002 Santiago de Cuba     Roberto Fajardo, Telf. (53226) 623569, Fax: (53226
Carnaval de La Habana 15 de Julio del 2002 15 de Agosto del 2002 C. Habana Ciudad de La Habana Varios Sr. Francisco Cairo Silva, Telf.(537)323742 y 334242,


Festival Internacional "Matamoros Son" 12 de Septiembre del 2002 17 de Septiembre del 2002 Teatro Santiago de Cuba PARADISO Sr. Adalberto Alvarez, Telf.(537)309972, Fax:(537)333716, Email:


XIII Festival Internacional de Percusión "PERCUBA 2002" 16 de Abril del 2002 21 de Abril del 2002 Ciudad Ciudad de La Habana PARADISO Sr. Lino Arturo Neira Betancourt, Telf.(537)238808, Fax:(537)336633, Email:


Wemilere African Roots Festival - Festival de Raíces Africanas Wemilere 11/18/01 - 11/24/01

Guanabacoa, Havana - dedicated to Brasil in 2001

Festival Cuba Danzon 11/22 - 11/25, '01


7th Rap Festival 8/16/01 - 8/19/01


XII Percuba Festival 4/17 - 4/21/01 Percussion festival in Havana
Festival de la Rumba 6/2001 Matanzas!
XXI Festival del Caribe 7/4/01 - 7/9/01 Santiago de Cuba
Rumba, timba, jazz, cultura ¡¡¡¡y más!!!!
12/13/00 - 12/21/00 Afropop Worlwide goes to Cuba for the Jazz fest & other music
19th International Jazz Festival 12/17/00 to 12/21/00 Havana, very famous Jazz festival. Contact:  Jesús "Chucho" Valdés, Telf. (537)311234, Fax: (537) 333716 and 662286, Email:
12th Festival Wamilere, African Roots, dedicated to Benin 11/19/00 to 11/25/00 Havana. See English version. Vease la version español.
Festival Oloyó, Cardenas, Matanzas Province 10/20/00 - 10/22/00 Over 17 roots groups from Matanzas, tremendous celebration of african roots
Carnaval de La Habana 2000 7/22/00 - 8/13/00
XX Festival del Caribe "Fiesta del Fuego" (see XX Festival del Caribe) 7/3 to 7/9/00 Santiago de Cuba, Sr. Roberto Fajardo, Telf. (3226)42287, Fax:(53226)42387 y (537)662053
For many other contacts, see XX Festival del Caribe
CUBADISCO 2000 Music Fair dedicated this year to the Rumba.  5/24/00 to 5/29/00 Havana, Cuba, features release of 180 new titles, concerts, colloquiums, presentations, and a 12 hour Rumba marathon!
International Rumba Festival, Santiago de Cuba January 20th-23rd, 2000 honoring the founder of the Conjunto Folklórico de Oriente, "Moso" Roberto Salazar Perez.
Festival de la Cultura Caribeña,
Fiesta del Fuego
, Santiago

July 3 to July 9, 1999 Santiago de Cuba, check with Cubanacan,
Viajes Tours. Contact: Sr. Roberto Fajardo, Telf. (53.226) 23569,
Carnaval Havana '99 July, 1999
Major event. 

Kiba Kreyol '99 International Festival: Festival around the language of Haiti, Martinique, the Seychelles Islands, Reunion, Rodrigues, Santa Lucia, French Guyana, Guadeloupe and Cuba.

7/31 to 8/3, 1999 Havana, the Caribbean Association of Cuba
Festival Nacional de Rap Cubano ~ 1999: 5th edition: "Swing" 8/27 - 8/29, '99 Alamar, an eastern suburb of Havana, Associacion Hermanos Saiz - Grupo Uno
Carnaval Matanzas '99 August, 1999
Fantastic carnival, very few tourists, tremendous atmosphere.  Usually a whole week, down to 3 days in 1998.  Third week in August.  Just go! See Matanzas for some info on hotels.
Festival Internacional de Música Benny Moré Sep 8-12, 1999 Cienfuegos, Havana

Past Festivals in Europetop

NEW CUBANO - CUBANO 2013 SALSA FESTIVAL 22-24 de marzo, 2013 Taragonna, España
Cultura y Cubania 10/5/09-10/10/09 Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL, UK

On Oct 8th, they show "My Footsteps in Baragua" by Gloria Rolando.

4ème festival de salsa cubaine 2006 "Aqui Cuba" 10-12 Nov 2006

Rennes, France

Festival Latina à Disney Village Marne la Vallée 6/18/04 - 6/20/04 France - Disneyland France is not under the embargo!
Fiesta Latino 2004 7/04 Rome, Italy
5° FESTIVAL CUBAIN DE LA SEYNE SUR MER 7/15/04 - 7/20/04 Seyne sur mer, France
Big Cuba Fiesta at Respect
See also
7/17/04 Free festival at Victoria Park, London, Cuba Solidarity
Tempo Latino 7/29/04-8/1/04 Vic Fezensac, Gascogne, France
Los Muñequitos are rumored to be playing...
Fiesta Sete 8/4/04 - 8/8/04 Sete, France

Ame de Cuba

5/04 Vincennes, France

Festival contra el bloqueo

11/24/01 Barcelona, Spain
5/14-6/27 CUBA-PRESENTE!, Barbican Centre, London, UK: A spectacular festival on Cuban art, literature, and music, including Orquesta Aragón, Cuarteto Patria, Rubén González y su Grupo, Orquesta Ibrahim Ferrer, Pablo Milanes, author Pedro Perez Sarduy, Clave y Guaguanco (playing w/ Manu Dibongo!), Changui de Guantanamo and many others. 5/14-6/27, 1999 Barbican Centre, London, England. Details from: Box Office, Silk Street, London, EC2 88DS. Tel: (0171) 638 8891

Past Festivals in the Americastop

Venezuela : Afro-Venezuela: The San Juan Cultural Festival, Reality Tour, Global Exchange  June 21, 2008 - July 01, 2008 with members of the Afro-Venezuelan Network in the coastal area of Barlovento/Curiepe, Venezuela
RSVP for Quijombo A celebration of Afro-Dominican Culture at Highbridge Park (Manhattan)  Meet-up 10/7/07 Hostos, New York

The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and Alianza Dominicana proudly present Quijombo, a celebration of Afro-Dominican culture. While there are many expressions of this culture, Quijombo will focus on three of its most fascinating traditions: the Cocolo culture in and around the city of San Pedro de Macorís and the Congo and Salve traditions in and around the village of Mata los Indios, Villa Mella.


Festival Internacional de Tradiciones Afroamericanas, featuring Van Van, Papa Angarica , Son Yoruba and others from Cuba

6/17 to 6/25/07


Programa de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Mexico, dedicated to Cuba, with links to our pages.


11/30-12/8/02 Nancy Morejón, Guillen, Pedro Pérez Sarduy, Miguel Barnet. Concerts by Sintesis, Van Van, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, and others.
Cuban Festival: Mamoncillo ball 7/14/02 New York
Ife-Ile AfroCuban Festival Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2001 Miami




October 13, 2000 As part of Festival Miami 2000, The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies and the School of Music, University of Miami present DANZÓN CUBANO! to be held at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami.  Performers include well-know pianist Zenaida Manfugás, a special appearance by flutist Nestor Torres, with a danzón orchestra in a historical recreation of traditional Cuban danzones. For more information or to order tickets call (305) 284-4940.
Black August Hip-Hop Festival: an all-star jam will raise funds for the creation of a hip-hop library and studio in Havana, Cuba, and an emergency fund for political prisoners in the United States 8/30/00 Annual event, NY & Oakland
Baile de los Mamoncillos 7/9/00 Annual dance put on by an AfroCuban social club, Club Cubano InterAmericano, in NY.  Four orchestras.
Black August Hip-Hop Festival: an all-star jam will raise funds for the creation of a hip-hop library and studio in Havana, Cuba, and an emergency fund for political prisoners in the United States Aug 8, 1999 Simulcast in New York and Havana
10 AM to 6 PM
Echo Park, Los Angeles


Festival Organizations

Claudia Jones, "Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival," UK



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