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This trip includes a full program to explore and support Cuba’s private sector. This is a tremendous opportunity to understand Cuba’s reality through its people and history. Although you will ride the old cars, enjoy a mojito, or photograph the architectural landmarks, this program will showcase what’s not in the guides and makes Havana an exciting city with new energy and trends. In 5 nights, you will have the opportunity to meet the people who are shaking the cityscape with inventive ideas about food, culture, nightlife and hospitality.
Lunch and dinners are all scheduled at the best private restaurants and bars operating in the city. Two dinners are planned at very special locations too. One, will be hosted by artists and creatives you will meet; the other one, will become a party to welcome those friends you have met during your stay.
THIS TRIP IS VERY SPECIAL!
During this trip, we will focus on the 2019 Havana Biennial, one of the most relevant art fairs happening this year in the world. There are 65 international artists and 16 Cuban artists participating in the official section. However, all the galleries and studios of the city will be hosting multiple collateral projects.
Under the theme of The construction of the Possible, the curatorial team of the Biennial addresses the coexistence among human beings through an exploration of different “forms of community life, the struggle for the preservation of memory and the validation of other knowledge and knowledge systems; the search for greater correspondences between creation and life practices; or of points of convergence, nodes and networks that propose spaces for future models of understanding and solidarity among human beings.”
There will be multiple spaces of interaction of artistic production with the public beyond Havana. Other provinces such as Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, Pinar del Rio and Camagüey are hosting projects. We will check out the third version of Behind the Wall, a curatorial project in which the Malecón becomes an open-air gallery facing the sea with advanced aesthetic proposals.
A visit to most venues hosting the Biennial is included in our program. (Wifredo Lam Center, the Cuba Pavilion, the Visual Arts Development Center, the Photo Library of Cuba, the National Library José Martí, the Villa Manuela Gallery of the UNEAC, and other urban spaces).
Program (Thu 9 - Tue 14 of May)
Arrival in Havana / Check-in / Welcome Reception Intro to Havana riding old American cars.
Canon ceremony (Best view of the city from colonial fortress)
Visiting famous nightclub Tropicana
Visiting Old Havana (Colonial Architecture Tour and Center of Contemporary Art)
Museum of Fine Art / Art Galleries in Old Havana
Live Music/Salsa /Jazz Club
Visiting Vedado (Modern Architecture Tour/Malecon walk and Gallery visit)
Studio visits in Miramar
Visit Fabrica Del Arte
Viñales National Park and tobacco cooperative plantation
Lunch at a private farm
Touring rural town/studio visit
Dinner organized by curators and artists in Havana
Visiting Matanzas and Varadero
Departure to Boston in the morning
Program in compliance with US Treasury Department regulations (Supporting the Cuban People)
Welcome and Farewell Dinner
Professional, bilingual guide for listed activities
Local ground transportation for listed activities
Pre-trip departure information
Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
Coordination of all listed activities
Accommodation in Havana
Cuban Visa (visas for non-Cuban born travelers are available for purchase from U.S. airlines or buy it in advance with agency that can process your visa for $100 per traveler.
Meals and activities other than listed on itinerary
Tips to local guides, drives, restaurant service, etc.
Your trip organizers & advisors
Aynel David Guerra, director and founder of A R E A.
Sachie Hernandez is our trip organizer in Havana. Sachie is an independent curator and art consultant. As a consultant, she has collaborated with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Havana Club and Restoration Hardware. Sachie represents and promotes a group of Cuban artists and graphic designers.
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