Events in Cuba: November 2014
24th International Ballet Festival of Havana
28th October to 7th of November, 2014
International Ballet Festival of Havana, one of the oldest and most prestigious events of world dance, with more than 40 years of history.
This biannual Festival will have as main sites the Havana Grand Theater, the Mella Theater, and the Karl Marx Theater.
The programming of this event will include, as unique moments, two galas dedicated to the birthday centennials of Igor Youskevitch, one of the great dancers of the 20th century who was partenaire, during several years, of Alicia Alonso; and to the poet and Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera.
A group of important activities will take place along with the Festival, which this year will offer as an interesting option a special course of ballet technique for professionals, teachers and advanced level students. Also, relevant visual artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at important galleries of our country. Conferences, book presentations, film and video cycles of most interest for the public will be held.
Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de La Habana
Founded in 1984 and presided by the composer and conductor Guido López Gavilán, the Havana Contemporary Music Festival has been honoured with the participation of important musicians, including Luigi Nono, Krystof Penderecki, Hans Werner Henze, Luis de Pablo, Marlos Nobre, Alfredo del Mónaco and Xavier Montsalvatge, just to name a few. This is a good opportunity to catch up with the latest trends in current Cuban and international classical music.
Festival Internacional de Coros (International Chorus Festival)
Sala de Conciertos Dolores, Santiago de Cuba
It was in the Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba where the first known choir pieces in the Island were composed by Havana-born composer Esteban Salas (1725-1803), who for years was chapel master. Honouring this tradition, in 1961 Electo Silva, who has been for decades director of Orfeón Santiago, organized the First Choir Festival. Throughout the years, choral groups from different countries have also participated in the festival together with their Cuban counterparts, winners at prestigious international competitions. An intensive programme of concerts in theatres, schools, factories, hospitals and public squares characterizes these days in which audiences can enjoy the best of the repertoires of choral music.
Semana del Autor (Author´s Week)
Casa de las Américas, Havana
Continuing a tradition that began more than 40 years ago, Casa de las Américas will organize this annual meeting focusing on a prominent figure of Latin American letters, as has been the case of Argentinean Ricardo Piglia, Nicaraguan Ernesto Cardenal, Brazilian Rubem Fonseca and Chilean Pedro Lemebel.
Baila en Cuba
23rd – 28th Nov, 2014
This world meeting of casino and salsa dancers and dance academies includes dance lessons, guest speeches, short courses and choreography workshops.
Havana Jo Jazz
Teatro Amadeo Roldán
Jo Jazz-Joven Jazz or Young Jazz-takes place prior to the Havana International Jazz Festival as a competition for young musicians. Proposed by five-time Grammy winner Chucho Valdés in 1998, this competition for young jazz singers and composers from 16 to 30 years of age has had contestants who today rank among the most outstanding in the musical panorama of the Island. A special bonus for the winners is the chance to cut an album with Chucho.
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