Cuban Calendar 2018

Get inspired for your Cuba Holidays 2018 by the numerous festivals and events all around Cuba.

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25th International Ballet Festival of Havana

October /November, 2018


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

Nov, 2018


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)

Nov 2018

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)

Nov, 2018

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

late November, 2018


This world meeting of casino and salsa dancers and dance academies includes dance lessons, guest speeches, short courses and choreography workshops.

Havana Jo Jazz

Nov, 2018

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.

Our recommendation:

  • April 2018: Cuidad en Movimiento in Havana. You can combine it with our Dance holiday in Cuba
  • May 2018: 1th Bienal de La Habana – If you are a photographer, it will be a great opportunity to take amazing photos during this festival. See our Photography Cuba holidays 2014
  • July 2018: Fiesta de Fuego in Santiago de Cuba
  • October 2018: Festival de Teatro de La Habana (Havana Theatre Festival)
  • December 2018: International Jazz Festival

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