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See everything from world-renowned ballet to top Latin films or emerging jazz musicians at Havana’s prominent arts festivals.

“FIART 2011” INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS FAIR

December 8 – 18

As it is already well known, this fair offers our artisans and artists various spaces to promote and commercialize their products, as well as the opportunity for an exchange of experiences between the creators and the public. Expo selling, additional exhibitions, fashion shows, workshops and theoretical encounters on the development and market of visual arts and crafts will be some of the options brightening up the fair days.

Venue: PABEXPO. Havana City.
Website: www.fiart.cult.cu

“JAZZ PLAZA” INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

December 15 – 18

The presence of the renowned maestro Jesús “Chucho” Valdés has created an important international tradition and repercussion for Latin Jazz or Cuban Jazz in which relevant figures and genre cultivators delight the audience with their virtuosity and talent. Live performances by musical bands, groups and solos will be featured. Also, colloquia and debates on this genre will be held.

Venue: Teatro Auditórium “Amadeo Roldán” and other facilities in Havana City.

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XI DIGITAL ART SALON AND COLLOQUIUM

November 2 - 6

Salon featuring audiovisual samples and printed works and a colloquium on the development of digital art.

Venue: Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau

TURNAT 2011 – 8TH MEETING NATURE TURISM

September 26 – 30

The TURNAT 2011 will take place in the Central Region of Cuba. This large area of the Cuban archipelago boasts important natural and cultural attractions, high aesthetic-landscape values and a rich biological diversity.

Among the main scenarios proposed for the TURNAT 2011 are: El Nicho, Cienfuegos, Hanabanilla Lake, Topes de Collantes, Valle de los Ingenios and Caguanes National Park.

Venue: Hotel Hanabanilla, Havana City
Website: www.turnatcuba.com

TO READ THE 21ST CENTURY: 2011 INTERNATIONAL READING CONGRESS

October 25 - 29

Inspired by José Martí’s thinking, the topic debated in this congress will be reading as a reflective and emotional act, a communication means encompassing the multifaceted relationships of the human being with the universe.

Venue: Hotel Habana Libre Tryp Sol Meliá.

HAVANA THEATER FESTIVAL

October 28 - November 6

At the Havana Theater Festival all the different contemporary scene tendencies converge. The event will feature a selection of the most relevant in Cuban and international theatre, as well as workshops and seminars by prestigious specialists. A space is reserved for dialogue among artists, critics and audience.

Venue: Theaters and plazas in Havana City.

INTERNATIONAL NEW LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

December 2 – 12

One of the most prestigious film festivals, it offers a wide panoramic on the audiovisual production in the continent. It shows the main international fiction and documentary films and includes a script and poster contest as well as seminars on cinematography, new technology and Latin films in the USA. It also features a space dedicated to the audiovisual world of the Latin American child.

Venue: Havana City and other cities in the country.
Website: http://www.habanafilmfestival.com

JO JAZZ CONTEST FOR YOUNG JAZZ PLAYERS

November 24 - 27

This contest, tailored for young Jazz players, encourages participants to tackle not only traditional Jazz styles, but also to search for their own creative style. Various prizes are conferred in this event, the most relevant is the recording of an album, produced by maestro Jesús “Chucho” Valdés.

Venue: Teatro Auditórium “Amadeo Roldán”, Havana City.

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano

The Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano celebrates outstanding Latin American and Caribbean films.

International Youth Jazz Competition

International Youth Jazz Competition

Watch young musicians strut their stuff at this international jazz competition for singers and composers ages 16-30.

Festival Internacional de Ballet de la Habana

Celebrated dance companies from around the world come to Havana for the Festival Internacional de Ballet de la Habana.