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Casas de la Cultura
Every neighborhood in Havana (and Cuba) has its house of culture, where artists and neighbors meet at weekends for parties, concerts, poetry readings, music and dance performances
Perfect for those who wish to experience the cultural vitality of Cuba
We mention only the most active one
For more information, check with your hotel, or with the owners of particular casas who will be able to direct you.
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– Habana Vieja South: Casa de la Cultura de la Habana Vieja
– Centro Habana: Casa de la Trova, Gran Teatro de la Habana, Peña de la Rumba Callejón de Hamel, Teatro America
– Vedado: Parisian Cabaret, Tropicana
Casa de la Cultura de la Habana Vieja
- Calle Aguiar No 509, between Amargura and Brasil
- Tel : +53 7 863 4860
- Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6pm.
Certainly one of the most active casas de la cultura in the city. Old and young people from the neighbourhood compete in liveliness.
- Noches del Bolero, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
- Peña del Changüi and Peña del Danzón, on Wednesdays at 7 pm
- Peña del Són, Thursday at 7 pm
- Peña juvenil del Rap, at 4 pm, and Noche variada at 7 pm, on Fridays
- Sábado afrocubano at 4pm, and peña Reggae at 7pm on Saturday.
Casa de la Trova
- Calle San Lázaro No661 Between Padre Varela (Belascoain) and Gervasio
- A stone’s throw from the peña de Yoya
- Open from Thursday to Saturday, from 6pm to very late depending on the atmosphere.
Good concert hall, mainly for listening to sound
Excellent performances on Fridays in general.
Gran Teatro de la Habana
- At the corner of Calle San Rafael Paseo de Martí
- Tel : +53 7 861 3077
- Box office open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
- 20 CUC the entrance.
Built in 1833, it will see the greatest glories in the history of the show, including Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt
Prestigious companies, such as the Bolshoi, will also perform there
Home to the Cuban National Ballet, founded in 1948 by Alicia Alonso, the theatre also has several spaces for film and theatre
The spacious García Lorca Hall is the perfect venue for major ballet performances and symphony concerts, and is also the home of the National Ballet of Cuba, founded in 1948 by Alicia Alonso
It is a major centre of national culture and hosts the annual International Ballet Festival (first week of November)
Finally, note the excellent acoustics and original architecture.
Peña de la Rumba Callejón de Hamel
- Callejón de Hamel
- Between Aramburu and Hospital
- Sundays from noon to 3:30.
- Every Sunday, the callejón de Hamel comes alive to the sound of rumba, a dance that goes back to the slaves from Africa
It is an extremely popular festival, with dancers and musicians who devilishly link the sequences to the rhythm of the drums
A great atmosphere is guaranteed
It will also be an opportunity to discover the exceptional murals by Salvador Gonzàlez Escalona, whose work began in 1992
Drawing his inspiration from African culture and Santería, the artist stages the Yoruba cults, the Abakua sect, the Congo cult of Bantu origin and the Araras
The Callejón de Hamel, a space for community expression, has established itself as one of the most original artistic and alternative places in the city
If you are in Havana on a Sunday, we really recommend you to go to the callejón de Hamel, as it is a unique place, but beware of pickpockets, as they are legion on the spot despite the police presence.
Finally, note that it is in the neighbourhood that Angel Diaz founded the musical movement of the rope, which originated from the Spanish bolero.
- Avenida Galiano, between Neptuno and Concordia
- Tel : +53 7 862 541
It is a musical theatre of Cuban humour and folklore
The programming of the shows is announced on the radio and/or by posters on the doors of the theatre and, of course, spread by word of mouth.
- Calle O and Calle 21 Vedado In the Hotel Nacional
- Tel : +53 7 836 3663
- [email protected]
- Show every day from 10pm to 2am
- Meals from 9pm for those who wish to dine on site
- Entrance: 35 CUC or 60 CUC with dinner included.
Located within the walls of the Hotel Nacional, the Parisian Cabaret is a possible alternative to the Tropicana
Easier to access and much cheaper than its competitor, the show is no less good
Starting at midnight, dance teachers take to the stage and give a free collective class; the public is invited to join them on stage to compose a mini-choreography: atmosphere guaranteed until 2am.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets for the show directly at the Hotel Nacional rather than from a travel agency where it is always a little more expensive.
- Línea del Ferrocarril and Calle 72, Marianao
- Tel : +53 7 267 1717 / +53 7 267 0110
- Shows every day from 10pm to 11.45am, music until 1am
- Count from 70 to 90 CUC.
The Tropicana was once home to the high society of Havana and rich American businessmen
G. Cabrera Infante dedicates the first three pages of his novel Three Sad Tigers to this famous cabaret
The great figures of Cuban music played there: Perez Prado, the king of the mambo, Benny Moré, Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve as well as the American Nat King Cole and the French Josephine Baker
Big shots from the North American mafia also haunted the place, at a time when Havana rhymed with gambling and prostitution
In 1959, the cabaret came under state control
Today, the troupe has 200 dancers performing on the open-air stage
Exceptional show, and big atmosphere guaranteed
Most hotels offer all-inclusive packages (transport, meals and shows).
Our advice for tight budgets: go instead to the Cabaret Parisien show, which is half the price, but just as impressive
The only real difference with the Tropicana is that the show is not outdoors, but indoors.