Havana Cultura: Cuban music festival

I’ve learned – through a connection at the London Bloggers Meetup – about an upcoming series of events at London’s Barbican that sound pretty exciting.

Havana Cultura is a programme of music, film, dance, and more that celebrates Cuban artists. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, and there are events happening all over the world, but the London ones are happening in the next few weeks.

Check out the musical events:

Saturday 27th June
Harold Lopez Nussa + Pablo Milanes + Son Tropical
PLUS Kumar on the club stage after the main performance. Tickets are between £10 and £20. Plus there’s FREE pre-show performances from 2pm by Changui de Guantanamo, Omar Puente, London Lucumi Choir and Yoruba Andabo. If you can get to the Barbican early that’s a bargain!

Listen to Harold Lopez Nussa tell you himself why he loves playing jazz piano.

Sunday 28th June
Loss Van Van + Yoruba Andabo
Tickets also starting at a tenner. But there are FREE pre-show performances from 2pm by Son del Tropico, Osvaldo Chacon y su Timba, Charanga del Norte and Leo Duany & Tumbao Tivoli.

I’m going to try to check out at least one of these shows.

If you go to those gigs and you’re a budding mixologist, Havana Club rum is running Cocktail Classes on June 27th and 28th, with a free 1-hour class at 4pm each day. Tasty. It’s hard to get more Cuban than that.

In addition to the music events there’s a series of Cuban films from 3rd July to 9th July.