Cultural Activities

2008 Cultural events

10th Biennial of Havana 

November 20th to 23rd
Organizer:Cuban Institute of Music and Matanzas´ Provincial Management Office of Culture
Venue: Sauto Theatre
A dance contest of Danzón for children, young people and adults. Danzon in Matanzas: Movies where Danzon in the main theme, people’s dancing halls of Danzon and meetings among Danzon fan clubs. Matanzas has the privilege to be “the cradle of Danzón” and the Motherland of his creator. Thus, to keep, to know and to make this genre stay; to preserve the identity of Matanzas, to make every fellow-citizen of Matanzas feel they belong in their city- for future generations to inherit, to exchange experiences and brotherly feelings with Danzon players in Cuba and abroad, these CUBADANZON Festivals were created.

November, 19th to 25th
Organizer:Las Tunas´ Provincial Management of Culture and the National Council of Performing Arts
Venue: Raúl Gómez García concert hall, Tunas Theatre
A meeting for stage magic, manipulation techniques, small and big illusion and theoretical events will be held.

November 20th to 23rd
Organizer:Casa de las Americas
Venue: Casa de las Americas
Annual meeting with a prestigious personality of the Latin-American literature and researchers of his works. Round tables, presentation of books and films, among other activities will take place. A tradition for which the House of the Americas has received many of the most prestigious writers of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century.

November 23th to 28rd
Organizer:Travel Agency PARADISO y ARTEX S.A
Venue: Havana – Cuba
The World Meeting for Dancers and Casino & Salsa Dance Academies. An special occasion, where people interested in participating will have the chance to deeply learn about Cuban salsa as well as about other rhythms such as mambo, cha cha, conga, son, merengue; to attend classes and master conferences, short-term courses and choreography workshops; to enjoy dancing sessions with the best musical groups and presentations of guest dance academies and, at the same time, to enjoy the charm of a city full of music and color.

November, 27th to 30th
Organizer:Cuban Institute of Music
Venue: Havana, Amadeo Roldán Theatre
A contest for young jazz players that favours participants to experiment not only in the traditional styles of jazz, but also in the search of their own style of creation. The event promotes new talents who play jazz in Cuba and allows knowing the contribution of the Cuban musicians to this genre.

10th Biennial of Havana

March and April 2009

The 10th Biennial of Havana, to be held from March to April 2009, marking 25 years since the first of these exhibitions was organized, will be an opportunity to look back on our history and to reflect on the principles that have underpinned this gathering of artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, in an atmosphere where genuine togetherness, among us and the international community in general, has prevailed.

Since 1984, we have focused our attention on South artists whose works express concerns and conflicts common to our regions, many a times of a universal character. Topics which have piqued the interest of artists have included the tensions between tradition and contemporary reality, challenges to the historical processes of colonization, the relationships between art and society, individuals and their memories, the effects of technological development on human communication and the dynamics of urban culture, issues which have been addressed through myriad visual manifestations that operate within the cultural system. 

The Biennial, however, cannot ignore the geo-political changes which have taken place in recent years and, consequently, the growing number of countries whose conditions begin to resemble those of the so-called South and those which, in a precarious state of development, seek to join the economic block of more privileged nations. In addition to this, the Third World, a concept which has underpinned our work for nearly twenty five years, has become a vague term whose meaning is constantly shifting. Our interest, in view of these phenomena, is to broaden the participation criteria with a view to including artists from other countries and regions and those who, owing to recent migratory processes, have come to be part of the First World, where their cultures and idiosyncrasies take root.

The Biennial will take place in a supposedly globalized world which shows us many faces, complex phenomena and conflicts, made more complex by a discourse which tends to emphasize economic hegemony, dependency and the control of information and to ignore the different stages of development and socio-political leanings that co-exist in the world. Similarly, the co-existence of age-old forms of expression which have lost none of their original vigour with the most sophisticated of symbolic productions, stemming from the development of new technologies, unveils the fallacious nature of the homogenizing discourse about globalization.

What this entails is recognizing a new logic of economic, technological and human interconnections which express themselves in the dynamic relations between the local, the regional and the global and which, in the tradition of reflecting upon these realities began over 20 years ago, invites us to pay close attention to the singular nuances and contextual particularities which stem from involvement in and resistance to globalization. Thus, we are brought face to face with the many influences, tensions and re-formulations of the question of identity, repeatedly subjected to scrutiny by historiography, critiques and artists themselves. When it seemed we knew everything, or almost everything, about ourselves, new internal and external relationships place us before the mirror once again, reminding us that identity is a process, bringing about its contamination and broadening our knowledge about what's different.

If we live in an era in which some of the distinctive characteristics of our regions and countries begin to suffer changes and even tend to become diluted through a complex process of integration, our work must become more visible, the expression of agents of change, the important and creative actors we are, not of subaltern or peripheral voices.

The 10th Biennial of Havana will address, on the one hand, the complexities of a real and active process of integration to the global order and, on the other, the capacity to challenge the homogenizing farce this process presupposes. In its treatment of these issues, the gathering will act as a kind of laboratory where trans-disciplinary, process-based and experimental works will converge, in the field of visual arts and other cultural manifestations.

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