The event of the year is about to begin: The Havana Biennial

The event of the year is about to begin: The Havana Biennial

The @Havana_Biennial is the event of the year and no one will want to miss it! For months, Cuba has been getting ready and today is the day that this great festival of arts begins, continuing until 22 June and with around 300 artists from all over the world participating.

With more than 30 years’ experience, this twelfth Biennial has acquired a broader, cosmopolitan feel, covering a huge variety of audiences, enjoying art in all its manifestations.

The extensive programme of associated projects (around 190) was launched yesterday, Thursday, among which “Zona Franca” (Free-Trade Zone) stands out, taking place in La Cabaña. Between the idea and the experience is the concept that moves art through the different urban spaces, with works noted for their cross-disciplinary nature, integration and the dialogue between the artist and the spectator.

Becoming a platform from which to present and launch the ideas of the younger generations of visual artists is one of the major achievements of the #Havana Biennial, enriched by the research undertaken by the curators, in their search for experimental and innovative ideas and projects from different parts of the world. It has also succeeded in becoming an art workshop, in a place of meetings and contrasts, which takes the risk of showing the public and the world the creations that have been or remain on the margins of the main art circles. It is also an absolute must for the international press, academics and art lovers in general.

As well as exhibiting artworks, the Biennial programme includes talks, workshops and audiovisual projections inspired by the less traditional side of the reality of Cuba, at the Infanta Cinema Complex and the #Casablanca video room. Here is a comprehensive map showing all the artists, spaces and addresses… so you can take your time wandering around #Havana, as no one has ever seen it before. You now have the perfect excuse to visit this charming city and there’s no better host than Meliá Hotels International, which has three amazing hotels here: <a href=””>Meliá Cohiba</a> <a href=””>Meliá Habana</a> and <a href=””>Tryp Habana Libre</a>!


Old Havana:

Wifredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art (San Ignacio No. 22, corner of Empedrado, Plaza de la Catedral)¬/Centre for the Development of Visual Arts (San Ignacio No. 352, corner of Teniente Rey, Plaza Vieja)/ Photo Library of Cuba (Mercaderes No. 307, Plaza Vieja)/ Plaza de la Catedral (Empedrado and San Ignacio)/ Paula Church (Ave. del Puerto, corner of San Ignacio)/ National Museum of Fine Arts. Cuban Art Building (Trocadero between Zulueta and Monserrate)/ National Museum of Fine Arts. Universal Art Building (San Rafael and Zulueta)/ Monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi (Oficios between Amargura and Churruca)/ Rubén Martínez Villena Library (Obispo No. 59 between Oficios and Baratillo)/Payret Cinema (Prado and San José)/ National Museum of Natural Museum (Obispo, corner of Oficios)/ Palacio de la Artesanía arts & crafts shop (Cuba corner of Peña Pobre)¬/ Fayad Jamís Bookshop (Obispo No. 261 between Aguiar and Cuba)¬/ Casa de la Obrapía Museum (Obrapía No. 158 between Mercaderes and San Ignacio)/ House of Africa (Obrapía No. 157 between San Ignacio and Mercaderes)/ House of Guayasamín (Obrapía No. 111 between Oficios and Mercaderes)/ Fausto Theatre (Prado and Colón)/Abril Publishing House (Prado No. 553 between Teniente Rey and Dragones)¬/ Alejo Carpentier Foundation (Empedrado 215, between Cuba and San Ignacio)¬ / Tallapiedra Power Station (Ave. del Puerto)/ San Isidro Sports Hall (Calle Cuba and Leonor Pérez)/ Cuban Book Institute (Calle Obispo between Aguiar and Cuba)/ Nueva Vida Retirement Home (Callejón Espada No. 12, between Chacón and Cuarteles). Parks: Rumiñahui (Mercaderes and Lamparilla)¬/ Simón Bolívar (Mercaderes and Obrapía)/ Alejandro de Humboldt (Oficios corner of Muralla)/ Luz and Caballero (Tacón between Empedrado and Tejadillo)/ San Juan de Dios (Empedrado and Habana)/ Hans Christian Andersen (Mercaderes between Empedrado and O´Reilly).

Central Havana:

Solar de La California (Crespo between San Lázaro and Refugio)/ Verdún Cinema (Consulado No. 212 between Ánimas and Trocadero)/ Infanta Cinema Complex (Infanta between San Miguel and Neptuno)/ Trillo Park (Hospital between Aramburo and San Miguel).


Romerillo Organic Museum MOR (7 corner of 120)/¬ University of the Arts (Calle 120 No. 1 110 between 9 and 13, Cubanacán).

Plaza de la Revolución:

José Martí National Library (Ave. Boyeros and 19 de Mayo)¬/ Havana University (San Lázaro and calle L)¬/ Cuba Pavilion (Calle 23 corner of N)¬/ Bertolt Brecht Cultural Centre (Calle 13 corner of I)¬/ Riviera Hotel (Paseo and Malecón)/ House of the Americas (Calle 3 between F and G)/ Venue of the Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Calle 2 No. 411, between 17 and 19)/ El Ciervo Encantado theatre company (Calle 18 between Línea and 11)/ Claudio Argüelles Bicycle Factory (Línea and 18)/ Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (Calle 13 No. 509 between D and E, apt. 9).


Park in Calle Coloma, Embarcadero, Computer Youth Club, Video Room, Ánimas and Artes, Coloma and Central, steps towards the Christ of Havana sculpture, agro-ecological farm El Rincón del Cristo, Artes between San Francisco and San Ignacio, Coloma and Echarte, Hershey Railway Station, Plaza Principal La Ceiba, House of Culture (Casa Lavale).


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