The Havana and Varadero music festivals are back

The Havana and Varadero music festivals are back

This year two Cuban cultural events popular with music and dance fans are being held again.  We’re referring to the 7th Havana World Music Festival and the 3rd Varadero Josone: Rumba, Jazz & Son Festival. Both are excellent reasons to travel to the largest island in the West Indies, and with Meliá’s facilities, the formula is perfect.

The 7th Havana World Music Festival (HWM), the largest alternative event in the Caribbean, will be held on 19, 20 and 21 March. Loyal to the values of diversity that define it, HMW will again bring a particular mix of world music to the island. Its organising committee has already confirmed the presence of artists such as Silvio Rodríguez, Toques del Río, Danay Suárez, William Roblejo’s Trio, Nube Roja, Branda Navarrete and Nengón Kiribá (Cuba), Lin Cortés (Spain), Waahli (Canada), Rommel Ribeiro (Brazil), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba-Jamaica), Wara (United Kingdom) and Tóke (Germany).

Under the artistic direction of the singer and composer Eme Alfonso, the city will become the stage for enjoying a variety of music trends that include rumba, rap, trova and flamenco. As the festival website says, “the aim is to continue surprising the audience with different styles, languages, culture and expressions”.  No doubt the three days will delight anyone choosing Havana as a travel destination around that time.

And at Cuba’s most famous beach resort, the Varadero Josone: Rumba, Jazz & Son Festival is returning from 20 to 23 August. A real festival atmosphere is guaranteed as traditional Cuban music genres will fill every corner of the emblematic Josone Park, a place with excellent open spaces for concerts.

Figures as famous as Gilberto Santa Rosa, José Alberto “el Canario”, Nicholas Payton, Ernán López Nussa, Van Van, Yoruba Andabo, Jacob Forever, Pancho Céspedes and Adalberto Álvarez have graced the festival with their presence in previous years. Some will be coming back this year alongside new artists that will play their best works for the audience for the first time.

Located on Avenida 1ra between streets 57 and 58, Josone Park is a green oasis whose structure and infrastructure make it ideal for an event of this kind. As it is easy to access from the 12 hotels we run in Varadero, our guests have enjoyed this festival’s performances in previous years. And this time, we are again inviting them to experience four evenings of the real heart and soul of Cuba through its music.

Havana and Varadero: two music capitals of the Caribbean in 2020. With this incentive, Meliá Cuba hotels, designed with high standards and superior quality services, are ready to give every guest a memorable stay on the island.