Cuba50: Celebrating Cuban Culture 

October 2022

Some amazing Cuban live music is returning to stages this Autumn, and you have the chance to win tickets to see the one and only Eliades Ochoa, Buena Vista Social Club star, in London on 11 November at the Barbican. A chance to bathe in the sound of Santiago de Cuba. Enter our competition by sending an email to with your name by midday 7 October 2022.  Read more
Through October Hothouse Global in the US is hosting special online screenings of 5 documentaries made by filmmaker Juanamaria Cordones-Cook about Cuban poets Nancy Morejón and Georgina Herrera, author and researcher Gisela Arandia, graphic artist Belkys Ayón and playwright and director Fátima Patterson. All are groundbreaking female Cuban artists of African descent. The films are only available for a short time. Read more.
1st October was International Coffee Day. Coffee in Cuba has a history intrinsically linked with slavery as cultivation arrived in Cuba with French planters, and their enslaved workers, fleeing the Haitian Revolution. Today the rich culture introduced by those people of African descent to eastern Cuba forms an important part in addressing the legacy. And coffee is part of daily life. Read more here 
8 - 13 November 
Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Back with a selection of Cuban films and documentaries old and new with a focus on black and young Cuban filmmakers, plus talks and workshops. Read more
11 November, London
Eliades Ochoa

The star of Buena Vista Social Club is back for one night only in the UK. Known as Mr Chan Chan in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba, after the song that Compay Segundo gave him, Eliades’ unique guitar and vocal style have made him a champion of string and percussion driven son, bolero and guaracha.
Read more
11 - 20 November
London Jazz Festival

#wearejazz this year features concerts by top Cuban artists such as pianist Harold López-Nussa, violinist and singer Yilian Cañizares, the mighty Chucho Valdés, and a celebration of Cuban music in the UK with Grupo Lokito, Hammadi Valdes, Ariwo, Eli y La Evolucion, Osvaldo Chacon, plus dance workshop and more. Read more
18 November
Screening: Soy Cuba (I am Cuba), London

Passionate and poetic 1964 cinematic collaboration between Cuba and USSR, since recognised as a world classic. Set pre-revolution contrasting the lives of the decadent, wealthy class with poor rural workers. Read more
9 - 12 December
AfroCuban Pati's Xmas Fiesta, Blackpool

Weekender of dance workshops for all levels - Cuban Salsa, Rueda, Son, Cha Cha Cha, Orishas, Rumba, Cuban styling plus Afro-Cuban percussion workshop, live Cuban music party and DJs. Read more
23-30 January 2023
Acosta Danza: Spectrum

Carlos Acosta’s acclaimed dance company returns with an eclectic programme of six new and existing works. A mix of classical ballet, contemporary dance and Cuban dance forms. Tickets on sale soon. Read more
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