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Images 1, 2 & 5 by Bob & Patty Tatum from Sound Traveler Band who were participants on the Cuba Music Holiday in March 2018
PT, United States, Mar 2018
Pepe Sanchez Trova Festival (usually in March):
Matamoros Son Festival (usually in May):
Our music holidays are based in Santiago de Cuba. Santiago de Cuba is widely acknowledged as the home of traditional Cuban music and is the perfect location for our Cuba music holidays. The holiday dates are scheduled to coincide with the annual traditional music festival, the Pepe Sanchez Trova Festival, and the biannual Matamoros Son Festival, both providing an opportunity to hear top Cuban musicians play live in atmospheric music venues around the city, including the world famous Casa de la Trova and outdoors stages around the city centre. Please note, however, that festival dates are not guaranteed.
You will have daily master classes in small groups or, depending on your instrument, one to one. At various points in the week you will come together with everyone to play and rehearse as a a group. Each music tutor will guide and encourage you to learn and get the most out of your time on the trip. These Cuba music holidays are ideal for people who already have experience in playing an instrument or singing, and are not aimed at beginners. If you have a passion for Cuban rhythm and want to know how to play or sing like a Cuban, then join us in Santiago de Cuba! Over the week, group lessons and rehearsals will lead up to an informal concert with your music tutors in one of Santiago’s popular live music venues.
Accommodation is arranged in carefully selected homestays which will provide you with a real insight into Cuban life, delicious home cooked meals, private bathroom facilities and a home away from home with all the independence you need.
Minimum age 18 years (younger participants are also very welcome but only if accompanied by an adult). Maximum 6 places only.
If the dates below do not suit your travel plans, we can organise a customised Music Holiday for you at any time of the year.
Cuban Music Holiday dates: 13 March 2023 and 08 May 2023
This trip includes masterclasses with top professional Cuban musicians and accompanied nights out to hear live music in different local venues.
We would be delighted to organise a tailormade itinerary for you before or after the Cuba Music Holiday dates if you would like to explore other areas of Cuba on your trip - just let us know what you would like to do and leave the planning up to us.
The Cuba Music Holiday costs £985 per person and includes:
single room including breakfast & dinner x 7 nights, ensuite bathroom
15 group / individual master classes with professional Cuban musicians
+ 1 percussion group workshop (90 minutes)
Excursions / Activities:
1 half day excursion including transport, English speaking guide, entries and tips for the driver and guide(s)
+ visit to local instrument maker or the EGREM recording studios or similar
+ cultural/musical exchanges
Accompanied nights out to a variety of top local live music venues and Trova festival concerts. Entries are included but not drinks for you nor your music tutors.
English speaking Caledonia tour leader on hand from start to finish
Please note the following are not included:
* These can be arranged by us on request
Minimum age 18 years (younger participants are also very welcome but only if accompanied by an adult).