Cuba music holidays

“Immerse yourself in the music and Caribbean colour of Cuba – with daily classes from Cuban musicians and singers, nights out to music venues and friendly homestay accommodation.”

Highlights

Santiago de Cuba | daily music classes | percussion workshop | city tour and visit to El Morro castle| evenings out at music festival events and live venues | option to visit instrument maker | group concert

Description of Cuba music holidays

Celebrate the sounds and rhythm of Cuba on this one week intensive music holiday in Santiago de Cuba, the home of traditional Cuban music. Take daily classes with top professional musicians and singers, with the chance to have private lessons, too. Enjoy nights out to hear world class live bands in local venues and clubs, go on interesting visits and excursions and still have plenty of time to relax and recharge your batteries. All in all, this is unique and unforgettable music holiday, full of culture and with a relaxed and tropical Caribbean atmosphere!

Santiago de Cuba is the ideal place to hear and be immersed in live music. The city has a wide range of live music venues offering different entertainment every night of the week, from the world famous Casa de la Trova in the city centre to small local clubs in outlying neighbourhoods. The holiday is scheduled to coincide with the annual Festival de la Trova Pepe Sanchez, a celebration of Cuban music and song, which gives plenty of opportunity to hear well known Cuban musicians in small intimate venues.

On each of your seven days here, you’ll enjoy a music lesson in a small group. A lead tutor is assigned to each group, who guides and encourages you to learn, so you get the most from this trip. If you are a professional musician, come and develop your knowledge of Cuban music or even learn to play with some of Santiago de Cuba’s greatest musicians. If you are a complete beginner and fancy trying your hand at Cuban percussion, this is the perfect holiday for you. Over the week, group lessons and rehearsals will lead up to an informal concert in one of Santiago’s popular live music venues at the end of the week.

You will spend seven nights in a local homestay, carefully selected to offer great home cooked meals and a friendly welcome. This is a great way to gain a real insight into Cuban life, and will become a home away from home while you are here, providing all the independence you need.

This holiday is scheduled for March 2018, but if this date does not suit your travel plans, we can organise a similar music holiday for you on a private tour basis at any time of year. The price includes homestay accommodation in single room for seven nights, with breakfast and dinner included; all music tuition with professional Cuban tutors; accompanied nights out to live music events (entries not included); cultural visits included in the programme; bilingual tour leader and local guide(s). It does not include flights, transfers and Cuban Tourist Card. This is an over 50s friendly trip.

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2018: 19 Mar
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cuba music holidays

When in Cuba we encourage everyone to learn about the country, the culture of the local people and the places being visited. Our tour leaders hold briefing meetings to inform about and discuss with clients all aspects of local life. This helps to have a better understanding of the area and a deeper appreciation of the people who live there.

It is our policy to carefully dispose of all waste whilst we are hiking in national parks and on visits and tours too. We encourage our clients to explore the natural environment in Cuba, and to learn about the wide range of flora, fauna and wildlife whilst they are there. The Cuban government is a firm supporter of sustainable development, re-forestation projects and conservation and Cuba has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world - we aim to help keep it this way during our visit.

In the cities, we encourage our clients to think about the amount of water they use for showering and washing and the use of air-conditioning units in their rooms.

We encourage everyone to stay in local homes whilst we are in Cuba so that our clients have an opportunity to meet and spend time with local people to learn something of local life. It also enables them to use their Spanish language skills, even at a basic level. Importantly, this also ensures that monies are spent at a very local level and go into the pockets of Cuban households. All our dance/music/language tutors and specialist guides are professionally trained Cubans and they are treated and paid fairly.

We support local Cuban businesses in every aspect of our trips - accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and activities - thus contributing directly to the local economy and community. We also regularly organise donations for local schools and educational projects. We recommend that clients consider donations of items such as toiletries, baby and childrens clothing, some medicines and luxuries such as soap to the families they visit and projects we support.

We also regularly provide donations to two youth theatre and drama companies in Santiago de Cuba, bringing material for costumes and stage make from the UK or buying essential items locally such as paint for props.

On our dance and music holidays, we recommend that clients bring with them any musical or dance items which they can leave for their tutors, such as shoes, strings, instruments or dancewear. On our hiking trips, we encourage the donation of appropriate items such as hiking shoes or boots, small rucksacks, water bottles, penknives and other such items for the specialist guides accompanying the tour.

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