Guided Tour for Two to the HAVANA BIENAL featuring 5 Days/4 Nights at Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba or $5,000 CASH
Purchase Deadline: Dec. 7, 2018 MIdnight (PST)
Drawing: Dec. 20, 5:30pm PST
Experience Havana during one of the city’s most exciting and vibrant moments, the first week of the 2019 Havana Bienal, with 5 days/ 4 nights at the luxurious Hotel Saratoga from April 11 – 15.
Along with visitors from all over the world, you will have access to see visual art, installations, sculpture, and performance art by breakout artists from Cuba and throughout Latin America while being treated to private concerts and sumptuous meals. Enjoy Havana as the city transforms into a living museum.
Thursday, April 11
7 pm Welcome dinner at Río Mar, located in the luxurious Miramar neighborhood, it has a whole terrace overlooking where the Almendares river flows into the sea.
Friday, April 12
9:30 am Visit to the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)
11 am Walking tour of Old Havana’s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. Wander through the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba, it is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana.
1:30 pm Lunch at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this cozy paladar has made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world.
4 pm Visit to Lizt Alfonso Academy, a women-led dance company and school for local youth. We will watch a private performance by the youth dance group and visit with the dancers afterward.
7:30 pm Dinner at Tierra, Havana’s newest international dining spot. Located inside a container in the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, the restaurant mirrors the eclectic crowd, serving dishes from around the world.
Following dinner, enjoy live music, art, and dancing at La Fábrica de Arte Cubano. Rockstar X Alfonso has turned this into the meeting spot for a young, eclectic crowd of Cubans and foreigners.
Saturday, April 13
9:30 am Enjoy a performance by Habana Compás Dance, which encompasses the rich rhythm and flow of the island, performing traditional and modern dances born from their Spanish, Cuban and Afro-Cuban heritage.
11 am Visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts. We will be accompanied by Nelson Herrera, an art historian, who will provide an overview of Cuban art and artists over the last four centuries.
1 pm Lunch at Paladar San Cristobal. Located in the heart of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation for excellence in both atmosphere and local cuisine. Enjoy great food as the locale takes you back to the 1940s and 50s.
3 pm Enjoy a discussion and private performance by Banda Ancha, a jazz band led by Yissy Garcia, an amazingly talented young percussionist. Banda Ancha calls its style “high-speed Cuban jazz,” a mixture of different rhythms like funk, reggae, and samba, with Afro-Cuban influences.
6 pm Enjoy the Cubanacan Opera Performance, the first Cuban opera in almost 50 years. There will be a cocktail reception following the performance.
*Time and date are subject to change.
Sunday, April 14
Morning and lunch free
3 pm Behind the scenes art tour: Visit different homes and neighborhoods to tour the studios and galleries of established and up-and-coming Cuban artists.
7:30 pm Private musical performance by renowned singer and songwriter Frank Delgado at Café Madrigal. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails while discussing the Nueva Trova movement in Cuba.
9 pm Farewell Dinner at Paladar Atelier. Owned by Niuris Higueras, a leading female entrepreneur and restaurateur in Cuba, this restaurant offers innovations on traditional Cuban cooking, located in the former home of a pre-Revolution Senator. We will be joined by performers of the previous night’s presentation.
Monday, April 15
TBD Check-out and depart for the airport.