Fiesta del Fuego, (Fire Festival) Santiago de Cuba, July 3 – 9
The Annual Annual Fiesta del Fuego (Festival of Fire), also known as Festival de Caribe, is one of the most anticipated annual events in the Caribbean.
Each July, a multitude of artists and spectators from throughout the world converge in historic Santiago, for a week-long celebration of traditional African Caribbean cultural creativity, expressed through music – calypso, reggae, merengue, cumbia, the Haitian kompa and the zouk from Martinque and Guadalupe, carnival-like parades, dancing, theater, visual arts, poetry, and storytelling – all presented on more than 40 outdoor venues throughout the city. Dozens of conferences and academic workshops and panels are held to explore elements of indigenous Caribbean cultural heritage and religions. This year, the festival will highlight the art and culture of Puerto Rico.