17th International Conference on African and Afro-American Culture, Santiago de Cuba, April 12-16

Established in 1988, the Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Center is dedicated to the study of the African influence on the countries of the Caribbean.  Every year, the Center invites researchers from the social sciences, artists, doctors, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, priests and practitioners of folk religions and other persons from throughout the Caribbean and the US to participate in a week-long colloquium exploring  African and African American anthropology, history, linguistics, oratory, art, literature and other social and cultural issues.  This unique annual conference has become one of the most important of such gatherings in the Caribbean.


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.


Havana International Film Festival, December 8 – 15

The Havana Film Festival is one of Latin America’s most anticipated annual events. The intent of the Festival is to promote and award filmmakers “whose works whose significance and artistic values contribute to, enrich and reaffirm Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.” The festival largely showcases contemporary Latin American cinema, but also features works produced by filmmakers from the US and across the globe. About one-third of the films are subtitled in English. In addition to its film presentations, the festival offers seminars on cinematic topics led by industry professionals.


The 35th International Havana Jazz Festival, January 13-21

Join jazz lovers from across the globe at the 2019 International Havana Festival of Jazz! Some of the world’s biggest names in jazz, within Cuba and internationally, perform nightly in concert halls, clubs, bars, along the Malecon, and impromptu on street corners throughout sultry Havana. People who experience this festival return year after year! Jazz, that most American music, takes on a sultry international flavor at the Havana Jazz Fest!