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Murals & Mosaics
Immerse yourself in the street art of Havana and celebrate the diversity of Cuban culture. Discover three different local neighbourhoods where inspired local artists have transformed their communities into artistic hubs of creativity.
Take an inspiring journey to three different neighborhoods where visionaries have used art to unify and beautify the community and combat social problems. This tour gives you an opportunity to see some of the coolest community art projects and interact with residents whose lives have been changed thanks to the dreams of their artist neighbors. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these unique urban masterpieces!
Barber’s Alley, a community project started by Papito el Peluquero, a barber whose dreams were to transform the “ugliest street in Havana” and to provide job opportunities to underprivileged youths in his community. His success is evident in a street that now bustles with art and private businesses, and his hairdressing school that has trained many a young Cuban to make a living in the trade. The success of his project even caught the attention of Obama, whom he met during his 2016 visit to Cuba.
Fusterlandia, in the fishing village of Jaimanitas, was the vision of artist Jose Fuster, “the Picasso of Cuba”. A successful international artist, he returned to his home with the vision of turning his house into a mosaic homage to Spanish architect Gaudi. His whimsical murals and generosity to his community inspired others to expand his work throughout the neighborhood, where you can now see brightly colored mosaics adorning houses and public spaces.
Muraleando is a neighborhood cultural program in Lawton promoted by a group of local artists directed by Manuel Mario Diaz Baldrich to provide different workshops and activities for children, teenagers, and the elderly including music, dancing, theater, painting, ceramics, and sculpture work out of recycled materials. The creativity born of these classes manifested in murals and found object art throughout the neighborhood. Here is where we’ll be treated to a special lunch and music performance by some of the neighborhood’s talented residents.
This is a great opportunity to make a donation if you’d like to bring art supplies (pens, pencils, paints, brushes, etc).
- DURATION: 3.5 hours
- MEETING POINT: La Gargola Guesthouse, 82 Calle Cuba (between Cuarteles and Chacon streets), first floor (up the stairs, blue door)
- START TIME: 10:00 A.M.
- AVAILABILITY: Monday to Sunday (Does not run on Cuban public holidays)
- FINISH TIME: 1:30 P.M.
- FINISH POINT: La Gargola Guesthouse
- LANGUAGE: English or Spanish
- CHILD POLICY: Child friendly experience
- INCLUSIONS: Professional English-speaking guide, transportation on tour, activities as noted, lunch, drink
- EXCLUSIONS: Transportation to/from meeting point, food and drinks not specified above, tips/gratuities
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Yenni was an excellent guide in Havana and very knowledgeable about Cuban history. She responded well to any request that I had.I also had a one night stay in Vinales where Emilio was my guide. Again he was excellent and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about local flora and fauna.
It would be impossible to explain this trip- it sounded great in the brochures and was even BETTER! Ares was very knowledgable about historical events in Cuba which I am very interested in as a history teacher (retired) He was passionate about Cuba itself, describing it as "paradise". His love for his country made his comments and the tour in general that much more personal and enjoyable. He was an eloquent, knowledgable, & easy to get along w/ guide. He was accommodating to our wishes, answered all questions, & gave his all to the 3 of us. Very charming introduction to Cuba!Rosi`s place in Havana was lovely. The view from her terrace was beautiful- tr ees and in the distance, the ocean.She went out of her way to make good breakfasts and to speak w/ me even though my Spanish is not very good.