For Cul­ture Vul­tures

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - The Insider -

Ha­vana is a mecca for mu­sic lovers and you’ll hear mu­si­cians just about ev­ery place that peo­ple gather, whether that's along the Malecón or in the city’s nu­mer­ous bars and res­tau­rants, but one ex­pe­ri­ence that stands out above them all is a night at the Trop­i­cana. This Ha­vana in­sti­tu­tion in the sub­ur­ban neigh­bour­hood of Mar­i­anao has been wow­ing guests with its out­door mu­sic and dance cabaret since 1939. Ex­pect lots of se­quins and feath­ers as the per­form­ers put on an en­er­getic show that never fails to cap­ti­vate the au­di­ence.

For some­thing more modern and avant- garde, stick your head into the Fábrica de Arte Cubano in the Vedado neigh­bor­hood. It’s a hal­lu­ci­na­tory gallery and per­for­mance space housed in a trans­formed ware­house. In one room, you’ll be gaz­ing at modern art works, then in the next there will be jazz mu­si­cians per­form­ing or maybe mod­els demon­strat­ing out­fits that look like some­thing from a sci­ence fic­tion movie. Ev­ery visit is a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence.

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