Fiesta del Tambor - Havana Drum Festival

From March 8-13 Havana will again host the drum festival and competition. the festival is city wide with events taking place from morning into the wee hours and ranging from symposiums and documentaries, to dance performances to concerts of all kinds from rumba and Afro-Cuban folklore to jazz to traditional dance music and timba. There are also special events like the evening when Cuba's greatest percussionist will all share one stage.

The competition has no age limit. Contestants can compete in one or two categories. The categories are drums, timbales, congas, bongos and batá drums. The winners will receive the type of instrument that corresponds to the category they won. An award will also be given to the best female participant and the best child.

If you're looking for a last minute vacation, this is great time to be in Havana and a percussionists dream!

Here is the full program and all the details of the competition in Spanish.
The 2015 Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival Fiesta del Tambor takes place March 3-8. If you will be in Havana, don't miss it! Percussionists will enjoy the masters classes and if you want you can even compete. There si also a Casino dance compeition as well as many performances. Important concerts include Havana D'Primera, Maykel Blanco y Salsa Mayor, Manolito Simonet, Paulo FG, Klímax, Robertico Carcarsés and Interactive, Companía Santiago Alfonso, Companía Liszt Alfonso, Havana Dance Compás, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Afrocuba Matanzas, Osaín del Monte, Yoruba Andabo, Rodney Barreto, Oliver Valdés, Ramsés Rodriguez, and Eliel Lazo among others. More info including contact info at

Here is the full program for the 2015 festival now. It's great for both percussionists and dancers. Also Jazz events and a number of masters classes.
The big night for me would be The 7th at Teatro Karl Marx
Paulo FG y la ÈLITE, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Cándido Fabré y su Orquesta, Lazarito Valdés y Bamboleo, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, Giraldo Piloto y Klímax, Jose Luis Cortés y NG la Banda, Compañía Santiago Alfonso.

Never too early to start planning. March 6-11, 2018 The XVII Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival. If you or your dance group would like to participate in the casino or rumba competitions or if you want to set up some classes. The info con be found by following the link. The program isn't out yet, but each year all the big bands participate as well as many popular dance companies. And there is the percussion competition as well. So check it out for contact info and more. When the program is our, I'll update again.

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