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Teatres & Galleries in Havana

Havana Gran Teatro A list and explanaition about galleries and theatres in Havana city

 

 

 

Theatres

Gran Teatro (Teatro García Lorca)

This prominent theater is located on the site of the former Teatro Tacón in the Paseo de Martí (Prado), in a building known as the Palacio del Centro Gallego. The façade of the neo-baroque building (constructed in 1914) is adorned with a stone and marble statue. There are also sculptural pieces by Giuseppe Moretti, representing allegories depicting benevolence, education, music and theatre. The García Lorca auditorium provides a magnificent stage for the Cuban National Ballet Company, as well as other dance and musical performances.

Address:
Prado (Paseo de Martí) 458
e/ San Rafael y San José
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
Tel: +53 7 61 3078


Teatro Nacional de Cuba

Housed in a huge modern building, decorated with works by Cuban artists, there are two main theatre stages–the Sala Avellaneda and the Sala Covarrubias–as well as a smaller theatre workshop space on the ninth floor. You will also find the Café Cantante, a popular venue for Cuban folk music, individual performers and comedy shows, where you can enjoy a drink and a meal during the performance. The complex even has its own Piano Bar, with seating for 150 people.

Address:
Paseo y Avenida Céspedes
Plaza de la Revolución
Havana
Tel: +53 7 879 6011


Anfiteatro del Centro Histórico

Built in a neo-classical style, this theatre first opened its doors to the public back in 1936, and has a seating capacity of 1700. It offers concerts, cabarets, children's shows, and sometimes theatrical plays. It is a good place to take the younger members of the family, more so because it is found right next door to a large funfair. The children's shows themselves take place every Saturday and Sunday at 5pm.

Address:
Calle Peña Pobre y Cuba
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)


Teatro Amadeo Roldán

Located within a monumental modern building, once home to The Havana Auditorium, the venue now consists of the Amadeo Roldán and García Caturla halls, offering symphonic orchestras, piano recitals, and a mixture of classical and contemporary music. This is also home to the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, and prestigious international events are held here such as the "Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra" (International Guitar Gathering).

Address:
Calzada
e/Calle D y Calle E
Vedado Havana
Tel: +53 7 832 1168


Teatro Karl Marx

Formerly known as the Teatro Blanquita, and renamed after the Cuban revolution of 1959, the venue has an enormous auditorium with seating capacity of 5500 people, and is generally used for big shows by stars from Cuba and abroad. The theatre is also a major concert venue for both local and international artists; singer-songwriters such as Carlos Varela, Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés, are just a few of the great names who have graced this particular stage. More recently, this was the scene of a concert by British pop group "The Manic Street Preachers, which included among the thousands of excited young fans none other than President Fidel Castro himself.

Address:
Ave 1ª
entre 8 y 10
Havana Miramar Playa
Tel: +53 7 23 0801
Fax: +53 7 29 1991


Teatro Mella

It is named after revolutionary hero and dissident Julio Antonio Mella, assassinated in Mexico in 1929 under orders of then Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado. This is a modern building with a conventional stage and seating for 1475 attendees. It hosts a variety of shows, from cabaret to recitals as well as theatre performances. The venue is also home to the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional (National Folk Group), which organises a "peña" or folk club ever Saturday from 3pm onwards. In the theatre's foyer there is a small gallery displaying work by Tina Modotti, famous Italian photographer and communist, and companion to Julio Mella up until his premature demise.

Address:
Línea #657
entre A y B
Vedado Havana
Tel: +53 7 833 5651

Reviews Teatro Mella

Jan 20 2016
Name: Atno Smith
Your country: USA

Mientras asistía al festival de Jazz de La Habana, fui a la inauguración en el Teatro Mella, me dijeron que sentarse en cualquier lugar excepto el centro Orquesta de estar, no hay problema? Entonces algunas matronas trastornados del teatro dijo que quería que los asientos para otra persona y para moverse. El teatro estaba lleno, La ignoré y algo enfermo mental vine y quería el asiento y me senté frente a mi esposa y quería pelear. Mi esposa me contuvo y el idiota se sentó en la barandilla de poner en peligro a sí mismo ya los demás a continuación. Finalmente se trasladó después de un tiempo.

La próxima vez, me fui a un programa en el sentimiento de cierre que no iba a sentarse en el área de tonterías, pero en el lado frente a la cámara. ¿Creería usted que el hombre de la cámara se movió la cámara y poner su trasero en la cara bloqueando la vista del escenario, me senté frente intencional con el fin de evitar este problema. La mayoría de los teatros tienen brazos de auge o lente de zoom para tales eventos. Bueno, usted no tiene que preocuparse por esto vuelva a ocurrir a cualquiera, lo sé porque me limitaré a decirle a sus amigos, familiares y colegas para evitar los viajes a Cuba y sobre todo el teatro Mella, debido a su personal grosero y mecenas.
¡Caer muerto!

 

 


Centro Cultural Edison

The Edison Arts Center is a community center, located on the site of an old cinema, in the densely populated El Cerro neighbourhood of Havana. It stages productions of alternative theatre, as well as organizes workshops in art, literature and children's theater, throughout the year. A visit to this center provides an interesting opportunity to find out about the work done by local promoters of the arts. Admission prices vary depending on the production.

Address:
Calzada del Cerro
esquina Zaragoza
Havana Vedado
Tel: +53 7 54 5215


Conciertos en la Basílica Menor de San Francisco de Asís

An old Franciscan monastery dating from 1738, since turned into an arts centre, now includes this concert hall. The naves of the former church have been converted into a veritable temple of art, with superb acoustics, and a stage that has an illusory mural (trompe d'oeuil) so as to recreate the now disappeared apse and dome. Choral and chamber concerts are held here. Admission prices range from CUC 3 to 10.

Address:
Plaza de San Francisco de Asís Oficios
entre Amargura y Churruca
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)


Teatro Bertold Brecht

Address:
Calle 13 y 1 ra
Havana Vedado

Teatro El Sótano

Located in the midst of the Vedado district, this particular theatre stages modern plays produced by young up-and-coming Cuban directors, who strive to offer the theatre-going public a variety of interesting and attractive productions. This is also the venue for the 'Rita Montaner' Theatre Group, led by one of the country's leading dancers and actresses. Other activities include occasional shows for children, especially on the weekends.

Address:
Calle K
e/ Calles 25 y 27
Habana Vedado
Tel: +53 7 32 0630


Teatro Guiñol

This theatre specialises in children's shows. It is run by El Guiñol, a children's theatre company well known throughout Cuba, with venues all over the island. They also organise educational workshops and training courses for actors.

Address:
Calles M y 19
Habana Vedado
Tel: +53 7 32 6262


Teatro Huberf de Blanck

This small theatre situated in the Vedado district, has a seating capacity for 267 people, and offers regular performances of contemporary and classical plays. There are also occasional presentations of well-known foreign productions that have toured to Cuba. Hot and cold beverages are available in the venue's cafeteria, and admission costs 5 Cuban pesos for local residents, and all of USD0,25 for visitors to the island.

Address:
Calzada 654 (Calle 5ra)
e/ Calles A and B
Habana Vedado
Tel: +53 7 833 5962

 

 

Galleries in Havana

Gallery Fuster

Centro Cultural Habana

The pleasant Havana Arts Centre (Centro Cultural Habana) is a good place to buy Cuban music tapes, souvenirs, handicrafts, books about the island and postcards. You may take a break in their small cafeteria, which serves a selection of tasty sandwiches, desserts and soft drinks. This is the meeting place for Havana artists and an arts gallery for young talents to exhibit their latest work. The centre also includes a photocopying service. All items are charged for in US dollars. Cuban pesos are not accepted.

Address:
256 Malecon
Centro Habana


Arte en Casa de Las Américas

La Casa De Las Americas (the House of the Americas), which offers Latin America's most prestigious thinkers and writers a space to debate and interchange ideas, has two galleries: the Latin American Gallery, the aim of which is to promote young Cuban artists; and the Haidée Santamaría Gallery (named after the institution's founder and principal promoter), which allows artists from all over the region and globe to display and promote their work.

Address:
Calle 3ª y G
Vedado Havana
Tel: +53 7 55 2712/ +53 7 55 2706
Fax: +53 7 33 4554


Centro Wilfredo Lam

The building which houses this centre, located opposite a corner of the Cathedral, was once a palace belonging to the Peñalver family, and is typical of an old colonial residence. Some of the rooms on the ground floor, the library and the second floor are used for touring exhibitions by both contemporary artists as well as some of the big names in the arts world. This place also constitutes one of the venues for the Arts Biennials that are regularly held in Havana, the objective of which are to promote contemporary art stemming from developing nations.

Address:
San Ignacio 22
esq. Empedrado
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
Tel: +53 7 861 2096


Espacio Aglutinador

This centre for alternative art is located in the home of Sandra Ceballos, a young graphic artist who has become one of the leading lights of the Cuban arts scene, organizing exhibitions of fellow contemporaries, retrospective displays by well established artists, and poetry recitals. Her small, friendly and informal exhibition space is a magnate for a great number of art enthusiasts, attracted as much by the shows as by the charismatic hostess. Needless to say, admission is free.

Address:
Calle 6
entre 25 y 27
Vedado Havana
Tel: +53 7 30 2147


Galería Carmen Montilla Tinoco

Found within an old fashioned colonial building that still conserves vestiges of its original architecture, and facing the San Francisco Convent, is the gallery of Venezuelan painter Carmen Montilla Tinoco, described as a great friend of Cuba. Apart from her own work, she also offers exhibition space to other Latin American and Cuban contemporary artists. One outstanding piece is the mural entitled "Flora and Fauna" by local ceramist Alfredo Sosabravo, placed in the doorway of Carmen's delightful patio.

Address:
Oficios 162
entre Amargura y Teniente Rey
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
Tel: +53 7 33 8768


Galería Mariano

Housed within one of the eclectic little mansion houses dotted around the old Vedado district, this gallery offers an impressive collection of Caribbean and Latin American handicrafts, which invoke the inheritance left by the region's indigenous peoples, and the cultural influence of both Europe and Africa. Exhibits such as the trees of life, black clay pieces from Quinchamalí, and decorated and embroidered dolls from Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, have been collected by the Casa de las Americas since the early sixties, and are exhibited in such a way, so as to underline the cultural significance of each object, and the original setting for which they were intended. Those who wish to purchase replicas of these pieces should pay a visit to the gallery's shops.

Address:
Calle 15 #607
entre B y C
Vedado Havana
Tel: +53 7 55 2702


Galería Roberto Fabelo

This gallery, belonging to painter and illustrator Roberto Fabelo, occupies a room on the second floor of an old colonial house, which was once the San Francisco de Sales school for orphaned girls. The La Mina café and restaurant is located on the ground floor. Fabelo is considered to be one of the most original artists on the contemporary Latin American scene. He uses this space to display some of his own work, and sometimes for shared exhibitions with other artists. His paintings are executed in a mannerist style, skilfully evoking Archimboldo and Duchamp, and revolving around the themes of the pyramid and power, the court and miracles, desire and obsession.

Address:
Oficios 6
esquina Obispo
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)


Galería Villena

This gallery, found to one side of the Plaza de Armas, is set apart from the Rubén Martínez Villena Public Library, although it is under the same administration. Formed by arcades and glass panels, it is considered to be one of the most modern of its kind in Havana. Found within a restored building, the gallery offers both Cuban and foreign contemporary artists, the chance to not only exhibit their work, but also sell it.

Address:
Plaza de Armas
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)


Galería Zaida del Río

On the third floor of an old colonial house, where several other modern artists share their respective galleries, one finds the personal gallery of painter, illustrator, potter and engraver Zaida del Río, who comes from Villa Clara. Del Río's work has travelled the globe, and she has also illustrated both magazines and books. Her skill is to portray the deepest, most desolate aspects of the spirit; and according to Cuban writer Miguel Barnet, her women are multiple representations of herself in different masks and guises.

Address:
Oficios 6
esquina Obispo
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)


Las Manos

The Manos ("Hands") Art Gallery sells a variety of crafts and goods made by local people. Many of the objects on sale are inspired by the island's Afro-Cuban culture. Among the items on offer are cigar cases, African-style masks, and leather goods such as handbags and other small articles made from this material. Prices vary greatly, and purchases can only be made in CUC

Address:
Calle 411 Obispo
La Habana Vieja (Old Havana)


Galeria UNEAC

Address:
Calle 17
esq. Calle H
Havana Vedado

Galeria Forma

Address:
Calle Obispo #255
e/ Cuba y Aguiar
Havana Vieja (Old Havana)

Galeria Habana

It does the promotional marketing of works done by Cuban young artists. Promotional exhibits. Latest trends of contemporary art.

Address:
Calle Linea
e/ E y F
Havana Vedado


Galeria La Acacia

Address:
Calle San José 114 esq
Consulado y Industria
Havana Centro

Galeria Victor Manuel

Address:
Plaza de la Catedral
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Galeria Plaza Vieja

Address:
Calle Muralla #507
esq. San Ignacio
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Galeria Horacio Ruíz

Address:
Calle Tacón #4
esq. Empedrado
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Taller Experimental de la Gráfica

Address:
Callejón del Chorro
Plaza de la Catedral
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Taller de Seregráfia Rene Portocarrero

Address:
Calle Cuba #513
e/ Teniente Rey y Muralla
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Galeria Francisco Javier Baez

Address:
Plaza de la Catedral
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

Galeria Haydee Santamaría

Displays on Latin American craft and transitory exhibits of Latin American artists.

Address:
Calle 3ra y 5ta
Habana Vedado


Galeria Roberto Diago

Address:
Muralla 107
esq. San Ignacio
Habana Vieja (Old Havana)

 

 

 

 

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