2019 Festival Applications are open now!
This pioneering humanitarian cultural exchange first took place in 2016, the result of a return to Havana to revisit a community that was built from a belly dance workshop in 2006. The festival hosted 50 women and girls from Havana and the surrounding areas for 3 days of dance workshops, lead by several leaders from the international belly dance community, as a way to empower cultural exchange. Havana Habibi Festival was held again from April 19-23, 2018, with the best and brightest talents across continents, disciplines and genres. Hanan Arts was able to expand this program thanks to The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Knight Arts Challenge Grant, with matching funds from the Ware Foundation and sponsorships from the arts communities in Miami and Havana.
This is deep cultural work, conducted in a non-commercial format to offer an educational, cultural exchange and solidarity model. We are proud of the trailblazing work we have been doing on the ground since 2002! We are even more proud of Cuban Bellydance pioneer Gretel Sanchez Llabre and her company Cuban Soho- Cuba’s first and preeminent Bellydance school, professional dance company and live music performance group.
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