Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival 2017 From Harlem To The W Hotel

This week, the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival – an international visual and performing arts, fashion, education and culinary exchange kicks in.

The Festival continues its celebration of the rich artistic connection between the iconic cities of Harlem and Havana with special musical and dance performances, Cuban-inspired dining, and more throughout the city.Renowned Cuban performers, including pianist, Jorge Luis Pacheco; saxophonist, Cesar Lopez; and the all-woman Afro-Cuban dance troupe Obini Bata will be featured performers at a host of venues throughout the week which culminates in day-long celebrations on Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017, as part of the annual HARLEMWEEK festivities.

Highlights of this week’s line up include today’s kick-off for the Harlem/Havana Culinary Initiative in collaboration with internationally renowned chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson, where 12 restaurants in and around Harlem will offer a Cuban-inspired dish and cocktail on their menu. Tomorrow will be the kick-off of the popular Harlem/Havana International Photo & Art Exhibit, a free event where works from Cuban, Harlem and Dominican artists will be on display as well as works from private collections including the Center for Cuban Studies. Also tomorrow, the all-female folkloric Cuban based dance and drumming ensemble Obini Bata will hold a dance workshop at the famed Dance Theater of Harlem.

Please see a full list of the restaurants participating in this year’s Culinary Initiative as well as additional programming highlights below.

Please note, all tickets are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the complete Event Listings:

August 14 – August 20 (Daily)
HARLEM/HAVANA Culinary Initiative led by Chef Marcus Samuelsson
Participating restaurants will feature Cuban-inspired signature dishes, desserts and drinks.

August 15 – October 30 (Daily – exhibition opens at noon)
HARLEM/HAVANA International Art & Photography Exhibit
Exhibit featuring works from Havana, Harlem and the Dominican Republic by artists including: Eduardo (Choco) Roca Salazar, Elio Vilva and Medive, Oscar Abreu, Olugebefola, Grace Williams, JaSon Auguste, and more. Also featuring works from the private collections of Debi Jackson, Stephanie Francis, Geoffrey Eaton, Wayne Benjamin and from the Center for Cuban Studies.

Location: The Mural Pavilion of Harlem Hospital Center; Malcolm X Blvd. at W. 136th Street

Monday August 14 at 7:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA Comes to the W Hotel – featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco y su Grupo and Joey Morant
Location: W Hotel Times Square Living room Bar at 1567 Broadway

Tuesday August 15 at 6:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA DANCE Workshop featuring Obini Bata
Location: Dance Theatre of Harlem
466 W. 152nd Street between Amsterdam & St. Nicholas Avenues.

Tuesday August 15 at 7:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA LIVE at Victor’s Café featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco
Location: 236 W. 52nd Street between Broadway & Eight Avenue

Tuesday August 15 at 7:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA LIVE at Sylvia’s featuring vocalist Janice Marie Robinson & Friends
Location: 328 Malcolm X Blvd @ W, 126th Street

Wednesday August 16 at 7:00 PM
Jazzmobile’s SUMMERFEST Tribute to HARLEM/HAVANA featuring Cesar Lopez and Obini Bata
Location: Grant National Memorial Park; Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street

Thursday August 17 at 7:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA LIVE Latin Night at Red Rooster featuring César López
Location: Red Rooster Harlem at 310 Malcolm X Blvd at W. 126th St

Thursday August 17 at 5:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA at Harlem Summer Stage with Jazzmobile featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco and Obini Bata
Location: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza at 163 W. 125th St. at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd

Friday August 18 at 7:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA LIVE at National Jazz Museum in Harlem featuring performance and Q&A with Jorge Luis Pacheco and Tim

Porter Jazz Trio
**Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Location: National Jazz Museum in Harlem; 58 W. 129th St. between Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave.

Friday August 18 at 7:00 PM
HARLEM/HAVANA LIVE at FLORIDITA featuring César López and Joey Morant
Location: Floridita at 2276 12th Ave at 125th Street

Saturday August 19 starting at 12:00 PM
HARLEM WEEK Summer in the City Salute to Cuba featuring:
– Cuban Fashion Show (3:00-4:00 PM)
– Harlem Music Fest saluting Cuba Gooding, Sr. and Nancy Wilson (4:00-6:00 PM)
Location: St. Nicholas Avenue Stage at West 135th St. & St. Nicholas Avenue

Sunday August 20 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
HARLEM DAY Salute to HARLEM/HAVANA Cultural Exchange featuring International Vendors Village; Upper Manhattan Auto Show, Dominican & Senegalese Villages and performances by Cesar Lopez, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ray Chew, Bill Saxton, and more

Performances on three Harlem stages, located across 135th Street at 5th Avenue, YMCA Stage St. Nicholas Ave. and YMCA Stage (at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

Monday, August 21 at 6:00 PM
Cuba Comes to Whole Foods Market Harlem Cooking Class and Performance featuring performance by Jorge Pacehco
Location: Whole Foods Market Harlem (100 West 125th St. @ Malcolm X Blvd)

For a full list of events, and additional information, please visit HarlemHavana.nyc.

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