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Mar 8-12, 2018

Specialty Program

Featuring Giraldo Piloto’s

International Festival of the Drum

MetaMovements Artists Collective invites you to join us for an exciting, whirlwind of a travel program in Cuba filled with Music, Dance, & Cultural exchange!

Enjoy workshops, performances, and some of our featured cultural exchange activities (favorites of past travelers) alongside one of the best festivals that Havana has to offer -

The International Festival of the Drum!


Every year this event draws top musicians, percussionists, and dancers from Cuba & abroad for concerts, gala performances, competitions and master workshops. Whether you are a professional dancer or musician, a beginner just starting to take classes, or simply a lover of cultural performances, we have designed a special program that enables you to experience in the best moments of the festival ... while still enjoying the most popular components of our signature trips--

in a cultural immersion like no other!

  • Experience an inside look into the world-famous Cuban arts & culture scene, including opportunities to watch high level performances, and take workshops with top instructors in your areas of interest.

  • The Cuban Panorama: An interactive presentation on the cultural and social history of Cuba, told through its traditional and popular dances!

  • Visit important historical locations including Old Havana and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Witness Cuba’s natural beauty first-hand, from the ocean to the river and the forest, and beautiful endemic flowers and trees

  • Walk down the streets of your hosts’ neighborhood to be immersed by the vibrant history and local culture, and learn what “a day in the life” looks like for them.

  • Visit the homes, studios or community revitalization projects of local artists, and learn about the artist movements that are revisualizing art as a vehicle for improving lives, uplifting communities, contributing to health and well-being, and inspiring positive changes for all involved.

  • Stay at a casa particular, dine in local paladares, meet working artists, and learn more about how they are all contributing to the blossoming private sector, developing cultural tourism and a thriving small business economy.

What's Included
  • 5 days/4 nights Travel Program

  • Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms in a casa particular in the Playa neighborhood of Havana. (A central location for festival venues & past travelers’ favorite program activities!)

  • Daily breakfast + Two meals

  • Transportation to included program activities (In addition, your hosts can arrange for transportation upon request, so that you feel enabled to maneuver to different locations around the city in the way that you choose)

  • MetaMovements Activity Package:

    • A full-time schedule of our most popular workshops, performances & cultural activities that meet current US & Cuban regulations, as well as providing advice, documentation and/or reporting as needed

    • Coordination & management of your full schedule of activities

    • A wide range of resources & contacts to quickly adjust your program in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. (For example: Road closures, loss of power, event cancellations… the types of things that we know can happen in Cuba! )

    • MetaMovements Letter of Certification/Travel Affidavit that all activities comply with current regulations put forth by both the Cuban and US Governments

  • MetaMovements Support Package

    • Pre-tour briefing, travel preparation & consultation

    • Special orientation course to daily life on the island -- we stay current on all of the things you will want to know, so that you can have the most enjoyable trip

    • Ongoing review and legal advice due to the frequently changing regulations in Cuba and the US--we stay updated so that you don’t have to worry

    • Knowledgeable MetaMovements liaison & friendly Cuban hosts

    • 24-hour assistance available for emergencies

    • A neighborhood orientation to understand the lay of the land in your new neighborhood  -- know where you can purchase necessary items, which restaurants are recommended by past travelers & our host, and where you can connect to the internet!

Program Details & Registration Deadlines
Trip Dates: March 8-12, 2018 (5 days/4 nights)
Program Cost: $1299 (Land Package)
Deposit: $500 non-refundable deposit
Optional Add-ons Available
Download Program Brochure  
FEB 8, 2018
Optional Add-ons

Single Room Upgrade

Enjoy your privacy in your own room within your casa particular!


Additional Meal Plan

Enjoy a home cooked meals made by local chefs -- specified to your needs! Past travelers have found prepaying meals to be a useful way to reduce costs & time waiting on the ground.


Airport Transfer

Pre-arranged airport pickups can be costly due to flight or luggage delays --  we’ve kept this out of your program to help save costs and use the additional funds on what’s really been important to past travelers!

Estimated $30-$50 each way

Flight Arrangements

Some travelers prefer not to sweat their flights -- if you choose this option MetaMovements will research, select and purchase flight on your behalf.  Travelers will then be invoiced for flight & fee with land package.  


Visa Arrangements

Where available, MetaMovements can arrange visa on travelers behalf.  Visa prices are set by each individual airline.  If the visa is arranged by MetaMovements, travelers will then be invoiced for the cost of the visa + arrangement fee with land package.

​Varies (~$50-$135)

Optional Programming

Examples of additional programming:

  • Private or semi private workshops with friendly, knowledgeable professionals who will help you learn... whatever your level of experience!

  • Special visits to historical sites around the city, museums… and more!

  • Additional activities like live music, classic car rides, and exciting performances.

Varies ($25 and up) Contact us for specific pricing quotes

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