A new musical and a new take on Bizet’s original opera, set in Cuba 1958 during the turmoil of revolution, flavoured with authentic Cuban styles of music and dance including salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha.
Is there a more iconic Cuban album than Buena Vista Social Club’s eponymous debut? Winning the Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album, it remains a high watermark not just for Cuban music but world music as a whole. Sambroso Noda brings together a bonafide ‘all star’ group of Cuban musicians who will pay their own unique and loving tribute to the landmark album.
Carlos Acosta will perform a selection of other favourite and specially commissioned pieces with a full company and live orchestra. During a remarkable career, Carlos has won countless awards and thrilled audiences the world over.
Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. Here he returns to the trio sound he forged in 1972, blending jazz with traditional rhythms of the sacred batá drums, the foundation of Chucho’s history-making group, Irakere.
This year’s fest will focus on Women in film, showing 2 recent films by Cuban female directors: ‘Vestido de Novia’ (Wedding dress) by Marilyn Solaya and ‘El Techo’ (The roof) by Patricia Ramos plus special showcase of short docs by the late Cuban female director Sara Gomez, plus talks and social events.