Welcome to the September Traditional Cuba issue of La Habana Magazine.
In this month’s issue you will find a selection of articles about traditions in Cuba, from religiosity, to that ultimate piece of clothing that goes by the name of “guayabera” to a drink made out of sugar cane spirits that traces its origins to the 19th century, and more. Entertainment-wise, there’s a wide selection of music events this month: Heavy metal, fusion and alternative rock brought to you via the La Patria Grande Festival (Havana, September 22-October 1), electronic music through the Eye e Festival (Havana, September 26-30), opera thanks to Cuba Lírica Festival (Havana, September 2-12), jazz by way of the Amigos del Jazz Meeting (Santiago de Cuba, September 2-4) and early music through Baroque September (Havana, September 2-29).
One music event that you will surely not want to miss is the Two Legends: From Revé to Van Van 2017 Concert, two great bands playing the classics that Elio Revé and Juan Formell once wrote. The concert will be held on September 30 at Ciudad Deportiva, the same place where The Rolling Stones gave their historic concert in early 2016.
We especially wish to recommend “September” by Acosta Danza (September 8-10/14-17) which will present two world premieres; and the Post-it 4 exhibition (check our listings for venues and dates) an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with young Cuban artistic creation in all of its art forms.
September 8 is the feast day of Our Lady of Charity— the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Religious or not, the procession that takes place every year in the working-class neighborhood of Centro Habana and ends in Nuestra Señora de la Caridad Parrish is not to miss.
September is also a lovely month to visit Cuba (check for any hurricane warnings, though). Gone are the tourist crowds of July and August, and accommodations are easier to find, whether at hotels or private homes. It’s still hot and a great time to go to the beach, or to just visit this Island and soak in its many traditions.
Have a great September!
The LaHabana.com Team