4 DAYS : CONFERENCE - TRADE FAIR - CONCERTS - PROFESSIONAL VISITS

20-23 September 2017

Havana, Cuba

Explore Havana and its music, meet the players !


  • International Conferences

  • Jury-selected showcases of Cuban artists

  • Dedicated sightseeing to music hotspots

  • Three-day Trade Fair

  • USA-Cuba special sessions

First Edition

14-17 SEPTEMBER 2016

An island full of music, for decades the delight of many ears and hips worldwide – that's Cuba!

But do you know really what is happening there now, in this historic moment? Would you like to meet the local players in live music, recording and education? Discover new talents and find out the opportunities for foreign artists in Cuba? Get a professional inside view behind the stage curtains?

We have the solution for you: Primera Linea!

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14-17 Septembre 2016

HABANA, CUBA

Primera Linea will be an open space for exchange and the first-ever collaboration between official partners from Cuba and non-governmental producers of the global music circuit.

Enjoy more great Cuban culture around the Primera Linea dates by attending the renowned Habanarte Festival.

Read more about the programme, how to register for the event and how to plan your trip below.

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About us

WHO IS BEHIND PRIMERA LINEA?

On the Cuban side, the initiative is led by the Ministry of Culture, together with EGREM and ARTex (the two major music companies of Cuba), and in cooperation of the Cuban Muisc Institute ICM.

Their leading international partners are Piranha Arts (Berlin, Germany), in their capacity as the organisers of WOMEX – The World Music Expo, as well as Nordesía (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and Endirecto (Munich, Germany). They will produce the event on location and have 20 years of experience working both within Cuba and with Cuban artists abroad.

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DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM

Everything you need to know about the Primera Linea!

Conference schedule

All about the conference, the speed meetings, the visits and the workshops


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Showcases

The complete schedule, all the artists performing at Primera Linea 2016.


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Practical Guide

All what you need to know about Primera Linea and travelling to Cuba.


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You can still join Primera Linea and register on location at Gran Teatro from Wednesday 14, 10:00 am
 

The Activities

PROGRAMME

Starting with a special curated Opening Concert, the international music forum will feature conferences, workshops, jury-selected showcases, trade fair and dedicated networking opportunities to meet Cuban music operators and artists. It will be organised and produced to high international standards.

Furthermore, there will be selected professional, themed sightseeing for international delegates to music hotspots.

There will also be the opportunity to enjoy more of the great Cuban cultural life, as Primera Linea will take place during the Habanarte Festival.

Conferences

14 conference and network sessions and a special focus on Cuba-US relations


Trade Fair

Primera Linea will give the opportunity to both Cuban and international companies and artists to present themselves during daytime from 15-17 September. If you are interested to get more informations, please contact us.

Showcases

Apart of the opening concert, 15 showcases selected by a Cuban and international jury will present the great variety of Cuban traditional, jazz, popular dance and contemporary urban music.

The jury is formed by:

Adalberto Alvarez (Cuba)
Musician, Cuban National Music Prize
Carole Fernandez (Cuba)
Label manager Colibri
Pedro de la Hoz (Cuba)
Culture critics, Granma
Antonio Martinez (Spain)
Managing director, Endirecto, Germany
Christine Semba (France)
Director of Consultancy and Special Projects, WOMEX Piranha Arts, Germany

Take a glance at the Showcases
Take a glance at the Showcases

Professional Visits

During the afternoons, there will be professional guided visits to hotspots of music and cultural life and creation in Havana. The visits will be organised around the following themes:

  • Recording: Visits to the main recording studios such as EGREM, Abdala and others, and meetings with outstanding Cuban producers, labels, distributors, and archives;
  • Live music production: Visit to main live venues of different styles, such as classical, popular, jazz, rock, with network possibilities with presenters and production companies;
  • Education: Visit to main institutions like Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan and meetings with the heads of cultural education;
  • Dance: Insight into hotspots, from classical National Ballet to folkloric Conjunto Folclórico and Callejón de Hamel, popular dances and world-famous Tropicana Cabaret.
  • If you have special wishes of visits, let us know and we will do our best to put it together for you!

Venue

OUR SPOT

The location of the daytime conference and trade fair, and, in the evening, the selected showcases will be the just recently restored Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso.

The theatre, which first opened its doors in 1915, is one of Havana’s greatest architectural jewels and is located right beside the Capitol in front of Central Park, in the very heart of the city.


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Accommodation

HOTELS

Cuba is a victim of its success and it is now very challenging to find available accommodation.

Primera Linea proposes hotel packages for delegates only including 4 nights accommodation (including breakfast and airport transfers in- and outbound) in the 5*, 4* or 3* categories, and also in Comfort Private Houses.

All proposed hotels are within walking distance of the venue in the heart of Havana.


For those who wish to have additional days in Cuba, our exclusive partner avenTOURa can also help you with the arrangements.

Don´t wait until the last moment, this is a limited offer: first come, first served!

Practical

VISAS

The participation as a delegate or exhibitor at Primera Linea is possible with a tourist visa you can get through travel agencies or at Cuban embassies.

For a media accreditation, you need to process a press visa through a Cuban embassy. The requested invitation letter will be provided by Primera Linea.

US citizens can also enter Cuba with a tourist Visa, but also need a special license from the USA (OFAC approved). For more information, please contact us.


Weather

Practical

WEATHER


Health

Practical

HEALTH


Money

Practical

MONEY


Visas
 

Any question?

CONTACT US

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