Cuban NYC is centered in Union City, New Jersey.
Cuba is the sacred heart of Latin culture in the Americas. Havana was the center of colonial Spanish power in the Americas. Whatever happened in Cuba, spread across the Spanish-speaking world, including back to Spain. That is still true.
Los Van Van featuring Alexander Abreu (Habana D’Primera) play Cuban Timba at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, May 13, 2022 at 10pm. From $70. 🇨🇺
Carmen Herrera, The 1970s: Part 1 shows the legendary Cuban abstractionist’s 1970s work at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea, Tue, May 3 – Jun 11, 2022. 🇨🇺
Ongoing Cuban NYC
Repertorio Español, Spanish-language repertory theater, was founded by New York Cubans.
Román Díaz plays Cuban Rumba at Mi Salsa Kitchen in the Lower East Side most Wednesdays from 8-11pm. Díaz is one of NYC’s Rumba heavy hitters. Donation. 🇨🇺
Cuban Rumba & Timba
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban Rumba and Timba at Drom in the East Village most Thursdays at 8pm (7pm doors). $25. 🇨🇺
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble play Latin Jazz at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen, Sundays at 8:30pm & 10:30pm. From $30+. 🇨🇺
Thursday, June 30, 2022
East Village, Manhattan
Friday, July 1, 2022
CARNEGIE HALL CITYWIDE
Vic Mensa with Aja Monet
Friday, July 8, 2022
LENA HORNE BANDSHELL
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
June 8 – August 6, 2022
Circus, Cumbia, Global, Jazz, Juneteenth, Pop, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Vallenato
Thu, June 9 – Sat, June 18, 2022
ALL OVER NYC
FOURTH OF JULY
Monday, July 4, 2022
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, May 29, 2022
East Village (Loisaida)
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Fri-Mon, May 27-30, 2022
BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC (BAM)
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thu-Mon, May 26-30, 2022
NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Greenwich Village, NYC
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Thu, May 12, 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Mott Haven, The Bronx
Saturday, May 6, 2022
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Sat-Sun, Apr 2-3, 2022
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Thursday, September 8, 2022
UNION CITY, New Jersey
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
“El Barrio” East Harlem
Cuban New York City
- Ballet Hispánico is a contemporary dance company currently led by a Cuban American.
- Cuban Artists Fund promotes Cuban artists. cubanartistsfund.org
- Cuban Cultural Center New York preserves and promotes Cuban culture.
- Havana Film Festival New York is the sister of Cuba’s Havana Film Festival.
- Mi Salsa Kitchen is a Cuban diner in the Lower East Side with live music.
- Repertorio Español, NYC’s Spanish-language repertory theater, was founded by New York Cubans.
Cuban NYC Calendar
Cuba is the Sacred Heart of Latin Culture in the Americas
Cuba is the sacred heart of Latin culture in the Americas because it was Spain’s main colonial port. Whatever happened in Cuba spread across the Spanish Americas and even back to Spain (Rumba Flamenca).
In modern times, American gangsters and big business took over, so Cuba expelled the Americans which earned it great respect across Latin America.
A lot of Latin music and Latin dance is originally Cuban. Lucumí, the beautiful African Diaspora religion, is the root of many Latin music traditions. It becomes secular in Rumba. 1950s Cuban dance music evolved into Salsa in New York City, and Timba in Havana.
Previously in Cuban NYC
Raúl Cordero : Heaven is a Place in the Mind, paintings and installations on the age of distraction, is at Richard Taittinger Gallery in the Lower East Side, Mar 10 – Apr 24. richardtaittinger.com 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez Brings Cuban Rumba & Timba to Brooklyn
“Rumba” means party, but is just 0ne step removed from the religious traditions where most music, dance and theatre begin. Even though it’s just a party, if you spend any time in the Rumba, you can’t help but feel its spiritual roots. It feels good, real good. It’s healing.
In Havana, Cuba, Rumba from Matanzas mixed with Changüi from Santiago and Jazz horns into Son Cubano. In New York City, Son evolved into Salsa. At the same time in Cuba, Son evolved into Timba by absorbing the bass drum and other elements from R&B and Rock. But Timba still keeps a strong Clave rhythm. It’s Latin dance music.
Pedrito isn’t a Salsero, but can take you through all the rest. The purpose of African Diaspora traditions (Latin music and dance) is to bring communities together. So when Pedrito gives the call, the community responds. He really is the world’s first-call Rumbero. This is more than a show. It’s the Pedrito Martinez Experience ~ in Brooklyn.
Dance Theatre of Harlem at the 1st City Center Dance Festival starts with a Gala Performance that includes the NY premieres of “Higher Ground” and an extended “Balamouk” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at New York City Center in Midtown, Tue, Apr 5 at 7pm and regular performances Fri-Sun, Apr 8-10. From $35. 🇧🇷🇨🇴🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present their new album “Suba,” Global Music reuniting the Caribbean and Mother Africa, at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Thu, Mar 31 at 8pm. $25. robertbrowningassociates.com 🇨🇺🇸🇳🇻🇪
Join Cuban fashion and art evangelist Evan Elkowitz at the William Pérez open studio celebrating his Cuban Artists Fund residency at 208 East 51st St, 2nd Floor in Midtown East on Fri, Mar 18 from 5-8pm. startupcuba.tv 🇨🇺
Cuban trumpeter Kalí Rodriguez-Peña celebrates his “Melange” album release at The Django in Tribeca on Tue, Mar 15 from 7-9:30pm. 🇨🇺
Orquesta Broadway celebrates its 60th Anniversary with Cuban Charanga (flute, strings & percussion) for dancing at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center on Fri, Mar 11 at 7:30pm. FREE. 🇨🇺
Latin American Art, including a newly discovered Diego Rivera, goes on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center on Wed, Mar 2-10 for auction Fri, Mar 11 at 11am.
Dayramir Gonzalez plays Belgian singer Mar Bel’s “Encuentro” album release party at Ideal Glass Studios in the West Village on Sun, Mar 6 at 7pm. 🇨🇺
The Big Three Palladium Orchestra is the sons of the Big Three: Tito Rodríguez Jr, Mario “Machito” Grillo and Tito Puente Jr, hosted by Joe Conzo Sr and featuring Fania All-Star and Puente’s bongo player John “Dandy” Rodríguez, at Lehman Center in Jerome Park, The Bronx on Sat, Mar 5 at 8pm. From $45. 🇨🇺🇵🇷
Trova legend Xiomara Laugart celebrates Mi Salsa Kitchen’s 1st Anniversary with Cuban Timba at Mi Salsa Kitchen in the Lower East Side on Fri, Feb 25 from 9-11pm. 🇨🇺
The 7th Neighboring Scenes Latin American film festival is in person at Film at Lincoln Center, Feb 24-28. $15 per film or $80 All-Access Pass ($20 students). 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
Tributo a Bebo Valdés, the world premiere screening of Ricardo Bacallao’s documentary of the 2019 tribute concert by grandson Emilio Valdés, is streaming at the Cuban Cultural Center on Sat, Feb 19 at 7pm. Free. 🇨🇺
Pepito Gomez sings a Buena Vista Social Club tribute of Cuban Son at Drom in the East Village on Sun, Feb 13 at 5:30pm & 8pm. $55. 🇨🇺
Remember Carmen Herrera, legendary New York Cuban abstract artist, 1915- Feb 12, 2022. 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban Rumba and Timba live at Harlem Stage (with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute) in Manhattanville, Harlem on Fri-Sat, Feb 11-12 at 7:30pm. From $25. 🇨🇺
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30, 2022. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
Juan-Carlos Formell (Los Van Van) and Yambando with special guest Danae Blanco, play Cuban Timba at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Jan 29 from 9-11:30pm. $15. 🇨🇺
Malpaso Dance Company performs Cuban Contemporary Dance at The Joyce in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Jan 19-23, 2022. From $26. 🇨🇺 Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic brings together the Puerto Rican Tap master with live music by Cuban Jazz legend Arturo O’Farrill, at The Joyce in Chelsea, Tue-Sun, Jan 4-9, 2022. From $26. 🇵🇷🇨🇺
Radio Free Brooklyn’s Gianluca Tremontana hosts a Changüi: The Music of Guantanamo listening event at the Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Wed, Nov 17 at 8pm. Free with rsvp tickettailor.com
Daymé Arocena sings Cuban Jazz for the World Music Institute Women’s Voices Series at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $25. worldmusicinstitute.org 🇨🇺
Harold López-Nussa, Grégoire Maret, Luques Curtis & Ruy López-Nussa play Cuban Timba at The Blue Note in Greenwich Village, Mon-Wed, Nov 8-10 at 8 & 10:30pm (6 & 10pm doors). From $25. 🇨🇺🇵🇷🇨🇭
The Havana Film Festival New York opens at Village East Cinema in the East Village on Fri, Nov 5 at 6:30pm. From $20. Grammy nominee Dayramir González plays Cuban Jazz at the Afterparty. From $85. 🇨🇺🇪🇸|🇨🇦🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇺🇸|🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇵🇪🇻🇪|🇬🇷🇬🇧
Grammy winner David Oquendo & Friends play Latin Jazz at the Bronx Music Heritage Center in Foxhurst, The Bronx on Sat, Oct 30 at 2pm (1:45pm doors). FREE with reservation (917) 557-2354. @bxmusic 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban Timba at Drom in the East Village on Thu, Oct 28 at 8pm (7pm doors). $30. 🇨🇺
Mambembe plays Samba/Reggae and Kikiriki Biguey plays Afro-Cuban Rumba at Drom in the East Village on Tue, Oct 26 at 8pm (7pm doors). $10. 🇧🇷🇯🇲🇨🇺
Cuban Nueva Trova legend Pablo Milanés brings his Dias de Luz Tour to The Town Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Sat, Oct 23 at 8pm. From $45. 🇨🇺
Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCé play Cuban Jazz at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sat, Oct 23 at 7pm. $20. 🇨🇺
Remember Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, on her birthday, Thu, Oct 21.
Issac Delgado y La Novena play Cuban Timba at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen Tue-Sat, Oct 19-23 at 7 & 9:30pm. From $30. 🇨🇺
David Oquendo & Friends play Afro-Cuban rumba in the Bronx Music Hall Plaza outdoors at Bronx Commons on Sun, Oct 17 at 1pm. Free. Facebook @bxmusic 🇨🇺
Dance Theatre of Harlem does pop-up performances inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s sculptures in the Kusama garden at the NY Botanical Garden in The Bronx, Sat-Sun, Oct 16-17 from 2-5pm. From $25. 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
Fleur Seule sings “Latin Love Songs” at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen on Thu, Oct 14 at 8:30pm. From $20. 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇵🇷
Gerardo Contino & Los Habaneros play Cuban Timba at Cuban Restaurant Mi Salsa Kitchen in the Lower East Side on Sat, Oct 2 at 11pm. 🇨🇺
Gerardo Contino & Los Habaneros play Cuban Timba at the Roxy Bar at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca on Sat, Oct 2 from 8-10:30pm. 🇨🇺
The Cruce de Campeones USA National Freestyle Rap Finals are at La Boom NY in Woodside, Queens on Sat, Oct 2 at 6pm. Cacha vs Yartzi is the exhibition. From $35. 🇨🇴🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇬🇹🇲🇽|🇦🇷🇵🇷
Jose “Pepito” Gomez plays Cuban son in tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club at Drom in the East Village on Sat, Oct 2 at 5:30pm & 8pm. (5pm & 7:30pm doors). $69 🇨🇺
Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Drom in the East Village on Fri, Oct 1 at 8pm (7pm doors). Tickets $30. 🇨🇺
The Affordable Art Fair is at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea Thu-Sun, Sep 23-26. From $25 🇨🇦🇨🇺🇫🇷🇲🇽🇪🇸🇺🇸
The New York Yankees celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a giveaway of Yankee caps with Hispanic flags for Yankee games on Fri-Wed, Sep 17-22, 2021. From $40. mlb.com
Yas Gonzalez shows at Fashion Designers of Latin America at Lavan541 in Chelsea, Manhattan on Tue-Wed, Sep 8-9, 2021. 🇨🇺
Cuban Festivals in NYC
Sunday, July 21, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Family entertainment, games, food and kiosks from twenty Hispanic countries. FREE ~ CANCELLED DUE TO NYC’S DANGEROUS HEAT ADVISORY
MANHATTAN, BRONX, QUEENS; PREFEST Apr 5-8, FEST Apr 9-16, 2019; Latin American film festival ~ Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Peruvian & Spanish movies, red carpet & parties, plus Cuban ballet legend CARLOS ACOSTA
CHELSEA, January 9-20, 2019 ~ Malpaso Dance Company, Los Hijos del Director, Compañia Irene Rodríguez. Some of the best dancers in the world and an island of choreographic talent.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Jackson Heights, Queens
Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan culture.
Hudson County, New Jersey
Sunday, May 20, 2018
New York City Center
Saturday, April 28, 2018
August 12-23, 2017
Cuban New York City
MURRAY HILL, NYC ~ The Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations provides consular services
UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC
United State’s leading Latino contemporary dance organization
¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
MARQUIS THEATRE, TIMES SQUARE, November 5, 2015 – August 20, 2017 ~ The inspiring Emilio and Gloria Estefan story
Cuban culture has a big influence on the world, far beyond its size. A lot of Caribbean culture is really Cuban culture. During the Colonial Period, Havana was one corner of the triangular trade, so whatever happened in Cuba spread across the Spanish Americas and even influenced Spain. Later, standing up to the Americans gave Cuba a unique credibility.
Friday, January 6, 2023
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Monday, July 25, 2022
Monday, July 11, 2022
Monday, August 16, 2021 🇨🇺 🇩🇴 🇵🇷
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 2020
CARIBBEAN CULTURAL CENTER AFRICAN DIASPORA INSTITUTE
El Barrio, East Harlem
Oba Frank Bell leads a webinar on Integral Plants & Herbs in Afro-Cuban Orisha & Palo Traditions. FREE
The Yoruba religion from Nigeria and Benin was called Santería by the Spanish in Cuba because Africans kept their heritage faith by blending it with worship of Catholic saints
FILM FORUM, Hudson Square, NYC 🇨🇺 February 15 – April 4, 2019
The Havana Film Festival (International Festival of New Latin American Cinema) is in Havana in December. It’s one of the good times to visit.
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Wednesday, September 7, 2021
HAVANA, CUBA; daily Apr 12 – May 12, 2019; Cuban art fair ~ “The Construction of the Possible” theme welcomes back the 13th Havana Biennial after Hurricane Irma