Location & Travel
The International Cuban Music School is based in Havana, Cuba - one of the most vibrant and musically exciting cities in the world! It offers an experience of Cuba and an insight into the Cuban way of life and its music that few tourists will experience.
One week at the Chateau is pure indulgence: Sharing the passion for Jazz with an interesting, culturally mixed group of people, learning from outstanding tutors, listening to inspiring instrumentalists as well as singers, enjoying fantastic food, having a lot of fun (nothing beats the English humour) and all of that in the most stunning environment is truly unique.
Our course accommodation is in a historic hotel centrally located in Old Havana and overlooking the Park Central. It is close to the famous Gran Teatro de la Habana and the Capitolio building.
Our workshops will be held in the Gallery Des Artes in Old Havana. The Gallery is a listed Colonial style building with balconies and outside courtyard. It offers the School large and smaller rooms for the music workshops and is based in the centre of 'Habana Vieja'.
The Gallery is located in the centre of Old Havana - the heart of the old city - and surrounded by the real life of Cuba. It is a short walk from the Port on the famous 'Malecon' where Cubans stroll, chat and play music into the night, and from the 'Prado' with its Saturday art fair, and the 'Capitolio' - the Cuban 'White House'.
The school is surrounded by the bustling bars, restaurants and shops of Old Havana - many of which feature Cuban music.
Music is central to the Cuban way of life and you see and hear it everywhere. The school makes visits to the street Rumbas, clubs, concerts and matinees and the famous Casa de la Musica.
The Playa del Este beach is 30 minutes from the school. The beach has bars and fish restaurants and temperatures can be 28 degrees in February.
Flights are not included and course members will make their own travel arrangements.
European flights are available from Virgin (London to Havana direct), Air France from Paris, Iberia from Madrid.
In Havana the Hotel is approx. 30 mins. from the airport and taxis are readily available for about 30 C.U.C.'s (£20 - £25).
All visitors to Cuba will need a Tourist Visa (price approx. £25) – we can assist with this.
We will circulate information on people's day and time of arrival to facilitate the sharing of taxis