Location & Travel
"Somehow, being away from home frees you up from the usual hangups about your own playing and makes you more willing to experiment. I learnt a lot of important principles here that stay with me today. Burned into my memory are visions of late night jams and french wine."
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.
Our course is based in a historic Colonial style building which is located on the famous Parque Centrale in Old Havana.
We are in 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.
All visitors to Cuba will need a Tourist Visa (price approx. £25) – we can assist with this.
Accommodation is not included in the course price. Course members can make their own accommodation arrangements via agencies or for example AirBnB.
We can also put course members in contact with our own agents in Havana who can book accommodation, travel arrangements etc., as necessary.
We will circulate information on people's day and time of arrival to facilitate the sharing of taxis