AKArt at the Habana Bienal

May 21-26, 2015

Join AKArt Advisory + Talk Cinema as we visit The Habana Bienal, Artist Studios, Cuba's Museums and Foundations

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Enjoy a rare and special opportunity to join AKArt Advisory for an exciting and informative trip to Cuba.

The week—timed to coincide with the opening of the 12th Habana Bienal—will be devoted to meeting and sharing ideas with Cuban artists, curators, and Havana's community. On the occasion of the Bienal, the contemporary art of Cuba, Latin America, Asia, and Africa will be fully displayed throughout the city—making this curated trip a unique global experience to view all of this work in one location. For collectors and art enthusiasts, the Habana Bienal is a good way to stay abreast of the developments in the visual arts in these regions.

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Armando Marino, La Patera, Habana Bienal 2003

Art + Music + Culture Comes Alive May 21-26, 2015

Havana comes alive during the first week of the Bienal, when many venues throughout the city open up for dynamic installations. The week will be a citywide art event, with multiple locations and artist studios open to you each day. Visits will take place in and around Havana, and will include a variety of cultural activities and substantive interactions with Cuban cultural experts, artists, musicians, and people from the community.

During the trip, you will be staying at the Hotel Parque Central—Cuba's finest five star hotel. The city has also recently experienced a foodie revolution, with incredible new private restaurants opening—to the delight of locals and visitors alike.

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People to People Travel + Talk Cinema

The trip is made possible through People to People educational travel—reinstated in 2012 by United States President Obama—and updated in January 2015 which allows Americans to travel to Cuba, via a general license, issued by the US Department of the Treasury (OFAC) and Talk Cinema. All programs under a license issued to Talk Cinema, Inc. include a full schedule of educational exchange activities, designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and the people of Cuba. People to People travel is not tourist-oriented nor self directed, but it is both rewarding and unique. It allows participants to visit a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a deeper understanding of Cuba, its people, and its culture.

Art Collecting in Cuba

The US Treasury law allows American art collectors to purchase art in Cuba within OFAC’s allowance for the gathering of “informational materials” in Cuba (§§ 515.206(a) and 515.332). This rule allows collectors of visual arts, photography, media arts, and other art products, (as well as music, literature, etc.) to purchase art in Cuba and to bring it into the United States. Because there are limitations on how much cash you can carry into Cuba ($10,000), often this is not enough to purchase important works of art. As a special service to qualified collectors, we will work with the artist and any qualified collector to allow them to make a down payment on a work, carry the work with them to the US and, after that, pay the artist the balance owed.

While U.S. regulations regarding credit card use in Cuba have been changed, it will take time for the financial institutions to enable credit card use. At the time of writing, no U.S. credit cards can be used in Cuba. We will update you as this changes.

Learn More About Cuba's Vibrant Art Scene

Open this Link to Learn More About Havana's Arts Community

Reserve Early!

The Habana Bienal is less than six months away. Now is the time to book your trip, or gift this incredible experience to a family, friend, or loved one.

Secure your space May 21-26, 2015. Reservations—made with a deposit—are on a first come first serve basis. TO RESERVE NOW, CLICK HERE: http://tourinfosys.com/signup/akart_tc_pp

Once you sign up, you will receive a set of forms by return e-mail that you will need to print and fill out. Please do not forget to sign them. You also will be asked to send a check for your deposit payable to Talk Cinema.

Program Includes

  • Round Trip Airfare from Miami-HAV-Miami
  • Airport Assistance at Havana Airport
  • Cuban Visa
  • The Talk Cinema People to People License
  • Airport Transfers + Guide
  • Accommodations for Five (5) nights at the Hotel Parque Central
  • Breakfast Each Day at the Hotel
  • Four (4) Lunches
  • Two (2) Dinners (Eleven Meals Total)
  • Transportation in Deluxe Motor-Bus, per Itinerary (Equipped with Water for Guests)
  • Full Bienal Accreditation (All Access Pass) which Includes Entrance to All Art Venues
  • Entrance to the Premiere of the Cubanacan Opera as part of the Bienal All Access Pass
  • Professional Cuba-based, Bilingual Guide
  • Cuba-based Company Manager on the Ground to Assist the Group
  • Medical Insurance in Cuba
  • Travel Tips and Other Traveler Guidance

Program Does Not Include:

  • Airfare from Home City to Miami
  • Tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Bellmen
  • After Hours Activities
  • Airport Taxes upon Departing Havana (CUC 25/ US$30)
  • Single Room Occupancy Differential ($450)
  • Trip Interruption Insurance
  • All Other Items Not Listed in “Progam Includes”

Trip Costs

Curated Guided Trip, Accommodations + Ground Transportation: $3955 per passenger

MIA-HAV-MIA Airfare: $545

Total: $4500 per passenger

Single occupancy supplement: $450

About The Organizers

Talk Cinema, Inc., founded in 1992 by husband and wife team, Harlan and Susan Jacobson, is the nation’s most inclusive and longest running sneak preview and discussion program with thousands of attendees in 11 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Talk Cinema’s mission and the basis of our success is that our audiences get to be among the first to see a new movie and discuss with special guests – seeing films the way critics and industry insiders get to do at film festivals.

Talk Cinema

PO BOX 686
Croton on Hudson
NY 10520

US Treasury License Number CT-2014-310331-1

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AKArt Advisory

AKArt is an art advisory agency as well as an independent curatorial platform. They have unparalleled experience developing major art initiatives from the ground up, offering private + corporate curation, collection management + creative consulting on strategy, programming, exhibitions, strategic partnerships, brand development, marketing, public relations, events + sales. They work with collectors, art galleries, artists, auction houses, art fairs, corporations, curators, institutions, luxury brands, museums, organizations + publishing houses. AKArt is a resource for the global creative community.


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Cuba Tours and Travel

The Cuba Art travel people!

Cuba Tours and Travel has over fifteen years of experience offering expert-driven cultural travel to Cuba. Our management and program-design team, working together with a team of superb Cuban travel associates in both Havana and Miami, are uniquely suited to offer you the finest in-depth travel program to the island. We are licensed by the US Treasury Department and are fully insured. Most importantly, we have an abiding love for Cuban art and culture and have strong connections to the cultural institutions on the island.

Cuba Tours and travel is a full-service agency licensed by the U.S. Government

TSP# CU-077926-b. CST # 2073790-40

We are located at

320 Pine Avenue, Suite 503

Long Beach, California, 90802

For more information please write to BIENAL@cubatoursandtravel.com or call us at 888 225-6439