Cuba Today

Swan Lake Ballet at the Garcia Lorca Theater
Swan Lake Ballet at the Garcia Lorca Theater

Cuba’s multi-racial heritage and unique position as the Caribbean’s largest and least commercialized nation have allowed Cuban culture to flourish. The arts have been actively supported by the government, whose commitment to cultural development is reflected in: the founding of numerous theaters, local and national museums, and arts schools; and the establishment of a national film industry, among other cultural achievements throughout the country. The existence of nationally and internationally renowned cultural institutions such as ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte), El Conjunto Folklorico Nacional (National Folkloric Ensemble), the Havana Bienal, the National Ballet of Cuba, and Casa de Las Americas (a Latin America-focused cultural institution) reflects the continued development of Cuban arts institutions, while the carnival of Santiago de Cuba, charanga of Bejucal, and parrandas of Remedios in central Cuba reflect the vibrant popular traditions which color the rich cultural landscape of present day Cuba.

Students studying music at Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) perform for guests of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
Students studying music at Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) perform for guests of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba

The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba facilitates cultural exchange programs between U.S.-based groups and individuals, and some of Cuba’s leading arts and cultural institutions. Made possible through the AFLFC’s relationship with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, these exchanges highlight the full breadth of Cuban culture in the visual, literary and performing arts, and architecture. AFLFC’s commitment to promoting and supporting Cuban art and artists is reflected in its relationships with:

  • Casa de las Americas
  • Center of Development for Visual Arts
  • Ceramics Museum
  • Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC)
  • Cuban Institute of Music
  • Cuban National Ballet
  • Cultural Center of Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and
  • Industry
  • Decorative Arts Museum
  • Educational Cinema at the Ministry of Education
  • Faculty of Arts and Philology, University of Havana
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
  • Faculty of Journalism, University of Havana
  • Fototeca de Cuba
  • Foundation for New Latin American Cinema
  • Fernando Ortiz Foundation
  • Alejo Carpentier Foundation
  • Caguayo Foundation
  • Galería 23 y 10
  • Galeria Acacia
  • Galeria Habana
  • Hermano Saíz Association
  • Jose Martí Center of Studies
  • Jose Martí National Library
  • La Casona Art Gallery
  • Model of the City of Havana
  • Museum of Architecture of Trinidad
  • National Council for Performing Arts
  • National Council of Visual Arts
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • National Theater of Cuba
  • National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba
  • Office of Preservation of Trinidad
  • Provincial Center for Visual Arts and Design
  • Revolucion y Cultura Magazine
  • Romantic Museum, Trinidad
  • Saint Francis of Asisi Convent
  • Superior Institute of Arts (ISA)
  • Wifredo Lam Center