CubaCon

Cuban Art and Culture Conference

in Provincetown Massachusetts

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Cuba Conference Agenda

Are you ready for an information packed and fun filled conference? Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn more about Cuba and to network with others who share your interests and passion.

As seen in

provincetown magazine

(June 10, 2010 issue)


Conference Opening Reception

Thursday June 10

at Galería Cubana 

357 Commercial Street (508) 487-2822

sponsored by Provincetown Magazine

7:00pm to 9:00pm - Cuba? Cuba. Cuba! -- Welcome to Cuba in Provincetown.

Enjoy mojitos and Cuban art at Galería Cubana in the East end of Provincetown across from the Provincetown Library. No charge - By invitation only, Full Conference Pass holders welcome.

See a photo of inside this Cuban art gallery

A full conference pass is $150


Cuban Culture Day

Friday June 11

at the Crown and Anchor - Paramount Room

247 Commercial Street (508) 487-1430

(First ferry from Boston arrives at 10:00am)

Highlights of agenda for today:

  • Current US Cuba Relations
  • Audience Introductions
  • Humanitarian Aid in Cuba
  • Movie on Cuban Artists
  • History of Havana
  • Cuba By Sea
  • Life in Havana
  • Legal Travel to Cuba
  • Movie on Tropicana nightclub
  • Cuba photo exhibit                                              Yellow highlight means Presenter has been confirmed

8:00am -- REGISTRATION OPENS - Continental breakfast. Walkins welcome, $150 at the door, cash only (two full days, two lunches and free admission to dance party and movies on Sunday). Great networking time. Drop your business card for door prizes.

 

8:30am -- EXHIBIT AND VENDOR TABLES OPEN - variety of information put out by presenters and attendees regarding Cuban art, humanitarian organizations, legal travel to Cuba and other interesting Cuba related information. Open all day. Cuban art for sale too.

 

9:00am to 9:15am -- SESSION - OPENING REMARKS - Welcome and opening remarks by conference organizer Rob Sequin - President, Havana Journal, Inc.

 

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9:15am to 10:15am -- SESSION - US CUBA RELATIONS UPDATE - Recent past and near future update on US Cuba relations presented by Mavis Anderson of the Latin America Working Group. Congressman Delahunt has been invited to call in.

 

10:15am to 10:30am -- MORNING BREAK - Music provided by Cuba.fm. Check out the Cuba exhibit tables and vendors. Door prize giveaways.

 

10:30am to 12:00pm -- SESSION - AUDIENCE INTRODUCTIONS - Most people come to conferences and trade shows in order to meet people who share their interests in order to develop life long personal and professional relationships. We open the mic and give each attendee an opportunity to give a very short self introduction. This allows all attendees to learn more about each person in the room. We think you will be pleasantly surprised and impressed with the quality of people sitting right next to you. Lunch follows immediately so let the networking begin!

 

Now that you know who's who in the room, you can introduce yourself and have lunch with people who share your Cuba passion and interests.

 

LUNCH - SAME ROOM - 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Sponsored by CubaCityHall.com - Cuban birth, death and marriage certificate retrieval service.

 

1:00pm to 2:00pm -- SESSION - HUMANITARIAN AID TO CUBA - Rick Schwag of the Caribbean Medical Transport will talk about his organization's humanitarian work in Cuba. A look at the humanitarian work that can be done and the obstacles created by the US and Cuban governments.

 

1:00pm to 2:00pm -- MOVIE IN CABARET ROOM - LUMINOUS SHADOWS - Documentary featuring the art and artists in Eastern Cuba, shot in Santiago de Cuba.

 

2:00pm to 2:45pm -- SESSION - HISTORY OF HAVANA - Dick Cluster, author of History of Havana, will present a photo slideshow of the entire history of Havana.

 

2:00pm to 2:45pm -- SESSION IN CABARET ROOM - CUBA BY SEA - Captain Peter Swanson from CubaCruising.net will talk about sailing the "Great Bahamas-Cuba Loop: A Post-Embargo Cruising Strategy".

 

2:45pm to 3:00pm -- AFTERNOON BREAK - Music provided by Cuba.fm. Check out the Cuba exhibit tables and vendors. Door prize giveaways.

 

3:00pm to 4:00pm -- SESSION - LIFE IN HAVANA - Panel of Cuba experts who will offer knowledge and insight into life in Havana such as Cuban cars, tourist attractions, restaurants, casas particulares and more. Author of the book Lost and Found in CubaJeanne Lemkau documents her individual journey to Cuba in an effort to escape a soul-deadening situation and the drone of middle age.

 

3:00pm to 4:00pm -- MOVIE IN CABARET ROOM - Fiesta Cubana - On New Year's Eve 2009, Havana's legendary Tropicana nightclub celebrated its 70th birthday with a colorful revue and the evening's special guest was the world famous Omara Portuondo.

 

4:00pm to 5:00pm -- SESSION - LEGAL TRAVEL TO CUBA - The panel will talk about eligibility, OFAC approved Cuba travel service providers, lodging in Cuba and more. US Director of The Center for Cross Cultural Study, Jerry Guidera will talk about his organization's academic travel to Cuba programs that he ran from 1996 to 2004. Former Judge Maria Lopez is on the Board of Directors at the Cuban Artists Fund and has hosted legal trips to Cuba . Sponsored by Cape Air.

 

5:00pm -- END OF SESSIONS - Hang around for end of day networking and visit the exhibit and vendor tables.

 

5:30pm – EXHIBIT AND VENDOR TABLES CLOSE FOR THE DAY

 

Enjoy The Night in Provincetown

 

CUBA PHOTO EXHIBITION - 6:00pm to 8:00pm -- IONA Print Studio and Gallery at 379a Commercial Street features prints by photographer and master print maker, Judy Jalbert.  

 

DINNER ON YOUR OWN - Plenty of restaurants to choose from in Provincetown. Enjoy the night but don't stay up too late... big day tomorrow! We will suggest restaurants and bars for attendees so you can meet informally after the conference.

 

PROVINCETOWN PARTY NIGHT - Location to be announced but let's plan to spend a night out together or explore the town on your own. Always LOTS to see and do. PLENTY of entertainment in Provincetown! Enjoy yourself, sessions don't start until 10:00am tomorrow.

 

(Last ferry to Boston departs at 7:30pm)

 

Cuba Conference Presenters Information

 


 

Cuban Art Day

 

Saturday June 12

 

at the Crown and Anchor - Paramount Room

247 Commercial Street (508) 487-1430

NOTE: It is legal to import Cuban art into the United States and it is legal to sell Cuban art in the United States. Please read the legal opinion provided to our conference organizer by attorney Robert Muse HERE.

(First ferry from Boston arrives at 10:00am)

Highlights of agenda for today:

  • Cuban Arts Marketplace Opens
  • Cuban Art and Memorabilia Auction Preview Opens
  • Ernest Hemingway Preservation Society
  • History of Cuban Music
  • Cuban Lunch
  • Keynote Speaker - Tracey Eaton
  • Cuban Architecture and Photography
  • The Cuban Art Scene
  • Cuban Art and Memorabilia Auction
  • Cuban Dance Party                                            Yellow highlight means Presenter has been confirmed

9:00am – REGISTRATION OPENS - Walkins welcome, $50 at the door, cash only. Great networking time. Drop your business card for door prizes.

 

9:30am -- EXHIBIT AND VENDOR TABLES OPEN - variety of information put out by presenters and attendees regarding Cuban art, humanitarian organizations, legal travel to Cuba and other interesting Cuba related information. Open all day. Cuban art for sale too.

 

10:00am to 10:15am -- SESSION - OPENING REMARKS - Welcome and opening remarks by conference organizer Rob Sequin - President, Havana Journal, Inc.

 

10:00am in Cabaret Room -- AUCTION PREVIEW OPENS - View the auction lots of Cuban art, memorabilia, posters and the like for sale. Auction starts at 4:30 today. Cabaret room only opens to the public.

Cuba Conference Presenters Information

 

10:15am to 11:15pm -- SESSION - ERNEST HEMINGWAY ARCHIVES - Susan Wrynn is the curator of the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library in Boston which is home to the most comprehensive body of Hemingway materials available in the United States. Mary-Jo Adams is the Executive Director of the Finca Vigía Foundation, an organization that works with Cuban professionals to restore and preserve Ernest Hemingway’s home, contents and yacht. They will give a presentation on the volumes of documents in the archive and the preservation and restoration of Hemingway's home in Cuba.

 

11:15am to 12:15pm -- SESSION - HISTORY OF CUBAN MUSIC - Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Director of the Charlize Theron produced East of Havana (documentary about Cuban rap music) will give a presentation describing how political changes throughout Cuba's history launched movements of new genres of Cuban music. Rumba came from slavery times, the nueva trova folk era in the 1960s and Cuban rap evolved during the "Special Period".

 

12:15pm to 1:00pm -- LUNCH AT CARIBBEAN CORNER - 269 Commercial Street - Cuban lunch menu designed especially for our Cuba conference with a special menu of Cuban sandwiches, arroz con pollo and Cuban style barbecue. (Complementary to Full Conference Pass holders.)

 

1. Cuban Sandwich: Roasted Pork, grilled ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mayo and mustard.

2. Arroz con Pollo: Traditional latin plate made with Chicken and Vegetables mixed together.

3. Frijoles Latinos: Red Beans seasoned with various meats and fresh herbs, served with rice.

 

1:00pm to 2:00pm -- KEYNOTE SPEAKER - TRACEY EATON - Former Cuba based journalist Tracey Eaton will give the keynote presentation titled:

 

The Vibrant Colors of Cuba: Havana nightlife, gay culture, cabarets, festivals and artistic expression in Fidel Castro's Cuba.

 

Tracey Eaton lived and worked in Havana for almost five years from 2000 to 2005 covering Cuba's current events and writing cultural articles as the Havana bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News. He is one of the first and few American journalists allowed to live and work in Cuba. One of his current passions is his Cuba blog, Along the Malecon that regularly captures the essence of Cuban culture today.

2:00pm to 3:00pm -- SESSION – ARCHITECTURE IN CUBA - John H. Pilling, Boston architect and organizer of the Havana Urban Design Charette, will talk about this recent architectural gathering in Cuba. Cathryn Griffith will talk about her new book Havana Revisited, An architectural heritage currently on exhibit at Harvard.

3:00pm to 3:15pm -- AFTERNOON BREAK - Music provided by Cuba.fm. Check out the Cuba exhibit and vendor tables. Door prize giveaways of Cuba books, merchandise vintage Cuban memorabilia and more. Auction preview ongoing in the Cabaret room.

 

3:15pm to 4:15pm -- SESSION - THE CUBAN ART SCENE - Did you know that it's legal to buy art in Cuba? Did you know the Cuban government will let you export it and the US government will let you import it? Listen to the experts tell you how to break into the Cuban art market or how to expand your collection. Information about Cuban artists and movements, valuations and styles of Cuban art. Michelle Wojcik of the Galería Cubana and Sandra Levinson of Cuban Art Space will talk about collecting, buying and selling vintage and contemporary Cuban art.

 

4:15pm -- CONFERENCE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC - NO CHARGE - Doors open to the public for Cuban art and memorabilia auction viewing to be followed by the Cuban art and memorabilia auction.

 

4:30pm to 5:30pm or 6:00pm -- CUBAN ART AND MEMORABILIA AUCTION - Cuban art, memorabilia and other lots for sale. See the Auction page for more information about lots for sale and how to consign items to the auction. NOTE: It is legal to import Cuban art into the United States and it is legal to sell Cuban art in the United States. Please read the legal opinion provided to our conference organizer by attorney Robert Muse HERE.

 

5:30pm or 6:00pm -- END OF DAY - Auction check out, closing remarks, end of day networking and exhibit and vendor tables close.

 

Enjoy the Night in Provincetown

 

1. PROVINCETOWN ART AUCTION - Walk down the street to view the Provincetown art auction preview at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Their annual Spring auction is scheduled for 7pm tonight and all are invited to attend, open to the public.

 

2. DINNER ON YOUR OWN - Plenty of restaurants to choose from in Provincetown. Enjoy the early evening but don't miss the Cuban Dance Party! We will suggest restaurants and bars for attendees so you can meet informally after the conference.

 

3. CUBAN DANCE PARTY - 9:00pm to 1:00am (No cover for paid attendees.) Music provided by DJ Saoko, well known Cuban and Latin music DJ in Rhode Island and Boston. He regularly works for Havana Club Salsa in Cambridge where they have dance parties every weekend.

 

DJ Saoko was born and raised in Venezuela and has been around salsa music and dance for as long as he can remember. He has worked for La Cabana night club in Rhode Island. Club Caribe and Havana Club in Boston and has DJ'd for many salsa parties and festivals around New England. He is known for selecting great tunes with flavor , keeping the dancers excited in the dancefloor. More information about DJ Saoko on our Presenters page.

 

cuban dance party

 graphics by Joe Bruno (917) 880-7636

The Crown and Anchor is not only the best conference facility in Provincetown, it's also the best dance party spot in town. So, for truly memorable night, this is a Cuban dance party that you won't soon forget.

 

Thanks to Havana Club Salsa for their help putting this dance party together. Cuban and Latin music DJ Saoko keep you dancing all night long to Cuban and Latin music. The poolside deck overlooking the beach and Provincetown harbor will provide partygoers a great mix of Cuban music and Provincetown nightlife.

$5 cover charge

(Last ferry to Boston departs at 8:30pm)

 

Cuba Conference Presenters Information

Saturday only pass is $50

 


 

Cuba Movie Day

 

Sunday June 13

 

at the Provincetown Art House Theatre

 

214 Commercial Street (508) 487-9222

(First ferry from Boston arrives at 10:00am)

 

Cuba Movie Schedule

$5 donation requested per movie (profits to benefit Cuba related non-profit organization to be announced) No charge to Full Conference Pass holders

Theater One

11:00am - Buena Vista Social Club - Running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes - Not Rated but suitable for all ages - 1999

Wikipedia - The film documents how Ry Cooder, long-time friend of Wenders, brought together legendary Cuban musicians to record an album (also called Buena Vista Social Club), and to perform a concert in the United States. Although they are geographically close, travel between Cuba and the United States is restricted due to the political tension between the two countries, so many of the artists were travelling there for the first time.

1:00pm - East of Havana - Running time is 1 hour and 22 minutes - Not Rated but suitable for all ages - 2004

Charlize Theron documentary about Cuban rap music - The Director of East of Havana, Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, will introduce the film and be available after the showing to answer questions from the audience. The New York Times says this film is "the real deal".

3:00pm - Lost Son of Havana - Running time is 1 hour and 42 minutes - Not Rated but suitable for all ages - 2009

IMDB - After 46 years in exile, former major league baseball star Luis Tiant returns to Cuba, where he encounters unexpected demons and receives unexpected gifts from his family.

Theater Two

12:00pm - Strawberry and Chocolate - Running time 1 hour and 48 minutes - Rated R for brief strong sexuality, and for language - 1994

IMDB - Filmed entirely on location in Havana Cuba the story of Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and skeptical young man, falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinary ideas. First comes rejection and suspicion, but also fascination. Fresa y chocolate is the story of a great friendship, that is, a great love between two men, which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance.

2:00pm - Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights - Running time is 1 hour and 26 minutes - Rated PG-13 - 2004

IMDB - On the eve of Cuba's revolution, a young American woman discovers a passion for dance and for her sultry Cuban partner, Javier played by Diego Luna. As the two prepare to take their place in a prestigious national dance competition, their bodies align in a sensual harmony that mirrors the growing bond between them. They dominate the dance floor with a sizzling style and rhythm all their own.

4:00pm - Havana - Running time 2 hours and 24 minutes - Rated R for brief nudity, mild profanity and sexually suggestive situations - 1990

IMDB - Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack (Robert Redford) visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her. Shortly after they arrive in Cuba, Roberta and her Cuban husband, the revolutionary Arturo, are arrested and tortured. Jack has to make a choice between the beautiful woman and the biggest poker game of his life.

Interested to sponsor the Cuban art and culture conference?

(Last ferry to Boston departs at 8:30pm)


 

Note from the conference organizer:

 

I would like to thank all the Presenters listed above and all the venues in Provincetown that have welcomed our conference with open arms. A special thanks to the Crown and Anchor and Provincetown Magazine for all their help and support.

 


 

 

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