|Cuban Artist Demonstrations||Cuban Culture Exhibits||Cuban Music Stage Schedule|
With Cuban rhythms as the heartbeat, the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell honors New Orleans’ deep historical connections with Cuba by hosting one of the largest celebrations of Cuban culture in the U.S. since the 1950s.
The heart-jumping and rousing rhythm of the Conga Los Hoyos parade will take the dancing crowds around the Fair Grounds and to the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, the hub of the Cuban celebration. The Cultural Exchange Pavilion Stage will feature Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, Telmary y Habana Sana, Grupo Caury, Conga Los Hoyos, and The Pedrito Martinez Group on the first weekend; and Septeto Santiaguero, Daymé Arocena, Adonis y Osain del Monte, Changüí Guantánamo, Conga Los Hoyos, and The Pedrito Martinez Rumba Project featuring Roman Diaz on the second weekend. Click link below for a full stage schedule.
While in the Pavilion, do not miss the rare opportunity to exchange with Cuban master craftsmen and artists, as they demonstrate their creative process. Photography and multimedia exhibits will offer additional insights into both contemporary and popular culture in Cuba. Click link below for a list of featured artists and exhibits.
For a complete Cuban experience, stop for tostones with mojo (fried green plantains with garlic sauce) and other delicious Cuban dishes served every day, 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Congreso Cubano food booth located right outside of the Pavilion.