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Fiesta del Tambor - Fiesta del Tambor - 2019

Fiesta del Tambor


Fiesta del Tambor 2019

The National Center for Cuban Popular Music is pleased to invite you to the 18th Edition of the Havana International Rhythm and Dance Festival “Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam”, which will be held from March 5th through 10th, 2019, at many places such as: Karl Marx Theater, Salón Rosado de La Tropical, Casa de la Música de Plaza, Palco Hotel, El Sauce Cultural Center, among others.

In line with the event, there will be three new contests: the international percussion contest, the Casino dance and for Rumba dance contests.

Requirements for the Percussion Contest are the follows:

  • The percussion instruments to compete are: kettledrum or pailas, bongoes, drums, congas or tumbadoras and Batá drums.
  • Each competitor will have the opportunity to compete in two instruments.
  • No profesional or academic requirements to compete.
  • Jury is made up of outstanding percussionists who are in charge of granting as many as prizes they deem appropriate, and there is no right of appeal against the decision made.
  • The Organizing Committee will provide venue of the event with as many percussion instruments as necessary. Play with personal instruments will be allowed in case they do not affect the rhythm of the event, and the jury will have the last word.
  • The musical genres to compete are the follows: Contredanse, Danzón, Cha cha cha, Charanga, Mambo, Son, Guaracha, Bolero, Salsa, Songos, Pilón, Afro or 6x8, Changüí, Conga Santiaguera (Santiago Conga), Havana Conga and Comparsa, Mozambique, Rumba, Timba, Congo (Palo, Makuta and Yuka), and Abbakuá.
    Note: The Jury has the possibility to decide any of these popular and Afro-Cuban rhythms.
  • In the case any participant had neither general nor partial knowledge about these genres, it would not be a problem at all to participate. 
  • The Jury will set the performance time according to quality and creativity performed.  
  • A minimum of 2 genres will be requested to be performed individually for each instrument. The Organizing Committee will be in charge of providing competitors with a recording for them to play. Competitors will have to make 1 or 2 improvisations in different musical genres, except for Batá Drums in which the 3 drums will be played simultaneously, understanding that these can be sung or not, and jury will determine the "beats" or what Yoruba Religion Saint will be interpreted in these instruments.
  • The Jury will evaluate –in each participant- knowledge about genres or styles, rhythm, creativity, and if necessary, virtuosity.
  • Those participants who won first place in previous editions cannot compete in the same percussion instrument contest he/she previously played. 
  • Winners will be awarded with: musical instruments from domestic or international music companies such as: SABIAN, GON BOPS, KoSA, LUDWIG, PROMARK, SONOC, EVANS, Ae, etc. The prize-winning competitors will be also awarded with diplomas and souveniers by Palco Busisness Group, the Organizing Committee and embassies involved in this event.
The requirements for Casino and Rumba Contests are the follows: 

  • Casino Contests will be carried out by using Cuban music.
  • There is no age limit for Casino or Rumba Contests.
  • In the case of Casino Contest, participants will have to improvise.
  • Cuban contestants will be selected for participating in the pre-contest which will be held from February 19th through 20th, at Salón Rosado de la Tropical, from 1:00 p.m.
  • The Jury will be made up of outstanding professors and professionals. There is no right of appeal against the decision made.
  • Dance couples´ performing time for casino and Rumba Contests will be to jury´s decision. 
  • Competitors for Rumba Contests will be able to compete individually in Columbia Style, or in couples in Yambú or Guaguancó Styles. One male and/or one woman will be awarded in Columbia Style, and also one couple in other genres.
  • The international dance couples or competitors must be registered by e-mail and see all respective conditions such as: registration fee for foreign participants, forms of payment, among other information, before February 20, 2019. The aforementioned requirements (and others) will be available at the official webpage of the event, with payment options before November 30. The available emails are the follows: piloto@cubarte.cult.cu eventos@cnmp.cult.cu fiestadeltambor@ra-marketing.com y purisima@infomed.sld.cu
  • Regarding Rumba and Casino Contests, the Jury will award the BEST CHILDREN´S PERFORMANCE Prize. 
  • The Final Competition will be held on Friday, March 8, at the Karl Marx Theater, at 8.30 p.m., and winners will be awarded on March 10, at the Karl Marx Theater, at 3:00 p.m.
  • The winning-dance couples of the Casino and Rumba Competitions, and the man and woman who remain winners in the Columbia Competition will be awarded by the festival with: Diploma of the event; one-week reservation at a 4- or 5-star hotel in Varadero (free of charges), and two-night reservation (free of charges) at Palco Hotel sponsored by Palco Business Group, and with previous coordination it can include the Cubana de Aviación Ariline´s air ticket payment in case the airline flies to the destination of the possible foreign winner. There will be varied prizes for the BEST CHILDREN'S PERFORMANCES, as well as 2 cell phones for winning dance couples competing in the Casino and Rumba Contests, among other prizes.
  • The second- and third-winning places will be awarded with some invitations to restaurants or facilities belonging to Palco Business Group, Diplomas, and others.
Other Activities
In line with the Festival, there will be Master Percussion, Casino and Rumba Dance Classes, as well as Personalized Classes of these specialties. For further information, please contact the Organizing Committee.

Credentials with preferential prices before November 30, 2018. The payment must be made by using credit cards, such as: PayPal and others. 

General Information:  
Ms. Sussette, Phone: +53 7 2069000 / +53 7 2026349, eventos@cnmp.cult.cu
Ms. Catherin Pedersen:   purisima@infomed.sld.cu
Mr. Giraldo Piloto and Ms. Ailet Planes:   piloto@cubarte.cult.cu
Mr. Jorge Alfaro:    fiestadeltambor@ra-marketing.com
Mr. Daniel López:   daniel@hpalco.palco.cu

For lodging, tourist and cultural packages, and international registration, you may contact: Paradiso Agency, ARTEX.  
E-mail: gerente_eventos@paradis.artex.cu     Mobile Phone: +53 5 2865406  
Ms. Darlenys Alpízar:   eventos2@paradis.artex.cu
Inbound Travel Agency Paradiso S.A: Phones: (53) 7 836 5381/ 7 838 3908) 
Mr. Daniel López: Daniel@hpalco.palco.cu

Mr. Giraldo Piloto

Sunday, 20 February 2022, 08:55 PM