CeltFest Cuba 2012 underway in Havana
A Celtic heritage festival, featuring Celtic music and dance from Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, the U.S. and of course Cuba, is underway in Havana April 14 to 21, with a busy schedule of concerts, lectures and workshops being held in the emblematic Old City.
For the third year, Havana will host CeltFest Cuba, a week-long celebration of Cuba’s Celtic heritage and culture, sponsored by a wide range of organizations, including Culture Ireland, the Irish Embassy in Cuba, the Association of Spanish Societies of Cuba, the Irish Arts Council, Canadian-Cuban Celtic Society and last but not least the Havana city's Historian Office.
Among artists participating in the event are Irish pipers Paddy Keenanand Gay McKeon, Canadian fiddlers Roy Johnstone, Chrissy Crowley and Rosie MacKenzie and Cuban Celtic bands from the Austrian and Galician Societies.
US citizens will be able to attend the festival for the first time, so the Cuba-US People to People Partnership is conducting a week-long Irish Heritage Program in Cuba (April 14-22) that will include festival events in addition to an exploration of Cuba’s Irish heritage.