Havana Cultura Fest Returns to Ossington For Second Year

The celebration of Cuban food, art, music and drinks is returning to Ossington Avenue this August. Havana Cultura runs August 18-21 and is sponsored by Havana Club Rum. Events will be held at many of the busiest venues around the neighborhood, including Reposado, Sweaty Bettys, Watusi, Delux, Crooked Star, Lower Ossington Theatre, Painted Lady, and, of course, Julie’s Cuban.

The sneak preview happened today at Reposado where they showcased some of the talent – from musicians to cigar rollers. They also allowed us to taste some authentic Cuban food and drink, including a new rum they are launching this year during the festival,  Havana Club Selección de Maestros.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include a Rumba party at The Ossington on Friday August 19th with IYÁ IRÉ Dance Company, and the Latinada Band from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also on Friday, local Latin artists Son Aché will be performing upbeat Latin dance music at Watusi.

On Saturday afternoon, you can take a master class in rum drinks and the origins of Cuban rum, the secrets of rum production and learn how to mix a few classic Cuban cocktails at a special Havana Club Master Class at LeVack Block from 2 to 3pm. Even the Lower Ossington Theatre is involved with some Cuban films including “Eso Que Anda” and “Lisanka”.

And once again the wall of Levack Block will be painted during the festival by local grafitti artist Angel Carrillo.

The festival is a great fit for Ossington, taking great advantage of the diversity of businesses and individuals in the neighbourhood. Keep an eye on our calendar for a full line-up of events as the date approaches.



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