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The Big Easy

The  Carnival Exchange Project is a two-part cultural exchange between

Santiago de Cuba and New Orleans. 



Through dialogue, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural immersion, participants will explore the rich and unique relationship between these two unparalleled cities.


The Project has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, under its fiscal sponsor relationship with Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.





Part One

 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Thursday, March 2, 2017

Diaspora kicked off the series with Part One: “Cuba Meets the Big Easy” on February 23, 2017 with the world renowned Compañia All Stars direct from Santiago de Cuba.  The exchange included a powerhouse All Stars performance at the Zulu Carnival Ball, 24 workshops on various Cuban dance forms, and our contingent  of 72 local and visiting dancers marching in the famed Zulu parade.  Dancers representing companies from San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, New York, and New Orleans joined the All Stars for a Cuban infused Mardi Gras Experience. 

Part Two

 Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Friday, July 28, 2017

Diaspora is excited to announce Part Two: "Carnival in Santiago de Cuba" of the series, with space now available to the public. Join our Cultural Delegation with representatives from the New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, as we explore firsthand Santiago’s rich history and electrifying carnival culture. This authentic all-inclusive Cuba Tour package includes: all travel logistics, airfare, accommodations and full itinerary.  Individuals, groups and families are welcome as we travel to Santiago de Cuba for a one of a kind, unforgettable experience.


 Santiago de Cuba Carnival 2017 Project Activities Includes: 

• UNESCO World Heritage Excursions

• Santiago de Cuba Area Museum and Cultural Site visits  

• One-on-one Salsa, Con, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba Dance Workshop Instruction

• Music Exhibition with Latin Grammy Winners  

Carnaval Museum of Santiago - Tour and “Mardi Gras” Exhibit Presentation

• Carnival Day - Competition and Performance Priority Reserved Seating

And More!

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Santiago de Cuba

2017 Proud Partners
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