Adventure seekers and travelers of all ages and interests are welcome!

“Blondie in Havana” is an event for music lovers, and adventure seekers of all ages, interests, and tastes!

“Blondie In Havana” is all inclusive! Included in your registration price is:

  • Incredible 5 star accommodation at Meliá Habana Hotel for 4 nights
  • Wonderful meals at the best restaurants in Havana
  • Great seats at 2 Blondie concerts at Teatro Mella March 15 and 16
  • Nightly entertainment from the best bands in Cuba
  • Daily sightseeing around Havana
  • All ground transportation, guides, translators, etc. in Cuba
  • and much more!

Admission for the Blondie shows are available to non-Cuban citizens only if you are part of our travel group. Tickets to the shows are not available unless you are part of our group.

ALL SIGHTSEEING TOURS AND WORKSHOPS WILL IN GROUPS OF 15 OR LESS!
*additional charges will apply for some activities 

Special Notice about Travel to Cuba
Under the Trump Administration, individual tourism for US Citizens has been discontinued. But legitimate Cultural Exchanges with licensed travel groups are 100% allowed and even encouraged.

Music & Arts Live is fully licensed by both the US Government (Office of Foreign Asset Control, Departments of Treasury who oversee the US Embargo) and Cuban Ministry of Culture to lead these events. Because our groups have Cuban performers on stage at night and during the days we will be visiting Cuban artists, they are 100% legitimate Cultural Exchanges. Our trip will not be impacted by the recent changes in US-Cuban relations recently announced.

US Citizens can obtain their individual travel visas to Cuba from the airline they choose to fly. They should cost roughly $85 per person. Or they can purchase them here. cubavisaservices.com Non-U.S. citizens may travel to Cuba without a visa.

 

Music And Arts Live would like to thanks Cuban Music Institute and Cuban Ministry Of Culture for their ongoing support

An Invitation From Blondie

We will heading off on Blondie’s first-ever trip to Havana, Cuba and we’d like for our friends and fans to join us.

 

Blondie has always been an international band. Over the past four decades we’ve played everywhere – Asia, Latin America, South America, Eastern Europe – but we have never made it to Cuba…until now. We’ve been talking about performing in Havana for ages so as soon as it became a possibility, we started putting this trip together. It’s a real thrill and a career highlight for Blondie to be part of this Cultural Exchange, to have such a unique opportunity to experience Cuba’s distinctive music, arts, food and culture together with you.

 

We will be playing two concerts at Havana’s famous Teatro Mella – Blondie’s very first time performing live on Cuban soil. We’ll definitely be changing things up a bit each night but both shows will include all your favorite songs from throughout our career. There will definitely be a special energy coming off the stage, simply because we’ll be so excited to be there, in Havana, surrounded by new friends and some of our biggest fans.

 

We will be supported by some incredible local musicians and bands, including multiple Latin GRAMMY® Award-nominee Alain Perez, revolutionary troubadour David Torrens, and the great Afro-Cuban progressive rock band Sintesis. We’re really looking forward to checking them all out with you. It will be an amazing chance for all of us to really explore Cuba’s amazing musical tradition and future.

 

That’s ultimately what this trip is all about – expanding our horizons by listening to new things, meeting new people, exploring a culture different than our own.

 

We’re been trying to get to Cuba for a long, long time and everyone is really up for it. As musicians, so many things influence us and we’re always looking for something new and different to inspire us. That’s always been a big part of Blondie. Cultural Exchange is something we all just do naturally, you can always learn from other cultures, other musicians. That’s ultimately what this trip is all about – expanding our horizons by listening to new things, meeting new people, exploring a culture different than our own.

 

The relationship between our two countries has been so complex for so long. We’re so curious to discover how our Cuban friends think and feel, it’s so hard to tell from here in America. We’re really looking forward to it and we hope to see you there.

 

¡Hasta pronto!
Blondie
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Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Blondie in Havana is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Registration opens Friday, September 28th at 9:00 AM EST!

Featured Cuban Artists

“When I was growing up on the other side of the river from Manhattan in the Union City area of New Jersey, there were many Cuban musicians and their music would fill the air in the summertime. Of course Blondie has always had a love for music from that part of the world; all the way back to ‘Rapture’ and ‘The Tide Is High,’ we’ve always experimented with Caribbean sounds and polyrhythm. So as soon as going to Cuba became a possibility, we started putting something together. I think there will be a really special energy. To be with some of our closest friends and fans in a whole different environment, a whole new plane. We’re really looking forward to it.” – CLEM BURKE

Sintesis

David Torrens

Alain Perez

Schedule

Blondie will be performing at Teatro Mella, March 15 and 16. After dinner on March 14th, we will be visiting the most happening nightclub/art gallery/meeting space in Havana. It’s called Fabrica De Arte and is run by a collective of amazing local musicians and artists. It is very much the hub and center of young and hip Havana.

Included in the program are all meals. Breakfast and lunches will be at the hotel. Dinners will be in the best “paladares” in Havana. some of them will include Atelier, Chansonnier, VIP Havana, and Tierra.

All sightseeing groups will be limited to 15 people or less!

*Schedule subject to change*

Thursday March 14

  • 10:00am-11:00pm

    Destino (Cuban Hosts) Desk open to assist attendees

  • 4:00 PM

    Meliá Habana Hotel Check-in begins

  • 4:00 – 6:00

    Blondie in Havana Check-in with Music & Arts Live

  • 6:00 – 7:00

    Welcoming Reception! Traditional Cuban band & Dancers followed by opening remarks by Blondie

  • 7:00 – 8:00

    Classic American Car Tour of Havana

  • 8:00 – 11:00

    Dinner at Paladar Cocinero and visit to Fabrica del Arte, where Chris Stein will be exhibiting prints and selling copies of his book.

Friday March 15

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:00pm

    Sightseeing (included in our program)

    1. Walking Tour of Old Havana
    2. Photography and Architecture Tour of Old Havana
    3. Salsa Party
    4. Artist Gallery Tours (Old Havana)

    Optional Activities (extra charge)

    1. Cuban Cooking Lessons
    2. Biking along Miramar
    3. I have a Friend in Havana
    4. Percussion Group Lessons
    5. Cuban Guitar Lessons one-on-one
    6. Rum and Cigar Tasting
    7. Afrocuban Religion
    8. Bellas Artes Museum
    9. Hemmingway in Havana
    10. Visit to a Dance Company Rehearsal
  • 12:30 – 2:00

    Lunch and relax at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 2:00 – 5:30

    Free Time

  • 6:00 – 8:00

    Dinner at paladar VIP Havana

  • 8:30

    Blondie Concert at Teatro Mella with guest group Sintesis.

    Photo Op with Blondie after the concert (1/2 group)

  • 10:30

    Return to the hotel

Saturday March 16

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:00pm

    Sightseeing (included in our program)

    1. Walking Tour of Old Havana
    2. Photography and Architecture Tour of Old Havana
    3. Arts and Crafts Shopping
    4. Artist Gallery Tours (Modern Havana)

    Optional Activities (extra charge)

    1. Cuban Cooking Lessons
    2. Biking along Miramar
    3. I have a Friend in Havana
    4. Percussion Group Lessons
    5. Cuban Guitar Lessons one-on-one
    6. Rum and Cigar Tasting
    7. Afro-cuban Religion
    8. Bellas Artes Museum
    9. Hemmingway in Havana
    10. Visit to a Dance Company Rehearsal
    11. Salsa Lessons One-on-one
  • 12:30 – 2:00

    Lunch and relax at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 2:00 – 5:00

    Free Time

  • 6:00 – 8:00

    Dinner at paladar Vista Mar

  • 8:30

    Blondie Concert at Teatro Mella with guest David Torrens

    Photo Op with Blondie after the concert (1/2 group)

  • 10:30

    Return to the Hotel

Sunday March 17

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:30pm

    Sightseeing (included in our program)

    1. Walking Tour of Old Havana
    2. Photography and Architecture Tour of Old Havana
    3. Arts and Crafts Shopping
    4. Rumba Party

    Optional Activities (extra charge)

    1. Cuban Cooking Lessons
    2. Biking along Miramar
    3. I have a Friend in Havana
    4. Percussion Group Lessons
    5. Cuban Guitar Lessons one-on-one
    6. Rum and Cigar Tasting
    7. Salsa Lessons one-on-one
  • 12:30 – 2:00

    Lunch and relax at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 2:00 – 5:00

    Free Time

  • 6:30 – 7:30

    Alain Perez Concert at Casa de la Música Nuevo Vedado

  • 8:00 – 10:00

    Farewell Dinner at paladar Casa Miglis

Monday March 18

  • 7:00 – 9:00am

    Breakfast at Meliá Habana Hotel

  • 9:00 – 12:00pm

    Free Time

  • 12:00pm

    Meliá Habana Hotel Check-out

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Meliá Habana

“We’ve never been to Cuba, though we’ve always hoped to get there someday. We’ve been talking about if for ages and now it’s finally happening. Havana is such an incredible scene, such an incredible city. I’ve always been fascinated by their music and their wildly creative culture. It’s going to be an amazing trip and we’re all really looking forward to it.” – CHRIS STEIN

MELIÁ HABANA HOTEL

Situated on the Havana seafront, with views of the sea and the city in the district of Miramar, this leading urban venue boasts the largest swimming pool of all urban hotels in Cuba as well as a cigar bar tasting store for smokers and cigar lovers and even an art gallery! Meliá Habana is one of the premier hotels in the entire country and is part of the prestigious Meliá Hotels International family.

Melia Habana is located right alongside the Havana coastline in the heart of the Miramar residential and business district.

Meliá Habana is located right alongside the Havana coastline in the heart of the Miramar residential and business district.

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The Meliá Hotels International family of hotels is one of the largest hotel companies in the world with hotels all over South America and Europe.

Address
Ave. 3Era. E/ 76 Y 80 Miramar Playa
La Habana, Cuba
Website

Credit Cards and Payments

Your room and meal charges at Meliá are included in your fees to DE, but for incidentals and other discretionary purchases Meliá Habana does accept non-US credit cards, travelers checks, and cash. Please remember that unless you have an International credit card for use at the Meliá all the above services will be on a cash pay-as-you-go basis.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24 Hour restaurant and bar
  • Conceirge can arrange tours and activites
  • Currency exchange
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Room service
  • Spa and gym
  • Taxis outside 24 hours
  • Telephone land lines in all rooms
  • WiFi (*additional charge)

Travel Directions

Havana, Cuba

For Flight Reservations
*Arrange your international travel (from the US and elsewhere)  through our accredited travel agency:
Frosch Travel
(212)-784-0256 / (212)-784-0252
Mon -Fri 10AM-6PM
Marla Wax: marla.wax@frosch.com
Joe Mauceri: joe.mauceri@frosch.com

Cuba Itinerary Changes
If you wish to extend your stay in Cuba, any hotel reservations or other arrangements can be made for you by:
Marian Acevedo
Destino World Travel Agency, Havana
destino-cuba@lahavane.com

Questions?
If you still have questions on travel, email us.

Contact Us!

Get Directions

There are many taxis outside the terminals of Havana airport who can take you to Meliá Havana Hotel. In Cuba, it is always best to confirm the price with the driver before you get in, but it should cost around $45-$55 US.

Music & Arts Live does not provide transportation to the hotel from the airport. You will need to find your own taxi or other method of transportation to the hotel.

Effective immediately, there are daily non-stop flights from many major US cities to Havana, including New York City, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Tampa, and others. So, you can now book your own flight to Cuba online or contact us for travel agent recommendations.

Some notes for your travel to Cuba

  • Feel free to extend your trip and enjoy all that Cuba has to offer! If you would like to extend or change your itinerary in Cuba in any way, we would be pleased to help you do so. please just email us at info@dreamcatcher-events.com. 
  • Your airline will provide you with a Cuban visa. They will charge you approximately $100 for this. They will also charge you Cuban Departure tax of roughly $25 and Cuban health insurance of $8. This is all legit and required by all airlines. You will also be given a US travel document for Cuban travel.  You will want to check off the “people to people” exchange on this document.  The airline will also advise you on this.
  • Please remember that US credit cards are not accepted in Cuba (but Canadian and European cards are) so you will need to bring cash. When you arrive in Havana at Jose Marti International Airport, there is currency exchange. You can exchange your International currency at the hotel.
  • Once you arrive at the hotel, all your costs are covered, except shopping, optional sightseeing, snacks and drinks outside of meals, and alcohol.
  • Your flight to and from Cuba, and your transportation to and from Meliá Hotel and the airport are not covered by Music & Arts Live. You will need to cover these costs yourself.
  • Electrical outlets in Cuba will need a US adaptor in order to work. There are US compatible outlets in every room at the Meliá but we recommend that you bring your own to recharge your devices.
  • There are safes in all the rooms at Meliá.
  • There is little Wifi in Cuba but there is good Wifi in our hotel. There is also little International cell phone service but Verizon will work there.

You will need a valid passport for this trip when you purchase your airfare and for travel to Cuba. Your airline will acquire visas and handle of the required paperwork with both the Cuban and United States governments. Non-U.S. registrants may go to Cuba on a tourist visa which you can get from your airline of choice. No special permission for non-US citizens is required.

Flights
The following cities provide NONSTOP flights to Cuba on these specific airlines:

  • Atlanta, GA – Delta
  • Ft Lauderdale, FL – Southwest
  • Houston, TX – United
  • Miami, FL – American
  • New York City, NY (JFK) – Jetblue
  • Newark, NJ – United
  • Orlando, FL – JetBlue
  • Tampa, FL – Southwest

Feel free to extend your trip and enjoy all that Cuba has to offer!

Visas
Visas to enter Cuba are easily available from your airline at your check-in counter. They cost around $80 each. Alternatively, you can purchase them in advance at https://cubavisaservices.com/

Additionally, the United States Government will need you to answer a question about the purpose of your visit. You will have 12 possible answers to this question and the correct answer for this trip is “People To People.”

When you arrive at Havana airport, there are currency exchanges there where you can get Cuban CUCs.

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Note About Travel

Under the Trump Administration, individual tourism for US Citizens has been discontinued. But legitimate Cultural Exchanges with licensed travel groups are 100% allowed and even encouraged.

Music & Arts Live is fully licensed by both the US Government (Office of Foreign Asset Control, Departments of Treasury who oversee the US Embargo) and Cuban Ministry of Culture to lead these events. Because our groups have Cuban performers on stage at night and during the days we will be visiting Cuban artists, they are 100% legitimate Cultural Exchanges. Our trip will not be impacted by the recent changes in US-Cuban relations recently announced.

Pricing and Registration

Extended pricing for 4 nights - March 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Shared Room with Two Beds (4 nights)
    2,999.00

    Standard Room with two twin beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Music & Arts Live. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for “Blondie in Havana”. Pricing is per person for 4 nights.

  • Single Room with One Bed (4 nights)
    3,999.00

    Standard room with one king bed. Pricing is per person for four nights.

  • Couples Room (4 nights) – 1 bed
    5,600.00

    Standard Room with one king bed meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants for four nights.

  • Couples Room (4 nights) – 2 beds
    5,600.00

    Standard Room with two twin beds meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants for four nights.

Pricing for 3 nights - March 15, 16, 17

  • Shared Room with Two Beds (3 nights)
    2,699.00

    Standard Room with two twin beds and a roommate. You may either name a fellow registrant as your roommate or one will be assigned by Music & Arts Live. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. If signing up with a roommate in mind, please enter their name in the “Roommate” field as you continue registration. Roommate must also register for “Blondie in Havana”. Pricing is per person for 3 nights.

  • Single Room with One Bed (3 nights)
    3,799.00

    Standard room with one king bed. Pricing is per person for three nights.

  • Couples Room (3 nights) – 1 bed
    5,199.00

    Standard Room with one king bed meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants for 3 nights.

  • Couples Room (3 nights) – 2 beds
    5,199.00

    Standard Room with two twin beds meant to be shared by a couple. Pricing is for the room and two registrants for 3 nights.

What's Included

  • Incredible 5 star accommodation at Meliá Havana Hotel
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
  • 3 amazing meals at the best restaurants in Havana
  • Great seats at Blondie’s 2 concerts at Teatro Mella
  • Nightly entertainment from the best bands in Cuba
  • Daily sightseeing in Havana
  • All ground transportation, guides, and translators
  • All your meals, including dinners at the best paladars in town!

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Cuba
  • Travel visas to Cuba
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Alcohol
  • Shopping, optional sightseeing, late night-time outings!
  • Transportation to Meliá Hotel from Airport

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 8.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on January 1, 2019.
    • Any registrations received after January 1, 2019 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

Customer Service – Please call 800-852-9277 if you have any questions

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Admission for the Blondie shows are available to non-Cuban citizens only if you are part of our travel group. Tickets to the shows are not available unless you are part of our group.