The Taller Experimental de Grafica, located in Old Havana, was established with government support shortly after the revolution. So for over 50 years it provided space, supplies and income to world-famous artists like international prize winning printmaker Julio Cesar Pena, so they could work full time at their craft.
Basecampers Sarah, Troy and Rodrigo are transfixed as they watch Pena work on a project that he has been patiently crafting for months. They even tackle prints of their own, and learn from master printer Vladimir Paza Perez that this very night, the streets of Havana will be the scene for a citywide festival in celebration of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, established by Fidel Castro in 1960.
Always down for a party and a chance to get to know the Cuban people more intimately, the Basecampers can’t wait to join the celebration even if it means walking into a “sketchy” neighbourhood. As it happens they’re warmly received and party into the night with Cubans of all ages, happy that they’ve been able to connect with what it means to be Cuban.
Feel the pulse of Cuba through its world-renowned art and artists:
In addition to touring Havana’s amazing architectural legacy, you will want to take advantage of the many fine arts treasures the city has to offer at the National Museum of Fine Arts. Visit this website for more information.
For useful travel tips, consult Basecamp’s travel guide to Havana and Varadero.
All photo credits: Travel Basecamp