International Trova Festival "Pepe Sánchez"

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Country and Region CubaSantiago de Cuba
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Santiago, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Festival Contact Information

Centro Provincial de la Musica
Calle 11 No. 52 esquina 4
Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba
Cuba CP. 90400
Phones: +53 22 641867
Fax: +53 22 687249

Festival Description

The International Trova Festival “Pepe Sánchez” takes place each March in Santiago de Cuba to celebrate the birthplace of Cuba’s trova (the troubador genre of voice, song and poetry that is usually accompanied by a guitar) music movement. The origin of the trova is based on the a medieval tradition of wandering singers who made their way to and from parties to various venues and towns to sing in public spaces, homes and unusual gathering spaces—including caves. Santiago continues this tradition throughout the year—although during the festival period artists come to join the trova from as far away as Mexico, Spain and Japan. Artists came from Havana and other provinces including such groups as—Compay Segundo Group, Mongo Rives and his Sucu Sucu, and Marta Campos. The impromptu trova gatherings of serenades and jam sessions are not staged but take place naturally and is made a part of everyday life.

Festival Dates March 17 - 21, 2011
Festival Links

Other Sources:

  • Trova festival in Santiago de Cuba, by Rafael Lam (Granma International, March 27, 2008)


Practical Info:

Main venues:
  • Trova House
  • Dolores Concert Hall


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