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Cuba's Manana festival announces line-up

Manana festival announces first wave of acts and its intensive artist collaboration programme

As reported back in November, Cuba will be hosting an international electronic music festival from 4–6 May. The kickstarter-funded Manana will take place in Santiago de Cuba. Artists so far confirmed include A Guy Called Gerald, Nicolas Jaar, Plaid, Adrian Sherwood & Skip McDonald, Sofrito Tropical Discotheque, Obbatuké, Soundway DJs, Gifted & Blessed, Compañía Ballet Folklórico de Oriente, DJ Khalab and Soul Of Hex and others, with more still to be announced. The festival has also planned a series of collaborations between Cuban and international artists. It has taken over the Museo de La Musica for the ten days leading up to the event, turning it into an artist hub with fully equipped rehearsal rooms, translators and relaxation spaces. “We are also working with the local community and Cuban government to give unprecedented access to the culture of the city,” say the festival organisers. “Every night we will be taking the collaborators deep into the city's artistic core to visit rumba courtyards, Yoruba ceremonies, conga processions and reggae street parties.”

Tickets are on sale now, with accommodation and flight packages also on offer.