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The festival welcomes artists from the most varied geographical, cultural and musical origins, in a veritable jumble of styles, colors, languages ​​and sounds. This particular recipe has made it one of the most important cultural events in Cuba, and the favorite of a whole young generation that faithfully attends the event every year to discover new horizons.

During the three days that HWM lasts, Havana becomes the music capital of the world, a title that it practically holds in its own right. Cuba is the result of an “ajiaco”, a mixture of cultures -with special influence from Afro-descendant peoples- that has determined its music until today. Styles such as son, rumba, chachachá or salsa, among many others, originate from Cuba. But there is also rock, reggae or hip hop on the Island. All this Cuban seasoning has a leading role in HWM, with the presence of the most traditional music, the most contemporary and all its fusions.

The HWM festival is sponsored by the Recording and Musical Editions Company (EGREM), with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Cuban Institute of Music. In 2022 it will be held from May 26 to 28, at its initial venue, the Club 500 José Antonio Echeverría.


In 2013 a group of friends with experience in cultural management, international cooperation and international festivals began to work on a dream: to hold a music festival in what they thought was the best place in the world to do it. The singer and composer Eme Alfonso assumed the artistic direction with the mission of bringing to Havana the most varied selection of world music. A few months later, in February 2014, the first edition of Havana World Music took place on the baseball field of the José Antonio Echeverría Center, in front of the Malecón Habanero.

The resounding success of that edition, the trust of the institutions and sponsors that endorsed the project and the motivation to continue filling this space in the Cuban music scene led to its logical continuity, until it became one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. Since then, the festival has not stopped growing both in concerts, parallel activities and public.

In its six editions, more than 70,000 people have been able to enjoy some 130 concerts by bands from 40 countries, including Juan Formell y Los Van Van, Systema Solar, Roberto Fonseca, Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, Sargento García, Francisco El Hombre, X Alfonso, Havana de Primera and Cimafunk.

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