July 2017


Kleines Kuba Fest

Saturday 08.07.2017 2:00 PM | Saal

Admission: € 15 / €10 concert / € 5 readings and films / €20 combi-ticket

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Ricardo Bacallao


Kleines Kuba Fest has its origins in a need for German organisations that are dedicated to the exchange and spread of ideas and information on, and the study of, Latin American culture and literature, in this case, relating to Cuba: opportunities to keep up to date with the most important cultural processes, artistic directions and movements in Cuba and the Cuban diaspora are clearly lacking.

The first edition of the Kleines Kuba Fest, that we are celebrating on Saturday 8th July, addresses two important cultural areas: the literary works of women on the island of Cuba and in the diaspora, and queer and gay themes in literature and in audiovisual media.

The focus is particularly on the personal experiences of the protagonists: the life and work of two extraordinary Cuban musicians who reside in Berlin are presented in a documentary film by Ricardo Bacallao.

At the end of the festival the audience can also experience the music, that Cuban artists in Germany produce, live.

The festival was made possible through the cooperation of the Werkstatt der Kulturen event location, OtroLunes – magazine for Hispanic-American culture, and the AV-Kreativhaus e.V. cultural institution.

The Cuban author Amir Valle, filmmaker Ricardo Bacallao and the musician Diógenes Nodarse are responsible for the coordination of the literary, audiovisual and music programme.

Event programme

Literature: The literary works of women on the island of Cuba and in the diaspora, and queer and gay themes in literature and in audiovisual media will be featured topics.


Conversation with Sonia Díaz, Dr. Abel Gonzáles Melo, and Amir Valle from 2-4 pm

• Introduction by Amir Valle, Cuban writer from Berlin (German Pen Club)

• Talk "Women’s literature by women in Cuba" by Sonia Díaz, Cuban writer from Teneriffa

• Talk "Gay literature in Cuba" by Dr. Abel González Melo, Cuban writer from Madrid

Film: Documentary about Cuban musicians in Berlin by filmmaker Ricardo Bacallao from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm

• "Playing Mambo with Mozart" (Premiere). The journey of Justo Pérez, a Cuban flautist, who came to study classical music at the Hanns Eisler in East Germany, in 1977. After the Berlin Wall fell, he became a key protagonist of Cuban music in Berlin. 28 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

• "Against all odds". Diógenes came to East Germany in 1980 and 10 years later, after the Berlin Wall fell, he created the best Cuban band in Berlin (according to Cubans) and became a key figure of Cuban music in Germany. 28 minutes. English subtitles. Moderation and Q&A with the protagonists.


Tickets: €5

Concert of Cuban music:

  • 8:30 pm - 8:50 pm: Maykel y los Soneros
  • 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm: D’ Son. Featuring Justo Pérez

Tickets: € 15 / 10

There will also be books and CDs from the featured Cuban artists available for purchase.

Cuban food and drinks will be on offer.



The facilities of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are accessible to wheelchair users. Please call us in advance on +49 (0)30 60 97 70-0 to ensure proper access support.