Despite being off the tourist trail, Gibara is notable for its film festival, the biennial Festival de Cine Pobre (festivalcinepobre.cult.cu), which celebrates low-budget fringe movies. Held in April, it’s based at the town’s cute Cine Jiba.

During Gibara’s annual Semana de la Cultura, which takes place in mid-January, cultural, music and dance events enliven the town, while in late January, the three-day Cine de la Cueva festival sees the subterranean movie nights held in the Panadernos Caves.

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