Every year, usually in the second week of July, Varadero hosts the International Festival of Salsa, also known as Varadero Baila, a week-long programme of concerts, dance shows and classes organized by the national “cultural tourism” agency Paradiso (paradiso.es) and Baila en Cuba (bailaencuba.com). Dancers of all abilities as well as complete beginners can enrol on the festival’s five-day dance courses, while the programme of concerts and events are spread around a half-dozen or so venues including the Academia Baile en Cuba and a number of the nightclubs. Prices start at $175CUC for a set of classes and entry to a limited number of concerts. To make enquiries in person go to the Paradiso office at Calle 26 e/ Ave. 1ra y Ave. 2da (45 61 4758). In recent years the festival has been held jointly in Varadero and Havana.

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