Connecting Cuba


Ever since Cuba has opened up its economy and restored its diplomatic relations with the USA, holiday sales to this revolutionary island have boomed. Everyone wants to experience ‘the old Cuba’ before it’s too late. In other words: before globalisation and neoliberalism get a hold on the island and irrevocably transform it. 

Is Cuba in danger of becoming ungulfed by an American tsunami? Does it look at China’s and Vietnam’s market socialism as a viable model for its own economy? Or will it become a refuge where the progressive left can build on its social utopia? Cuba is in transition, for sure, but changing to what? And now that president elect Donald Trump is likely to reverse Barack Obama’s policies, how long will this new openness persist?

On 16th and 17th of December De Balie in Amsterdam will be immersed in Connecting Cuba, an interdisciplinary event in which art, design and debate debunk easy stereotypes and explore constructive alternatives. This edition entails two public programs, a film screening, two exhibitions and a theater ‘dinner piece’ that reflect on the changes that Cuba is currently experiencing and is anticipating on a still uncertain future.

Connecting Cuba is a project of Club Interbellum in collaboration with RNW Media and De Balie, and is part of the ‘connection’ event series.