Dear friends and lovers of neon!
As we reclaim our normal lives after a long period of isolation, we will soon rejoice in our abilities to travel and see the world again. We invite you to join Project Por Amor and Habana Light & Neon for an extraordinary trip to Havana, Cuba, October 7–11, 2021.
We will experience the interesting, grass-roots, urban development of a city that is rediscovering its love affair with neon. Over the last five years Havana has rekindled its vintage neon lights through our own public art program called Habana Light Neon + Signs which has already restored over fifty signs in the capital city and revived a neon district that had been dark for decades. We will spend several days discovering its historic signage and hear the stories of the places they promoted. We will also explore 500 years of architecture and delve into the history of the city. We will ride classic cars around town, explore Colonial architecture, listen to excellent Cuban music, visit artist studios, and eat at some of Cuba's most interesting restaurants. As Cuba emerges out of the pandemic there will be interesting new discoveries to make.
I am honored that you may consider joining us as we deepen or connection to Cuba through illuminating its glamorous past that has long gone dark.
Join us in Cuba this Fall!
Adolfo V. Nodal
HABANA LIGHT & NEON, Executive Director and Neon Historian
Double Occupancy: $3,153 per person
Single Occupancy: $3,477 per person
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Please see the below payment schedule. Changes and cancellations 90 days (July 7, 2021) before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.
For more information on any aspect of this trip, please contact Adolfo Nodal at Project Por Amor by telephone: 323-331-7016 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that spots will be given on a first-come-first serve basis. We encourage you to sign up while there is still availability.
Program Price Includes
- Arrival assistance at Jose Marti Airport (HAV)
- Cuban Visa
- Licensing paperwork for Support for the Cuban People or Professional Research travelers
- Medical insurance in Cuba
- Transfers in and out from the airport to accommodations in Cuba
- Accommodations and breakfast for 4 nights at private boutique Havana hotels
- 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and daily breakfasts at the hotel
- Welcome reception
- Closing dinner at home studio of Kadir Lopez
- A ride through the city in a fleet of American classic convertibles
- 3 visits to museums or organizations
- Vintage sign hunts throughout the city
- Behind the scenes architectural tour of Tropicana Nightclub grounds
- Artist/designer studio visits as required in itinerary
- A discussion with a Cuban economist about economic issues facing the country
- Music venue guidance after hours (costs not included)
- Luxury motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program
- Professional Cuba-based guide for the whole program
Program price does not include
- Tips per person (guide and driver, baggage handlers)
- Trip interruption insurance
- All other items not listed in "PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES"
Havana was once graced by thousands of electric signs on theaters, stores, hotels and nightclubs. It was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1940’s. Neon and incandescent signs bathed the city in glow that was emblematic of its urban chic. During the early 1960’s, the style fell into disfavor and the neon signs that lit Havana’s business and entertainment districts slowly disappeared or went dark. The commercial undertones of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate, propelled the signs into decay. Today, Havana is a city that is quickly reclaiming tradition and breathing new life into the beautiful signs that have survived.
Legal Travel to Cuba
We have designed this trip so that it is compliant with the latest (September 23rd, 2020) travel restrictions to Cuba. Our trip fully adheres to the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) §515.574 General License for Support for the Cuban People category of legal travel to Cuba. Each traveler agrees to engage in a full-time schedule of activities that result in meaningful interaction with individuals and professionals in Cuba, enhance contact with the Cuban people, and support civil society in Cuba. Staying in Cuban "casas particulares," eating at privately owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropistas), exchanging with Cuban artists, and engaging in our cultural program that provide renewal for the Cuban people are an important part of this program.
No Risk Travel Planning
As we emerge out of this difficult pandemic, we want you to have something to look forward to after a long quarantine. There couldn’t be anything better than to experience new flavors, sounds, scenery, and make friends after a year of isolation. The Cuban public health system has developed their own vaccines achieving 92% efficacy and expect over 70% of their population to be fully vaccinated before September. So after this summer, travel will be safe again for vaccinated Americans. However, if there is any risk we will cancel the tour and give full refunds on your deposit. Please see the Terms & Conditions for more details on how our travel and refund policy works. We encourage you to join this unique tour at no risk while there is still space.
Adolfo Nodal and Habana Light & Neon
Habana Light Neon + Signs is a public art practice and historic preservation project by Havana artist Kadir Lopez Nieves in collaboration with Cuban-American producer Adolfo V. Nodal.
“Alumbrando el Barrio / Lighting up the Neighborhood” is our motto! Havana Light Neon + Signs is an art studio with a neon shop, a dedicated crew and and a focus on restoration of our urban jewels and creating new art as an urban public practice. We recently restored the Rex Duplex Theater in Havana to create a pop-up center of neon production, exhibition and education in Cuba.
For more information on Havana Light Neon + Signs and our work restoring the historic neon signs of Havana visit us at our facebook page Habana Light Neon + Signs For More information please contact: email@example.com
Created with images by einheriar and Project Por Amor