Travel to the Havana Bienal For artists, curators, and educators only, April 11 - 15, 2019

Travel to the opening week of the 2019 Havana Bienal on a specialized low-cost trip. It is designed exclusively for art professionals including artists, curators, and arts educators to be able to participate in this important contemporary art gathering. You will join like-minded colleagues from around the world to see Havana open its doors to official exhibitions, openings, alternative shows, performances, and experimental events of select contemporary artists from throughout the developing world. Visit artist studios, go to openings, hear live music, and get to know the unique city of Havana at it's best. It will be an experience to remember forever and we hope you will join us.

The Havana Bienal XIII: Rethinking Future / La Construcción de lo Posible

The Havana Bienal was conceived in 1984 by the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center as an event for artists instead of for collectors. It has gained importance over the years as a meeting place and platform for artists from Latin America and developing countries.

This Thirteenth Bienal suggests new paths of collective reasoning between the public, place, and levels of experience. Along with ​​responding to the present, the artworks will outline notions of the future that, at least at the poetic or symbolic level, respond to our needs for social transformation. The participating artists have not yet been announced. For more information on this art event please visit @bienaldelahabana

Program Details

Double occupancy: $1,975 (per person)

Single occupancy: $2,275

Spots will be given on a first-come-first serve basis. We encourage you to sign up while there is still availability.

For professionals only. Family of artists, curators, and educators are welcome.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Sign up and full payments are due to Project Por Amor by February 28, 2019. Changes and cancellations will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.

OPTIONAL TRIP EXTENSION: If you would like to spend more time in Cuba under your General License for Professional Research, please let us know. The Bienal is a month-long event and staying for more time will maximize your investment and the benefits from your visit.

For more information on any aspect of this trip, please contact Sage Lewis at Project Por Amor by telephone: 310-961-1574 or email: sage@projectporamor.com

Program Price Includes

  • Cuban Visa and U.S. licensing paperwork for Professional Research Travel
  • Airfare assistance and pre-trip guidance on how to prepare for Cuba
  • Medical insurance in Cuba
  • Airport transfers to the hotel
  • Accommodations and breakfast for four nights at the historic Hotel Riviera in Havana
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • Havana Bienal VIP Festival Pass
  • Welcome dinner party at La Guarida paladar
  • Cocktail party at Rex Duplex Neon Restoration Center
  • Entry to the most exciting art venues in Cuba
  • Concert of la Camarata Romeu
  • Dedicated guide service in the hotel lobby every morning to answer questions, make reservations, and advise on what to do each day
  • 24-hour program management by expert Project Por Amor staff

Program price does not include

  • Airfare
  • Four lunches and three dinners on your own
  • Trip interruption insurance
  • All other items not listed in ‘PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES’

The Hotel Habana Riviera is a historic resort hotel located on the Malecón waterfront boulevard in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. The hotel, which is now managed by the Spanish Iberostar chain, was built and owned in 1957 by mobster Meyer Lansky and still maintains its original 1950s style. It was a casino that could avoid the rule of U.S. law and the F.B.I. and was intended to rival the comfort and contemporary luxury of any Las Vegas hotel of the era. At the time it was considered the epitome of resort-construction, designed by architect Igor Boris Polevitzky, one of the deans of Miami Modern architecture. Lansky hired two of Cuba’s great artists, muralist Rolando Lopez Dirube and sculptor Florencio Gelabert, who designed the white marble sculptures of an intertwined mermaid and swordfish that fronts the entrance porte cochere, and "Ritmo Cubano" (Cuban Rhythm), a large lobby sculpture that depicts twirling male and female dancers rendered in bronze. In its heyday the hotel was frequented by Ginger Rogers, Ava Gardner, Steve Allen, and Nat King Cole.

Project Por Amor is an artist-run production and travel organization which harnesses the power of arts and culture to bring Cubans and Americans together. Through our extensive ten years of production experience and unique network throughout the island we design customized delegations for US artists and professionals to visit Cuba and pioneer new partnerships with its leading players. We are fully licensed by the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control to legally bring U.S. citizens to Cuba on People-to-People, Professional Research, and Public Performance exchanges. CST2131480-40. For more information visit projectporamor.com



Reservations & Payments: Online sign up must be accompanied by a full payment due by February 28, 2019. It is our policy to hold travel documents until full payment is received.

Cancellations/Refunds: Written cancellation received by Project Por Amor by January 15, 2019 will result in a full refund less an administrative fee of $500 per person. In the event of later cancellation by the participant, NO REFUND will be made. NO REFUND will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. The right is reserved to cancel this program at any time prior to departure if it is deemed necessary, or if registration numbers prove insufficient and a full refund will be made to those persons registered at the time.

Escrow Protection: PPA will deposit all of your payments directly into our separate client account. This means that such funds will be maintained separate and apart from our operating funds until approximately 60 days prior to departure when we are required to pay the costs of your trip.

Included: All services as detailed in this proposal. Not Included: Passport fees, baggage fees, items of a personal nature, such as valet/laundry, phone/fax/Internet communications; items not on the regular menus, expenses of hotels outside of Cuba, meals, guides, buses, cars, railroads, boats, etc. for sightseeing not included in the itinerary; trip insurance; any other items not specifically included; after-tour gratuities to Cuban guide and motor coach driver.

Comprehensive Travel Protection Plan: PPA makes available to you a recommended comprehensive travel protection plan that is administered by a third party. This includes trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage, as well as trip delay, baggage coverage and delay, accident & sickness medical expenses, emergency evacuation. This is an optional service to each traveler to be paid directly to the travel protection provider.

Accommodation Prices: All prices provided are per person based on various room and bathroom sharing options. Triple room reductions will be provided, where applicable. All prices are based on rates as known at the time a reservation is accepted by PPA expected to be in effect at the time of the commencement of services. These rates are subject to increase without notice if such rates change prior to the commencement of services. Substitution: Cuba is currently undergoing an unprecedented expansion of demand on its tourism facilities. Cuba is a country with a weak infrastructure and accommodations are subject to substitution if conditions change. Although we cannot categorically insure that every accommodation will be available during our trip, we will work diligently to keep the service selections intact and/or insure that any substitutes will be in the same category. Room Occupancy: PPA will make every effort to accommodate your single or double room or suite request. However, room occupancy is based on availability and you will be charged for the actual room arrangement you get during the actual trip to Cuba. Room Conditions: PPA will work with the service provider to make every effort to insure that your room is acceptable by US Standards. However, travelers must understand that all accommodations are unique and there will be many small differences between every room. Furthermore, we cannot be responsible for conditions that are occasionally caused by Cuba’s infrastructure breakdowns.

Insurance Information and Medical Evacuation: Health insurance in Cuba is provided as part of the program cost through the Cuban visitor’s health insurance agency Asistur. We also encourage each participant to purchase Trip Interruption/Cancellation insurance with a third-party provider such as Allianz or Travel Guard. Please note that it is only possible to purchase trip insurance within two weeks of paying your deposit.

Responsibility: In all matters related to the making of arrangements for hotel accommodations, required program activities, sightseeing tours and services provided incident there to, entertainment and transportation by air, railroad, motor coach, boat, automobile, taxi, etc. PPA will act only in the capacity of an agent for any of the travel services with regard to carriers, hotels, suppliers and all other related services. Because of our status as operators, and because we maintain no control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these travel service providers, we can assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, property/luggage damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of (1) any wrongful or negligent actions or omissions on the part of the suppliers, (2) any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any employee of any of these suppliers, (3) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrumentality owned, operated, or otherwise used by any of these suppliers, or (4) any wrongful or negligent actions or omissions on the part of any party not under the control direct or otherwise of PPA. Group members assume responsibility for their physical abilities to travel. PPA and their agents reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any persons as a member of the trip any time before departure or during the trip should said person’s health or physical condition or general deportment impede the operation of the program, in which case no refund will be given. The above disclaimers are similarly claimed by any sponsor of the trip, if applicable. The trip prices mentioned in this document are based on tariffs and costs in effect at the time of printing and are subject to increase without notice should there be any upward revision in such tariffs or costs before departure. In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable for any reason whatsoever to alter the itinerary or arrangements such alternations may be made. Additional expenses, if any, will be born by the travelers. The price includes the operator’s compensation for service, supervision, operation, promotion, and profit. Airlines, railroads, and vessels concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances.

Optional Activities: Optional activities furnished by independent suppliers not affiliated with PPA carry with them various inherent risks that can cause serious personal injury. Although precautions are taken by suppliers to guard against such dangers, your safety cannot be guaranteed. Should you elect to participate in such activities while on this program, you must understand that participation will be at your own risk. PPA assumes no liability for your safety.

Photo Release: The participants grant PPA permission to use their likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media (“photo”) for limited use in its own publications and promotional material of its programs, including web-based publications and social media, without payment or other consideration. Additionally, participants waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photo for promotional purposes of PPA programs. If a participant prefers to not have their image used publicly in any way, they must request privacy in writing to PPA will not publish any photos where their likeness appears.

Acts of God and Like: PPA is not liable for acts of God, fire, acts of governments or other authorities, wars, civil disturbances, riots, terrorist acts, strikes, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, dangers incident to sea, land and air travel and other similar acts or incidents beyond its ability to control.

Compliance with United States and Cuban Laws: By paying the deposit and other invoices for this trip, the participant certifies that he/she will abide with all applicable laws for foreign visitors in Cuba. Failure to comply with U.S. and Cuban law will result in immediate expulsion from the program.

Cuban American Participants: Acknowledge that their Cuban visa, passport and any other required documents are in place and up-to-date. Please call PPA if you have any questions.

Traveler acknowledges that IA&A is not an employee, agent, or affiliate of Project Por Amor and that IA&A, its employees, directors, contractors, and agents are in no way liable for any loss or damage to Travelers arising or resulting from the Por Amor 2019 Havana Biennial trip and that IA&A has only an independent contractor relationship with Por Amor.

Traveler’s Representations: Acceptance of the Confirmation/Invoice covering this trip and payment thereof certifies that you have not recently been treated for, nor are you aware of any physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard to yourself or other members of this tour, and is also an acceptance of the trip conditions applicable to the trip ad that you have read and understand those conditions.

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Created with images by Project Por Amor. Cover art: Group exhibit at Galería Continúa ‘Cómo está el agua?’, image 4 "La Cabana by Humberto Diaz," photography works in image 5 by Leandro Feal,

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