POP AND FOLK SINGING TOUR OF CUBA
FEBRUARY, 2019


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Planning a getaway to relieve the winter blahs?
Why not think about spending a couple of weeks in Cuba learning and performing Pop and Folk music with a Latin flavour?


                       Rehearsal

Peter Dent, Pianist, Composer, Choral arranger has successfully led similar workshops in Cuba and Jamaica since 2005. The group is staying for the 12th time at the same resort in Cuba: Villas Jibacoa, an hour away from Havana.

We are offering two-week packages. Either in the morning or the afternoon for 5 days, singers will meet to learn and rehearse the repertoire chosen and arranged by the music director. Performances scheduled at the conclusion of the workshop will be accompanied by Sonora Jibacoa, a permanent ensemble of 10 excellent Cuban musicians. Led by pianist Jorge Williams, this group has been our backing band from the start.

Cabanas

The performances are free and open to Cuban residents in outlying areas close to the resort. The rest of the time is devoted to enjoying the sights and sounds of this wonderful tropical island in the middle of a Canadian winter. No official tour program is laid on. Individuals are free to arrange their rest and relaxation to suit the laid-back nature of the resort and its environs.


The workshop will be held at the Villas Jibacoa resort, Cuba. The resort offers a series of free services including escorted nature walks and hikes, farm visits, snorkeling on the local reef, and nightly entertainment.View of resort from hike.

The exclusive sponsoring agency is Vision Travel of Victoria.  Ms. Martina Peladeau, the travel agency representative is herself a choral singer and acutely aware of the special interests of traveling singers. For those staying an additional week, Ms. Peladeau is able to organize alternate tours and accommodations for those wanting to see other parts of the island. These should be discussed on an individual basis

Those registering need not read music since it is hoped that all of the repertoire will be memorized prior to performance. There are no auditions. All that registrants need to bring is their enthusiasm and interest in a holiday, which focuses on music and relaxation.

 The prices below include air travel, the workshop fee, and two weeks at the all inclusive resort and all taxes. All travelers must secure this space with a $200 non-refundable deposit. Transfers to and from Varadero are included, as is a local tour of the area. Tours to Havana can be arranged locally at additional cost.

Vision Travel needs your registrations ASAP to confirm the group space.
Below are the prices and dates for 2019.


Vancouver    $2350     Feb 4-19 (Overnight flight)
Toronto        $2000     Feb 5-19
Montreal      $2000     Feb 5-19
Calgary        $2300     Feb 4-18

Ottawa         $2000     Feb 2-16
Winnipeg           TBA
 

Single supplement $200 CAD
Non-refundable deposit $200 CAD due by July 15
Final Payment November 1st. Performance

The prices are in Canadian Dollars and include air, taxes, one week workshop and accommodation for two weeks. The price includes the Cuban Departure Tax. We reserve the right to add any fuel charges levied in addition by the airlines.

We can also arrange departures from alternate gateways. Please contact us for pricing and arrangements. 

To register please contact:

Martina Peladeau martinap@visiontravel.ca
250-412 1883 Toll free 1-877 412 1887
Vision Travel Group

116-4480 West Saanich Rd
Victoria BC, V8Z 3E9

Or fill out and mail in the registration form available here. (pdf file, 115kb)

Second Week Options


During the second week participants may elect to simply relax and enjoy the resort and perhaps enjoy short excursions to Havana or other destinations near Jibacoa. These optional extra cost excursions can be booked and paid for at the resort after you arrive.

Vision Travel has also organized another other optional activity that must be booked in advance. (This option is not available for participants from Ottawa.)

Rhythm and Dance Workshop Feb 13 to 17 - $200.

This workshop will be held during the second week at the resort. Click on the above link for more information.
 
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