Santiago de Cuba is the heart of much of the art, music, and poetry that continue to flow through the veins of Cuba and around the world. Birthplace of the Son, Trova, Pepe Sánchez, Sindo Garay, Frank País, José Maria Heredia, the world famous Bacardi brand, Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Eliades Ochoa… Music, Art, Poetry, Humanity… Santiago.
Founded on July 25, 1515, Santiago became more and more culturally diverse when the Haitian Slave Revolt of 1791 caused many French plantation owners to flee to Santiago, bringing slaves and coffee and adding to the already rich mix of Spanish and African culture.
On July 26, 1953, the Cuban Revolution began in Santiago when an ill-prepared armed attack on Moncada Barracks, led by Fidel Castro, failed. Ultimately, succeeding after many years, and with the merger of Frank País’ group and Castro’s July 26 Movement.
On January 1, 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed victory from a balcony in Santiago de Cuba’s City Hall.
Santiago… Always arts… Always. Everything happens In the streets… because it is always hot.