The Ondalinda Foundation (part of the Many Hats Institute) will be producing an annual music and art festival in Havana, Cuba with its inaugural event to be held in October of 2016.
The festival’s aim is to be a global celebration of music and culture while creating an event that also has lasting social impact year after year. One of Ondalinda’s main humanitarian focuses is revitalizing the infrastructure of public spaces in Cuba.
Our first project starts NOW and is dedicated to repairing public bathrooms in Havana that are non-functioning. We are partnering up with SISCAL OAR and CENESEX in Cuba to restore these bathrooms while also employing Cuban artists to create public art out of the bathrooms once they are repaired.
The public art pieces will have much more than an aesthetic value for the city of Havana, where they lack working public bathrooms and need our support in this revitalization mission.
Help us make a real difference in Cuba. This is the first project of many that the Ondalinda Foundation will be leading as we get closer to the festival in 2016. Be part of the community making a tangible impact now. Thank you.
The inspiration for Ondalinda grew from our experience visiting Cuba and falling in love with vibrancy of Havana.
The music of Cuba has permeated every corner of the globe and has influenced some of modern music’s biggest hits. We will be bringing Hip-hop, Dance, Pop, and Indie artists from the U.S. and around the world back to the epicenter of Afro-Latin music with Cuban musicians sharing the same stage as their international counterparts.
Because we know that music brings people together, we plan to use that powerful bond to do more than just sing, dance, and celebrate.
The festival, which will become an annual event, will measure its impact in several key ways:
- Revitalizing infrastructure of public spaces.
- Stimulating the Cuban economy through tourism & job creation.
- Building mentorship & training series for musicians & artists.
- Facilitating a positive Cuban-American cultural exchange.
Ondalinda will work in partnership with U.S. and international NGOs in addition to the Cuban government and local Cuban community to achieve its goals.
As two countries working together for the first time since 1959 on a project of this nature and scale, we want the world to see what we can accomplish together.