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Alamar Adalante!

A festival to celebrate the future of Alamar.

Alamar is a satellite city 10 kilometers to the east of Havana built in the 70s by communist Micro Brigades. There are approximately 100,000 people living in identical concrete flats, surrounded by ample green space.

Outside of Cuba, Alamar is known worldwide for its state of the art organopónicos’s: urban agriculture on the scale of plantations. Alamar is providing 95% of its fresh vegetables. Next to that, Alamar is the birth place of the Cuban hip-hop culture and has produced many famous artists and groups.

The International New Town Institute (INTI) together with its Cuban partners are organizing a festival, Alamar Adalante, to celebrate the value of (growing) healthy food, the active participation of the residents in the improvement of their environment and the meaning of active public space. And of course: it will be fun!

This is what the experts say on Alamar:

The festival will present the results of two preceding events: a New Town Lab and a Cooking/Eating/Building workshop
During the New Town Lab, professional international designers will come up with a convincing and innovative concept for the future of Alamar, combining three topics: participation, food production and water. This task combines the technical and architectural issues of water collection, the design and incorporation of food production in the district, and the social question of the mobilization of residents. The purpose of the workshop is to unite all these aspects in the design of public space.

During the Cooking/Eating/Building workshop, students will design a campaign to engage residents of Alamar in this healthy cooking/eating event, focusing on the fun and variety of cooking with the produce of organoponico Vivero. They will think of ways to get (young) people interested, and to make them participate in the event. They will build a creative cooking/eating table and a clay oven to be used during the festival. 

 Friday September 15:

  • Welcome speech by the Embassador of the Netherlands, Alexandra Valkenburg
  • Presentation of the results of the New Town Lab by the Dutch/European/Cuban participants
  • Dinner for selected audience at the new cooking/eating furniture built by the students.

 Saturday September 16:

  • Mural painting by Cuban artists and participants from Alamar
  • Musical performances by Havana and Alamar artists
  • Film screenings
  • Cooking workshop led by Dutch chef DJ Wooldrik, with Alamar participants
  • Festive dinner for a large audience

Location: Park Hanoi, Enguayabera, Organoponico Vivero, Centre Alamar.
Details of the programme to be announced.

Our partners:
AHS, Asociacion Hermanos Saiz, Havana
CUJAE Ciudad Universitaria Jose Antonio Echeverria, Havana
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Havana
Creative Industries Fund, Rotterdam