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March 9 @ 8:00 am - March 24 @ 5:00 pm


Bulla Cubana (pronounced “boo-YA coo-BAH-na”), an award-winning events festival focused on Cuban arts and culture, will return to Gainesville in March 2019, following its massively popular 2017 debut, bringing together artists, institutions and celebrations.

Bulla Cubana 2019 will begin March 9 and will feature a dynamic line-up of cultural events hosted by Gainesville’s premier arts and cultural institutions including the Cade Museum, the Harn Museum, the Hippodrome Theater, Oak Hall School and the Historic Thomas Center. Throughout March, Bulla Cubana will feature Cuban artists in exciting exchanges of ideas and inspiration at these venues.

The 2019 festival will open on March 9, with the Fiesta Luminosa fundraising event at the Cade Museum. This event showcases Cuban Ingenuity, a custom installation of creative inventions made by Cubans and utilized in their daily lives. The exhibit is supported by documentary video providing colorful and informative context to the display of inventions and objects.

Fiesta Luminosa will feature Cuban food, drink and music, as well as the preview of the exhibit, which opens to the public on March 10. Tickets for the Fiesta Luminosa fundraiser can be purchased at the Bulla Cubana website, www.bullacubana.org.

In addition to Cuban Ingenuity, Bulla Cubana 2019 will feature multiple exhibits and complementary events showcasing Cuban artists and inspiration spanning March. Bulla Cubana exhibits include:

  • The Art of Pedro Pablo Oliva at the Harn Museum of Art
  • Intimate States I Work on Paper by Eduardo Sarmiento at the historic Thomas Center Galleries
  • Point of Entry at Thornebrook Gallery featuring Cuban artist and Gainesville resident Jorge Lavoy
  • Inspired by Cuba, a ceramic collection on display, and two other Cuban-themed exhibits at UF’s Smathers Library
  • Retratos Cubanos, photographs of Cuba and Cuban life by Vanessa Vallejo at UF’s Grinter Gallery
  • An exhibit of Limited Edition Cuban Serigraphs at the Hippodrome, and
  • Cinco Cuban Naïf Artists at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School

Additional Bulla Cubana events include:

  • Cuban Film Festival at the Hippodrome Cinema, featuring six Cuban films
  • Bulla Cubana at the Historic Thomas Center, a night of art and live music celebrating Cuban culture
  • Sweet Dreams Cuban Helados (Ice Cream) Night
  • A Taste of Cuba Culinary Experience at Taste Modern Kitchen
  • Ask a Scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and
  • Gala Cubana at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

A complete schedule of events details and dates can be found at www.bullacubana.org

Partnering cultural institutions for Bulla Cubana include: Cade Museum, City of Gainesville, Historic Thomas Center, Hippodrome Theater, University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Library and University Galleries, Thornebrook Gallery, Florida Museum of Natural History, Oak Hall School, Sweet Dreams Ice Cream, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Taste Modern Kitchen.

Funding has been provided in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and generous individual and corporate sponsors.

Bulla Cubana is a volunteer-driven community project operating under the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and their non-profit status. For a full schedule of information and more information about Bulla Cubana, please visit www.bullacubana.org, follow us on social media, email us at [email protected] or call 352.375.1911.


March 9 @ 8:00 am
March 24 @ 5:00 pm