• Introduction
  • Friday Late Cuba
  • Cuba Afrique Family Day
  • Artist Talk
  • Debate
  • Short Talk


A programme of events and activities has been organised to complement the exhibition. Suitable for visitors of all ages and appealing to those with general and specific interests, the programme includes Friday Late Cuba, a night of contemporary Cuban culture featuring live performance art, music, films and workshops; a critical debate; and talks and events for educators, young people and families

All events are free unless stated otherwise

For more information or to book call + 44 (0)20 7942 2211 or email

Friday Late Cuba

Friday Late Cuba, Friday 30 June 2006, 18.30-21.45

Buena Vista Social Club. Mojitos. Cigars. There is more to contemporary Cuban culture. Join us for a chance to experience exciting expressions of the Cuban Diaspora brought to you live from the V&A. Enjoy stirring performance art by Coco Fusco and documentary film screenings about art and life in present-day Cuba, followed by conversations with the filmmakers. Join in as artist Raul Speek designs and paints a mural in the John Madejski Garden, get your clothes, posters (or whatever else you bring along) Icon Tagged by Gavin Turk and his studio for £1, or soak up live reggaeton performed by music collectives Café Mezclado and Stylo Prohibido, with DJ Greenpapi

The Friday Late Cuba will also include a bar, Cuban food and curator-led tours of the collections and the exhibition Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon

Cuba Afrique Family Day

Cuba Afrique Family Day, Saturday 1 July 2006

Be transported to the sun soaked shores of Cuba! Cuba Afrique Day will bring the spirit of Havana to the V&A’s John Madejski Garden in the form of vibrant and colourful Cuban-themed family art workshops and performances. The day will also include afro-Cuban music, dance and film screenings. A special family Havana head-dress making workshop will be led by Cuban muralist Raul Speek

Artist Talk

Artist Talk, Coco Fusco, Saturday 1 July 2006, 15.00-16.00, Lecture Theatre

An exciting and rare opportunity to join performance and video artist Coco Fusco as she presents excerpts from a series of recent works that address the effects of globalisation on women. In connection with Coco Fusco’s performance on 30 June as part of the Friday Late

Tickets: Full rate £7; students, disabled people and ES40 holders £5.50. A free place can be offered to a carer accompanying a registered disabled person


Debate, 'Should Art and Design Be… Political?’, Friday 21 July 2006, 15.00-17.00, Lecture Theatre

Where do art and design fit within the context of politics and propaganda?
This lively panel discussion brings together a cross section of intellectuals drawn from business, politics, design and cultural history. Whilst the focus rests on the legacy of Korda’s image of Che, participants will bring to the debate their particular opinions shaped by varied backgrounds and the wider world

Speakers include:
Chair: Professor Jean Stubbs -Director, Caribbean Studies Centre, London Metropolitan University
Phillip Oppenheim - former Tory MP and owner of Cubana Cuban bar-restaurants
Professor Matthias Winzen - Hochschule für Bildende Künste Saarbrücken, Germany
Marcus Fairs - Editor of ICON Magazine

Tickets: Full rate: (including Members and Patrons) £10, Senior citizens: £8, Students, disabled people and ES40 holders (free place for carer with disabled person): £6.50

Short Talk

Short Talk, Cuban Posters in the V&A’s permanent collection, Wednesday 9 August 2006

Join Zoe Whitley, Curator of Contemporary Programmes and formerly Assistant Curator of the Schreyer Poster Collection for a close-up look at some of the finest examples of Cuban graphic design from the 1960s and 1970s. Talk to be held in the Prints & Drawings Study Room. Participants to meet at the Grand Entrance Meeting Point