Every year in the month of February, music enthusiasts gather in the Old Havana neighbourhood in Cuba to celebrate the Esteban Salas Early Music Festival or the Festival de Música Antigua Esteban Salas. This festival is very popular among the locals, but is also well attended by foreigners. Some tourists even plan their trips to Havana to coincide with this festival.
The Esteban Salas Early Music Festival was started in the year 2003 and gets a large crowd of attendees on an annual basis. The festival was started to commemorate the artistic talent of Esteban Salas, who was a famous composer in Cuba. The first festival took place on the 200th anniversary of the death of Esteban Salas.
The music that is featured at the Festival de Música Antigua Esteban Salas dates past a centuryand celebrates the genre known as “early music”, which encompasses a large number of styles. The most popular styles of music at the Esteban Salas Early Music Festival include Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval. The first act is always performed by the Ars Longa Music Ensemble.
The Esteban Salas Early Music Festival takes place in a number of different venues across Old Havana. These include prominent venues like the Iglesia de Paula, Centro Hispani-Americano de Culura, Oratorio San Felipe Neri, Palacio de Gobierno and the Basilica Menor del Convento de San Francisco de Asia.