Cuba Photography Workshop – Las Parrandas

Figueredeo - Las Parrandas de Remedios - Phototour




Figueredo’s Las Parrandas de Remedios

December 22 – December 29, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights

Price: Workshop fee: € 3.950,– (double occupancy)

The workshop fee is calculated to keep the group size quite small. If you want to discover the real Cuba and not want to be a member of a people chasing crowd, this is YOUR photography workshop!

For single room please add € 700,– *)
Deposit: € 1.000,– to be payed latest two weeks after registering
If combined with „Promesa para San Lazaro“: 5% discount on workshop fee **)
Minimum participants: 3

*) applicable if selected or a second person to share the room did not register
**) can be combined

Photographers only

Cuba is a dream for any photographer. Anyone who comes to Cuba probably takes the best photos of his entire life. But after two weeks of vacation, everyone probably took the same pictures as tens of thousands of photographers before him: American vintage cars in bright colors, locals puffing with a big cigar waiting to get photographed or musicians at the well-known Malecón seawall in Havana, the stone wall which protects the city against the sea.

German photographer Volker Figueredo Véliz, who is married to a Cuban woman, offers the fantasic opportunity, to explore not only the photographic highlights of Havana, but also to discover the real Cuban Soul.
The tour is limited to six photographers which can be split into two groups of three each to have access to very intimate places. Because of the small group size participants will get very close to the Cuban people which is not possible on ordinary Cuba photo tours led by other tourists. It is very likely that you get invited into Cuban homes from people you have never seen before in your life.

Why Figueredo?

The eight days program will include photographing dance, boxing, farmers market, the famous Malecon seawall, Prado, Old Havana neighborhood, „brujas“ (fortune tellers), Centro Havana, on request model shooting and much more. Participants will also have enough free time to explore Havana on their own.

This journey also includes trips outside of Havana. One private road trip will lead us to the beautiful tobacco region Vallé of Viñales. Another trip goes to the painteresque fishing village of Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway has been inspired for his Nobel prize winning novel „The Old Man and the Sea“.
Beside the daily photography adventures participants will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in post-processing during seperate working sessions. The comfortable environment in a wonderful „casa particular“ with gorgeous architecture is very well suited to enjoy Old Havana in a calm and relaxed athmosphere. Photographers have direct access in walking distance to the vibrant and authentic daily life of the wonderful Cuban people.

The Santería ceremony

is a very intimate religious event where only members of the Afro-Cuban community are allowed to express the faith in their orishas. Non-believers or „extrañeros“ (strangers) have no access to the secret kept places where the religious ceremony normally takes place.
The photos shown here have only been possible as Figueredo meanwhile has enourmus confidence within his Afro-Cuban friends community.
The ceremony had been exclusively organized for „Cuba by Figueredo“ photo adventures by Cuban friends. It is not a tourist show and participants must be prepared to stop photographing immediately when dancers might loose self-control during the conga drumming and fall in trance.

Santería in Cuba

Santa Clara is the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. It is located in the most central region of the province and almost in the most central region of the country. With a population near a quarter million, Santa Clara is the 5th largest Cuban city by population.

Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958. There were two guerrilla columns that attacked the city, one led by Ernesto Che Guevara and the other led by Camilo Cienfuegos. Guevara’s column first captured the garrison at Fomento. Then, using a bulldozer, Guevara’s soldiers destroyed railroad tracks and derailed a train full of troops and supplies sent by Batista. At the same time, Cienfuegos’s column defeated an army garrison at the Battle of Yaguajay not far from town. On December 31, 1958, the combined forces of Guevara and Cienfuegos (along with other revolutionaries under William Alexander Morgan) attacked Santa Clara. The battle was chaotic, the defenders were demoralized, some fought, others surrendered without a shot. By the afternoon, the city was captured. This victory for Castro’s troops is seen as the decisive moment in the Cuban Revolution as Batista fled Cuba less than 12 hours later.

The Che Guevara Mausoleum (Spanish: Mausoleo del Che Guevara, officially Conjunto Escultórico Memorial Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara)[1] is a memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba, located in “Plaza Che Guevara” (Che Guevara Square). It houses the remains of the revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and twenty-nine of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during Guevara’s attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia. The full area which contains a bronze 22-foot statue of Guevara is referred to as the Ernesto Guevara Sculptural Complex.

Remedios – Las Parrandas

Las Parrandas are a traditional carival-like street party and fireworks with origins date back in Cuba to the 18th century. Remedios is distinguished by many Cubans for its Christmas festival, “Las Parrandas de Remedios”, one of the most popular events of the region that takes place between the 16th to the 26th of December every year. Considered the oldest festivities in Cuba, the “parrandas” were initially promoted by Father Francisco Vigil de Quiñones, who used to officiate at the Iglesia Mayor of San Juan Bautista de los Remedios. The priest, who was concerned about the absence of parishioners at the “Misa de Gallo” (midnight mass), had the idea of encouraging children to take to the streets and wake up the citizens using whistles, horns and tin cans, so that they had no other choice than get up and attend mass. That singular and noisy initiative got deeply rooted among the population, resulting in the most attractive festivity in the country. In 1871, the “parrandas” adopted a structure that has survived the passage of time. According to tradition, when the bells of the Iglesia Parroquial Mayor (Major Parochial Church) toll at 9 o’clock on the night of December 24, two neighborhoods make public their creativeness and efforts made during the entire year to participate in the competition. During the “parrandas”, a “fierce” competition takes place between the neighborhoods of San Salvador, represented by the colors red and blue, and a rooster as a symbol, and El Carmen, represented by the color brown and a globe.

Las Parrandas


Trinidad is a town in the province of Sancti Spíritus, central Cuba. Together with the nearby „Valle de los Ingenios“ it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since1988.

When traveling to Cuba and deciding on what cities to visit, a few nights in Trinidad Cuba should be a must. Trinidad is Cuba’s best-preserved colonial town, with the old part of Trinidad being a UNESCO heritage site since 1988. Trinidad, like most colonial towns, is gorgeous with brightly colored buildings and cobblestone streets.