Iberostar Marks Havana's 500th Anniversary With Symbolic Events

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This year Havana is celebrating five centuries of history that forged a unique character, culture and architecture distinct from any other Caribbean city.

To celebrate the monumental anniversary and offer a chance to discover the historic destination, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is hosting a series of events and activities over the next few months, organized in collaboration with the Cuban Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation.

Events focus on fashion, sport, culture and tradition:

“500 years of Style”

Havana has always been a hallmark of elegance and good taste; a city full of character and a melting pot for contrasting styles of architecture that blend perfectly together. “500 years of Style” is designer Oscar de la Portilla’s way of revealing the true essence of the city with 11 outfits inspired by typical elements and buildings in Havana.

The fashion show will take place on October 18th at the Iberostar Grand Packard hotel in an exclusive event for guests staying at the hotel.

“500 years of Sports”

Iberostar is collaborating with the Havana’s famous “Marabana” marathon. With a history dating back over 30 years, this race will fill the city streets with athletes from all over the world. It will take place on November 10th, and the starting line will be located opposite the Iberostar Parque Central, the marathon’s official hotel.

“500 years of Inspiration”

The “Majestuosa Habana” (Majestic Havana) art project aims to extoll the virtues of the city from the perspective of art and lyrics. Twelve visual artists will be portraying their visual interpretation of 12 classic songs dedicated to Havana.

Iberostar will be hosting the presentation of these artworks and songs at an exclusive event taking place in the lounge at the Iberostar Grand Packard on 8NOV. The works will then remain on display in the Packard and a number of exhibition areas will be open to the general public.

“500 years of Character”

On the 5JAN, 2020, Havana will be hosting the second classic cars rally organized by Iberostar as a tribute to one of the city’s most iconic sights. The cars will parade along Havana’s Malecón seafront avenue, ending at the Iberostar Grand Packard, the hotel that takes its name from the emblematic classic Packard cars.

Iberostar will award a prize to the best kept car among all those taking part. More than 120 cars took part in the first edition of the Classic Cuban Car Rally.