Just off one of central La Habana’s main thoroughfares sits Callejón de Hamel, a two-block section of side street dedicated to celebrating Afro-Cuban religion, art, music and theater. The area is located just a few blocks from the Malecon about halfway between the Hotel Nacional and the Capital.
Local artist Salvador González Escalona began painting murals there in 1990. Street artists repurpose common materials to create symbols of cultures and religions of African origin, such as Santeria, Palo de Monte and the Abakua.
Artists are happy to explain their projects and the concept behind the location to any interested onlookers. A small tip is always appreciated.
At noon on Sundays, check out rhumba music and dance exhibitions by local performers. That will be a must-do item for my next trip to La Habana.
Fans of Fast & Furious films may recognize this area from The Fate of the Furious, the eight movie of the series.
Sculpture Saturday is a challenge hosted by Sally Kelly at Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition.