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  • Locations: Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Spring Break in Cuba: Film Sound Workshop

Cienfuego Cuba Benny More Stat

Program Overview

In collaboration with the University of Cienfuegos, students will interact with the cultures of Cuba with the intent to capture the sonic lifestyle of the country. During the one-week workshop, Drexel students will be spending half of the time at La Universidad de Cienfuegos attending lectures and seminars. The remaining time will be spent recording location sound of Dance troupes, Theater Groups, Cultural Tours, and music ensembles. The techniques of recording these types of situations mirror the craft of location sound recording for films, radio, and television in a sense that we will be recording in all types of environments and not necessarily in controlled studio spaces. In addition, the group will record a daily podcast of each day’s events. Equipment will be supplied by Drexel University and directed by Associate Teaching Professor John Avarese. Before leaving for the trip, students will meet once with Avarese to familiarize them with the equipment and objectives of the trip. At its core, this Film Sound workshop will record the sonic landscape of Cuba in a variety of cultural situations.  These audio productions mirror the professional practice of location sound recording for film, video, and television. The workshop’s sole focus will be on audio, without the concern of avoiding cameras.
Program Objective: By the end of this workshop, students will have recorded and cataloged a collection of real-life scenarios, artist’s performances, interviews, sound effects and ambiences (atmospheres) around the coastal city of Cienfuegos.


Students will be registered for FMVD T280 for 3 credits as part of their spring term course load.
Students must leave space for 3 credits in their spring credit load or must pay for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.
The course credit for this program is not optional. There are no pre-requisites for this class.

John Avarese, Associate Teaching Professor in Music Industry
Gerard Hooper, Professor in Film and Video

Program Calendar (Tentative)

Arrival Date: March 18, 2018
Departure Date: March 25, 2018
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after the official program dates. Students assume all risk during independent travel as Drexel University is not responsible outside of program dates.

Tentative Itinerary

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Sunday, March 18
Welcome Dinner and Orientation Meeting
Monday, March 19
Breakfast in Casa
9:00am – 11:00am: Visit with Historic Center Community Project
11:00am – 1:00pm: Workshop on the History of Cuban Music at Centro Cultural de Benny Moré
Dinner in Casa
7:30pm – 10:30pm: Recording of Los Naranjos at Jardin de UNEAC
Tuesday, March  20
Breakfast in Casa
9:00am – 12:00pm: Spoken Word/Performance Art Recording
1:20pm – 4:30pm: Recording of Group at Centro Cultural de Benny More
Dinner in Casa
Wednesday, March 21
Breakfast in Casa
9:00am – 3:00pm: Recording of Performance of Sabado de La Rumba at Jardines de UNEAC
Saturday Evening: Recording of Performance at Terry Theater or Patio Terry
Return to Cienfuegos
Dinner in Casa
Thursday, March 22
Breakfast in Casa
Visit to Museo Giron (Bay of Pigs)
Visit to Caleta Buena
Return to Cienfuegos
Dinner in Casa
Friday, March 23
Breakfast in Casa
8:00am – 11:00am: Visit to Laguna Guanaroca
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Visit to Recording Studio El Dolfin
3:00pm – 5:00pm: Visit to Television Studio Perlavision
Dinner in Casa
Saturday, March 24
Breakfast in Casa
9:00 – 12:00pm: Activity
3:00pm – 6:00pm: Recording of Rumba Lay at Centro Cultural Benny Moré
9:00pm – 12:00am: Recording of Local Band of Cienfuegos Alternative Music Scene
Group Final Dinner
Sunday, March 25
Breakfast in Casa
Free time
2:00pm: Check Out of Casa / Transport to Airport


2018 Program Fee - $2,300Cienfuegos Teatro Terry

Due November 15, 2017 - $500 Advanced Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due January 15, 2018 - $1,800 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations in private guest house ("casa particulares")
  • All breakfasts and dinners at guest house
  • Airport transfer in Cuba
  • Program activities and visits
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip airfare $500
  • Passport $135
  • Visa $75
  • Some meals $50
  • Spending money $100

More Information

  • Students are responsible for booking their own round trip flight to Cuba. A specific flight itinerary will be provided by the faculty leaders.

  • Students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.