Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, Inc. is a nonprofit organization which coordinates the popular Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays art, music and culture festival. Our events are held on the 3rd Friday of every month in the heart of Little Havana, on Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues, from 7-11 pm. The idea for Viernes Culturales originated from The City of Miami Planning Department with the support of the City of Miami Commission, in collaboration with The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Little Havana Development Authority, merchants, residents, design professionals and community leaders. A City of Miami Planning Department 1984 Latin Quarter Study and 1994-96 Little Havana Neighborhood Planning Program recommended that a series of cultural activities and events including art exhibits, dance, music, poetry, theater, film, and neighborhood historic tours should be promoted all year round in order to preserve and enhance the rich culture of Little Havana. The first Viernes Culturales was held on May 26, 2000 and approximately 2,000 people attended. Since then, internationally known artists have participated and supported Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays. Viernes Culturales has been a beacon of art and culture for South Florida. It has served as a catalyst for the economic and cultural growth of the neighborhood. Thanks to the festival, Little Havana has been recognized as a National Treasure by the National Trust of Historic Preservation, receiving media attention both nationally and internationally. A symbol of inclusiveness, Little Havana is a testament to what America is all about. Our audience is multicultural and represents the ethnic diversity of our South Florida community. Anyone who enjoys live music, dancing under the stars, art galleries, domino games, cigar rollers, local arts and crafts and delighting in the wonder that is Little Havana is more than welcome to be a part of Cultural Fridays!
Viernes Culturales is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Fully tax-deductible contributions are always welcomed and appreciated.