District of Cuba

Cuban Culture in Washington D.C.

Guide to exploring Cuban culture in the District of Columbia through social events, classes, restaurants, art exhibitions, lectures and more. 


District of Cuba was launched in January 2014 to foster support for Cuban cultural activity in the District of Columbia.  We accept listings for cultural and other events relating to Cuba with an emphasis on events in the city that are accessible by public transport.  The listings are free but may be edited for style and length.  Contact us at districtofcuba@gmail.com.  


Heather Hodges is a writer and documentary photographer who specializes in documenting African, Afro-Latino and Hispanic culture with an emphasis on contemporary and traditional music and dance culture.   She is a graduate of Tulane Law School and was a 2010-2011 Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at Georgetown Law School where she researched challenges to access to justice for Black women while doing research in Belize and the District of Columbia. Documentary photography is an important part of her research and advocacy.

Rumba in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.  Photograph: Heather L. Hodges.

Recent research trips have taken her to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba to study traditional Afro-Cuban dance with Ballet Folklórico Cutumba; to La Sabana, Venezuela for the Fiesta de San Juan; to Dakar, Senegal to explore it's contemporary music scene; to Hopkins Village, Belize for Garifuna Settlement Day; to San Antonio, Texas for the Tejano Conjunto Festival;  to Clarksdale, Mississippi to document the roots of Delta blues; to the Gathering at Geechee Kunda festival of Geechee/Gullah traditional culture in Riceboro, Georgia; "Oshun: In-Form" in New York City;  the Cuba Pavilion at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest; and CLAVES UNDIOS' Afro-Cuban Festival in Richmond.  Her photographs have been exhibited in Washington D.C. and London.