Deadline: 31/12/2019

ROOSTERGNN Artist Residency | Havana & Trinidad, Cuba

Let Cuba become part of your artistic CV!

The 2019 Artist Residency can be completed in Havana or Trinidad – or both!
It is a historic moment to visit Cuba. A historic moment to create art in Cuba. This summer, you have the opportunity to do so.

ROOSTERGNN is accepting applications for its Artist Residency program in two of Cuba’s UNESCO World Heritage cities: the capital, Havana, and the colonial town of Trinidad. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Apply now!

Open to writers, journalists, bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, new media artists, graphic designers, visual artists, dancers, actors/actresses, musicians and composers.

Limited spots available. Open to all nationalities, including U.S. applicants.
ROOSTERGNN Global News Network ( is accepting applications for its first open call for the ROOSTERGNN ARTIST RESIDENCY in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba, to host Artists-in-Residence in the following disciplines: writers, journalists, bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, new media artists, graphic designers, visual artists, dancers, actors, musicians and composers.

Project Scope.
Every Resident works on a self-directed creative project throughout his or her Residency. Candidates should detail their project proposal in the application form. It is not required that residents finish an entire project during their stay at the Cuba Residency; you can work on a project you have started elsewhere, or work on a project in a brainstorming format and continue to work on it after the program.

Language. The Residency is open to all nationalities and languages. We remind Residents that our attention and communications are conducted exclusively in English or Spanish.

Types of Residents admitted
Residents will need to provide their own materials to complete their artistic project (e.g. depending on discipline: laptops, cameras, tripods, paints, instruments, etc.) Please make sure that your materials can be transported easily.

Writers. Applications are open to writers of all literary disciplines: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, etc. The proposal can be to work on an existing project (e.g. if you are already working on a book) or to complete an entire project during your residency in Cuba (e.g. a collection of poems about Cuba). Texts can be written in all languages.
Journalists and Bloggers. As a news agency, also welcomes journalists and bloggers-in-residence. Proposals can be based around a specific theme, e.g. reporting on current events or around a theme, e.g. art, culture, sports, travel, fashion, style, food, etc. If the Resident is interested in publishing his or her texts on, they must be written in English or Spanish.
Photographers. Photographers can be of all different disciplines, from artistic photography to street photography to photojournalism. Selected works may be published on
Filmmakers and videographers. Filmmakers of all disciplines are welcome: film, short film, documentary, video, etc. Selected works may be published on
New Media Artists and Graphic Designers. Applications are open all artists who use new media and/or graphic design to create art.
Visual Artists. Applications are open to visual artists of all disciplines (painting, drawing, sketching, etc.)
Dancers and Actors/Actresses. Applications are open to dancers and actors/actresses. We recommend that those Residents interested in dance take advantage of their stay to be inspired by the salsa culture in Cuba and its varied ethnic dances. Residents interested in the field of theater may also consider attending plays at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, for example.
Musicians and Composers. Applications are open to musicians and composers. The Resident must carry his/her own material (e.g. instrument) to carry out his/her project;we recommend that the dimension of the materials be transportable since the Residency is carried out in two cities: Havana and Trinidad.

Characteristics of the Residency, Facilities & Benefits.
The Residency includes the following:
1. ACCOMMODATION. The Residency Fee includes housing in colonial “boutique” style houses with Cuban host families specifically selected by RGNN in Central Havana and Central Trinidad, with a Cuban family to welcome and attend to them. The accommodation is private or shared in double rooms (2 individual beds). The rooms, of a colonial style, are spacious and well illuminated, and all of them have their own bathroom and air conditioning. All of the houses moreover have a spacious common area, such as a salon or rooftop terrace, to work on the artistic projects. The entry of persons foreign to the Program (Cubans and non-Cubans) is not permitted in the houses. The sale of alcohol within the houses is also not permitted. All rooms are single sex. RGNN will assign accommodation.
2. BREAKFAST. Breakfasts take place at the “boutique” style accommodations in Havana and Trinidad. The breakfasts are ample, and usually include, depending on the house, cheese, ham, bread/sandwich, butter, jam, honey, eggs or omelettes, sweets and desserts, pies, in addition to coffee, tea, milk, juice, for example.
3. PRE-ARRIVAL LOCAL PROJECT ORIENTATION. The Artists-in-Residence benefit from guidance for their artistic project before their arrival in Cuba. All requests for guidance must be submitted at least sixty (60) days before the start of the program. With the acceptance of the Artist, information on the processing of orientation requests will be provided.
4. ORIENTATION COORDINATOR. During the Residency program, the bilingual Orientation Coordinator (English / Spanish) will inform Residents about their requests for orientation to carry out their artistic project in Cuba. The Orientation Coordinator will also advise the Residents about other local information they may need. Remember that the Artists carry out a self-directed and independent project; the Orientation Coordinator does not do the work for Residents, he/she orients them – he/she is not a fixer.
5. PROFESSIONAL DOSSIER DOCUMENTING THE RESIDENCY PROJECT. RGNN will prepare, after the Residency, a Professional Dossier documenting the Residency Project and the Artist’s stay at the Residency. The format of the presentation depends on the project and the material provided by the Artist. The dossier will be sent to the Artist in digital format after completion of the Residency.
6. PUBLICATION AND PROMOTION ON RGNN.ORG. The projects and/or interviews with Residents moreover can be published by the agency,, as well as on its diverse communication channels and social media networks, allowing Residents to publish and promote their work to a global audience.

Applications are open for the following dates:


July 1-11, 2019. (10 nights).

July 11-21, 2019. (10 nights).

July 21-31, 2019 (10 nights).


July 1-11, 2019. (10 nights).

July 11-21, 2019. (10 nights).

July 21-31, 2019 (10 nights).

600 Euros per 10-night package in shared (double) accommodation.
950 Euros per 10-night package in private accommodation.

Note. It is possible to combine packages and programs, for example 10 nights in Havana followed by 10 nights in Trinidad. The Residency Fees will be adjusted according to the package of the programs chosen.

The selection of accommodation (private or shared) is subject to availability.

To simplify application and enrollment processes, all Residency fee packages are already being subsidized by Therefore, no additional scholarships are being planned for the Artist Residency in Cuba in 2019.

Please consult the following links for information about third-party funding.

Payment of Residency Fee.
Residency Fees should be paid via bank transfer or cash deposit into a bank account that will be provided to selected candidates.

Once accepted by ROOSTERGNN, candidates will have seventy-two (72) business hours to make a six-hundred (600) Euro deposit for the Residency. If applicable, the rest of the Residency Fee will be due always before the start date of the Residency; exact dates will be provided in the acceptance packet

To apply for a spot, please fill out the following form:

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