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NYC-Cuba relations get a boost with Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival

The initiative has been in the works for two years in Albany.
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When travel restrictions toCuba eased, it was only a matter of time before cultural exchanges would begin with the long-embargoed island.

InNew York City, that will begin with the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival, announced today by Billboard. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel are behind the event, whichwill bring a wide range of Cuban artists to the city for a weeklongseries of performances to "celebrate the rich artistic connection" that existed between the Cuban capital and Harlem, particularly among jazz musicians.

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The festivalhas been in the works for two years, according to Billboard, and the cultural exchange will include food, art, dancing, music,movies and educational experiences. It will take place as part of Harlem Week, Aug. 15-21.

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