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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.

When travel restrictions to Cuba eased, it was only a matter of time before cultural exchanges would begin with the long-embargoed island.

In New 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, which will bring a wide range of Cuban artists to the city for a weeklong series of performances to “celebrate the rich artistic connection” that existed between the Cuban capital and Harlem, particularly among jazz musicians.

The festival has 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.

Eva Kis, Metro

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