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Kennedy Center to celebrate Cuba in two-week festival in May

“Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World” will spotlight the music, theater, dance, visual arts and film of Cubans and Cuban Americans. The lineup includes singer Omara Portuondo, the popular band Los Van Van, the Malpaso Dance Company and the award-winning Argo Teatro.

“One of the things I’m trying to connect is the fact that the United States has Cuban music and Cuban arts in its DNA,” said festival curator Alicia Adams, noting that Cuban influences can be found in American going back to the 19th century. “Looking at all of that is what’s fascinating to me.”

The two-week festival will feature nearly 50 events — including about a dozen free ones — showcasing the ethnic influences of Africa, South American, Europe and the Caribbean, Adams said.

“We’re doing our best to bring as much of Cuba here as we can,” she said. “It’s a very dynamic place to be. It’s bursting with energy.”

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