New York City, Havana create arts and cultural exchange

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and Cuba’s capital city are embarking on a cultural exchange of music and visual and performing arts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel announced the creation of the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival on Friday.

The Democratic lawmakers say the first-ever cultural exchange between the two cities will also include food, education and fashion.

The festival kicks off in New York. Cuban artists, chefs, dancers and others will participate in curated events on Aug. 15-21 as part of Harlem Week activities.

An American cultural delegation will travel to Havana in February. The exact dates haven’t been determined.

The festival is planned as an annual event.

Cuomo was the first U.S. governor to travel to Cuba after travel and trade restrictions were eased.

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