Cuba is a cultural power, highlights the Kennedy Center in the USA.
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Cuba is a cultural power, said the director of the renowned John F. Kennedy Center in the United States, Deborah Rutter, when announcing the celebration next May of a festival dedicated to the island. With the presentation of some of the best creators of the Caribbean and Cuban-American countries, the event baptized as Arts of Cuba will inspire through more than 50 activities during two weeks, covering the breadth and vitality of the culture of the Antillean nation, the institution based in Washington. According to Rutter, the festival, to be held from May 8 to 20, continues the tradition of proposing the most outstanding international artists on its stages, and having this diverse sample of creators in that period is simply unprecedented. In turn, the curator Alicia Adams, vice president of International Programming of the place, said the island is a lush mixture of influences-African, European, Caribbean, North and South America, which makes it one of the most dynamic cultures in the world. The opening of the event will be through music, with the performance on the first day of the singer Omara Portuondo, the "Diva de Buena Vista Social Club", in addition to the pianist Rolando Luna, the Liceo Orchestra of Havana, the composer Aldo López-Gavilán and the Miguel Faílde orchestra. From the traditional danzón to classical works and current Cuban rhythms, the musical part of the event also includes the presence of the Van Van orchestra, qualified as the most famous group on the island, Yosvany Terry and his Afro-Cuban Quintet (New York) ) and the singer Aymée Nuviola (Miami), among other figures. The cultural center noted that the appointment will represent the return to Washington DC of prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and the National Ballet of Cuba, in a program that will commemorate the 40th anniversary of a historic tour of this country, which began precisely at the Kennedy Center. For its part, the theater will be represented by the group El Público, which was presented at the institution last March, as well as by Argos Teatro, with "stimulating productions in Spanish". In the case of the visual arts and design, the entity mentioned the installations and works of Manuel Mendive, Roberto Fabelo, José Parla (New York) and costume designer Celia Ledón. The cinematography will also be protagonist through a retrospective in tribute to the 40 years of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which will propose six acclaimed films. Also, in association with the American Museum of Natural History, the festival will include a selection of "¡ÍCuba!", The multimedia installation that recreates the rich biodiversity and cultural history of the largest of the Antilles.