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Cuban culture spotlighted by Kennedy Center festival

Renewed tensions between the U.S. and Cuba aren't stopping the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from shining a spotlight on the island's rich cultural heritage during what's being billed as the largest Cuban arts festival ever held in the United States.

"Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World," which runs through May 20, showcases the work of more than 400 Cuban and Cuban-American artists across more than 50 events. The program includes the salsa band Los Van Van and other musicians, visual artists, movies, theater companies and ballerina Alicia Alonso and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

"Cuba is a cultural powerhouse, and to present such a...

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