The delegation includes writers, artists and musicians and aims to ‘advance deeper cooperation around the common bonds of our heritages’


The US government has this week sent a cultural mission to Cuba following President Barack Obama’s visit to the country last month, signifying a thaw in diplomatic relations.

The delegation includes some of America’s most important writers, artists and musicians, including violinist Joshua Bell, theatre director and choreographer Martha Clarke, playwright John Guare, ballet company director Lourdes Lopez, soprano Larisa Martinez, and singer-songwriters Dave Matthews, Smokey Robinson and Usher.

‘The arts and humanities have helped generations around the world face the most challenging questions and discover the most basic truths,’ said George Stevens, co-chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. ‘Our delegation will have the opportunity to explore our common humanity and shared values with our friends and colleagues in Cuba.’

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