The United States. May 8, 2017.- After 10 days, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival concluded on May 7, one of the most important music festivals in the United States, which featured Cuba as guest country of honor, in its 48th edition.

This Festival that has brought together in this rhythmic city outstanding musicians from the U.S. and global music industry ever since its establishment in 1970, was attended by over 100 Cuban artists who brought not only the richness of the Cuban jazz movement, but also the sounds and culture of the island in general, to New Orleans.

The Cultural Exchange Pavilion was the hub and main stage of the presentations by the Cuban  musicians, who included important personalities and bands such as Chucho Valdés, Los Van Van, Septeto Santiaguero, Conga de los Hoyos, Changüí Guantánamo, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, Gente de Zona, Telmary y Habana Sana, Daymé Arocena, Adonis y Osain del Monté, and Caury, among others.

Likewise, the Festival was attended by a representative group of Cuban artisans and visual artists, while photographic and multimedia expositions were held, which contributed toward promoting Cuban popular and contemporary culture.

Cuban Ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, and representatives of the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., attended segments of this event which bore witness to the deep roots and cultural traditions which unite New Orleans and Cuba and prospects for increasing cultural exchanges between Cuban and U.S. citizens.

The Cuban delegation that participated in this event made their most of their stay in this city to meet with representatives of different sectors, including the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitchell J. Landrieu; former senator Mary L. Landrieu; Quint Davis, Director of the Festival; Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and with members of the INCUBASO (International Cuba Society), an important association of Cubans residing in this city.