New York Philharmonic postpones Cuba trip

The New York Philharmonic has put off plans to perform in Cuba between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 due to US travel restrictions, which affected the travel plans of the company’s sponsors.


AFP - The New York Philharmonic said Thursday it was indefinitely postponing concerts planned in the Cuban capital Havana because of the US embargo on the communist-ruled island.

Concerts had been penciled in for October 30 to November 2.

However, the plan was shelved "due to existing US government restrictions on travel to Cuba which would affect project funders and supporters, without whose financial support the trip is not possible," the orchestra said in a statement.

"The New York Philharmonic extends its thanks to the people and government of Cuba for their invitation to perform in Havana," the statement read.

"The New York Philharmonic intends to reschedule these concerts when travel restrictions for project funders are resolved."

US-Cuban relations have thawed partially since Barack Obama took over the US presidency this year.

In April, the Obama administration lifted travel and money transfer restrictions on Cuban-Americans with relatives in Cuba.

But it has said it will not, for now, seek to end the embargo, instead urging Havana to show progress on human rights.

The Cuban regime has maintained an iron grip on power, the media, economy and private travel since seizing power in the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro.

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