Former Vice President Joe Biden will attend President Donald Trump’s National Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Monday and is scheduled to attend the Kennedy Center Honors on Tuesday at the Kennedy Center.
In addition to headlining the ceremony, he’ll perform with the Arts and Foreign Policy Ensemble.
Last year, several performances were canceled in protest over the President’s incendiary rhetoric.
“There was a widespread feeling that we should not perform for the president who has taken such an antagonistic approach toward arts organizations,” Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein said in a statement last year.
Rubenstein, an original Trump supporter, said in a public statement that he disagreed with the President and that he accepted responsibility for any “harm” that Trump’s rhetoric and actions had caused.
This year, performances by several famous artists, including Natalia Makarova, Carlos Santana, Gregory Porter and Paloma Faith, will not take place.
“I knew I wanted this year’s show to remember last year’s gestures of resistance and, thus, wanted to do some things differently than I did last year,” Rubenstein said.