"Center Stage" Brings International Artists to Main Street, U.S.A.

Posted by Ann Stock
June 18, 2012
Center Stage Artist Ti-Coca and Wanga-Neges

Earlier this month, the Washington Post profiled Center Stage, one of the newest and most dynamic programs run by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Post blogger Jacqueline Trescott wrote:

"A new initiative called Center Stage will send artists from Pakistan, Indonesia, and Haiti across the United States to perform in 60 cities.

"The program kicks off June 19 with a musical sampling at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. That's a free event.

"Selected for the initial tour are singer-songwriter Arieb Azhar and the rock band Noori from Pakistan, who play in [this video].

"Once the artists are booked into Bellows Falls, Vt., Portland, Me., Bloomington, Ind., Ann Arbor, Mich., Gainesville, Fl., Hartsville, S.C. and Iowa City, Iowa, among the 60 stops, they will perform, hold workshops and participate in artist-to-artist discussions.

"For decades the State Department has organized exchange programs and enlisted artists and performers as envoys. Right now the Trey McIntyre Project is on a tour of Asia."

We're excited that the Post opted to highlight such an exciting program, and we hope to see you at the kickoff event on June 19! You can learn more about Center Stage here.

Related Content: Video -- Meet the Center Stage Artists!



Maryland, USA
June 19, 2012

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I liked the song Nishaan (sign) the Noori Band played in the video link. They are really good.

Nice post Ann...


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