Pakistani singer-songwriter duo Zeb & Haniya are traveling to communities across America for US State Department‘s groundbreaking cultural diplomacy initiative, Center StageSM from September 5-October 1, 2012.
Center StageSM brings performing artists from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan to the United States to engage American audiences in 60 medium and small-sized towns and cities, the State Department said Thursday.
During their tour, the Pakistani artists will participate in variety of performances, workshops, discussions, artist-to-artist exchanges, and community gatherings in seven medium and small-sized towns and cities.
Center StageSM builds on Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” -which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case the performing arts, to bring people together and foster greater understanding.
Center StageSM is a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
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