Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 15, 2012

On Tuesday, June 19, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock will launch Center StageSM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Center Stage is a cultural diplomacy initiative that 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 first wave of performing artists will include two music groups from Pakistan. Singer-songwriter Arieb Azhar and the rock band noori will travel to the United States and participate in a range of activities, such as performances, workshops, discussions, artist-to-artist exchanges, and community gatherings. For more information, click here. This concert, which begins at 6:00 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Press Logistics for Center Stage:
The Millenium Stage performance begins at 6:00 p.m.

  • Preset – 4:00 p.m.
  • Final access – 5:55 p.m.
  • Press entrance is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Hall of Nations
  • Press must register for this event. Please R.S.V.P. to by 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 18.

Media Contacts:
Katie Leasor
Emily Krahn at

PRN: 2012/993