Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 13, 2012


The U.S. Department of State announced today that the Pakistani singer-songwriter duo Zeb & Haniya will travel to communities across America for its 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.

Zeb & Haniya will tour to Akron, OH; Washington, D.C.; Madison, WI; Albuquerque, NM; Helena, MT; and Houston, TX. For a full list of artists and performance dates, click here. 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.

This Wednesday, September 12, Zeb & Haniya will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The performance is free and open to the public.

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.

Media contact: Katie Leasor, leasork@state.gov.



PRN: 2012/1429