Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 18, 2012

The U.S. Department of State announced today that from October 21- November 17, 2012, Haitian musician BélO will travel from Pétion-Ville, Haiti to communities across America as part of a cultural diplomacy initiative, Center StageSM. This tour will take BélO to Washington, DC; Northampton, MA; Roxbury, MA; North Adams, MA; Boothbay Harbor, ME; Rockport, ME; Portland, ME; New London, CT; Gainesville, FL; and Palm Beach, FL.

Building on Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emphasis on utilizing “smart power”, Center StageSM brings performing artists from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan to the United States to interact with American audiences in 60 medium and small-sized towns and cities, using the performing arts to create opportunities for greater understanding. For a full list of artists and performance dates, click here.

BélO will kick off his tour on Sunday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The performance is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcasted live here.

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.

For more information, contact Katie Leasor, U.S. Department of State at

PRN: 2012/1666