A mic, a band, a song, a stage and a cultural diplomacy initiative that connects foreign artistry with American communities – this is just a fraction of the instruments used to create a melody in U.S. foreign policy. That melody resonated all summer as the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the non-profit organization New England Foundation for the Arts, introduced the American audience to several touring ensembles and dance companies through month-long tours that began in June and will continue into November during its second season of Center Stage.
Center Stage builds professional networks between U.S. communities and international artists building our countries’ creative economies. In June, we were charmed by Pakistan’s Poor Rich Boy and two weeks ago by the heart thumping energy of Morocco’s Hoba Hoba Spirit. This week we welcomed the Tri Minh’s Quartet from Vietnam. This October we will welcome dance companies from Morocco (Fleur d’Orange) and Vietnam (Arabesque). Each tour reaches diverse audiences throughout the United States, as well as culturally and economically disadvantaged youth through performances, master classes, demonstrations, and artist-to-artist exchanges.
For more information on the artists and performance schedule, visit the Center Stage website.