Center Stage Season 3 Starts Touring in July - Some Dates Still Open!

Apr 27, 2016

Center Stage Season 3 Starts Touring in July - Some Dates Still Open!

Kelsey Colcord Spitalny

Program Coordinator, Center Stage

Center Stage is gearing up to get back out on the road. Summer and fall tour dates are up on our Events page. Look for calendar additions over the next few months and see tour overviews below. We hope to see you around town!

Here's a list of all the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage dates in Washington, DC. All performances begin at 6 pm and will be live streamed on the Kennedy Center website.

Democratoz (Algeria) - July 20
Istijmam (Algeria) - September 5
Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Tanzania) - September 6
Ifrikya Spirit (Algeria) - October 4
Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania) - October 12

Now in its third season, Center Stage introduces artists from abroad to American communities. From July through October, five contemporary music and theater ensembles from Algeria and Tanzania will tour the U.S., sharing their work with Americans and bringing news of their experiences to their friends and fans at home. Two bands from Pakistan will tour the U.S. in the spring of 2017.

From coast to coast, many performances and off-stage activities are free and open to the public. Bookmark the Center Stage Events page, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for the most up to date news.


DEMOCRATOZ (July 15-August 7) visits Boston, NYC, and DC before heading to CA for activities from LA up the coast to their final gig at one of the summer's great jams, Reggae on the River Festival. Open Dates: NYC metro area July 24, 25, and 27; Southern CA July 30. Contact Lisa Booth Management.

ISTIJMAM (September 4-October 3) makes its theatrical U.S. debut with artist to artist meet ups, impromptu street pop ups, and multiple performances of the contemporary fable Et'Teffeh/The Apples in DC, IN, NH, and NYC. September 22 - 25 open. Contact Lisa Booth Management.

RAJAB SULEIMAN & KITHARA (September 5-26) We're thrilled that audiences and festival goers in DC, PA, VA, WI, and IL will experience this outstanding band from Zanzibar including Globalquerque, in the Land of Enchantment. September 26 - 30 open. Contact Lisa Booth Management.

IFRIKYA SPIRIT (September 30-October 26) stakes its expansive musical tent in VT, DC, NYC, MN, and WA for intimate club gigs, concert performances, student shows, and artist jams. Tour fully booked.

MSAFIRI ZAWOSE (October 4-30) Audiences from DC to CA will have the chance to experience Tanzania's great musical powerhouse and his super tight band. A few open dates. Contact Lisa Booth Management for additional info.

Center Stage Pakistan artists Sanam Marvi and Sounds of Kolachi will tour in March-April 2017. Contact Lisa Booth Management for additional info.

Center Stage is a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Center Stage Pakistan is made possible by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.