Dina El Wedidi Brings Electrifying Mix of Contemporary, Classic Egyptian Music to the United States

September 26, 2018

Cairo – The U.S. Embassy in Cairo in partnership with the Center Stage arts exchange program is pleased to announce the U.S. tour of Dina Elwedidi and her band September 15 to October 19 across the United States.  Her tour will feature a mix of smaller shows and larger concerts in the Eastern and Southern United States, performing in 10 cities including Austin, Texas; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; and Burlington, Vermont.

Dina El Wedidi imaginatively reinvigorates Egyptian folk with her fusion of modern and traditional sounds.  She previously partnered with U.S. Embassy in Cairo for the Hakawateya (Storytellers) concert, blending Egypt’s storied past and contemporary successes. Her original songs draw on folklore, rituals, and early 20th-century popular music, as well as global ideas and exploration.

Since 2012, the Center Stage arts exchange program, supported by the U.S. Department of State, has welcomed important new voices into the cultural dialogue of the United States, enlarging our world and sharing diverse, global perspectives directly with communities in the U.S.  Now in its fourth season, Center Stage brings diverse groups of international musicians to tour the U.S. from coast to coast, hosted by colleges and universities, festivals, music clubs, and cultural centers. Each tour includes residencies in large cities and small towns, and a range of activities from performances, workshops, and discussions, to artist-to-artist exchanges, masterclasses, and community gatherings.

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, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc. Visit www.centerstageUS.org. Cultural and artistic exchanges are just one way the United States partners with the people and government of Egypt.  Find out more at the Embassy’s website, https://eg.usembassy.gov, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @USEmbassyCairo.