Newsletter for February 28 to March 5, 2020 Newsletter for February 28 to March 5, 2020


Beauty Rich and Rare

The year 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's arrival on the coast of Australia. The Embassy of Australia recreates the wonder experienced by the botanists and illustrators who travelled with Captain Cook on the HMB Endeavour with the exhibit Beauty Rich and Rare, on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. See how the 1770 voyage changed history with an introduction to Australia's rare flora and fauna. The exhibition is on display through July.


Our heaviest work season starts now as we prepare for Passport DC, the annual celebration of International Cultural Awareness in Washington, DC. The embassies that host open houses during Around the World Embassy Tour (May 2) volunteer to take part each year. With ambassadors and cultural affairs attachés arriving and departing every 2-4 years, we need to educate them on the benefits of participating in the program. Next week, we will provide a briefing to representatives from more than 50 embassies. We'll tell them what to expect when more than 25,000 people take to the sidewalks and want to learn about their countries and their people. You can play an integral role in Passport DC. Consider donating or volunteering to support your favorite program.

Embassy of Japan and Japan Information and Culture Center

The Embassy of Japan offers consular services and maintains a cultural exhibit hall and auditorium at its Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) located at 1150 18th Street, NW. The JICC is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. In 2019, the Embassy of Japan participted in the Passport DC's Around the World Embassy Tour, and visitors had the opportunity to view displays of Japanese culture and technology. On Friday, February 28, the JICC will host a free film screening of The Wonderland. To attend, RSVP here.   

Friday, February 28

Tour - Open House
Octagon Museum

Exhibit - Carved in Stone, Painted with Light
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Film - Uzak Ithimal (Wrong Rosary)
Yunus Emre Institute

Event - Seen on Screen
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Saturday, February 29

Tour - Capitol Hill
DC by Foot

Event - Storytelling: A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Concert - Kiran Ahluwalia
The Barns at Wolf Trap 

Event - Ivorian Cultural Diversity Event
Embassy of Cote d'Ivoire

Sunday, March 1

Tour - Early Morning Architectural Photography Tour
Washington Photo Safari

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Exhibit - The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Monday, March 2

Exhibit - DMV Color
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Turkish Coffee Happy Hour
Yunus Emre Institute

Event - Close-Up Magic & Martinis
The Mansion on O Street

Tuesday, March 3

Exhibit - Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Tour - Historic House & Garden
Tudor Place

Event - Secret Door Tour: Be a Super Sleuth!
The Mansion on O Street

Wednesday, March 4

Event - Tango Lessons for Beginners
Embassy of Uruguay

Event - Upon This Rock: 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW and the African American Women Who United for Change
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

Exhibit - U.S. Presidents
Madame Tussauds

Exhibit - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects

Thursday, March 5

Event - Cub Corner
College Park Aviation Museum

Event - Liv Warfield
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Event - Cork Wars
International Spy Museum

Event - Installation & Talk: Celebrating Womens Achievement
Austrian Cultural Forum


Newsletter for February 28 to March 5, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website


Women's Film Festival

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage in the United States! To commemorate political moments of women empowerment, the Embassy of India Student Hub is hosting a two-day Women's Film Festival. The festival films will share insights from the women of Bombay, home of Bollywood. On February 29, the first day of the film festival will be at the George Mason University Fairfax campus. On March 1, films will be shown at Georgetown University. This event is open to the public! 

La Juan D'Arienzo Orchestra

Have your tango vein awakened by Argentine band La Juan D'Arienzo, directed by Facundo Lazari, grandson of famous bandoneon performer Juan D'arienzo. Since 2012 La Juan D'arienzo Orchestra has offered listeners and dancers music in the style of tango orchestra leader Rey del Compas, the King of the Rhythm. Enjoyed by audiences worldwide, the band will play on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy of Argentina. Admission is $45, and includes a wine reception. Buy tickets here.

Political Appetites: Culinary Activities in The Early Republic

Join the U.S. Botanic Garden for an evening lecture to explore the link between food and political expression during the American Revolution. Learn how cookbooks became platforms for promoting democratic ideals. The speaker is Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History and Culinary History at Towson University. Taste samples of homebrews, Washington Pie, and Democratic Tea Cakes. Doors open at 6:15 pm on Thursday, March 5. Get tickets here

Garciela Iturbide's Mexico

Born in Mexico City, Graciela Iturbide studied filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos. Her work has exhibited internationally and is in major museum collections. Iturbide's photographs share visual stories of cultures in constant transitional periods. There's also juxtaposition within her images between urban and rural life. This exhibit opens Friday, February 28, and continues through May 25 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

March 6
Milonga del Festival Dance Party
Embassy of Argentina


March 6 
Opening Reception:  True and False: Digital
& Multimedia Works by Three Korean Artists

Korean Cultural Center


March 12
Tudor Nights: Tales & Treasures
Tudor Place

March 13
Inland Sea
Embassy of Japan

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