Cultural Tourism DC Presents the Seventh Annual Passport DC May 2014


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Cultural Tourism DC Presents the Seventh Annual Passport DC May 2014
Journey the Globe with Embassy Open Houses, Street Festivals, Performances and Exhibitions

Washington, DC (April 7, 2014) – Cultural Tourism DC presents the seventh annual Passport DC—a month-long celebration in May comprising international programs and events around the city. Visitors and residents have the opportunity to travel around the world without ever leaving the city with tours of more than 70 embassies and hundreds of other international cultural activities that include street festivals, performances and exhibitions.

"Passport DC is a profound way for people to learn by experience. It provides a unique opportunity for people to compare and discover the similarities among nations across the globe with their art, dance, music, textiles, food and so much more. As a young man, I had the opportunity to travel internationally and those experiences inform my actions today. Passport DC is the next best thing to international travel—and because you never leave DC—there's no jet lag," said Cultural Tourism DC Executive Director Steve Shulman.

Around the World Embassy Tour
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10 am to 4 pm

More than 50 embassies representing six continents invite DC visitors and residents to travel the world as they enjoy the culture of different countries. Visitors can experience the county's food, art, dance and music, including Capoeira demonstrations, Tango lessons, henna applications, Ceylong tea tastings, Thai massages and Dominican rum tastings.

Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies' Open House
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10 am to 4 pm

The European Union Delegation to the U.S. and the 28 embassies of the EU Member States invite visitors to experience the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of these distinctive nations. The complete list of the 28 participating embassies is available online.

Embassy Chef Challenge
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6 pm to 9:30 pm
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Cultural Tourism DC's annual fundraiser gives you access to one of DC's best-kept secrets: world-class embassy chefs. More than a dozen world-class embassy chefs present small plates of their country's signature delicacies and battle in DC's Premier International Culinary Competition. A panel of celebrity chefs and food critics select the winner of the Judge's Choice Award, while guests cast a ballot for the People's Choice winner. Rounding out the evening is a live and silent auction, featuring world-class items steeped in international flavor, including private embassy experiences.

National Asian Heritage Festival
Fiesta Asia Street Fair
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 am to 7 pm

Fiesta Asia Street Fair features more than 1000 performers on five stages representing more than 20 cultures. Attendees can experience Pan-Asian cuisine, a shopping bazaar, kid-friendly, interactive activities, a talent competition, a parade, Bollywood street dancing, and traditional and contemporary Asian crafts. The festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets, NW.

International Programming

Cultural Tourism DC's affiliates present internationally-themed programs throughout May. Visit for a complete list.

Event website:
Hashtag: #PassportDC

Events DC, Destination DC, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, The Coca-Cola Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S Chamber of Commerce, JBG Companies, Citi Open

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About Cultural Tourism DC

Cultural Tourism DC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver memorable experiences and learning opportunities in the areas of heritage, international exchange, and humanities. Through its five celebrated signature programs, Cultural Tourism DC works to broaden, deepen, and diversify audiences for the arts in DC; audiences whose participation enriches the creative economy of the city.


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