FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michelle Cragle, Director of Communications and Marketing
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.
Cultural Tourism DC's affiliates present internationally-themed programs throughout May. Visit http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/international-programming for a complete list.
Event website: CulturalTourismDC.org
PASSPORT DC SPONSORS:
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