Newsletter for January 25 to January 31, 2019 Newsletter for January 25 to January 31, 2019


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Pending passage of a resolution to fund the government, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen Tuesday, January 29 at their regularly scheduled times. Please enjoy the many other museums and activities DC offers and follow Cultural Tourism DC's social media for updates on closures.



Embassy of Chile

The Embassy of Chile in Washington, DC, is one of seven cities where the Republic of Chile has representation in the United States. The embassy and six consulate-general offices speak for the interests of Chile and its nationals in the USA and work to establish relationships with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, states, think tanks and others to promote Chilean business, tourism, and social and cultural affairs. The Embassy of Chile in DC also works locally to introduce Chilean culture, cuisine and wine to visitors, hosting art exhibits, organizing drawing and painting contests for children and, for the past two years, opening its doors to the public during Around the World Embassy Tour. Learn more about Chile here.


Night of Ideas

Don't miss the first Washington, DC edition of the Night of Ideas, a global marathon of ideas that will activate the Embassy of France with talks and performances by today's leading thinkers and creators. Co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and the French Embassy, the Night of Ideas offers guests the unique opportunity to hear from over 50 philosophers, sociologists, economists, musicians, artists, and authors. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the keynote speaker will present at 7:00 pm. This event begins on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 pm. Reservations are mandatory and attendees must have a government-issued photo ID. Make your reservation here.

Lafayette's Return to Washington

On Thursday, January 31 from 1 pm to 2 pm hear a lecture at the historic Tudor Place about the American Revolution hero, the Marquis de Lafayette. During his triumphal tour of the young republic in 1824 and 1825, Lafayette came to Washington on multiple occasions. Using contemporary accounts and images of Washington by Tudor Place Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell, Mark Hudson will explore how the Federal City greeted the hero and describe life in the city during this period. Hudson is executive director of the Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. Register here.

Digital Activism Debate

Is digital activism a trend, a fad, a curse, or a blessing? How reliable is digital activism? Alliance Française de Washington DC is hosting a town hall meeting featuring Sandra Muller, the French journalist who created the hashtag #balancetonporc, France's #MeToo, on Thursday, February 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Ms. Muller's book #Balance ton porc (in French) will be for sale the day of event. This event will be in English. Light refreshments will be served after the Q&A session. For tickets, click this link.



Friday, January 25

Concert - Linda Eder
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Film - Animezing!: Fireworks
Japan Information and Culture Center

Saturday, January 26

Event - Science Saturday
National Law Enforcement Museum 

Concert - Bumper Jacksons
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Theater - Twelve Angry Men
Ford's Theatre

Event - Panama in the Capital
Embassy of Panama

Sunday, January 27

Exhibit - First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit - Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project
National Building Museum

Monday, January 28

Exhibit - Tradition Transformed: Bojagi
Korean Cultural Center 

Film - The Road to Babi Yar
The Embassy of Israel

Tuesday, January 29
Tour - Open House
President Woodrow Wilson House

Event - Halls of the Senate 
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Exhibit - 2019 Regional Juried Exhibition
Hill Center

Wednesday, January 30

Event - International Guitar Night
The Barns at Wolf Trap 

Exhibit - Over Here & Over There: Aviation & Prince George's County During World War I
College Park Aviation Museum

Thursday, January 31

Event - DC Teacher's Night: Build Your Green Community
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event - Stage Director's Talk: Nell Gwyn
Folger Shakepeare Theatre 


Get Ready For 
Passport DC 2019!


Cultural Tourism DC will produce the 12th anniversary of Passport DC this spring. The annual festival that commemorates 'International Cultural Awareness Month' in the District of Columbia runs from May 1-31 and offers a wide array of cultural activities presented at embassy open houses, street festivals, and performing arts organizations throughout DC.

A signature event during Passport DC is the Around the World Embassy Tour (AWET). On Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, embassies will host open houses and share their culture, cuisine and more during AWET. Check out this photo slideshow from last year here.

Events DC is the presenting sponsor of Passport DC 2019. Other sponsors include Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC Economic Partnership and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2019's Passport DC and/or Around the World Embassy Tour. Please review the sponsor benefits and contact Cultural Tourism DC to get a package that meets your organization's goals. Call 202-661-7581 or visit

Newsletter for January 25 to January 31, 2019. 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



February 1

Free Folger Friday: Cooking in the Archives
Folger Shakespeare Library

February 2 

Afternoon Aviators: UV Spectrometer
College Park Aviation Museum

February 2

Groundhog Day
Dupont Festival

February 9

Truffle Making Class
The Willard Intercontinental



Sponsor Passport DC

Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Passport DC this May with a sponsorship that puts your brand in front of thousands of DC residents and tourists taking part in embassy open houses, street festivals, and more! Learn more here.

Autographed Posters by Dana Ellyn

Cultural Tourism DC is pleased to offer selected paintings from Dana Ellyn's Heritage Trail project as autographed prints. The posters are 11'' x 17'' on glossy poster paper and sell for $30 each. Order your posters today!

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