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The One Journey Festival

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Washington National Cathedral

Washington, DC 20016

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The One Journey Festival is a free, day-long festival at the Washington National Cathedral, celebrating the courage, culture, talents, and benefits of refugees around the world. This family-friendly festival will connect attendees through the shared languages of humanity: art, food, fashion, music, and dance. Our aim is to shift the narrative about refugees, create empathy, and become enduring allies by #StandingWithRefugees. One Journey hopes to reach the broader American audience to inspire them to think differently about this vibrant population and take action to create more welcoming communities.

Join the movement. Many paths, One Journey.


Festival Highlights:

  • Fashion: Sudanese refugee turned actor/model and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Ger Duany to lead discussions on how he's taken action to drive change and help aid the refugee crisis

  • Food: Live cooking show with Jose Andres + a local refugee chef as they talk through the implications & impact of being a humanitarian in this day and age...AND featuring 10+ local DMV ethnic food trucks owned by refugee & immigrant chefs + entrepreneurs

  • Music & Dance: Live performances by refugee and immigrant musicians and dancers. The celebrated Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Chorus and the Leftists will debut songs written especially for the Festival

  • Art: Mural creation by Marymount University as they present Border (Untitled), an art exhibition on the state of culture, art, and politics surrounding immigrants & refugees. We will also have a photo exhibit on the activities of Syrian Refugee Youth in Turkey, hosted by The Big Picture - a forum exploring international affairs through arts & culture

  • Workshops: Dance and music lessons by our artists & performers, and a surprise treat to end the day.

  • Technology: Immersive audiovisual experience x Shared Studios to connect festival goers with refugees at overseas camps and host countries. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distance Portal live and full-body, as if you’re in the same room!

  • International marketplace: Featuring local refugee artisans & business owners to showcase their artistic talents and creative lens’, and to celebrate our diverse cultures.

  • Next Gen tent: A dedicated tent for children engagement with refugee dolls & books, multi-language calligraphy, welcome card making, henna tattoos and a build-your-own-kite station

  • Take Action booth: Featuring selected partner organizations to spread awareness about their mission and cause, and to equip & educate festival goers with takeaways on how to take action in aiding the refugee crisis

  • This event will take place rain or shine.



Donation: One Journey is ENTIRELY volunteer-run, so 100% of your contributions go directly to putting on the first evre, One Journey Festival. Make all donations to our Crowdrise page.

Ticket Registration: This FREE event is open to the public and all are welcome. Thought not required, your RSVP helps us keep track of the number of festival attendees and keeps you informed of new festival updates.



Thank you to our sponsors:

NOVA Friends of Refugees, Accenture, Marymount University, Mars, Oxfam America, APCO Worldwide, Falafel Inc., HSBC, Squire Patton Boggs, USA for UNHCR, EMM (Episcopal Migration Ministries), BCG, Global Works Foundation, Refugees International, St. George's Episcopal Church of Arlington, Allianz, UNICEF

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