The second annual One Journey Festival, a D.C.-based art and music event focusing on talents and contributions of refugees, is scheduled to take place on June 29 at the Washington National Cathedral from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Music, dance, art, storytelling, technology and food will be part of the event that is described as a “family-friendly festival bringing people and communities together through our modern-day shared languages of humanity.”
It celebrates the “talents, tenacity and contributions of refugees and other displaced people around the world.”
Music and dance performers at the event are as follows:
Abraham Mwinda, The Tributary Project, Batala D.C., Cheick Hamala Diabate Griot Street, Nakima Smith, Hussein Smko, Jorge Glem & Cesar Orozco, Leftist, Leila Mire, Pihcintu Multicultural Choir, Sokeo Ros, Megumi Saruhashi, Kumera Zekarias, Fandango, Stephane Detchou, Joseck Asikoye, Silk Road, Convergence Theater, Karagoz Shadow Theater, Maru Montero and MENDÉ.
— One Journey Festival (@1journeyfest) June 14, 2019
The speakers featured are Emi Mahmoud, Jay Abdo & Fadia Afashe, Lual Mayen, Mustafa Nurr, Imam Magid, Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Dr. Sovan Tun, Melaney Tagg, Salma Hasan Ali, One Journey Founders Wendy Chan and Vanda Berninger.
Technology participants include Shared_Studios Portals, UNHCR, U.N. Foundation – Nothing but Nets Virtual Reality, Souktel, Bridge, Junub Games and others.
Food trucks, day-long soccer workshops and a storytelling tent for all ages will also be available in the area.
“Refugees add so much to our society. Help us break the status quo and change the narrative. By lifting up the unique talents, stories and contributions of refugees and all displaced people. Join the celebration. Create empathy. Become an ally. Be the movement,” the One Journey Festival website says.
The free event will be held rain or shine, and you can find more information on www.onejourneyfestival.com.
It is also noted that the festival is 100 percent volunteer-run, and all the contributions go towards organizing the next One Journey Festival.