Whether you are a proud DC resident, or a visiting inquirer, or someone whose plane was delayed – make it a few day stay in the capital of the country by “blaming” it all on the delayed flight. With more than 170 foreign embassies in town, every month D.C. offers quite a wide array of international events to choose from. This might be a closest substitution to visiting a foreign country.
These events are authentic. They are fun. And you get to meet people who work hard to make the international scene in DC interesting and involving. They offer a glimpse into the people who live and work in DC as you meet young people, families and old couples who come to celebrate foreign cultures with you.
April 3, 2009
Treasures of Russian Art: Visual Tour of Summer Palaces in St. Petersburg
A night of journey to St. Petersburg to discover the Hermitage and Mikhailovsky Palace as you share visual experience among many internationally-minded professionals in town including Russians in the community. Start your weekend with a Friday night at a warm and friendly reception with Russian spirits and hors d'oeuvres and a jazz performance by Rafael Javadov.
(Rembrandt van Rijn (1606/07-1699), The return of the prodigal son, ca. 1668St. Petersburg. Hermitage)
During the evening Dr. Thomas Berry, a Professor from Johns Hopkins University, will take you on fascinating journey of discovery to the Hermitage and magnificent summer palaces in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visit the official site for Hermitage here.
April 5, 2009
International Club of DC invites everyone who is interested in a culinary journey to India.
Indian Cooking Class followed by lunch at one of the most celebrated Indian restaurants in town.
Learn about exotic spices and discover how easy it is to prepare an Indian meal at your own home. The culinary experts of Indian cuisine will show you how to make a complete Indian meal including dessert.
April 15, 2009
Two to Tango: An Evening in Buenos Aires - Argentine Tango Lessons and Latin dance party.
This is not the first time "An Evening in Buenos Aires" was organized in DC. The Argentine Tango is known around the world as one of the most romantic and passionate dances of all time, and this is a rare opportunity to learn how to dance Argentine tango from an expert instructor. Following the tango lessons, MezeTango dancers will offer you a special show, high in color and elegance, commemorating the glamorous years of the 1930s. Later in the night, you’ll dance the night away to a great mix of tango and Latin music.
April 21, 2009
French Embassy Classical Concert and French Wine Reception: An Evening with Debussy, Ravel, and Franck, followed the next day, April 22, by French Embassy Ballroom Dance Lesson Soiree with French Wine. Visit French embassy here.
May 8, 2009
A Taste of Poland. Embassy of Poland Dinner Reception and Classical Concert with violinist Kinga Augustyn: A Celebration of Cuisine, Culture, Art and Music.
The International Club of DC, with the cooperation of the Embassy of Poland, offers a wonderful opportunity to discover Poland through all your senses. The evening begins with a short presentation about Poland that offers a bird’s eye view of Poland as well as Polish culture, geography, trade, and tourism. Afterwards sit back and relax to a delightful violin performance by Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn. After the concert you will be invited to feast on a buffet of traditional Polish delicacies prepared by the embassy chef along with wine and Polish spirits served at the open bar. The evening also provides you with the opportunity to meet diplomatic personnel at the embassy as well as International Club of DC members in attendance. Check out Embassy of Poland here.
Visit the International Club of DC’s events calendar, and choose an international event that attracts and interests you the most, many to choose from.
But this is not all that is happening in the American capitol. The National Geographic’s headquarters are among the most active educational organizations in the city. Every day, every month – there are multiple events to choose from (from various historic, cultural, environmental and art exhibitions to International documentary film series.) For more events at the National Geographic visit here.
One of this and next month’s events is “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul” exhibition open through May 17.
In the summer of 2003, Afghanistan announced the discovery of several museum boxes in the presidential bank vault in Kabul. Inside these boxes were priceless artifacts rescued after being hidden 14 years earlier by National Museum workers during the chaos of civil war.
"Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum" arrives in the United States in May 2008 for a 15-month stay, beginning at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Check the schedule for future dates and an exhibition location near you.
If you also happen to be in Houston, TX, you can catch this exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art from now through May 17, 2009.
And if you are not into archives, archeology, and such, there are other international cultural events to choose from, such as: All Roads Film Project.
April 4, 2009
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The All Roads Film Project is a program of the National Geographic Society that supports minority and indigenous culture storytellers through the lens of film and photography. In addition to providing a platform of distribution through the All Roads Film Festival, the project also supports filmmakers through seed grants.
Among the films for children and adults presented on April 4 are films from India, Canada, and USA.
And to plan your trip around the city, nothing is as easy as to be in the city so ground and underground transportation friendly. Go to Metro Trip Planner to plan your trip by metro, bus and foot.