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REACH Opening Festival at Kennedy Center

August 29, 2019

Marking the first expansion at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in its 48-year history, the REACH welcomes the public with an inclusive, multi-genre, multidisciplinary Opening Festival on September 7–22. 

Aerial rendering of REACH (Photo by: kennedy-center.org) Aerial rendering of REACH

The REACH represents the future of the arts, celebrating their essential role in American life and their unique ability to break down barriers, bringing people and communities together. Designed by preeminent architect Steven Holl as a home for non-traditional programming with an emphasis on active participation and access, the open, informal spaces of the new expansion draw visitors directly into the creative process and inspire new connections and collaborations between creators of multiple genres and disciplines. 

Steven Holl (Photo by: Courtesy Mark Heithoff) Steven Holl

The REACH Opening Festival features themed days with programs ranging from master classes and workshops to participatory performances, interactive installations, hands-on learning activities, DJ sets and dance parties. 

Skylight Pavilion (Photo by: Courtesy Jonathan Morefield) Skylight Pavilion

Local and national headliners include Arrested Development, De La Soul, Kronos Quartet, Roomful of Teeth,The Second City, Thievery Corporation, Debbie Allen, Yalitza Aparicio, Bootsy Collins, Renée Fleming, Judah Friedlander, Robert Glasper, Angélique Kidjo, Alan Menken, Tiler Peck, Carrie Mae Weems, Mo Willems, and Dan Zanes, many of whom will connect with audiences not only through performance but also through residencies and workshops for the creative spirit in us all.

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Sweden on the Screen in August

July 25, 2019

Swedish Film Studios celebrates 100 years of filmmaking in Sweden. House of Sweden will celebrate this anniversary by showing a small series of classic Swedish silent films from the 1920’s. Please note that all films are at 2:00 pm on the dates below and are recommended for attendees15 years and older.


Admission is free.

Register here.


Erotikon (1920) 8/11

The Phantom Carriage (1920) 8/18

The Legend Of Gösta Berling (1924) 8/25


House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown.



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A Gastronomic Tour de France July 12

June 24, 2019

Warm up for a gastronomic Tour de France at the Embassy of France on Friday, July 12, 2019. Follow the gourmet steps of the mythic bicycle race - starting in Brussels, Belgium and ending in Paris, France. Purchase tickets here.


Join the peloton to France from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm by tasting a selection from the best local chefs, participating in our silent auction filled with wonderful items, and sipping a glass of wine in the patio while listening to live music.


Here are the first participating restaurants of this edition: 2941 Restaurant, Amore Trade, Bastille Restaurant, Brabo Brasserie, Breakthru Beverages, Bridor, Convivial, Cuisine Solutions, Esprit du Vin, Härth Restaurant at Hilton Mc Lean, La Côte d’Or, Lebanese Taverna, Mirabelle, Ottoman Taverna, Pregel, Ris Restaurant, Ronald Regan International Trade Center, Silver Spoon, Opaline at the Sofitel, Sera Wine, St Michel Biscuit, Stratford University, ViniFrance... and more to come


VIP tickets include an exclusive access at 6:30PM to the reception, private piano concert, free valet parking, meet & greet with the chef, as well as a tote bag customized for the event.


Open Bar until 10:00 pm, then cash bar.


Dress Code: Cocktail Attire


Concert: The amazing Avalon Jazz Band will be perfoming live at - their gypsy jazz sounds and French songs will transport you to France! It will be followed by a DJ set by Christophe Monot.

During the event, you will be able to bid on our amazing items from their online and silent auctions.

Bring back home a souvenir of the event with a beautiful tote bag made specially for the event (you can order them when you check out on eventbrite!)

Bastille Day is the annual fundraiser for the Comité Tricolore. All proceeds from this evening will help sustain its charitable mission throughout the year.

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