Speakers Table

Christmas In Venice

December 23, 2019

Written by Guest Contributor, Marcos Galvany


Christmas is always a time for reflection, togetherness, family, and friends, but for those who have lost someone very close to them, it’s also a time for re-opening wounds and for embracing those losses. 

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

Many composers, writers, and artists come here to create, to be inspired, to be moved. There’s something about being surrounded by timeless works of art, magnificent architecture, and breathtaking beauty that heals us and inspires our creativity.

Composing in Palazzo Marin (Photo by: Jose Solis Betancourt) Composing in Palazzo Marin

Being a composer, I decided to come to Venice for a month during the Christmas season to create a new work called “Life,” in memory of my close friend Teresa.

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

This enchanted city stimulates my senses in a way that opens my heart to another dimension. If there’s a place in the world that knows a lot about Life, it’s this vibrant city.

Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute

During Christmas time, Venice dresses up with lights and decorations, and when the frequent Aqua Alta (the high tide) comes flooding the streets and the piazzas, this changing city becomes a mirror reflecting the lights over the water in the most surreal way.

Aqua Alta at San Marcos Square before sunrise. (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Aqua Alta at San Marcos Square before sunrise.

The contrast between the lights and the darkness of the canals embraces, and the inconvenience and discomfort that the floods bring to the locals create an incredible spectacle of beauty and magic.   

Santa Maria Della Salute. (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Santa Maria Della Salute.

Aqua Alta. View of San Giorgio Maggiore from San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Aqua Alta. View of San Giorgio Maggiore from San Marcos Square

Photographing Venice (Photo by: Jose Solis Betancourt) Photographing Venice

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

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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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