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June 29, 2019

11 am – 6 pm


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Pihcintu Multicultural

Welcoming immigrant children from around the globe, The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorushelps restart young lives. War-torn villages, bloodshed, refugee camps, famine, and political turmoil were devastating realities for many of these young singers before being embraced by the warmth, companionship and harmony that Pihcintu provides.


Abraham Mwinda and the Tributary Project

Abraham Mwinda is a Congolese born, Kenyan raised singer, songwriter and rapper from Lexington, KY, United States.
Abraham began writing songs at the age of seven and performing them publicly at 15. Writing and singing were ways he could express his thoughts more easily, which gave him the motivation to continue developing this passion.


Jorge Glem and Cesar Orozco

In-demand artists, César Orozco (piano) and Joge Glem (Venezuelan cuatro) will perform as a duo at this year’s festival, combining Latin folk, pop, and jazz sounds. Glem has been described as the greatest living master of the infectiously rhythmic fourstring Venezuelan cuatro. The New York Music Daily said of a recent show, "Glem's performance at Lincoln Center, reaffirmed his status as one of the most individualistically talented players in any style of music around the world". With respect to Orzco, according to Cuban legendary saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, “[He] manages to make the best combination between Cuban, Jazz and Venezuelan music I ever heard”.


Batala DC

Batalá Washington is an all-women Afro-Brazilian band that plays Samba-Reggae rhythms. Batalá Washington's mission is to empower women through drumming and expose people to Brazil’s dynamic Afro­ Bahian culture and Samba ­Reggae music.



Hailing from Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, India, and the Washington D.C. area, Leftist integrates worldly sounds, storytelling, and great vibes into a Hip-Hop Performance. The band consists of singer Nurideen, percussionist Ebadullah, guitarist Mark, base Guitarist Kwame, and drummer Bryant. Leftist has performed all throughout the United States including prestigious locals venues such as Byrd Stadium, The Howard Theater, and the Kennedy Center.


Tributary Project

The Tributary Project celebrates the connections formed from through music, adding textures and flows from around the earth.

Featuring Jaja (vox), Joseck (percussion), Meera (flute), and Rob (guitar) – along with special guests – the band evokes sounds, rhythms, and voices from its diverse origins, including the Congo, Kenya, Mali, India, and the island of Brooklyn.



Leila Mire Dance

Leila Mire began dancing at Dancer’s Studio in Knoxville, TN as a required measure for her diagnosed disability. What began as a mandated activity eventually became her vocation. At the age of twelve, she auditioned and was accepted into the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble under the direction of Irena Linn. She trained in ballet, modern, jazz, dance history, kung fu, tai chi, and many different cultural forms. She had the privilege of performing works by notable choreographers like Randy Duncan, Michael Mao, Rejina Klenjoski, and Claire Bataille.


Sokeo Ros

Sokeo was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, arriving in the United States at the age of three. As a sophomore in high school, he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group. In 1998, Sokeo joined Everett as a creator and performer and has taught many master classes in universities throughout his touring experience. He has been in three touring pieces and is currently working on the fourth piece with Everett called “Freedom Project”.


Maru Montero

The Maru Montero Dance Company, founded by former Ballet Folklorico de Mexico lead dancer Maru Montero in 1992, is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting the joy and beauty of Latin culture in the United States. From humble beginnings in church basements and school gymnasiums, the Company has grown into the premier Latin dance company in the Washington, D.C. area. Although its roots are in Mexican folk dance, the company also performs modern Latin dance, including mambo, cha cha, and salsa as well as dances from many other Latin American and the Caribbean countries.


Hussein SMKO

Hussein Smko is a 25-year old Iraqi of Arab/Kurdish roots. A self-trained dancer/choreographer whose talent was spotted by Battery Dance over social media in the summer of 2014, he was subsequently trained via Skype from his home in Iraq connected with Battery Dance practitioners in their studios in New York City. He managed to get to the U.S. in early 2016 and was granted Permanent Resident Status. He began his residency with Battery Dance as the first recipient of the Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge in January of 2017.


Cheick Hamala

Cheick Hamala Diabate is a musician from Mali, West Africa who has been nominated for a Grammy award. Using Adelphi, Maryland as his home he travels all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the United States Senate, and the Smithsonian Institution. Cheick Hamala was born into a griot family in Kita, Mali. From a young age he learned to play the ngoni, a stringed instrument related to the American banjo. In addition, Cheick has learned the history of Mali passed down for over 800 years. Cheick has performed internationally.




Wendy chan

Founder - Wendy is the co-founder of NOVA Friends of Refugees, a grassroots coalition dedicated to helping and welcoming refugees. Wendy immigrated to the US from China when she was twelve years old. Her humble, blue-collar immigrant background helped her appreciate the courage and tenacity of the refugees and see the talents they could bring to America. Wendy leads the 600-member coalition in helping refugees through advocacy, social services, and community engagement.


Vanda Berginer

Founder - Vanda immigrated to Germany in 1991 as a civil war refugee from Croatia, former Yugoslavia. In Germany, Vanda served as the spokesperson for immigrant and refugee policy for a major German political party in Frankfurt/ Main and the Executive Director for the Organization Against Sexual and Racist Exploitation. Currently, Vanda leads strategic partnership effort to influence public perception of refugees in positive/celebratory way, identify innovative partnership solutions for humanitarian responses, and develop long-term strategy to increase public understanding of the global displacement crisis.


Imam mohamad majid

Interfaith Voices - Imam Mohamed Magid is the Executive Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is the Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also the Chairman of Muflehun, a think tank which focuses on confronting violent extremist thought. Imam Magid has a long history of commitment to public service through organizations, such as The Peaceful Families Project.


Rev. Canon L. Hamlin

Interfaith Voices - The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. began his tenure at the Washington National Cathedral in April 2018. In his role as Canon Missioner, Dr. Hamlin oversees the Cathedral’s outreach and social justice initiatives, including gun violence prevention and racial justice and reconciliation. In particular, Dr. Hamlin assists in the building of partnerships and the equipping of the Cathedral community and the congregation to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in the world.


Dr. Sovan Tun

Interfaith Voices - Dr. Sovan Tun is presently working at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency in charge of investigating discrimination in employment. Previously, he has worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the American Chemical Society, and at the University of Maryland. Before he left Cambodia, he was a member of the National Economic Advisory Council of President Lon Nol of Khmer Republic.


isra chaker

Isra Chaker is a civil rights activist, campaigns and advocacy expert, and public speaker. She serves as the Refugee, Migration and Protection Campaign Lead at one of the leading international NGOs in the world, Oxfam; where she uses her campaigns expertise in managing this campaign that advocates for vulnerable people such as refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protected status (TPS) holders; and opposes discriminatory policies such as the Muslim Bans.


Emi Mahmound

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador - Mahmoud continuously advocates for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities the world over through her poetry, and incredible experience.

In 2017, she hosted the first fully inclusive civilian peace talks across Sudan as part of her One Girl Walk and Dreams for Peace Initiative. In 2018, she completed an unprecedented 1000km (620mile) walk in 30 days from Darfur to Khartoum, mobilizing thousands of people along the way.


salma hasan ali

Salma is a writer, storyteller, blogger, and non-profit leader. Her passion is to share people's stories, as a way to help build bridges, promote understanding, and inspire and motivate. Her own personal essay, "Pakistan on the Potomac", about how her family came to America from Pakistan, is published in the Washingtonian. She has published articles and op-eds in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The Washington Post, MORE magazine, and The Islamic Monthly, and is currently working on a book on inspiring Muslims. She is also Vice President and CIO - Chief Inspiration Officer (a title she loves!) - of MoverMoms, an NGO that promotes community service.


karagoz Shadow theatre

Karagöz Everywhere Project is a proud initiative of Turkish American Arts Society of New York (TAASNY) that started in 2016 with the vision of expanding the scope and horizon of traditional Turkish Shadow Theatre nationally and internationally; hence “Karagöz Everywhere”. Our mission is simple: to introduce and engage as many people as we can with Karagöz, and spread the magical experience of the “dream curtain” to audiences from all around the world.


jay abdo

Actor - Actor Jay Abdo was a huge star in the Middle East, with movie and TV roles that made him a household name. He couldn’t walk down the street in Damascus without attracting a crowd. So maybe it’s not entirely surprising that now he’s making movies with Tom Hanks and Nicole Kidman. What is shocking is that, like hundreds of thousands of Syrians trying to flee the oppression of President Bashar al Assad and the terror of Isis, he’s a refugee.

Jim Schleckser

Event MC - Jim helps leaders grow companies. He specializes in the issues that fast growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. Jim and his team at the Inc. CEO Project work with over 100 CEOs of high growth companies to identify and obliterate the things that stand between them and continued organizational success.




Nothing but netS

Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. In 2006, sports columnist Rick Reilly wrote a column in Sports Illustrated challenging each of his readers to donate at least $10 to send insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes.


Plan Your Visit



One Journey Festival isn’t your average festival – we’re expecting 3,000+ attendees throughout the day. We will have a main stage where talks and performances will take place. Tents and other festival activities will take place around the Lawn. Check out our Festival map to learn more!


Driving Directions

From downtown Washington

  • Take Massachusetts Avenue north to Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right onto Wisconsin Avenue. The Cathedral is on your immediate right.

From Maryland and the north

  • Take I-95 to I-495 west, the Capital Beltway. Exit south on Wisconsin Avenue. The Cathedral is approximately 6 1/2 miles on your left.

From Virginia and the south

  • Take I-495 over the American Legion Bridge into Maryland and take the Wisconsin Avenue/Bethesda exit. The Cathedral is approximately 6 1/2 miles on your left.

From Virginia and the south (alternative)

Take the Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial, bearing right onto Rock Creek Parkway. (Note: Rock Creek Parkway is one way south bound during morning rush hour; buses cannot exit on Massachusetts Avenue.) Follow Rock Creek Parkway to Massachusetts Avenue, turning left onto Massachusetts Avenue. Then follow directions “From downtown” as above.

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Washington Metro

From Tenleytown

  • Take the Metro Red Line to the Tenleytown/AU station. Exit on the west side of Wisconsin Avenue. Take any 30 series bus (30N, 30S, 31, or 33) going south on Wisconsin Avenue. Ride approximately 1 1/2 miles until you reach Woodley Road; the Cathedral is on your left. (This is a downhill walk, if you prefer to walk.)

From Dupont Circle

  • Take the N2, N3, N4, or N6 bus until you reach the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues. Walk north on Wisconsin 1/2 block to the Cathedral.

From Woodley Park

  • Take a 96 or X3 bus toward Tenleytown. Get off the bus at the corner of Woodley Road and Wisconsin Avenue. The Cathedral is on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue.

  • For more information on Metro, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website at


We recommend parking in the Cathedral’s underground parking garage. There is very limited parking on the Cathedral grounds and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Underground Parking Garage

  • Entrance: Enter via Wisconsin Avenue, at the traffic signal just south of Woodley Road.

  • Garage Hours: 6 am to 11 pm.

  • Maximum height: 7’ 6” including rooftop accessories. No trailers or RVs are permitted in the garage or on the grounds.

  • Handicap parking spaces: located on each level of the garage near the elevators.

  • Security office: located on level B1 of the garage next to the Wisconsin Avenue entrance.

  • Pay station machines: located by the elevator lobbies on the B1 and B2 levels and also at the Wisconsin Avenue exit. Pay machines accept cash or credit cards. Credit cards or small denomination bills preferred. Change is issued in coins.

Parking Garage Rates

During selected Cathedral events, special rates may apply.

Saturday: 6 am – 11 pm                                                             $9 flat rate

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