Art . Fashion. Food. Music/Dance .

 

An all-day festival held on the front lawn of the Washington National Cathedral in the District of Columbia. It will connect participants through the shared languages of humanity: art, fashion, food, music & dance from the countries that today’s refugees originally called home. Celebrities will perform with refugee chefs, musicians, and fashion designers. Our key message is that refugees are vital to our society. 

This will be an annual festival with the aim of creating pop-up festivals across the country with the same key message. We want you to be part of it. 

 

 

 

Why now?

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We live amidst the largest refugee crisis in history. More than 65 million people have been displaced from their homes and 22 million mothers, fathers, children, and neighbors have fled to other countries to escape war and persecution. Each has a unique story to tell, but all are on one journey – to find hope, peace and prosperity for themselves and their families.  

These stories of resilience have struggled to resonate amidst a nativist backlash - in the U.S. and elsewhere - that seeks to close borders, limit resettlement, and portray refugees as security threats and economic burdens. The One Journey Festival encourages citizens to listen to these stories, seek understanding, and build compassion.  Be part of this journey.

Be part of the Journey

June . 2 . 2018 from 11 am - 6 pm at the Washington National Cathedral in the heart of DC

 
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Our Team

The One Journey Festival was created by two American immigrants - one a former refugee - who want to share their positive, welcoming experiences as newcomers with others. Grassroots volunteers across the metro region from the business, non-profit, academic, multi-lateral community are powering the necessary administration, fundraising, programming, communications, and logistics support for our festival and for what we hope will become an enduring movement.

 
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Wendy chan, Co-chair

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. 

 
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Vanda Berninger, co-chair

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. 

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molly bAUCH, Grassroots Fundraising Lead

 

“This festival is as much about the people and cultures we’re celebrating as it is about the people and culture we want to be. Innovative, resilient, fiercely committed to freedom and pursuit of better lives – we see ourselves in that light – and in those who had the grit to find refuge here.”

 

 
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Kenneth Speicher, EVENTS Lead 

"There are so many amazing stories about the positive contributions refugees are making. The 1 Journey Festival will put a national spotlight on them, and I am thrilled to be a part of it."  

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AIDA MURAD, Communications & Marketing Lead

"We all go through struggles and I believe we all deserve a second chance. I've been blessed with my second chance and aim to do whatever I can to facilitate someone else's second chance."

 
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Maggie miller, marketplace Lead & Volunteer Coordinator

"From my hometown of Seattle, to camps in Greece, to here in DC, I've seen firsthand the incredible courage and culture that migrants contribute and am so excited to be a part of celebrating these triumphs in our local community."

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    Julia Duncan, lOGISTICS Lead

    “All of our families, at one point in time, were immigrants to America. That’s what makes the promise of our country so inspiring and welcoming. This festival will celebrate our diversity and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

     
     

    In addition we have an incredible list of super volunteers including:

    • Ahmad Beetar 
    • Alanna Heyer
    • Bianca Malhotra
    • Chloe Stargel
    • Cyndie Cota
    • Dahlia Mansour 
    • Daniela Solórzano
    • Debra Dunn
    • Feras Nabulsi
    • Hager Eldaas
    • Hans Hogrefe
    • Jocelyn Ueng

     

    • Marcelle Pena
    • Meera Chakravarthy
    • Norma Kacen
    • Rami Rihani
    • Ryan Tencic
    • Sarah Robinson 
    • Sayed Khalid 
    • Tala Kattan
    • Tess Hetzel
    • Tijana Kapetanovic
    • Victoria Flamant
     

    Advisory Committee

      Ahmad Ashkar    Founder and CEO of Hult Prize Foundation; Entrepreneur of the Year Esquire magazine; Advisory Board of UNDP

    Ahmad Ashkar

    Founder and CEO of Hult Prize Foundation; Entrepreneur of the Year Esquire magazine; Advisory Board of UNDP

      Shamim Jawad    Founder/ President of Ayenda Foundation and Board member of US-Afghan Women’s Council

    Shamim Jawad

    Founder/ President of Ayenda Foundation and Board member of US-Afghan Women’s Council

      Mary Kostel   Special Counsel to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

    Mary Kostel

    Special Counsel to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

      Marty Rodgers   Managing Director Metro Washington, D.C. Office and Southeast Health & Public Service at Accenture

    Marty Rodgers

    Managing Director Metro Washington, D.C. Office and Southeast Health & Public Service at Accenture

      Lynn Taliento    Senior Strategist at the Obama Foundation and Partner at McKinsey & Company

    Lynn Taliento

    Senior Strategist at the Obama Foundation and Partner at McKinsey & Company

      Diane Willkens    President and CEO of Development Finance International, Inc.

    Diane Willkens

    President and CEO of Development Finance International, Inc.