One Journey Festival Frequently Asked Questions Guide

  • What is the One Journey Festival about?

An all-day festival – Saturday, June 2, 2018 on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral – the first national celebration of the courage, talents, stories, and contributions of refugees. It will connect participants through the shared languages of humanity, showcasing food, fashion, music, art, and dance from the countries that today’s refugees originally called home. Our hope is to reach a broad American audience, inspire them to think differently about this vibrant population and to take action to create more welcoming communities.

One Journey was founded in 2017 by two American immigrants who wanted to share with others the positive, welcoming reception they received as newcomers. Driven by grassroots volunteers, our team is a made up of nonprofit gurus, industry stalwarts, and local DCists, many of whom are refugees. One Journey's aim is to change the narrative about refugees in America - not by simply arguing against the negative stigmas placed on refugees, but by showcasing the many ways our new neighbors add to our culture and communities. This positive approach is the most powerful counter to the voices of fear and rejection.

  • Why now?

    • 65+ million people are globally displaced; more than half of those are children under the age 18. We cannot escape the global refugee problem and the wrong responses will exacerbate it
      “It’s not a refugee problem.  It’s a human crisis.” - Ai Wei Wei
    • Narratives matter and influence action – so we’re creating awareness about the global refugee crisis, and shifting the story to one of social and economic advantage
    • Connection and understanding matter – without them, we won’t care or engage to help solve this crisis
    • People feel overwhelmed by the crisis – and we’re facilitating pathways towards engagement
  • What are One Journey’s objectives?

    • To awaken a sleeping giant: America’s big heart for refugees. We are launching a national movement for compassion and empathy that will inspire all to turn their faces and hearts to this refugee crisis.

    • To counter the nativist backlash and public rhetoric that threaten refugee support. One Journey is shifting the narrative about refugees by celebrating their courage, stories, talents, and remarkable contributions.

    • To spread our message: refugees benefit our society. Helping refugees is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do!

  • And the Festival’s objectives?

Through the first ever One Journey Festival, attendees will:

  1. Learn more about the refugee crisis and the challenges refugees face on their journeys to security, freedom, and better lives
  2. Meet and hear stories from refugees living in our communities and at camps
  3. Connect with NGOs working to support refugees domestically and abroad and learn about opportunities to get engaged
  • When and where is the Festival?

Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11:00 am to 6:00pm, on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. 

  • How would you paint the One Journey Festival experience?

Our Festival will feature celebrity speakers & humanitarians, refugee musicians & dancers, an international marketplace, ethnic food trucks from the DMV area, a take action booth, a Next Gen tent for children engagement w/ arts & crafts and storytelling, and immersive/VR technologies. Performances, cultural engagement and storytelling throughout the day will...

  1. Help create connections to our new neighbors
  2. Instill understanding about refugees’ truly human nature
  3. Inspire action to create welcoming communities
  • Can you tell me more about the Festival program?

    • Music & Dance: Live performances by refugee and immigrant musicians and dancers.

    • Dance Studios: Dance workshops & lessons by our performing artists, and a surprise treat to end the day.

    • Cooking: Live cooking demo with Jose Andres + a local refugee chef, sharing stories to create awareness and empathy

    • Ethnic Food: Full lineup of affordable, ethnic foods to support local immigrant / refugee chefs & entrepreneurs

    • Art: Mural creation by Marymount University entitled Status Undetermined. This mural is a project about Camp Zaatari, a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which will be temporarily installed on the festival grounds. Also featured is a photo exhibit on the activities of Syrian Refugee Youth in Turkey, hosted by The Big Picture -  a forum exploring international affairs through arts & culture

    • Technology: Immersive audiovisual experience x Shared Studios to connect festival goers with refugees in Iraq, Rwanda, and Mexico. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face  and can chat with someone in a distance Portal live and full-body, as if you’re in the same room! Also featuring a 360-virtual reality experience x Amnesty International and UN Foundation’s Nothing but Net

    • World Marketplace: Featuring local refugee artisans & business owners to showcase their artistic talents and creative perspectives

    • Next Gen tent: A dedicated tent for children engagement with multi-language calligraphy, welcome card making, storytelling, kite making and more

    • Take Action booth: Immerse yourself in the community by engaging with orgs helping refugees. Stop by the booth to learn how YOU can take action and drive change.
  • Who’s confirmed?

See our full lineup of speakers and performers in our Festival page

  • How many people will be at the festival?

We anticipate 3,000+ attendees throughout the day

  • Who’s organizing this?

    • One Journey was conceived by two American immigrants – one a former refugee – who want to share their positive, welcoming experiences as newcomers with others
    • Our team is a made up of nonprofit gurus, industry stalwarts and local DCists, many of whom are refugees themselves. We all proudly state #WithRefugees. Our volunteers will provide the necessary administration, fundraising, programming, communications and logistics support for the first ever One Journey Festival.

  • What happens if it rains?

The 2018 One Journey Festival will happen rain or shine.

  • Where can I park/How can I get there?

You’ll find all parking instructions and directions to the Washington National Cathedral on the Festival page.

  • What am I allowed to bring to the festival?

NO Air Horns

NO Audio Recording Devices

NO Bicycles, Skates, Scooters, Skateboards or Hoverboards

NO Drones or Remote Control Aircraft, Cars or Toys

NO Fireworks or other explosives

NO Knives, weapons, guns, or sharp objects

NO Flags or totem poles

NO Heavy media equipment, unless otherwise registered with a press pass

NO Flyers, samples, giveaways or promotional items

YES Picnic blankets or beach towels

YES Cameras (non-pro digital and film); GoPros

YES Mobile phones and portable chargers

YES Sunglasses, hats, and sunblock

YES Baby strollers

YES Personal size backpacks

YES Reusable waterbottles/canteens

YES Smiles

  • I'm a member of the media - Can I cover the event/do I need a press pass?

We invite all members of the press to cover the festival. Please contact us at to submit a request for press access.

  • How can I share this event on Social Media?

Follow, @ mention, post, tag and tweet about the One Journey Festival to spark awareness and drive attendance to the free festival. Be sure to include our OFFICIAL hashtag #1Journey in all your posts!

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  • Is this event family & kid-friendly?

Yes! One Journey Festival is open to all ages. We have activities all day for children and youth in our Next Gen tent.

  • I’m interested in Partnering/Sponsoring. What might that bring?

    • Participation in the first-of-its-kind event
    • Brand awareness and opportunity to collaborate with celebrities & peer organizations

    • Brand exposure to 3,000+ festivals goers, and tens and thousands more via social media engagement

    • Contribution to a cause that is deeply American, and responsible for humanity

  • Who are the One Journey Festival Sponsors and Partners?

Find our full list of 2018 One Journey Festival sponsors and partners here

  • How will the money raised for the festival be used? Where will the funds go?

All proceeds raised for the One Journey Festival will be applied to fund programming for the festival. Donation administration is being handled by Global Impact, which will continue planning and running future festivals.

  • Where can I make a donation?

All electronic donations to the One Journey Festival can be made on the One Journey Festival Crowdrise page here

All personal checks can be made out to:
Global Impact
1199 N. Fairfax Suite, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

**Please include One Journey in the memo line

  • Will this festival be a one and done event or will there be others?

Our goal is to start a compassionate and welcoming movement that acknowledges the vitality and potential of refugees to our American community. The DC festival will continue to be held every year after our inaugural launch – and we hope to expand it to other cities across the US and beyond.

  • How can I get involved?

We’d love to have your help – either in the lead up to the Festival or at the Festival. Sign up now in our volunteer form or visit our Join Us page to learn more.