Media Advisory

June 2, 2018, 11am-6pm | On the grounds of Washington National Cathedral  One Journey Festival announces multi-cultural lineup of performers, chefs, artists

Washington DC, May 25, 2018 - One Journey has announced the program lineup for its June 2nd festival. The free, day-long festival celebrates refugee talents, stories, and contributions through food, music, art, and dance - provided by refugee and immigrant performers, chefs, and artists.

 “We have put together a superb lineup of storytellers, performers, artists, chefs, conversation starters, virtual reality experiences children’s activities, and an amazing high-tech portal for live (and life-size!) conversations with refugees in overseas camps and host countries.  – Co-Founder: Wendy Chan

Among the day’s highlights, 
Chef Jose Andres and a refugee chef will collaborate on a cooking show as they discuss the connections among food, culture, and meeting human needs. Actor, model, and UN spokesperson Ger Duany will recount his story as one of the “lost boys” of Sudan and how he has taken action to assist aid efforts for refugees.

Music groups include: singer/songwriter and former refugee from Kenya Abraham Mwinda,  Iranian singer/songwriter Kamyar Asani, Rimi Basu and the Sufi Music Experience, and acoustic guitarist, singer and Congolese refugee Jaja Bashangazi. Two music groups will introduce new songs written especially for the Festival: the celebrated Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus, which uses music to help restart young lives, and Leftist, a hip-hop band with members from Afghanistan, Cote d’Ivore, India, and metro Washington, DC.

Dance groups and instructors at the Festival include: Mexican folk dance group Bailes de Mi Tierrra, local Middle Eastern dance collective Raqs El Hob, Sahara Dance - Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, Terre Dance Collective, Nepalese dance from Utpalasia, and the Virginia School of Bhangra.

Technology will bring the world to Festival goers. Shared Studios’ immersive video Portals will connect them with refugees living in Iraq, Rwanda, and Mexico. The Portals bring visitors face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room. At the VR Tech Tent, Amnesty International is hosting a virtual reality experience to tell the story of a Rohingya refugee.  The UN Foundation Nothing But Nets campaign’s virtual reality experience will bring to life the story of a little girl living in an African refugee camp.

Children and youth can learn how to speak and write basic phrases in a refugee language, write their names in a new language, build kites, create art, and make welcome cards for new refugee children in the U.S., and more. At the “World Marketplace” vendors will offer food, art, crafts and products connected with the home countries of refugees. Many of the vendors are nonprofits that assist refugees and promote sustainability.

“Throughout the day, attendees will meet refugees and their families from around the world and learn ways to get involved globally and locally. By bringing people together, our aim is to celebrate our diversity, build empathy, and encourage the support need to bring change.” – Co-Founder: Vanda Berninger

WHO: Refugee performers, chefs, and artisans; celebrities (Jose Andres, Ger Duany)

WHAT: Music, food, art, dance, brief speakers, virtual reality,  

WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11am – 6pm

WHERE: Grounds of the Washington National Cathedral

VISUALS: Main stage, music and dance groups, crowds (all ages), colorful attire/fashions, arts and crafts, digital VT and live video environments, youth activities, use of technology, cathedral exteriors

One Journey, supported by NOVA Friends of Refugees, leads a coalition of private and public organizations that are producing the event. The One Journey Festival is possible because of the generous support of our sponsors, which include HSBC, Accenture, Allianz, APCO Worldwide, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Falafel, Inc., GlobalWorks Foundation, Marymount University, Mars, Oxfam, Refugees International, Saint George’s Episcopal Church, Squire Patton Boggs, UNICEF USA, Boston Consulting Group, and USA for UNHCR.

Our gratitude also goes out for the resources, time and support contributed by our Partners: Amnesty International, Ayenda Foundation, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Fifth Tribe, Humanity Helping Sudan Project, Jose Andres Think Food Group, KindWorks, MeWeSyria, Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, NooshTube, Nothing But Nets, United Nations Foundation, Open City, Peace Corps Community for Refugees, Syrian Community Network, Washington National Cathedral, Catholic Charities, Church World Services.

One Journey is a grassroots alliance working to shift the conversation about refugees worldwide. We counter hate and fear with compassion, connection, and celebration of the bonds that unite our human family. One Journey’s mission is to inspire people from all background and faiths to engage with each other, build empathy, and make every refugee feel welcome.

Visit our website for a complete schedule, sponsor information, and more.

We request that press wishing to attend the One Journey Festival pre-register to receive a credential. A number of performers and organizations will have press availability during the festival. To register, or receive information about press availability, please e-mail:




Jocelyn Ueng, Communications & Marketing