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Media Advisory

June 2, 2018, 11am-6pm| On the grounds of Washington National Cathedral  
One Journey Festival – the first national celebration of refugee talents, stories, and contributions

 Washington DC, May 3, 2018 - One Journey announces the first national celebration of the many talents, stories, and contributions of refugees. This free, day-long festival will connect people from all backgrounds – through food, fashion, music, art, and dance provided by refugee and immigrant performers, chefs, and artists.

“On June 2nd, the coolest place to be in Washington, DC will be on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral at the One Journey Festival. In addition to music, dance, great food, and good times, this is the place to engage with our neighbors from refugee communities, make friends, and experience the many contributions this vibrant population brings to America.” – Co-Founder: Wendy Chan

Among the day’s highlights, Chef Jose Andres and a refugee chef will discuss the importance of food and culture. Actor, model, and UN spokesperson Ger Duany will recount his story as one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. The celebrated Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Chorus will perform a song written especially for the Festival. Refugee and immigrant music and dance groups will perform. Kid’s Corner features henna, make-a-kite, calligraphy lessons taught by refugee families and more. The “global marketplace” offers wares and creations from the original home countries of refugees.

Technology will bring the world to Festival visitors. Shared Studios immersive video experience will engage attendees with refugees living in overseas camps and host countries. Amnesty International is hosting virtual reality experiences with a Rohingya refugee.

“We are shaping the narrative about refugees in the U.S. by shining a light on the positive difference newcomers are making in their communities, a perspective that is too often overlooked. Our hope? To spark a global movement that makes all refugees feel welcome and all people welcoming friends.”

– Co-Founder: Vanda Berninger

WHO: Refugee performers, chefs, and artisans; celebrities (Jose Andres, Ger Duany, more)
WHAT: Music, food, fashion, art, dance, brief speakers
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 immersive environment, Kid’s Corner, 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. Major sponsors include Accenture, Marymount University, Mars, Oxfam, USA for UNHCR, APCO Worldwide, Refugees International, Episcopal Migration Ministry, and others. 

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!


Jocelyn Ueng, Communications & Marketing