Join Us on

June . 2 . 2018 


Washington National Cathedral


Countdown to the first ever One Journey Festival Thank you for being part of the journey

  Many Paths, One Journey 


This journey has become a movement. And on June 2nd, the movement will find its heart and voice in Washington, D.C. at The One Journey Festival, the first of what promises to be an annual celebration of unity, resilience, and accomplishment. 


We will  Celebrate

the culture, courage and contributions of refugees through shared languages of humanity:

Art. Food. Fashion. Music. Dance


One Journey is sending the message that refugees are vital to our society. We are breaking the status quo by bringing forth their unique talents, creating empathy, and becoming enduring allies.



Mural creation by Marymount University. Photo exhibition on the activities of Syrian refugee youth in Turkey hosted by John Hopkins' The Big Picture


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Live cooking show with Chef José Andrés



Sudanese refugee turned actor / model and UNHCR Ambassador, Ger Duany shares his story and impact in addressing the refugee crisis

Music & Dance

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Live performances and workshops led by refugee & immigrant artists

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June . 2 . 2018 at the Washington National Cathedral
Washington, D.C. 

11:00AM - 6:00PM


Festival Program

Many Paths, One Journey

June 2, 2018  11:00am - 6:00 pm

Washington National Cathedral

Welcome to the One Journey Festival. We hope you are looking forward to an inspiring day of music, dance, food, art, and fun. You’ll also be taking part in the first national celebration of refugee talents, stories, and accomplishments – on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. In this beautiful venue, Festival-goers will meet refugees and their families from around the world and discover ways to get involved in assisting and advocating for refugees globally and locally. 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.

The One Journey Festival was created by two American immigrants who want to share their positive, welcoming experiences as newcomers with others. Grassroots volunteers across the metro region from business, non-profits, academia, and multi-cultural communities have worked tirelessly to make this day possible – and the first chapter of an enduring movement. The One Journey Festival will become an annual event and the spark for creating pop-up festivals across the country. We invite you to be part of it.

Art . Fashion. Food. Music/Dance .


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.

Our Mission:

To shift the narrative about refugees in America by connecting people through the shared languages of humanity: art, food, fashion, music and dance.

Our Vision:

No 1. 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.

No 2. To counter the nativist backlash and political actions that threaten refugee support.
One Journey is shifting the narrative about refugees by celebrating their courage, stories, talents, and remarkable contributions.

No 3. 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!




Why now?


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 or 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.

People feel overwhelmed by the crisis so One Journey is facilitating pathways towards engagement and empathy. We’re creating awareness about the global refugee crisis, and shifting the story to one of social and economic advantage. Join the movement.

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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.



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."  


AIDA MURAD, Communications & Marketing Co-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."


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 and Public Relations 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.”


Victoria Flamant, Call for Action Lead

"Every action - no matter how big or small - makes a difference. Join us on June 2nd for a day of celebration and action for refugees."


Jocelyn UenG, Communications & Marketing CO-LEAD

"If you aspire to be the change you want to see in the world, then take action and don’t stop until you see that change."


Bianca Malhotra, Food Trucks Lead

"We all have stories. This festival is about sharing those stories with loved ones and new friends. It’s about being kind and celebrating the journeys of our neighbors, as each person is fighting their own battle."


MEERA Chakravarthy, MUSIC Lead

"When art is used as a platform to express thoughts and understand crisis, people achieve a state of empathy and connection that is hard to find elsewhere. As an artist, I am honored to be a part of helping this mission come to fruition."


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

  • Ahmad Beetar 

  • Alanna Heyer

  • Anna Harty

  • Bianca Malhotra

  • Cyndie Cota

  • Daniela Solórzano

  • Debra Dunn

  • Deb LAng

  • Feras Nabulsi

  • Griselda Martin

  • Hager Eldaas

  • Hans Hogrefe

  • Marcelle Pena

  • Meera Chakravarthy

  • Norma Kacen

  • Rami Rihani

  • Ryan Tencic

  • Sarah Robinson 

  • Sayed Khalid

  • Stephen Pinto 

  • Tala Kattan

  • Tess Hetzel

  • Tijana Kapetanovic

Student Ambassadors


Kenan Nabulsi

Lana Al-Saloum

Dua Mobin

Fabiana Rojas

Amal Gohar

Kaylee Liu

Munise M. Karaburk

Katherine Wang

Sarah Ahmed

Ximena Rojas



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The Lineup



Wendy Chan

Wendy is the co-founder of NOVA Friends of Refugees, a grassroots coalition dedicated to welcoming refugees. Wendy is an immigrant from China and her humble, blue-collar immigrant background helped her appreciate the courage and tenacity of refugees and see the talents they could bring to America. Wendy leads the 650-member interfaith coalition, born out of St. George’s Episcopal Church of Arlington’s Refugee Ministry, in helping refugees through advocacy, social services, and community engagement. She is also a Senior Manager at Accenture.

Vanda Berninger

Co-Chair for the One Journey Festival
Vanda, who was born in Croatia, immigrated to Germany in 1991 during the civil war in former Yugoslavia. In Germany, Vanda served as the spokesperson for immigrant and refugee policy for a major German political party in Frankfurt/Main and worked for various development agencies and NGO’s. Currently, Vanda leads strategic partnership efforts for Refugees International to influence public perception of refugees in positive/celebratory ways, identify innovative partnership solutions for humanitarian responses, and develop long-term strategy to increase public understanding of the global displacement crisis.

Rev. Randy Hollerith

Washington National Cathedral The Rev. Randolph ‘Randy’ Marshall Hollerith began his tenure as the 11th Dean of Washington National Cathedral on Aug. 15, 2016. Hollerith graduated from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., Denison University and received his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Hollerith oversees an institution that functions as a national church dedicated to serving the country and its many faith traditions; a national treasure, dedicated to serving visitors and pilgrims; the cathedral of the 3 Diocese of Washington, dedicated to serving the diocese, the three schools on the Cathedral Close, and its worshiping community; and a convener, dedicated to create programming to bring people together.

Father Charles Cortinovis

Archdiocese of Washington Father Charles Cortinovis is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl in 2009. Father Cortinovis is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and studied science in college before coming to the Washington area to attend law school. After briefly practicing law in Washington, Father Cortinovis entered the seminary for the Archdiocese of Washington and completed his theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He has been assigned to several parishes in the archdiocese following ordination and served as the priest-secretary to Cardinal Wuerl before being assigned to Saint Ambrose in 2016. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Washington.


Rev. Dr. G. Wilson Gunn, Jr.

Presbyterian Church
Dr. G. Wilson Gunn, Jr. grew up in Arkansas, matriculated at Davidson College (BA), Duke University (MDiv and ThM) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD). He served pastorates in North Carolina and Virginia (including two new church developments) for 20 years before entering executive service in Grace Presbytery (NE Texas area). In March, 2004 he began serving National Capital Presbytery as General Presbyter. He and his wife Pam have four children (Lisa, Daniel, Ben and Jasper) and one grandson (Jacob).

Rabbi Lustig

Washington Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig is Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation, where he has served for more than 25 years. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a more than 2,800 family congregation, Rabbi Lustig has long held leadership roles in the local and national Jewish communities. He has served on the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Faith Advisory Board and as the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer. A committed social activist, Rabbi Lustig initiated Mitzvah Day at Washington Hebrew Congregation, which has become an international model for social justice programming. Rabbi Lustig is a proactive leader of Washington, D.C.’s interfaith community and organized the nation’s first Abrahamic Summit, bringing together Christians, Jews, and Muslims for dialogue. Newsweek recognized him as one of “America’s most influential rabbis.”

Imam Magid

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. Imam Magid has co-authored three books: Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples, Reflections on the Qur’an, and Change from Within. He has helped in organizing training and workshops for Imams and religious leaders, domestically and internationally, on the issue of violence against women. He has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, and has been profiled in Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal. He is the recipient for the Washingtonian of the Year 2009 and the Human Rights Award 2005 from Fairfax County.

Bishop Richard Graham

Bishop Graham most recently served as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in College Park, Maryland. Additionally, he has been Assistant Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Maryland; and Associate Pastor of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis, Maryland. Bishop Graham received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, in 1977 and a Master of Arts degree in Church History from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1989. Bishop Graham is married to Nancy Ann Graham and has two adult daughters.


Jose Andres

Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 27 restaurants. Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.

Ger Duany

Ger Duany, the front runner of so called "Lost Boys of Sudan" is a personification of resilience.  Ger's childhood was marked by adversity on a strength that is difficult to imagine, but he has succeeded in reliving some of the pain.  With close family members currently displaced inside South Sudan and in refugee camps in neighboring countries, Ger has devote his time to ongoing high-profile humanitarian efforts.  He has committed himself to becoming one of the voices on current South Sudan conflict, even as refugee issues have taken central states globally in the wake of unprecedented populations flows, from the middle east to Europe.  Ger spends his time engaging and educating people, all around the world, on global refugee crisis.  He also visits refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, Uganda and interacting with fellow South Sudanese and refugees of mixed nationalities, exchanging experiences and ideals.  Ger is a true communicator with an eloquent voice, which allows his audience to feel the passion he shares for the people of South Sudan.  He brings intrinsic authenticity to any discourse on the condition and experience of refugees. Ger's rise from a herds boy in the grasslands of South Sudan, to his experiences in Sudan’s brutal Civil War, to the sheer effort that acquired him Bachelor of Science in Human Services at University of Bridgeport, and enabling him to become an actor, fashion model and a writer, enable him to tell his story with his heart and soul, irrespective of the audience before him.

Isra Chaker

Isra is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), campaigns and advocacy expert, social justice activist, and public speaker. She is the CEO of Chaker Solutions LLC, a company that specializes in providing training in leadership, project management, advocacy, policy strategy, and information technology solutions. Her vision for this company has been to go beyond being an inspirational speaker by providing communities with the knowledge, tools and confidence to become effective leaders in their careers and communities. She serves as the Refugee 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 refugees, temporary protected status (TPS) holders, and opposes discriminatory policies. Follow her @IsraSpeaks to learn how she empowers people around the world to become engaged citizens who use their voice to create positive change.

Nasrine Gross

Founder/president of both the Roqia Center for Women’s Rights, Studies and Education in Afghanistan, devoted to promoting women’s rights and democracy, and Kabultec, Inc. also a non-profit, in the US. The RC holds literacy classes for mixed husbands and wives, and, holds seminars for female candidates and civil society on elections, democracy, women’s rights, leadership and violence in society. Since 2015, the RC holds women only classes and provides college scholarships for orphans.


Kamyar Arsani

Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music. At age 7, Kamyar began daf (Persian frame drum) lessons with Master Bijan Kamkar. Kamyar also spent time playing meditative rhythms for hours at a time for Sufis. Kamyar has spent over 20 years performing and researching the daf and its roots. His second choice of instrument was the kamancheh (Persian string bow instrument) and he studied it with Masters Ardeshir Kamkar and Sohrab Pournazeri. Kamyar has also taught himself how to play other instruments including guitar, a variety of percussion instruments, melodica, ukulele and more. Less than ten years ago, Kamyar and his family migrated to the United States around the same time that Iran's Green Revolution was occurring. Kamyar's performances are very much inspired by the people of Iran and their history of struggle and protest.

Bailes de Mi Tierra

Bailes de Mi Tierrra are a Mexican folk dance group based in Baltimore, Maryland. Their mission is to preserve, promote, and present Mexican and Latin American traditions through their music, dance, and folklore. They have previously performed in places events at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gordon Center for Performing Arts, and the Annual LatinoFest in Baltimore, MD.

Rimi Basu

Rimi Basu, an Indian-American singer and dancer, represents a unique and versatile addition to performing arts in the USA. An ex-medical school student who defied Indian-American societal expectations to run away to India and become an artist, she has since completed two music albums, multiple dance projects, and toured around the world with her unique artistic vision.Trained in the several Indian classical dance forms including Odissi and Kathak, as well as Sufi whirling and belly dance, her unique selling proposition is the fusion of traditional and contemporary styles in her live performances. Rimi's passion and purpose is in the preservation of world arts through innovative and experimental renditions;thus, she has also co-founded Shakti Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to this mission, through which she presents performances and Indian dance workshops.


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. They have shared the stage with MGMT, Brother Ali, Jesse McCartney, and others. Leftist also serves as the Brand Ambassadors for Penny Appeal USA, a non-profit development organization working to alleviate poverty through sustainable programs.


Abraham Mwinda

Abraham was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and raised in Kenya where he grew up writing songs and playing music. His passion for making music started at the early age of seven when he began writing songs for what he called “free expression.” As a shy young boy, writing songs was Abraham’s way of saying what he wanted to say. He then began performing and competing in school competitions at the age of 15. Abraham says, “Music is more of a cause for me.” He tries to concentrate on a specific, important topic that he believes people need to hear. Through his music, Abraham brings people together that may have never come together otherwise. He says that everybody can jam to music, even if they don’t know what the music is saying. It is a way to break down cultural barriers and to encourage diversity. Abraham is also very involved with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. He was greeted by KRM staff members in the airport upon his arrival in Lexington and has stayed connected ever since.

Pihcintu Multicultural Choir

Welcoming immigrant children from around the globe, The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus helps 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. Con Fullam, award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, combined his passion for music with a deep concern for the effect of world issues on children - creating The Chorus with the help of countless supporting souls from all walks of life. This unique chorus of young women from Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam, British West Indies, and Zambia, along with children whose families have been here for generations, have formed a powerful and permanent bond.

Raqs El Hob

Raqs El Hob are a group of mothers, teachers, doctors, and scientists. However, more importantly, they are sisters bonded by their commitment to lifelong learning and dissemination of Middle eastern culture through dance. They are available for group training, private classes, weddings, cultural events, and festivals. “To dance is to love”

Sahara Dance

Sahara Dance, Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, is a boutique dance studio dedicated to celebrating the joy and beauty of belly dance. Founded in 2002, Sahara Dance offers over 50 weekly belly dance classes at three locations in DC and MD. The studio is home to 20 faculty members, 10 resident performance companies, and over 1,000 belly dancers. Seeking to elevate belly dance as a performance art and to create a community for belly dancers, Sahara Dance produces several annual theater productions. Our shows and classes highlight both traditional and experimental styles of belly dance and Arab folk dance.


Terre Dance Collective

Terre Dance Collective is a group of movers working to create physically compelling and emotionally engaging contemporary dance. Terre Dance Collective was founded by Robert Rubama in July of 2017. They are currently based in the Washington D.C Metro area and have been able presented work at the Shed Gallery, Dance Exchange, The Anacostia Arts Center, Dance Loft on 14, Dance Place, The Howard Theater, and at Three’s Brewing Company in Brooklyn, NY.


Utpalasia is the evolving vision of founders Cordula and Bhim Dahal whose first collaborations were the establishment of several successful dance training centers in Kathmandu in 2003-2004. Their shared love of Himalayan heritage, combined with the desire to preserve, protect, and promote the cultural arts, led them to the creation in 2007 of Utpalasia’s parent company, Nepal Dance School, located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Years of experience with audiences at hundreds of venues showed them the need to expand both the geography and content of their focus.

Virginia School of Bhangra

The Virginia School of Bhangra was founded in 2012 as GMU Bhangra 101 and expanded from an annual summer camp to a year-round academy in 2014. The instructors have numerous years of experience in competitive collegiate Bhangra and now wish to instill in their students the same values of culture, heritage, and tradition they learned while dancing. We seek to foster on-going and continuous improvement in dancing through individualized and weekly sessions that are designed to work at the pace of students. The school will also provide children the opportunity to perform on stage at various competitions and cultural events and occasions.

Jaja Bashengezi

Jaja Bashengezi has a life story matched in its intensity only by his musical talent and positive outlook. Born in the city of Bukavu, eastern Congo, Jaja and his ten siblings cherished their mother’s nightly fire-side songs and stories. After finishing his schooling, rumors of ethnic violence and chaos further east turned to frightening reality as warring factions descended on his home, forcing Jaja to flee as a refugee to Uganda with nothing but his acoustic guitar and music in his heart. These have been his tools of survival ever since, from Kampala’s nightclubs to world stages in Europe and now in the US where he tours with some of the biggest names in African music: Vieux Farka Toure, Fatoumata Diawara, Samba Mapangala, Kinobe and more. Now based in the DC area, Jaja has released an intimate, acoustic solo album, Ndule, which showcases his journey, his never-ending musical curiosity and of course his deep talent.



Kids Corner

Welcome to the Kids Corner! Take part in a variety of fun events to interact and learn about refugees! Get a traditional henna tattoo, learn how to speak and write basic phrases in a refugee language & write your name in a new language! Build a kite of your own, collaborate with the 1Journey community to create an art masterpiece, and create welcome cards for new refugee children in the U.S. as you discover new countries around the world. Activities are generously sponsored by Catholic Charities USA, an organization that has provided services to immigrants and refugees for over 100 years.

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Take Action Tent

Stop over to the Take Action Tent to immerse yourself into the community and engage with some of the incredible community organizations helping refugees. Learn about these amazing and innovative ways these organizations are impacting the refugee community and how you can take action to get involved!

To see a list of participating organizations, click on the button below

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Accenture Digital Connect with Shared Studios

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.  Shared Studio portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room!

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Virtual Reality Tech Tent

Amnesty International and the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets are bringing virtual reality experience to the festival.  Amnesty International is hosting virtual reality to tell the story of a Rohingya refugee, a stateless Indo-Aryan-speaking person, who resides in Rakhine State, Myanmar.  Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes.  Its virtual reality experience will bring to life the story of a little girl living in an African refugee camp.


#MeWeSyria - Storytelling for Changemakers

The ME/WE storytelling initiative aims to  decentralize the power of narrative, activate young change-makers and cultivate spaces for empathy, community engagement and communication using the power of storytelling. Join us at the ME/WE Action tent to learn from refugee stories through an immersive experience.


Dance Studio

Listen and learn from incredible musicians and dancers from around the world in the Dance Studio! Join Bailes de mi Tierra, VA School of Bhangra, Utpalasia, Sahara Dance, and Raqs El Hob for a series of music and dance performances that will broaden your horizons and have you dancing to the beat! Join the workshops after the performances to meet our amazing performers and learn Mexican folk dance, Bhangra, belly dancing, Middle Eastern dance, Southeast Asian dance and more!


The Children of Karam House

Healing & Ambition Among Syrian Refugee Youth in Turkey

In partnership with Karam Foundation and the One Journey Festival, The Big Picture, a forum exploring international affairs through arts and culture at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, has curated an exhibit of photography on Syrian Refugee Youth in Turkey at Karam House, a space where refugees return to learning. The photography exhibit will feature portraits and written testimonials of Karam House participants.


Marymount Mural Creation

Marymount University Dept. of Fine Arts presents 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.  This mural has been designed and fabricated by Joe Hicks (Assistant Professor of Fine Art), J.S. Herbert (Marymount Alumna), and Njoud Alkharji (Senior Fine Arts Major). It is intended to highlight the positive achievements of this Syrian refugee community with the support of the international community including UNHCR, and the Jordanian and German governments. Don’t miss out!


Dafero (Food)

Dafero was started by two women who were thinking of ways to help refugee women in the area find flexible work arrangements while learning English and begin integrating in their communities. It is a way to "spread" their love for dates and employ other refugee women.

FenZoul (Art)

FenZoul was founded in an effort to fill the gap in an art scene that under-represents positive and diverse images from Africa. Our artwork is imported from various artists, men and women, who use different media to express their soulful artistry.


Foodhini was founded on the idea that food can be used to create new opportunities for our immigrant and refugee communities, and also satisfy the appetites of hungry foodies in search of authentic multicultural meals.

Global Goods Market

Global Goods Partners (GGP) is committed to providing sustainable jobs for women—widely proven to be the key to community development and family wellbeing. In partnership with women-led, community-based organizations, GGP taps into the rich well of skill and artistry that is passed from one generation of women to the next.


Karam Foundation (Soaps)

Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to help people help themselves. We seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by conflict by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid.


Kabultec’s mission is to provide aid and comfort to the women and children of Afghanistan. We believe that a literate populace, as well as a keen awareness of democracy and civil rights, are of the highest benefit to Afghanistan’s development. We are committed to providing free education to a sector often overlooked when it comes to education: Afghan women and their husbands.

Imane Artisan (Body Art)

Zowaqa maghribia (moroccan arabesque) in various design sizes and shapes as well as modern and classic henna.

Love- 2- Sew (Clothing and Crafts)

The Love-2-Sew program, through which the refugee women created their products, is sponsored by the Catholic Charities women’s empowerment project.


Sughra Hussainy (Art)

Sughra Hussainy is a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hussainy hopes to use her art to break down stereotypes about Afghanistan and pay homage to her native country: “Making art is a link for me with my past – with my family and with those who went before me. But today, art must bring change.” She believes that “while the body needs food to live, the soul needs art.”

Tanabel (Food)

Tanabel is a catering and events company that employs refugee women with exceptional talent in the kitchen. We host gatherings that celebrate the rich and sophisticated cuisine of the Middle East and offer guests the opportunity to get to know the food and people of countries in conflict

Will Salha (Art)

Will Salha an artist from a beautiful village at the top of Mount Lebanon (Rasel-metn). His contemporary art is a combination of his feelings toward life and the beauty of its complicated simplicity. He was raised in Lebanon and immigrated to the US in 2011.”

734 Coffee (Coffee Beans)

734 is more than a number. It is a place of refuge. 7˚N 34˚E are the geographical coordinates for Gambela, a region in Ethiopia where over 200,000 displaced South Sudanese citizens now live after fleeing war, atrocities, drought, and famine in South Sudan. Our coffee is harvested by growers right in the Gambela region, and after it is brought to the US, 80% of all profits go right back to scholarships and education programs for refugees of Sudan.

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.

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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