DC Embassy Events Weekly Newsletter

August 27, 2018

We wanted to start our new weekly newsletter in August since the summer, and August specifically, tends to be the slowest time of the year for embassy sponsored events. We also wanted to offer another option for our followers to find out about these wonderful cultural events. Bear with us while we work out some of the kinks in this new offering. If you would like to suggest a future event for these listings, or offer any suggestions for future newsletters, we are happy to take any and all feedback. For suggestions, comments, or to unsubscribe, please email: contact@dc-embassy-events.org.

You can follow us on social media as well, find us on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find our event recaps and longer form written pieces on Medium, our latest piece is below.

Old Korean Legation Building Reopens in Washington, DC as a Museum.



Every day on Instagram we visit a new embassy building in Washington, DC., click to follow. We are always looking for submissions from subscribers as well so tag us in your embassy photos with @dcembassyevents or send your pictures to contact@dc-embassy-events.org.

Screen Shot 2018-08-25 at 12.51.42 PM.png


Looking for a position at an embassy here in Washington, DC? Check out the Job Board on our Home Page for embassy positions across the city. A couple sample positions below:

British Embassy: Projects and Support Officer. Closing Date 9/12/2018

Embassy fo Fiji: Consular Assistant. Closing Date 9/6/2018

On our website and Facebook pages we usually post upcoming events one to two weeks out but with our weekly newsletter you can see our entire calendar, even events where tickets have yet to become available. See the calendar below.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan: J-Film: Close-Knit

Winner of Special Jury Award (Berlin International Film Festival, 2017), Best Picture (QCinema International Film Festival), and Best Feature Film (Queer Lisboa, 2017)

Fifth-grader Tomo lives a chaotic life with her mother Hiromi in a messy apartment with overflowing trash cans. One day Hiromi abandons Tomo to chase after a man. Finding herself all alone, Tomo heads for the home of her uncle Makio. This isn’t the first time Tomo had to go and stay with her uncle. However, this time he’s living with his beautiful girlfriend, a transgender woman named Rinko.

Mexican Cultural Institute: Restoring the MCI Murals

The Summer 2018 Conservation of the Mexican Cultural Institute's murals is coming to an end.

Thanks to a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, the Institute welcomed expert art conservationists and their students from the National School of Conservation, Restoration, and Museography of the National Institute of Anthropology and History to perform a months-long restoration of the murals. The project treated the alterations and deterioration from natural aging and anthropologic causes to restore the fresco, now more than 70 years old, to its original state. This timely revitalization of a cherished work of art allowed it to continue to serve as a valuable education resource and emblem of cultural diplomacy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Embassy of Hungary: Concert, Liszt Recital

The Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. invites you to immerse yourself in "The Singing Soul of Franz Liszt", a musical performance by Judy Show Tran Gallego (vocal) and Zach Erickson (piano).

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LECTURE | Music as a Strategy of Cultural Policy in Nazi Germany

In 2011, a public debate questioned the cultural identity of an Austrian province, Tyrol. The Tyrolean public was deeply divided: recent academic outcomes have demonstrated that several cultural events and rituals in Tyrol/Austria, in which particularly music played an important role in their execution, were merely invented or misused by the fascist regime of Nazi Germany and thus, became an unwanted heritage. Accordingly, this lecture tries to determine the role of music as part of the regime’s propaganda strategy to create and articulate national identity.

Embassy of Brazil Washington: The Brazilian Amazon Week - Amazon Film Show Case – "Into the Amazon"

The Embassy of Brazil cordially invites you to the screening of the film “Into the Amazon”, a great opportunity to familiarize with the largest equatorial forest in the world. Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon.

Goethe-Institut Washington: Astrid Riecken: Samantha Series - Opening Reception

Astrid Riecken, well-known for her documentary photography, has a singular goal when composing fine art images: She seeks to evoke a feeling of timeless beauty. With limited color palettes and a mixing of costumes and settings from widespread eras, she creates works that reminisce for a time neither in the past nor the present. Riecken’s photography thus intends to break the restraints of time; it is a call to be grateful for fleeting moments of beauty and simplicity.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ambassador Insider Series – Monaco

The tiny principality of Monaco may be home to less than 40,000 people, but it’s embarking on two big initiatives this fall that both celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

Join The Washington Diplomat for its latest Ambassador Insider Series (AIS) on Thursday, September 6, at the Line DC hotel featuring Ambassador of Monaco Maguy Maccario Doyle along with Ellen Stofan, the first woman to head the National Air and Space Museum.

Embassy of the Czech Republic: Festival Launch & Exhibition Opening: The Good 100

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence with the opening of the exhibition, The Good 100 on September 6, 2018, at 6 pm. The last century has seen its ups and too many tumultuous downs as the Czech people struggled for self-determination and democracy in the heart of Europe. To reflect on the positive moments and events in each of the one hundred years, the students of Media and Didactic Illustration at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art from the University of West Bohemia, under the leadership of professor and acclaimed author Renáta Fučíková, have created an intriguing, visual exhibit. The illustrated and educational display demonstrates momentous, good moments of groundbreaking discoveries, artistic creation, incredible achievements, and vibrant life.

CONCERT & READING | From “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” featuring Mona Golabek

The ACF Washington is honored to host the performance The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Grammy®-nominated pianist Mona Golabek as a preview event to her upcoming show at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, presented by Theater J, running from September 12 to 30, 2018.

Embassy of Brazil: Brazilian Week in DC - Amazon Film Showcase - "The Salt of the Earth"

The Embassy of Brazil invites you to attend the screening of the film “O Sal da Terra”, for the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity.

Goethe-Institut Washington: Chamber Music at Noon

On the first Thursday of each month, the DC Public Library and the Goethe-Institut Washington present a lunchtime chamber music performance open to the public (formerly known as The Brown Bag Chamber Recital). Standards from the classical repertoire are presented by internationally-known, local musicians Ralitza Patcheva and Vasily Popov.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Korean Cultural Center: Inner Monologue: Works by Three Korean Ceramic Sculpture Artists

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Inner Monologue, a new group exhibition of more than 30 ceramic sculpture works by Korean artists Ahrong Kim, Gunyoung Kim, and Kyungmin Park, who explore the world of internal emotion and thought expressed through a visceral, tactile medium.

Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan: Scholar Spotlight - The Politics of Painting: Uemura Shoen's Bijin-ga

Asato Ikeda will be presenting from her new book, “The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War” (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2018). The book examines a set of paintings produced in Japan during the 1930s and early 1940s that have received little scholarly attention. Ikeda views works by prominent artists of the time through the lens of fascism, showing their seemingly straightforward paintings of Mount Fuji, samurai, beautiful women, and the countryside supported the war by reinforcing a state ideology that justified violence in the name of the country’s cultural authenticity. In the presentation, Ikeda will focus on paintings of beautiful women by Uemura Shoen, a female Japanese-style painter.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Goethe-Institut Washington: Jazz in the Basement with Michael Kramer

In September, Jazz in the Basement will showcase the jazz/power trio Superstring and the Cosmic Vibrations. Led by Michael Kramer (Guitar & Composition), the trio also features Ele Rubenstein (Drums) and Nathan Kawaller (Bass).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cultural Services of the French Embassy: SCREENING: Paris Prestige by Hamé & Ekoué

In French with English subtitles.

Out on parole, Nas (Reda) has to meticulously clock-in to work at his older brother Arezki’s bar Le Prestige in order to avoid being thrown back in prison. But Nas has other plans: he wants to get back into promoting parties, and Le Prestige’s location in Pigalle, the heart of Paris’ bustling nightlife, is an ideal calling card for party-goers. It soon becomes apparent that the two brothers are on a collision course started long ago, with the death of their mother and Arezki’s decision to leave Nas with their aunt.

Embassy of Iceland: Classical Music Concert - DaNoIs Trio

The Trio DaNoIs promotes Nordic music and music culture. The Trio has since 2014 given altogether 65 concerts in ten European countries. The trio´s concerts include works by Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic composers both classical and contemporary, such as Edvard Grieg, Morten Gaathaug, Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson and Johan Svendesen.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy: Film: Tutto quello che vuoi (Friends by Chance)

Alessandro (Andrea Carpenzano) is a tempestuous young slacker. He has lost his mother when he was two, and has become the torment of his father – a peddler in Porta Portese, the local flea-market – who can’t imagine a future for that idle and furious son, and is unable to find the key to his heart. Giorgio (Giuliano Montaldo) is a former poet in the early stages of Alzheimer syndrome: he can still move, but his mind is drifting relentlessly away from the present

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ambassador Insider Series – Tunisia

Tunisia is the rare outlier of the Arab Spring tsunami that felled autocratic governments across the Middle East and beyond. It has worked tirelessly to balance rising Islamist political forces with its secular, progressive roots — all while reviving its ailing economy. But the road to democracy is a bumpy one, and the North African nation of 11.4 million has yet to find its post-revolutionary footing.

Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy: Luca Buratto - Solo Recital

Since winning the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, Italian pianist Luca Buratto has received several warm praises. His debut recitals at Wigmore and Carnegie Hall heralded the pianist as “no ordinary virtuoso” (The Telegraph).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Film & Beer Series: Cosy Dens

Date: 18 September 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Venue: Bistro Bohem

Set during Christmas 1967, "Cosy Dens" (Pelišky) centers on two neighboring families who stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum, while their children find love and dream of life in the West.

Embassy of Italy: Soupstar: Giovanni Guidi and Gianluca Petrella in concert

Finally Washingtonian jazz enthusiasts will get a chance to experience a live performance by two of the most interesting talents of Italian music: Giovanni Guidi (piano) and Gianluca Petrella (trombone), presenting the album “Soupstar”, a name that reflects the improvisational alchemy between their instruments. The concert will allow us to discover the unusual connection between these two musicians, who are incredible, when it comes to creating their own tunes while enjoying themselves on classics like “Over The Rainbow” and “Prelude to a Kiss”.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

La Maison Française, Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis: Déjeuner sur l'herbe.

Programme du déjeuner: viandes rôties, légumes, salades et desserts, boissons sans alcool, vins au bar (payant).

Jeux et animations pour les enfants: ping-pong, pétanque, badmington, jeux de société .... et activités pour les plus petits.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cultural Services of the French Embassy: SCREENING: Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard

In French with English subtitles.

Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) comes across as a typical thug, making a living by stealing cars in order to resell them in Paris. Then one day, when a policeman forces him to pull over, Poiccard panics and shoots him dead. The act triggers a hot-pursuit police chase as Poiccard attempts to escape from his heinous crime. The pursuit would be short if not for Patricia Franchini (Jean Seberg) an aspiring journalist who hawks the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs Élysées and plays an ambiguous role in his run.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Embassy of Italy: Ieri, oggi, domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 1964 Academy Awards, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a sparklingly original comedy that casts Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren in three different stories set throughout Italy.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Mexican Cultural Institute: A Conversation with Manuel Cuevas & Ofelia Esparza

The Mexican Cultural Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to be honoring Manuel Cuevas and Ofelia Esparza, two artists of Mexican heritage recipients of the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Embassy of Italy: ITALIAN COLOR - Duo Emy Bernecoli, violin + Elia Andrea Corazza, piano

Italian Color is a musical journey across time, presenting rare and refined compositions that defined the history of Italian classical music for piano and violin, from the baroque to present day.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cultural Services of the French Embassy: SCREENING: When the Cat's Away by Cédric Klapisch

In French with English subtitles.

In the Bastille neighborhood, Chloé (Garance Clavel) shares a flat with her friend Michel (Olivier Py). When she decides to take a week away from Paris, she is in desperate need for a cat sitter for her black cat called Gris-Gris. Everybody she knows seems to want to steer clear of the cat sitting, and so Chloé is doomed to resort to Madam Renée’s help. When Chloé returns to Paris, she finds out that Gris-Gris has fled and is now lost in the city.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lions of Czech Film: Family Friend

Date: 10 October 2018 8:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

The Avalon Theater will screen the dramatic film "Family Friend" (Rodinný přítel) on October 10, at 8 pm. Set in the early 40s during German occupation, three brothers covertly working for the Czech resistance are discovered and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Their wives and children await their return, residing together in one house. A family friend/doctor named Jiri watches over them. Over time, he falls in love with one of the women. The film tells a story of forbidden love that remains unfulfilled, friendship, desire, departures and returns.

Embassy of Italy: Dogman by Matteo Garrone

Dubbed an “urban Western,” Dogman by Matteo Garrone takes place in an Italian suburb somewhere between metropolis and wild nature. Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Embassy of New Zealand: Rock Creek Gala

His Excellency the Ambassador of New Zealand Tim Groser welcomes the friends of Rock Creek Conservancy to the Embassy of New Zealand. This very special evening will feature a tasting menu of delicious food and creative cocktails, live music, and a silent auction full of extraordinary experiences. All event proceeds will support the Conservancy’s mission to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Embassy of Italy: Ferrante Fever, a documentary by Giacomo Durzi

Filmed between Italy and the United States, Ferrante Fever is born from the same passion that devours the readers of Elena Ferrante. But the film doesn’t necessarily go in search of the identity of the “faceless writer,” whose novels have sold more than five million copies worldwide. The film is not looking to uncover the truth behind the pseudonym. Instead, it hopes to discover the secret to her success, the nature of the fever that conquered the world over the course of 12 years.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Mexican Cultural Institute DC: Día de los Muertos | Mozart's Requiem

Join NOW in celebrating Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, with Mozart's magnificent Requiem in D minor (mass for the dead), featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and NOW's string-quartet-in-residence, the Aeolus Quartet.

Ongoing Events

Korean Cultural Center Washington, DC: 2019 Open Call for Artists

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is accepting proposals for exhibitions for the 2019 exhibition season. The K-Art Gallery presents monthly exhibitions which highlight the diversity of Korean art and which bring east and west together. The gallery accommodates various types o fart, both traditional and contemporary.

Application Deadline: August 1- September 30, 2018

Japan Information & Culture Center: Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels

Exhibition, Part I

Monday, August 27, 2018 - Thursday, September 27, 2018

Explore how a beloved Japanese tradition is being reinterpreted and inherited in the United States at the JICC’s “Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels” exhibition, presented together with the District Clay Center and Washington DC Chapter No.1 of Ikebana International, and sponsored by Marymount University.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery: Diversity and Identity: Renée duRocher

Renée duRocher has taken her place in the Canadian visual arts community through patience and determination. Her exhibition, Diversity and Identity, is inspired by a recent visit to northern Vietnam and the literary work of Vietnamese-born Canadian author Kim Thùy. Diversity and Identity tells the stories of this journey. Rice fields, lush tamarinds, and characters dressed in traditional costumes poetically illustrate her trip. Combined with literary snapshots selected by novelist Kim Thùy, the selected pictorial works are enhanced and focus upon the Vietnamese community.

The exhibition is open from July 30, 2018, through October 27, 2018. The Embassy’s art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.

The exhibition is sponsored by Bombardier, Inc.

Ingmar Bergman exhibition on display in the House of Sweden

Opening hours:
Saturdays & Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm. FREE admission and guide on site.
Both exhibitions featured below will be on display in House of Sweden until December 9, 2018.

Ingmar Bergman and his Legacy in Fashion and Art
In 2018, the world is celebrating the legacy of Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter Ingmar Bergman. The iconic Swedish auteur’s body of work for film and theater brought a new level of psychological depth and intimacy to all disciplines of the performing arts.
The exhibition Ingmar Bergman and his Legacy in Fashion and Art introduces Ingmar Bergman and three of his major films: The Seventh Seal, Persona and Scenes from a Marriage. The exhibition explores the influence that Bergman has on today’s fashion and art, as an iconic film maker and reluctant trendsetter. Bergman was himself uninterested in fashion and dressed in a simple, static style throughout his life. The exhibition consists of art and documentary films, photo prints, slide-show and film clips. The Life and Work of Ingmar Bergman
The Ingmar Bergman timeline provides photos, texts and a diagram of his extensive output which includes around 60 films, 172 theatre productions and approximately 300 writings.
Ingmar Bergman Scenes from a Life
The interactive installation presents Bergman’s universe in scenes from feature films, interviews, behind-the-scenes clips, and book quotations.

In conjunction with the Ingmar Bergman Centennial Jubilee #Bergman100.

Room for Children

Updated with new books, games, and crafts, the Room for Children is a Swedish library and arts studio for children aged 0-10 years designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling and self-expression. A child's perspective is applied throughout, from the greeting to the interior design and the way books are placed and displayed.

Adults and children are encouraged to engage in quality play and learning time together. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the philosophical cornerstone of Room for Children; we strive to create a space in which children can participate fully in cultural life, express themselves freely, and co-create experiences with others. Room for Children pushes the boundaries of what a library can be.

  • Storytime Sessions: Come and experience Swedish children’s literature by listening to a Swedish story in House of Sweden, Room for Children EVERY Saturday at 2:00 pm. Join us and spread the word! FREE and no registration required.