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Saturday, June 24, 2023

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

Washington National Cathedral

One Journey Festival 2022
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Watch a recap of the 2022 One Journey Festival

The 2023 One Journey Festival

One: as in unity and connection.

Journey: as in destination and voyage of humanity.

One Journey Festival celebrates the talents, stories and contributions of refugees and other displaced people around the world. This family-friendly festival brings people together through our modern-day shared languages of humanity: art, food, music, dance, storytelling, soccer, fashion, and technology.

One Journey's mission is to celebrate and amplify the voices of refugees, engaging people to connect, learn, and become enduring allies of those who are displaced. We’ve charted a movement to shine a positive light on refugees and inspire all to take action to build welcoming communities for our displaced brothers and sisters.

The fourth annual One Journey Festival will take place on June 24, 2023 on the lawn of Washington National Cathedral - rain or shine.

Popular TV personality and DC media ambassador Tommy McFly will emcee the One Journey Festival, which will feature a diverse lineup of music groups, dancers, and storytellers from different countries and cultures. Plus a special Festival appearance by Sesame Street’s beloved blue monster, Grover!

Confirmed performers include:

  • Kabul Dreams – Afghanistan’s first rock band; these former refugees paved the way for what had been Afghanistan’s growing rock scene

  • Stringwise: Jorge Glem & César Orozco – Grammy-nominated cuatro virtuoso Glem joins pianist, composer Orozco for their fusion of traditional Latin music and modern jazz

  • Cheik Hamala Diabate – soul-stirring “king of the n’goni” in the griot tradition

  • Gerdan – Kaleidoscope of World Music – traditional Ukrainian folk music with a modern spin

  • Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus – acclaimed all-girl choir of former refugees from around the globe

  • Hussein Smko – Iraqi dancer, choreographer, and founder of the Project Tag dance company

  • Sokeo Ros – Cambodian hip-hop dancer, choreographer, educator

  • Zakaria Bireche – unique sub-Saharan, North African, and Mediterannean fusion

  • Batalá Washington – all-women Afro-Brazilian drum band

Donate to help us continue sharing the magic: One Journey is ENTIRELY volunteer-run. 100% of your contributions go directly to hosting the third, One Journey Festival. Make your donation here.


Thanks to our current sponsors who are making this year's festival possible: Accenture, Mayer-Brown, Endeavors, Amazon, AWS, Covington, Engen, Islamic Relief, LIRS, NOVA Friends of Refugees, St. George's Episcopal Church, Welcome.US, and Women for Women International.


Ticket Registration: One Journey Festival is a FREE event and open to the public. Please RSVP to help us keep track of expected attendance and to stay up-to-date with updates & important announcements.  

Join hundreds of voices around the world by adding to the One Journey community poem.

Created by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University

OneJourney-Community Poem - Kent State University

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