Washington DC welcomes the World this May with its annual celebration of international culture, PASSPORT DC. The American Capital will once again open the doors to its embassies and offer the public a stimulating array of performances, talks, and exhibits for their cultural enjoyment and edification. In addition to embassy open houses, street festivals, concerts, and other events, several Washington DC museums will contribute a rich roster of free special programming to Passport DC.

The events will kick off on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Around the World Embassy Tour. A signature Passport DC event, the Tour will showcase over 40 embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with a diverse range of artists and artisans, performers, lecturers and instructors providing educational and cultural programming for all ages. The world will indeed resemble a village during this Tour.

Each May, the Meridian International Center hosts an International Children’s Festival in Washington, DC promoting cultural exchange and introducing children and their parents to world geography, dress, and traditions. On Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. more than 20 embassies will host educational booths featuring their countries’ cultural heritage through hands-on activities, demonstrations, food tastings, music, and dance performances. An international children’s parade will highlight the festivities. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20005. Admission free.

On Saturday, May 12, 2012. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. the 27 Embassies of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States will open their doors to the public. The open house spearheads Europe Week, seven days of events that include speeches, seminars and issue-driven workshops, films, and concerts related to the European Union. Universities, think tanks, cultural bodies, the Embassies and Consulates of EU Member States will program events designed to demystify and illuminate the European Union. Free shuttle bus service provided all day.

Complete schedule available at www.passportdc.org

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