Passport DC celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The annual festival that commemorates International Cultural Awareness Month in the District of Columbia runs from May 1 through 31 with a wide array of cultural activities presented at embassy open houses, street festivals, and performing arts organizations throughout the city, according to Steven E. Shulman, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC, the producing organization.
“We expect 75 or more embassies to host open house on the first two Saturdays of May,” Shulman said. The non-members of the European Union will open their doors on May 6 during Around the World Embassy Tour and the 28 members of the European Union will hold their open houses during A Shortcut to Europe on May 13.
“When embassies open their doors, visitors can expect to encounter the art, music, crafts, cuisine, geography, and manufacturing prowess of the participating countries. The embassies want to express that their countries are attractive places to visit and do business,” Shulman said.
“We started recruiting embassies for 2017,” he said, “And Brazil is our first country to register. It is a perennial favorite with a day-long program of music and colorfully costumed dancers that they host at the magnificent Brazilian ambassador’s residence. As more embassies enroll, we will add their names to our website and app.”