Washington DC gears up to host World Culture Festival 2023

by Ashis Sinha

In a remarkable convergence of cultures, the 4th Art Of Living World Culture Festival is set to captivate the world’s attention as it kicks off in Washington, D.C. from September 29th to October 1st. This international extravaganza promises to bring together luminaries, artists, and thought leaders from over 100 nations in a grand celebration of diversity and unity against the majestic backdrop of the US Capitol.

With a sprawling football-field-sized stage primed to host a staggering 17,000 performers and dignitaries and an estimated 500,000 attendees projected to participate, the festival is gearing up to be a global spectacle of unparalleled proportions.

The World Culture Festival 2023 boasts a dazzling lineup of more than 50 thrilling performances that will leave spectators in awe. Among the highlights are: Traditional Chinese Cultural Performance: Featuring a mesmerizing showcase of 1,000 singers and dancers; Garba Extravaganza: A colossal ensemble of 7,000 dancers set to enthral the audience; Indian Classical Dance: Witness the artistry of 700 dancers accompanied by a live symphony; Hip-Hop Tribute: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with iconic figures such as Kurtis Blow, SHA-Rock, Sequence Girls, DJ Kool, and 100 break dancers, presenting choreography by King Charles and Kelli Forman; Ukrainian Traditional Hopak: A dazzling performance featuring 100 Ukrainian dancers that promise to wow the crowd; Micki Free’s Guitar Extravaganza: Grammy winner Micki Free leads an ensemble of 1,000 guitarists and Skip Marley’s “One Love” Tribute: A heartfelt homage to Bob Marley’s legacy by Skip Marley.

This historic commemoration unfolds on the hallowed grounds of the National Mall, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, advocating for equality and unity. A century earlier, Swami Vivekananda’s electrifying address at the first World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago called for an end to religious bigotry and intolerance, emphasizing the interconnectedness of humanity.

Under Gurudev Sri Sri Shankar’s visionary leadership, the World Culture Festival 2023 seeks to unite 180 nations under the banner of “One World Family,” transcending the boundaries of nationality, faith, and race on September 29, 2023, at the National Mall.

Adding to the festival’s allure, a diverse array of international cuisines will tantalize attendees’ taste buds. Notably, this festival stands out for its commitment to providing a global stage for emerging artists and performers.

The event is expected to draw a distinguished guest list including H.E. Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations; H.E. S. Jaishankar, Honorable Minister of External Affairs of India; Honorable Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General; Honorable Rick Scott, US Senator; Honorable Nancy Pelosi; H.E. Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Former President of India; and Honorable Krishnakoemarie Mathoera, Minister of Defence of Suriname.

The 2023 World Culture Festival is poised to etch its name in the annals of history, echoing the voices of great leaders who have stood on the National Mall to inspire change and harmony. The world eagerly anticipates this grand celebration of culture, diversity, and unity that promises to transcend borders and forge stronger connections among nations.


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