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Passport DC 2017: Around the World Embassy Tour & Flower Mart image
Special Events

Passport DC 2017: Around the World Embassy Tour & Flower Mart

Join us at the Korean Cultural Center on Saturday, May 6 to celebrate global culture in your own backyard, with Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour! Each year in May, dozens of embassies open their doors across Washington, D.C. for this special city-wide celebration of international culture. The KCC is always a highlight, and this year's program is bigger and better than ever with a full day of live performances, Korean food experiences, exhibitions, activities, music, and more. Check out the schedule below for details. 

The festivities go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KCC and many other embassies. For general information on Passport DC and other events throughout the month, as well as transportation options on May 6, visit Cultural Tourism DC.

Highlights at the KCC:

- Jultagi (줄타기) live traditional Korean tightrope walking performance [Two shows: 11 am & 2 pm]

- Samulnori (사물놀이) percussion performance by Washington Samulnori [Two shows: 11 am & 2 pm]

- Korean food trucks in the KCC parking lot [all day]

- K-Pop music and video lounge [all day]

- Your name in Korean nametags [all day]

- Korean traditional Sarangbang and digital gallery rooms [all day]

- Exhibition Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art [all day]

Flower Mart 2017 is the DC region's premier agricultural, gardening, and flower festival, held on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest DC as a part of Passport DC. The KCC is taking part in the festival's International Floral Show inside the cathedral, with a special Korea-themed arrangement. Check it out at 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW all day Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, or visit here for more information

Jultagi (줄타기) is one of the most entertaining and popular traditional Korean folk performances, often seen at festivals and folk villages. Much more than just tightrope walking, a jultagi performance blends acrobatics, comedy, aerial dance, music, song, and audience interaction. It has been a part of Korean folk culture for more than a millennium, and today is recognized as a cultural treasure in Korea and inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

Samulnori (사물노리) is one of the most iconic and exciting elements of traditional Korean music. Based on ancient pungmul festival music, the four-person samulnori ensemble is defined by driving beats and complex interacting rhythms, making for a thrilling performance that audiences can see, hear, and feel. Samulnori's four instruments--jangu, buk, kkwaenggwari, and jing--also compliment one another tonally, representing the rain, clouds, thunder, and wind in a thunderstorm. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)

HOW: No RSVP required, just drop by! 

NOTE: Parking will not be available in the KCC lot during this event. 

Highlights from Last Year's Passport DC at the KCC!