It’s not every day you hear breathtaking classical music in a candlelit space. Now, you get to experience this in a historic venue painted in a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors!
Nestled away in a residential neighborhood in southwest DC, Culture House stands out as a centuries-old chapel covered top-to-bottom in technicolor murals. With the designs reminiscent of a Basquiat or Keith Haring painting, you’ll be blown away by both the artistic and musical experience of this Candlelight concert.
While Culture House looks thoroughly modern today, the building itself actually dates back to 1886. It was the home to the Friendship Baptist Congregation for almost a century, and it was an integral meeting space for the Southwest’s Black community for decades.
In the 1950s, real estate developers tore down many historical Black churches in the neighborhood for highway construction—but the Friendship Baptist Congregation miraculously survived, thanks to the pastors and community members who argued for its necessity as a community space. It’s now one of the oldest buildings in Southwest DC.
While the Friendship Baptist Congregation relocated to a larger location at the turn of the 21st century, today the building has been reimagined as a community art space. The artist HENSE designed the dynamic and vibrant murals that cover the building on both inside and outside. It is also home to an art gallery that features local artists’ exhibitions regularly, and an outdoor space, dubbed the Avant Garden, that features local muralists.
This season, you can attend three mesmerizing concerts at Culture House. For classical music fans, you can hear the iconic works of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in this colorful candlelit venue. If your tastes lean more towards pop music, a string quartet will be performing a tribute to Taylor Swift and Adele that feature recognizable songs in reimagined arrangements.
Don’t miss your chance to experience this delightful concert inside a stunning venue—get your tickets to a Candlelight Concert here!
Find Culture House at 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024.
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