Washington, D.C. will host World Culture Festival 2023, it was announced Friday, February 23.
Boasted as a three-day, Olympic-scale celebration hosted by the Art of Living Foundation, from September 29 through October 1, 2023, the National Mall will be overflowing with people from around the world coming together to celebrate “humanity’s culture, diversity, and unity.”
“In a world which is so polarized, divided, and despondent, it is time for us to come together in celebration, where we appreciate the rich diversity on this planet,” Art of Living founder Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said in a press release. “It’s high time we recognize we are a one-world family.”
At the fourth iteration of the festival, attendees will get to experience live music, art, food, and dancing from a variety of nations and cultures, as well as be able to partake in meditation and attend inspirational talks from Ban Ki-moon (the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations), members of Congress, faith leaders, and more.
“We are elated to host the 2023 World Culture Festival right here in the District!” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote on Twitter. “This fall, we will come together to celebrate culture, diversity, and unity.”
The last World Culture Festival took place in New Delhi in 2016, with the festival seeing 3.75 million attendees from 155 countries.
For more information on the festival or to get tickets, visit the World Culture Festival website.