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Spotlight: Thousands tour DC embassies during open house

D.C. residents and tourists visit more than 50 embassies, learn about the culture of distant countries, sample the food and view products that are representative of different cultures, all in one day and within a few blocks in the U.S. capital.

UK ambassador inaugurates bright, bold mural trumpeting inclusivity

Commissioned by the British Embassy in D.C., and painted by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, the mural is part of the GREAT Love international campaign, which celebrates the world’s diverse and flourishing LGBTQ+ communities. The bright, bold art on the walls of D.C.’s Little Gay Pub is intended to make “everyone feel at home,” the U.K. Ambassador to Washington, Dame Karen Pierce, says.

Meridian Ball hits the jackpot in its 55th year

‘Casino night’ was this year’s theme of Meridian International Center’s biggest event of the year, which brings together diplomats, members of Congress and the administration, people from the public and private sectors and more, benefitting the Center’s mission for global leadership exchange, training programs and cultural activities. 

EU hosts second awards ceremony; UAE cleans up Rock Creek Park

On May 9, the European Union Delegation and Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis hosted the second annual Transatlantic Bridge Awards at the House of Sweden. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sen. Rob Portman and journalist Judy Woodruff received awards for their efforts in fostering ties between the US and Europe. 

“Pour, Tear, Carve” exhibit at the Phillips Collection

In the Phillips Collection’s latest exhibition, gold leather shoelaces burst out of a reimagined Statue of Liberty. The intoxicating scent of Stargazer lilies fills the next room. A dazzling display of seashells, bones and prosthetic glass eyes beckons visitors to stare in wonder.

Diplomatic Spotlight: March 16, 2023

To mark one year of war in Ukraine, the Embassy of Latvia staff and friends joined a support rally for Ukraine in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 25 in front of the Lincoln Memorial. 

Museum of Asian Art features Egyptian collection for centennial

Tucked in a corridor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, a small and exquisitely arranged display of ancient Egyptian art offers intriguing insights into early 20th century collecting — and the story behind one of the most underrated but spectacular museums on the Mall.