Curtain Raiser to the World's Largest Gathering for Peace by a Non-Profit in Modern History

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Join the curtain raiser for World Culture Festival 2016 hosted by The Art of Living Foundation on February 23, 2016 – 6:30 pm @ 2401 15TH Street NW Washington DC

World Culture Festival 2016 : Celebrating Life

On February 23, 2016, at 6:30 pm, Washington’s local and national thought leaders will join the Art of Living Foundation in hosting the first Curtain Raiser for the upcoming World Culture Festival. Held at the Art of Living Foundation’s Sri Sri Center for Peace and Meditation, across from the Meridian Park on 15th Street NW, the Curtain Raiser will be a prelude to the World Culture Festival (WCF) - the Foundation’s historic 3.5 million person gathering for peace in Delhi, India, from March 11-13, 2016. Reflecting the tenor of the WCF, the Curtain Raiser celebrates global cultural and religious diversity, and emphasizes the Foundation’s commitment to peace and harmony.

“The World Culture Festival is history in the making” says Bhushan Deodhar, Director of the Sri Sri Center. “As the world reels from the effects of cultural and religious discord, it seemed only right that we in the nation’s capital show our support for this massive undertaking. And that is how this Curtain Raiser was born. The support from the community has been nothing short of overwhelming.”

The Curtain Raiser on February 23rd will be open to local residents. It will commence with a ceremonial lamp lighting ceremony by local representatives of major faiths, and cultural performances from various countries. Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, DCM, Embassy of India, will deliver special remarks to commemorate this special occasion. Congressman Ami Bera and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky are likely to remain present.

Additionally, the evening will feature a panel discussion on the “Dynamics of Enriching and Sustaining a Connected World” with Filiz Odabas-Geldiay, Executive Director, International Association for Human Values; Rodney North, Director of Marketing & External Relations, Fairtrade America; John H. Reed, President of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration; and Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Leadership & Innovation, The World Bank.

About the World Culture Festival 2016

The Curtain Raiser is a precursor to the World Culture Festival 2016. This three day cultural extravaganza to be held in New Delhi, India during March 11-13 will feature performances by 25,000 artistes, 30 global art forms on a massive seven acre stage and is expected to set multiple records. The brainchild of global thought leader and Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the World Culture Festival is also a celebration of the Foundation’s 35 years of service toward humanity, spirituality and human values. Sri Sri says about the event, “Divisive forces and people who are spreading violence and hatred will have to wake up, and see that the world is coming together.” More than 3.5 million attendees, including international thought and social leaders, from 155 countries are expected to attend the event. For more information about the WCF, please visit http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/world-culture-festival.

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