European Month of Culture


The third annual “European Month of Culture” takes place this year throughout the month of May at various venues in Washington, DC, including the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Library of Congress, The Phillips Collection, American University, EU Embassies, and EU Cultural Institutes. The diverse cultures of the 28 European Union Member States are highlighted through musical performances, art exhibits, dance, film screenings, and lectures.

Please click on the links below for an overview of the events per EU Member State Embassy.

  • Embassy of Slovenia


Upcoming Events

Past Events


Panel Discussion: “How the full EU membership helped our economies? What we did for Europe? Does it pay off being members of the Eurozone?”

Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, New York

Consulates General of the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Slovak Republic organize a panel discussion on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU enlargement of 2004.

Motto: “How the full EU membership helped our… Read more


Exhibit: Ballads

Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

The world explored and portrayed by the Italian photographer Marco Paoli.


Stories to be told – Selma Lagerlöf & Fanteladda

Embassy of Sweden/House of Sweden

A Musical Saga from Värmland
‘Fanteladda’ is a timeless musical saga about a young girl whose only possession was a great love of dancing. The story of Fanteladda touches on the writings of Selma Lagerlöf, Värmland’s most… Read more

Banaz a love story
Banaz a love story

Private screening: Banaz: A Love Story

British Embassy 3100 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20008

Join the Czech Republic, the European Union, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom for a private screening of the Emmy Award-Winning film

Banaz: A Love Story.

Introductory remarks will be offered by British… Read more


Film: Lemonade Joe (Limonádový Joe)

Bistro Bohem - 600 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

A musical comedy satirizing the American Western genre.

Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol. Joe’s endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy… Read more


Artist Demonstration: Athanasios

Hillyer Art Space: 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington DC 20008 • 202.338.0325 •

Athanasios was born in 1965 to a potter mother and a vase painter father. The ceramic tradition of his family can be traced back to Asia Minor, the land of Aeolia, in the beginning of… Read more


Celebration of Hrabal’s 100th Birth Anniversary

Embassy of the Czech Republic

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with Archipelago Books, presents a poetic evening of readings and music in celebration of Czech author Bohumil Hrabal’s 100th Birth Anniversary, with opening remarks by Pulitzer Prize-winning… Read more


Film: Passion

Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

Honoring Italian Director Carlo Mazzacurati,  who died last January.


To avoid being sued, a film director reluctantly agrees to set up and direct the Good Friday celebrations in a small Tuscan town.

Autor Krum Krumov MA,LRPS 0034 605 353 646
Autor Krum Krumov MA,LRPS 0034 605 353 646

Musical Performance: Lara Bello plays flamenco, jazz and Mediterranean melodies

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

The Spanish singer and composer Lara Bello will be playing flamenco, jazz and mediterranean melodies at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The singer from Granada captures the magic and poetry of Spain.

Listen to “Nana de… Read more


Exhibit: Vintage Tour of Italy

Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

An exhibit of historic Travel Posters  from the Italian Tourist Board.


EU Embassies’ Open House 2014

On May 10 the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States will open their doors to the public for the annual EU Embassies’ Open House: a day of family fun, food, culture and more. The event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity for them to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries.


Film: Dutch Influence about the Dutch Dance Scene

Embassy of the Netherlands

In “Dutch Influence” Dutch DJ’s tell how they experience success and what this success entails. They share the beautiful moments and experiences but also devote on the downsides of this (fast) success.

‘Dutch Influence’ follows a… Read more


Lecture: Steven Beller “Modernism in 1914″

Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20008

The Austrian Cultural Forum proudly presents the lecture of Steven Beller titled “Modernism in 1914″.

For many the modern era began with the violent caesura of the First World War, which kick-started the changes… Read more


Exhibit: An Archaeologist’s Eye

Combining art, history, and archaeology to powerful effect “An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab,” a new exhibition of drawings by Katherine A. Schwab, Ph. D., Fairfield University professor of art history, provides a glimpse into… Read more


Exhibit: Luis Vidal: “Encounters”

District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

Spanish architecture firm luis vidal + architects (LVA) will bring its innovative architectural exhibition to the AIA Washington Chapter during the Architecture Week 2014.

Encounters represents an architectural installation created to discover, explore, and display the work… Read more



Washington, Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW

A journey through new worlds in wonder

Unanswered Prayer is a photo exhibit by Anna Paola Pizzocaro, a New York-based artist. The fine art photography images of this series invite the viewer into a world between… Read more


Exhibit: Facing the Climate

Embassy of Sweden

Sweden has a strong commitment to climate and environmental issues. After a successful exhibition tour across the globe, Swedish as well as international cartoonists and caricaturists offer amusing and alarming reflections on climate change.

Contributing artists… Read more

Cyprus: Kyrenia Opera performs “Cyprus in the heart of Europe”

A concert of arias and songs from the Mediterranean celebrating the European Month of Culture in the U.S. Capital.

A concert of arias and songs from the Mediterranean celebrating the European Month of Culture at the Kennedy Center in the US Capital.
Lyric soprano Rebecca Davis, New York based Greek Cypriot baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes, and… Read more

Lithuania and Poland: Gabrielius Alekna, pianist/ “Bacevicius vs. Bacewicz: One Family, Different Paths”

NGA, West Building Lecture Hall

Vytautas Bacevicius (Lithuanian) and Grazyna Bacewicz (Polish) are two siblings, separated by choice and fate, who are reunited as mid-20th C composers in this program. Works by Gabriel Fauré and Franz Liszt are also featured.


Germany: “Stadtpfeifer, Waits, Ministriles, Piffar”

National Gallery of Art, East Building, Mezzanine

La Capella de la Torre performs Renaissance music heard during Albrecht Dürer’s lifetime on authentic instruments. Presented in honor of the German artist in the framework of the exhibition
“Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors and Prints from the Albertina”.

Austria: Austrian pianist and conductor Paul Badura-Skoda leads the National Gallery of Art Orchestra in an all-Mozart program.

NGA West Building, West Garden Court

As part of the European Month of Culture the National Gallery of Art presents Austria pianist conductor Paul Badura-Skoda. He leads the National Gallery of Art Orchestra in an all-Mozart program.

The European Month of Culture… Read more

Denmark: World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony

National Museum for Women in the Arts | 1250 New York Ave NW, at the corner of New York Ave and 13th St NW

A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony on view February 15–May 12, 2013.

A well-known and much-loved figure in Denmark, Anna Ancher is most admired for her paintings of interiors filled with light… Read more

France: “Angels, Demons & Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet”

 The Phillips Collection | 1600 21st St NW, Washington DC

 This exhibition reveals a cross-cultural artistic dialogue among three artists – American painter Jackson Pollock, American artist and patron of European and American postwar art, Alfonso Ossorio, and French painter Jean Dubu et.