*All schedules are subject to change 

Friday, September 29 

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Festival Village 

● A one-mile stretch between 7th St and 14th St NW, featuring cultural pavilions, activities including fashion showcases, and 80+ international food trucks 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Main Stage World Culture Festival Showcase 

Saturday, September 30 

8:00 am – 9:30 am: Yoga – Journey Within 

● Yoga with 2,000 yoga instructors + Yoga Enthusiasts in front of the Lincoln Memorial ● Special Meditation with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Festival Village 

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Main Stage World Culture Festival Showcase 

Sunday, October 1 

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Festival Village 

9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Main Stage World Culture Festival Showcase 

Global Speakers 

The Festival also offers a platform for world leaders to renew their commitment to global peace, premised on diversity and nonviolence. Inspirational messages are expected from: 

● H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Chair, Reception Committee of World Culture Festival, South Korea 

● H.E. Prithvirajsing Roopun, President, Mauritius 

● H.E. Rosalía Arteaga Serrano, Former President, Ecuador 

● The Honorable Kjell Magne Bondevik, Former Prime Minister, Norway

● H.E. Nambaryn Enkhbayar, Former President, Mongolia 

● H.E. Federico Franco, Former President, Paraguay 

● H.E. Moncef Marzouki, Former President of Tunisia 

● H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria 

● H.E. Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Former President of India 

● The Honorable Alojz Peterle, Former Prime Minister, Slovenia 

● H.E. Akie Abe, Former First Lady of Japan 

● The Honorable Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General 

● The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia 

● And many more!

Global Leadership Forum 

Over 1,000 leaders from business, government, and international institutions attending the Festival will convene at the Global Leadership Forum (GLF) on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Attendees will exchange ideas and forge partnerships to address key corporate and societal challenges of our time. The theme of this year’s GLF is “Shaping a Humane Future” The Forum will feature inspirational keynotes from global leaders, including Mike Perlis, Vice Chairman of Forbes Media and Tim Draper, venture capital entrepreneur and founder of Draper Associates. Attendance to the Global Leadership Forum is by invitation only. 

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