The Washington Diplomat - July 2019

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Spotlight | Culture | WD

Bluegrass Diplomacy

D.C. United Game Viewing The Washington Diplomat hosted a group of diplomats and U.S. officials in the D.C. United owners’ box at Audi Field on May 12 to watch a match between D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City (D.C. won 1-0). Pictured from left are: Andy Bush of D.C. United; Lara Romano, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Croatia; Ricardo Lachterman, first secretary of the Embassy of Argentina; Christian Hotton, counselor at the Embassy of Argentina; The Washington Diplomat publisher Victor Shiblie; British Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch; his wife Vanessa Darroch; Mick Mulvaney, acting chief of staff for President Trump; Mikael Garnier Lavalley of the Embassy of France; and U.S. Protocol Chief Sean Lawler.


The German Embassy Economic Department with Minister Karl Matthias Klause invited guests for a Mayfest celebration, a traditional German occasion to celebrate the coming of summer, featuring the all-female bluegrass band Fly Birds.

Studio Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Washington Diplomat Japanese Tea Ceremony Guests were treated to a traditional tea ceremony performed by professor Sobin Koizumi at The Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel on April 11 as part of an event hosted by The Washington Diplomat and Sakura-cha Meet, a Japanese nonprofit in Kyoto that promotes peace and harmony by sharing tea. Koizumi entered the Urasenke tea school in 1975 and became a professor of tea ceremony in 1997. Since 2000, she has been spreading the culture ancient tea ceremony throughout the world.

Sobin Koizumi teaches the traditional art of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Studio Theatre welcomed more than 250 guests to celebrate its 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 13 at Dock5 in Union Market. The evening marked Studio’s “In Your Face” season, honored the work of JBG SMITH in the D.C. community, and featured entertainment from familiar faces and voices of 40 years of Studio Theatre. PHOTOS: PIXELME STUDIOS

Victor Shiblie, left, and Fuad Shiblie, right, talk with members of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).

Anna Rodgers, group sales manager at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.

Evan Regan-Levine, executive vice president at JBG Smith; Larry Naake, executive director and CEO of the National Association of Counties; and Bryan Moll, executive vice president at JBG Smith.

Yuehong Wang of the Embassy of China, professor Sobin Koizumi and Feiming Wu of the Embassy of China.

Akiko Kawai of the Sakura-cha Meet nonprofit.

Priyanthi Kanakaratna of the Embassy of Bangladesh.

Liam Forde and Shannon Dorsey.

Akiko Kawai of the Sakura-cha Meet nonprofit, tea ceremony master Sobin Koizumi, Rod Carrasco of The Washington Diplomat and David Hendrix, general manager of The Fairfax at Embassy Row, welcome guests.

Actresses Kim Schraf, Tonya Beckman and Susan Rome.

Andrew De Souza, Catherine Yochum, Katie Kleiger, Daniel Pattenden and Jocelyn Lederman.

Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse welcomes guests.

Ginny McArthur of Mobius Leadership and Renee Matalon of Matalon & Nathani LLP.


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