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Celebrate women and history: International Women’s Day Festival 2024

This weekend’s options promise a fun-filled and tight-packed list of events that may lead you to learning about history, celebrating women, and enjoying musical sounds.

D.C.’s prominent performing arts scene kicks the week off with multimedia experiences, such as the interactive dance performance of “Polyscope.”

Traditional celebrations like the 11th annual Awesome Con and the 2024 commemoration of International Women’s Day promote community and allyship by recognizing the influence that culture and feminine change makers have on society. The fun continues with a taste of Ghanaian musical engagement and options also include formerly U.K.-based Dopamine Land, offering an opportunity to relax your mind while embracing your inner child. 

The weekend ends with the mystifying and educational retellings of Harriet Tubman and Simone Leigh’s artwork, respective events that offer participants a chance to escape from the unique and exclusive perspectives of barrier-breaking women. 

Keep your outlook vibrant and remember, there’s always something happening in the DMV to keep your spirit — and social life — lit. To keep up with all the fun, don’t forget to check out the Washington Informer Calendar. 

Thursday, March 7

Motion X Dance Company: Polyscope 

7:30 p.m | $27

Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St, Washington, D.C., 20005

“Polyscope” is a multimedia dance performance examining a common human experience: the lifecycle of the wildfire we call “passion.” The show poses the question: If this spark is found in childhood, what does dancing around the flame look like throughout a lifetime? “Polyscope” will strike the match, dance recklessly, and harness the power of passion. 

With a mission to share innovative and thought-provoking dance works with all kinds of people, Motion X Dance Company (formally Motion X Dance DC) creates relatable dance pieces that reflect on the human experience and illustrate the real world from an artistic point of view. Motion X is a contemporary dance company based in Northern Virginia. 

Friday, March 8

International Women’s Day Festival 2024

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free with registration

National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20005

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will memorialize International Women’s Day by hosting both virtual and in-person programs that engage with, highlight, and celebrate women in the visual and performing arts.

For the full schedule of events, visit NMWA’s International Women’s Day page.

Awesome Con

1 p.m. – 8 p.m. | $55+

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Awesome Con — Washington D.C.’s Comic Con — is back for its 11th year of awesomeness with a star-studded celebration. Awesome Con brings over 60,000 fans together with their favorite celebrities from comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more. Family-friendly and inclusive, the festival includes unique features such as: Science Fair, where science meets science fiction; Book Fair, for book dragons, aspiring authors, and literature lovers of all ages; Awesome Con Jr, an all-ages destination for the next generation of fans; Pride Alley, a celebration of queer creators and fans, curated by Geeks OUT; and Destination Cosplay, where cosplay fanatics can meet, pose, and improve their craft.

Saturday, March 9

Rolling Cocoa Festival

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | $69+

The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, D.C., 20024

Presented by Duke Concept, Rolling Cocoa is a new indoor World Music Festival that focuses on promoting Ghanaian music and culture. The maiden edition will take place in Washington, D.C., and feature artists such as Stonebwoy, Black Sherif, R2bees, Kidi, Camidoh, Kwesi Arthur, Efya, S3fa, and more.

Dopamine Land

2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | $16.99 to $22.50

Dopamine Land, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20015

Now open in D.C., Dopamine Land is a colorful multimedia and multisensory event that is not to be missed. Discover and explore 10 playful rooms that will surprise your senses and awaken the imagination of your inner child. 

Get ready to play as different activities invite you to try meditation, mix music, draw all over the walls, or even start a pillow fight! Also, don’t forget to find something new at the Bubble Bar, whether you breathe deeply at the Aromatherapy Oxygen Bar or indulge in new treats. 

No matter what kind of immersive experience you’re looking for, Dopamine Land is designed to deliver and trigger that happiness hormone. 

Sunday, March 10

The Beauty of Our Wellness: The Sessions (Simone Leigh @ The Hirshhorn Museum)

Noon. – 2 p.m. | Free with registration

Hirshhorn Museum, 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C., 20560

“The Beauty of Our Wellness: The Sessions” centers around the Hirshhorn Museum solo exhibition of Chicago-native artist Simone Leigh, who represented the United States at the 2022 Venice Biennale (La Biennale de Venezia)–one of the largest and most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world.

With a passion for promoting healthy relationships between mind and body in the Black community, the organizers use the art exhibitions in the DMV to inspire a space for bodily and intellectual exploration. 

Harmonies of Liberty: A Commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Free with registration 

In-person and virtual | Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center Room 1309, 4131 Campus Drive, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742

In commemoration of Harriet Tubman Day, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies presents “Harmonies of Liberty,” a conversation with artist and activist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Joining the conversation is Ms. Ernestine “Tina” Wyatt, Harriet Tubman’s great-great-great-grandniece, who will bring greetings on behalf of Tubman’s descendants. 

Source: Washington Informer

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