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"Passport DC" is a yearly event (created by Cultural Tourism DC and its affiliates) celebrating the diversity of cultural influences in Washington, DC. This year, Passport DC will highlight DC's international and diplomatic community virtually, through live and pre-recorded activities from embassies, and selected DC restaurants and cultural institutions. Online visitors can learn about international culture through programs and presentations of history, humanities, performing and visual art, concerts, author talks, cooking demonstrations and more.

Passport DC: Australia

All Ages

The Colours of Australia: Australia is a country painted with a vivid rainbow of colours and enriched with unique and exotic sounds; it's a place that dazzles your every sense. Experience it through our series of videos that take you on an immersive journey of Australia through 8D audio. 8D sound is an audio effect that creates the illusion of hearing sounds from all around. To fully experience the 8D effect, listen with headphones on.
Watch the videos and experience the colours of Australia here.

Webcam Sydney: the next best thing to being there: Live, 24/7, this iconic view of Sydney, Australia includes Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Tune into the webcam here.

(Almost) LIVE from Aus: In May 2020, as COVID-19 quarantines set in, Australia.com launched a weekend of virtual travel experiences, hosted by some of Australia’s most iconic personalities. We travelled from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru, danced with The Wiggles and learnt the best-kept Aussie BBQ secrets from Hayden Quinn. 
Experience the amazing virtual events right here.

Ages 12+

Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories: Dust Echoes: In collaboration with the Djilpin Aboriginal Arts Corporation, ABC Education presents Dust Echoes, a series of a dozen beautifully animated Aboriginal Dreamtime stories from Australia’s Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to Country, custom, and law. The video is arranged as 12 chapters and includes guides for more information. They premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2007. They retell traditional dreamtime stories in an engaging and modern way using stunning animation techniques.
Experience Dust Exhoes, Dreamtime here.

Virtual Indigenous Art Exhibition: Dub Leffler: Darkish: This virtual exhibition from the Kluge- Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia is a selection of works by Aboriginal illustrator, writer, animator, and mixed media artist, Dub Leffler (Bigambul,  Mandandanji). Entitled Dub Leffler: Darkish, it features watercolours made for children’s literature and related works. Darkish explores how Indigenous children are represented in children’s literature, and the term “darkish” was used by the adoption agency to describe the artist himself as a child. Historically, Aboriginal children have been stereotyped in children’s literature or excluded altogether, not unlike their adult counterparts in non-Indigenous fiction over the last 200 years. Leffler’s work expands the image of the Aboriginal child to encompass the diversity of Indigenous Australia, allowing the opportunity for all Aboriginal children to see themselves and their histories reflected in the books that help shape who they become.
View the exhibition here.

LIVE: Artist Marley Dawson's Zoom, May 20, 6-7 pm: From his studio in Australia, artist Marley Dawson joins Vesela Stretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phillips Collection, for a discussion about his Intersections project, entitled ghosts.  For his two-part Intersections project, Dawson re-imagines the history of the museum in the present, pulling from the Phillips’s architecture and furniture, as well as Morris Louis’s Number182. He creates a kinetic installation of chairs made of hundreds of brass rods suspended from the dome and rotating at different axis points. Entitled ghosts, the installation plays on the idea of (im)materiality and accentuates the spiral of Goh stairwell in the Phillips.
Learn more about ghosts here.
Tune into the artist talk here.