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Washington Revels

Washington Revels brings people together.

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For over 35 years, Washington Revels has created community through celebrations of traditional music, dance and drama. Now, as we all protect our communities from COVID-19 by staying apart, finding ways to connect feels more important than ever. And so Revels has continued bringing people together, sharing traditions virtually when we can’t gather in person.

But for all the joy that virtual revelry creates, in-person connection is essential. It’s what makes the performing arts — what makes Revels, above all — resonate so strongly. And when this crisis is past, it’s what will help our communities heal.

Revels plans to be part of the healing process.

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With your support, we’ve made plans for a special post-COVID celebration. But the in-person nature of live performance, which means so much to so many, also injects Washington Revels’ future with great uncertainty. We don’t know when we will be able to resume in-person after-school workshops or the free and low-cost programs that bring joy to so many, such as our monthly Community Sings and Dances, year-round performing ensembles, early arts-enrichment classes, and summer parades. And we don't know what impact COVID-19 will have on the Christmas Revels ticket revenue that makes these accessible offerings possible.

In this difficult time, we’re asking you to please sustain Revels, so that Revels can be there for you on the other side. Your support on #GivingTuesdayNOW will help us weather this crisis and emerge ready to spread collective joy in person once again.

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Washington Revels uses performance, education, and community engagement to revive, sustain, expand, and celebrate cultural traditions — in music, dance, storytelling, and drama — that bind people together in spirit and joy. We strive to illustrate the world’s common humanity, connecting all people in a community that stretches across ethnic, cultural, and religious divisions, and through time. Learn more: www.revelsdc.org

May Revels photo by Dave Fimbres / SemiCharmedLife Photography LLC

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