What we're about

An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 30 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe.

Staged or informal, large or small, Revels celebrations involve adults and children of all ages, mixing professionals and nonprofessionals. Audience participation is a hallmark: singing, dancing or becoming part of the drama, Revels audiences are always an integral part of the productions. Whether participating in a Revels celebration from the audience or stage, people invariably leave with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.

Learn more about Washington Revels here. (http://revelsdc.org/)

Carpe Diem Arts is dedicated to serving diverse audiences with quality arts experiences, representing a broad range of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines. Concerts, arts outreach programs, summer camps, community dances - all are examples of Carpe Diem programs in both the Washington DC area and Maryland's Eastern Shore. We also partner with other area non-profits to produce fundraising events, showcases, festivals, summer arts institutes, and other cultural offerings ~ celebrating the arts and building strong living-learning communities.

Learn more about Carpe Diem Arts here. (http://www.carpediemarts.org/)

Upcoming events (5)

Kids Sing, Dance, and Hear Stories at Revels

Washington Revels

REVELS WORLD STORY TIME Join Washington Revels in celebrating the world through children’s literature! This Summer we’re off on a multicultural adventure through legends, tales, and newly written stories from around the globe. Plus we reimagine what story time can be with crafts, songs, movement and more! Revels World Story Time is geared toward the infant to preK age set, but all are welcome! Have a story suggestion or question? Visit our website to get in touch: http://revelsdc.org/revels-kids/revels-world-story-time/

Sing at the Summer Solstice!

Bennington Drive Park

Join us for the monthly Carpe Diem-Washington Revels Community & Family Sing. This month we meet outdoors and sing songs to welcome the Summer Solstice and to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month and National Accordion Month with a Potluck Supper! Everyone is welcome to bring refreshments and songs to share. Visit our website to sign up in advance to lead a song: http://revelsdc.org/2019/june21-community-family-sing/ Or just show up to sing (or even just to listen)! The Community Sings are a partnership of Carpe Diem Arts and Washington Revels, with in-kind support from Takoma Radio. $5-10 donation requested (In case of rain: meet at Washington Revels, 531 Dale Drive)

March with Revels on July 4th!

Takoma Park, Maryland

Join in our colorful and lively parade unit as we show a special summer side of Washington Revels to thousands of July 4th spectators! If you prefer, come sit curbside and cheer with the festive crowd. Our joyous and robust band of revelers will be a vibrant and distinctive section of this historic parade (130 years and still going strong!). We will sing, cheer, hand out flyers, and wave whimsical props like “Snap the Dragon,” a Smiling Sun, bright flags, banners, ribbon sticks and more! Kids are welcome (including kids in strollers), and older ones will have their own song to sing; children under 13 must be accompanied in the parade by a responsible adult. We’ll also need adult flyer-hander-outers, so non-singers are encouraged to participate! If you play an instrument that can be easily carried and you would like to be in the band, let us know that as well. Once again making this Independence Day Parade particularly meaningful for Revels, we will be joined by a group of teenage Syrian refugees and their teenage American hosts, in partnership with RefAmerica. Let’s give our Syrian friends a warm welcome and a fun window onto a slice of American life! To march with us, you MUST REGISTER by July 2nd. Visit our website for more details and for instructions on how to register: http://revelsdc.org/2019/july4-takoma-parade/ (Time and location here are approximate: specific gathering time/location will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.)

Dancing in Downtown Silver Spring

Silver Spring Civic Building


On the second Thursday of every month, enjoy the fun as well as the mental and physical health benefits of dancing with others! Are you yearning for more community engagement? More joy? More cultural activities? More exercise? We’ve got it all covered in one stop — come along and dance! July's dance features music by Carolee Rand, Bob McCluskie & Friends with caller Susan Taylor. No experience required: each session starts at 7:00 pm with a 30-minute lesson, and then dances are “called” from 7:30-10 (this means the steps are called out loud so you can follow along). All levels of experience are welcome. The Contra Dances are presented by Carpe Diem Arts in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and Washington Revels, with support from BE ACTIVE: Montgomery County Department of Recreation. TICKETS: Free to first-timers! $10 general; $8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members, Takoma Radio supporters & Washington Revels; $5 students and those without income MORE INFO: http://revelsdc.org/2019/july11-contra-dance/

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Dancing in Downtown Silver Spring

Silver Spring Civic Building


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