5 EUMoC Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Week: May 13–19

Theater, Art, and…Bees!

The annual European Month of Culture is back, with a brand new slate of events for you to enjoy throughout the entire month of May. To help you navigate the many opportunities coming your way, we will publish an article every Sunday morning that features five events you don’t want to miss that week, offering a variety of venues, genres, and cultural traditions to experience.

This week offers a handful of unique opportunities — from conversing with theater critics, to enjoying craft beer with actors, to electronic dance parties at one of DC’s most famous music venues, to… bees!

Fever Ray Concert | Sweden

May 14, 7:00 PM | 9:30 Club

Known for experimental electronic music performances, Swedish musical Karin Dreijer recently set out on a solo venture under the name “Fever Ray.” Fresh off of her second album, “Plunge,” she will be giving a not-to-be-missed show at Washington’s famous 9:30 Club on Monday night. Tickets are going fast — get them here while you still can!

Party in the 21st Century | Slovak Republic

May 14–18 | Embassy of the Slovak Republic

Come relish Slovak culture and art with this unique project, aimed at preserving Slovak treasures that are in danger of being forgotten. Particularly, this exhibit will display limited edition paintings of the nearly-extinct “parta,” a Slovak headband often accompanied by ornamental face-paint and traditional clothing. It’s unique, it’s beautiful, and it can still be a source of inspiration — even in the 21st century! The exhibit will take place between Monday and Friday at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic; visit the official website here.

For Your Freedom and Ours | Czech Republic

May 16, 12:00–3:00 PM | EU Delegation to the U.S.

Experience the Czech Embassy’s fantastic new exhibit focusing on the struggle for freedom in Europe during the communist era. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Invasion of the Prague Spring, the Czech Embassy’s cultural coucilor will offer a guided tour through a dozen panels, each dedicated to protesters who marched against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This exhibit is hosted at the European Union Delegation to the U.S., and will be open to the public between noon and 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 16, as well as the following Thursday, May 24 (same times). More information can be found here.

St. Joan: Theater Conversations and “Brews & Banter” | United Kingdom

May 16, 7:00 PM & May 18, 6:30 PM | Folger Shakespeare Theater

The Folger Theater has two exciting opportunities for the public to get behind-the-scenes access to their latest production, George Bernard Shaw’s “St. Joan.” On Wednesday, May 16, join Washington Post chief theater critic Peter Marks as he sits down with the play’s director, Eric Tucker, to discuss Tucker’s unique staging of “St. Joan” and his history in New York City theater. (Tickets can be purchased here). Then on Friday, May 18, patrons between the ages of 21 and 30 can purchase tickets to “Brews and Banter,” where they will have the opportunity to mingle with the play’s actors while enjoying craft beers from DC’s Bluejacket Brewery.

World Bee Day | Slovenia

May 18, 11:00 AM — 2:00 PM | Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Woodrow Wilson Plaza)

Beekeeping has long been revered as a traditional agricultural activity in Slovenia. In 2014, the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association launched the initiative to reserve a day to honor the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators — and four years later, their efforts have been fulfilled! The UN has now officially announced that May 20 is World Bee Day; come celebrate in advance at the Farmer’s Market at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza, where you can shop and learn more about Slovenia’s beekeeping history. Learn more here.

Heading to any of these events? Be sure to enter our #EUPix photo contest! Just snap a photo of yourself having fun at any EUMoC event and post it on social media with the hashtag #EUPix, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a bag full of prizes from all 28 EU Member States!