Washington, DC – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the nation’s capital, announced today their sponsorship of "Soccer in the Circle," a FIFA World Cup cultural celebration with live match screenings presented by The Welsh Government and Dupont Festival. The free, all-ages event will take place in Dupont Circle National Park on Monday, November 21st.
The cultural celebration that is centered around community and a collective passion for soccer will begin at 9 AM. Festivities will include a live painting collaboration between a Welsh and American artist, a DJ sponsored by the Dupont Circle BID, a live screening of the Netherlands vs Senegal FIFA World Cup match at 11 AM ET, Welsh culinary favorites, a raffle, giveaways, and a live screening of the USA vs Wales game at 2 PM ET.
“Dupont Festival is proud to host our 4th World Cup viewing watch party in Dupont Circle National Park. We are grateful to work with our partners at the Government of Wales and to all our sponsors,” said President and Founder of Dupont Festival, Aaron DeNu.
“There are historic and deep connections between Wales and the USA, and it is fitting that we begin our World Cup journey together. This will be a great event for Americans, Welsh, and Welsh-Americans to come together and celebrate our shared love of sport, and what both countries have achieved by qualifying for this World Cup,” said Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy, Welsh Government.
Back in 2010, Dupont Festival was the first organizer to host an official FIFA World Cup celebration in the District of Columbia. This event marks the 4th World Cup viewing event that Dupont Festival has organized in Dupont Circle, the heart of the nation’s capital. The Dupont Circle BID and Events DC are sponsoring this year’s event.
"Soccer in the Circle’ promises to be much more than just a watch party. Bringing together the Welsh Government and many of our District partners is part of a dynamic cultural and sporting experience unique to Washington, DC,” said Ralph Morton, senior vice president and managing director, Sports & Entertainment Division at Events DC. “With some of the most passionate, knowledgeable and globally-minded fans in the nation, we are looking forward to creating a memorable occasion on November 21 to celebrate these historic and highly anticipated matches.”
“With the Circle being a symbol of unity, I couldn’t think of a better location to host a live viewing of the World Cup’s opening games,” said Colleen Hawkinson, executive director of the Dupont Circle BID. Through providing a shared global experience that brings people together in the center of DC’s international heart, ‘Soccer in the Circle’ is a striking expression of unity. The Dupont Circle BID is honored to partner with Dupont Festival, the Welsh Government, and Events DC to bring this event to the neighborhood.”
To RSVP and for more information, visit the Soccer In The Circle on Eventbrite.
About the Welsh Government
The Welsh Government works to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make the nation a better place in which to live and work. The Welsh Government office at the British Embassy has 3 key objectives. The first is to raise the profile of Wales in the USA, the second is to increase exports from Wales to the USA / increase inward investment from the USA (Wales’s biggest foreign investment donor) to Wales and the third is to establish Wales as a globally responsible nation.
About Dupont Festival
Dupont Festival (501C3) presents year-round arts & cultural programming. We seek to positively impact the social and physical character of Washington, D.C.'s arts and cultural scene.
About Dupont Circle BID
Dupont Circle is DC’s international heart, the destination neighborhood renowned as the city’s welcoming gathering place. The Dupont Circle Business Improvement District (BID) was formed in 2018 to elevate this iconic neighborhood through public space management, placemaking, activation, and economic development initiatives. To learn more about the BID’s mission and work, click here.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in direct economic impact and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at www.RFKFields.com. Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC) — and on our new hub for live and on-demand event programming on GATHER by Events DC at www.gatherbyeventsdc.com.
Craig Chester, Events DC
Aaron DeNu, Dupont Festival