DC’s movers and shakers gathered at the Capital Riverfront BID’s Osteria Morini to kickoff the cherry blossom season. Though the National Cherry Blossom Festival won’t take place until March 20-April 17, 2016, the city holds multiple lead-up events for arguably the most iconic Washingtonian event every year.
Guests enjoyed signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres while hearing remarks from sponsors, DC officials, and ambassadors. Kristin Rohr, Board Chair of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, welcomed guests before introducing ANA as the 2016 Leadership Circle Sponsor. Notable guests included Michael Stevens, President of Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District; Hiroyasu Izumi, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of Japan; and Linda Erickson, VP of Sales for Events DC.
Floridian Thomas Burns was selected as the official artist of the 2016 festival. An annual collector’s item, the National Cherry Blossom Festival poster created by the official artist will be the symbol of the festival in signage around town and for travelers across the world who come to see the famous cherry blossoms.
Future events for the festival include the well-attended Pink Tie Party presented by ANA on March 18th, 2016, the Blossom Kite Festival on April 2nd, and the Cherry Blast on April 16th, which features all things anime, cosplay, and gaming.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.