Welcome to Lisner

Revered as a National & DC Historical Landmark, Lisner Auditorium opened its doors for public performances in the fall of 1946. As an anchor for arts and culture at The George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium hosts world class events and activities and brings well over 100,000 visitors a year to the Foggy Bottom campus.

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Upcoming Events

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The Waganda and Wakenya Comedians: African Comedy Show featuring Anne Kansiime, Smart-Joker & 2mbili

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

An African Stand-up comedy show by the Waganda and Wakenya comedians. Feature performances by The Queen of African comedy, Anne Kansiime from Uganda, Smart-Joker (Michael Omuka) and Tumbili or 2mbili (Dankan Onyango) both from the famous Kenyan comedy show "Churchill Show.” Presenters are comedians Cotilda Inapo, from Uganda, and Eric Omondi, from Kenya. Doors open at 3:00 PM.

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KanKouran West African Dance Company: Celebrating 35 Years: The Spirit Lives On!

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:00pm

KanKouran was founded for the purpose of contributing to the extension of the arts by introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences; enriching American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African performing arts; and promoting intercultural understanding. This concert celebrates 35 years of fulfilling that mission.

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Politics and Prose & GW Present DeRay Mckesson

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Join DeRay Mckesson – the civil rights leader and host of Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on social justice. DeRay will explore today’s issues and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact us all. He will examine the themes of his book ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM, a meditation on resistance and intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement. DeRay will be joined by special guests for an unmissable conversation about inclusion, community, and progress.

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International Arts Foundation presents Africa Umoja Spirit of Unity Tour 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

All international South African cast performing the history of South Africa through music and dance.

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International Arts Foundation presents Africa Umoja Spirit of Unity Tour 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:00pm

All international South African cast performing the history of South Africa through music and dance.

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