Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jazz Evening with Ku?a at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.

Bo Borje Jonsson and Diane SalisburyBo Borje Jonsson and Diane Salisbury

“A FINNISH Jazz Evening with Ku?a” – a splendid concert and reception — was held at the beautiful Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, June 14. The music group Ku?a comprises Markku Ounaskari on drums, Samuli Mikkonen on piano and Per J?rgensen on trumpet and voice. Ambassador Pekka Lintu introduced the musicians. Guests could also enjoy the delicious and plentiful buffet of Finnish specialties and other dishes. The concert was part of the Nordic Jazz 2011 concert series.

Ambassador Pekka Lintu of Finland introduces the music group Ku?a.Ambassador Pekka Lintu of Finland introduces the music group Ku?a

Marcus Tuominen and Wilma Yl??vi of the Embassy of Finland, and David H. WassermanMarcus Tuominen and Wilma Yl??vi of the Embassy of Finland, and David H. Wasserman

Flavius Mihaies and Matthew H. T. M. StephensonFlavius Mihaies and Matthew H. T. M. Stephenson

Liliana Pulvirenti and Lilly PapaioannouLilly Papaioannou and Liliana Pulvirenti

EmbassyofFinlandKuara.20110615 012.JPGKu?a performs.

Jazz Evening with Ku?a at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.

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Opening Reception for German Photography at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Sampson in front of her workRebecca Sampson in front of her work

THE OPENING reception of “Gute Aussichten, New German Photography ” was held at the Goethe-Institut in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, June 9. The show features work by seven winners of the seventh annual German competition for graduate photography students: Andr?Hemstedt & Tine Reimer, Samuel Henne, Katrin Kamrau, Rebecca Sampson, Helena Sch?zle and Stephan Tillmans. Ms. Sampson and Mr. Tillmans were present during the opening reception, as well as “Gute Aussichten’s” initiators Josefine Raab and Stefan Becht. The exhibition runs through September 2, 2011.

Photographer Stephan Tillmans is showing his work at the Goethe-Institut.Photographer Stephan Tillmans is showing his work at the Goethe-Institut.

Goethe-Institut is located at 812 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information: www.goethe.de/washington

Washington-based photographer Bruce McNeilWashington-based photographer Bruce McNeil

Art Exhibit and Opening Reception with Ernesto Del Carpio at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

Peruvian artist Ernesto Del Carpio and Luis Chang Boldrini, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of PeruPeruvian artist Ernesto Del Carpio and Luis Chang Boldrini, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Peru

“LOVE, HAPPINESS AND COLOR” - a colorful and intriguing exhibition of artwork by Peruvian artist Ernesto Del Carpio - opened on Thursday evening, June 9, at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

ERNESTO DEL CARPIO – like Nobel Prize Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa - from Peru’s second largest city Arequipa, and is a representative of the emerging art of the late 70s in that city. The characteristics of the artist’s work come from a place with its own identity, history and artistic expression, which is a product of a multicultural and diverse country.

Leonda Levchuk and Jacquetta Swift of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian InstitutionLeonda Levchuk and Jacquetta Swift of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution

DEL CARPIO’S artistic life started with sculptures in metal, stone, wood and other materials that he felt suitable for handling and shaping. Later on, he began painting. He says: “I work on the subject without giving the interpretation much importance (the memory is never entirely exact). I recur to color and volume as possibilities, always to say something, something that is not determined (everything can change).”
“I am interested in a new formulation of the image as a means of documenting sensations, emotions, pursuing contrasts and contradictions, plastic accusations that lead me to break open the creative moment, reveal the dreamful spirit, and maybe… with a little poetry one might live better,” states the artist.

Artwork by Peruvian artist Ernesto Del CarpioArtwork by Peruvian artist Ernesto Del Carpio

Artwork by Peruvian artist Ernesto Del CarpioArtwork by Peruvian artist Ernesto Del CarpioArtwork by Peruvian artist Ernesto Del Carpio

Seminar – ‘Innovations towards Zero’ – about the latest findings on safety and electrification of vehicles held at the House of Sweden

Lennart Stegland, President, Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, Volvo Car Corporation, and Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO, Volvo Car CorporationLennart Stegland, President, Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, Volvo Car Corporation, and Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO, Volvo Car Corporation

A SEMINAR, titled “Innovations towards Zero,” explored the latest findings on safety and electrification of vehicles at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning, June 9. The event was organized by Volvo Car Corporation and SACC (Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce) Washington, D.C. (www.sacc-dc.org).

AMONG THE prominent government and industry experts, who discussed electric vehicles and safety technologies, were Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), senior policy advisor, Arent Fox LLP; Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corp.; Lennart Stegland, president, Volvo Car Special Vehicles, Volvo Car Corp,; Patrick Davis, program manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy; O. Kevin Vincent, chief counsel, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Charles Gassenheimer, CEO and chairman, Ener1, Inc.; and Jeffrey W. Runge, principal, The Chertoff Group, and former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

MR. JACOBY declared that Volvo has the goal that by 2020 no one should be killed in a new Volvo.

WITH MORE THAN two-thirds of America’s petroleum use being consumed by transportation, many of the speakers talked about seeking alternative forms of energy to power vehicles.

ADDITIONALLY THE participants discussed some of the latest and future innovations, and how manufacturers, government and the public can work together to reduce emissions as well as fatalities and injuries on the roads. Guests had also the opportunity to see innovative products and car models on display in Anna Lindh Hall at the House of Sweden.

Seminar - 'Innovations towards Zero' - about the latest findings on safety and electrification of vehicles held at the House of Sweden

The Life and Work of Chilean Poet and Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral Celebrated at an Event in Washington, D.C.

EmbofChile.StefanJacoby.20110609 015.JPGMattias Kraemer of The In Series, and his wife Elisa Milos. Kraemer announced the winners of a local Washington, D.C. poetry competition at an event at the Embassy of Chile, and he will also soon participate in the Peace and Love Rock and Roll Festival in Borl?ge, Sweden.

THE LIFE and work of Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral was celebrated at an event at the Embassy of Chile on Wednesday evening, June 8. The program included a documentary “Gabriela Mistral: Her Life, Her Legacy,” produced by the Gabriela Mistral Foundation; poetry reading in Spanish by Professor Roberto Brodsky of Georgetown University and in English by Director Gloria Garafulich-Grabois of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation. Additionally Vice-Chairman Mario Paredes of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation talked about the foundation’s work.

Karen Morales and Emily Morrison performed poetry at the Gabriela Mistral event at the Embassy of Chile. Karen Morales and Emily Morrison performed poetry at the Gabriela Mistral event at the Embassy of Chile.

ON THE PROGRAM was also a video clip “Homenaje a Gabriela Mistral” – a poem written by and read by young Chilean girl Fernanda Araya, as well as “Finding Gabriela Mistral Poetry Award Ceremony” with Carla Hubner and Mattias Kraemer of The In Series, and a Musical Component - “Todas Ibamos a Ser Reinas” and “Dame la Mano” – with Karen Morales, Emily Morrison, Carla Hubner and Mattias Kraemer.

AFTER THE performance there was a reception. The event was a collaboration between the Embassy of Chile, the Gabriela Mistral Foundation (www.gabrielamistralfoundation.org), and The In Series (www.inseries.org).

The winners of the poetry competition. The winners of the poetry competition.

‘Jenny Lind’ – The Swedish Nightingale – concert in Washington, D.C.

ON TUESDAY, June 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. there will be a “Jenny Lind” concert and reception at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church at 4201 Albemarle St., N.W., in Washington, D.C. The event is presented by St. Columba’s and the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) of Washington, D.C. (www.swea.org).  

JENNY LIND was the famous Swedish opera star, who was escorted by the great impresario P.T. Barnum to the U.S. in 1850 for a grand tour, and she is still to this day a legend. The Jenny Lind Scholarship is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the People’s Parks and Community Center in Stockholm.

THE PRESTIGIOUS Jenny Lind Scholarship for 2011 has been awarded to soprano Ms. Rebecca Rasmussen. The jury, explaining their award, said of Ms. Rasmussen: “With her sonorous, warm soprano voice and profound ability to embody her role; she captivates the audience with her mature artistry.” Her accompanist Mr. Daniel Hormazabal Cortes, has been awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Accompaniment Scholarship. A reception, courtesy of SWEA, will follow the concert. Admission free, RSVP to sweadcprogram@gmail.com.

Swedes in Washington celebrate their national holiday at the ambassador’s residence

Anders ?lund of Peterson Institute and Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister for European Union AffairsAnders ?lund of Peterson Institute and Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs

JUNE 6 — the Swedish national holiday — was celebrated in Washington, D.C. with song and music and a picnic at the Swedish ambassador’s residence in the northwest area of the nation’s capital. The celebration’s guest speaker was visiting Swedish Minister for European Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson. She was introduced by Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m.

Swedish Television Correspondent Stefan ?berg and Ulrika ?bergSwedish Television Correspondent Stefan ?berg and Ulrika ?berg

Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson and Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m of Sweden Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson and Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m of Sweden

Hanna Adamsson, Johannes Fyrpil, Carl-Arvid Dahl?f, Sara Dahl?, Bryan Kalicki and Melissa CresseyHanna Adamsson, Johannes Fyrpil, Carl-Arvid Dahl?f, Sara Dahl?, Bryan Kalicki and Melissa Cressey

Stephanie Browning, Cecilia Browning and Lena SkanbyStephanie Browning, Cecilia Browning and Lena Skanby

The Swedish national holiday was celebrated in Washington with a picnic at the ambassador's residence.The Swedish national holiday was celebrated in Washington with a picnic at the ambassador’s residence.

Ingrid Beach and Margareta PaulIngrid Beach and Margareta Paul

Executive Director of Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-USA) Therese Lind?and Swedish Television Correspondent Stefan ?bergExecutive Director of Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-USA) Therese Lind?and Swedish Television Correspondent Stefan ?berg

Marianne Gustafson and Richard JaffesonMarianne Gustafson and Richard Jaffeson

Barbara Heineback and Alan HermeschBarbara Heineback and Alan Hermesch

Swedish national holiday celebrationSwedish national holiday celebrationSwedish national holiday celebration

Swedish national holiday celebrationSwedish national holiday celebrationSwedish national holiday celebration

The Swedish ambassador's residenceThe Swedish ambassador’s residence

The Swedish ambassador's residenceThe Swedish ambassador’s residence

ECO – an environmental photographic exhibition by 20 collectives from Europe and Latin America – opens at Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

RouzitaVahhabaghai, Lili Iravani and Claudia Keller Lapayre, Deputy Director of Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.RouzitaVahhabaghai, Lili Iravani and Claudia Keller Lapayre, Deputy Director of Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.

ECO – a photographic exhibition by 20 collectives from Europe and Latin America focusing on the environment – opened on late Saturday afternoon, June 4, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

THE EVENT started with a panel discussion with photographers Iata Cannavara from Brazil and Sergi Camara from Spain. The discussion was followed by a reception.

THE EXHIBITION, which is curated by Claudi Carreras, presents visual essays about one of the most important topics of our time: the environment. Free of curatorial influence, the collectives define “environment” for themselves, and maintain their own production and editing processes.

THE exhibition is presented by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Embassy of Spain, and the Spain-USA Foundation in collaboration with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and FotoDC as part of Spain Arts & Culture 2011 Program.

Photographer Lili Iravani and artist Shahla ArbabiPhotographer Lili Iravani and artist Shahla Arbabi

Sarah Tanguy and Lucian PerkinsSarah Tanguy and Lucian Perkins

Izette Folger and Victoria Reis of Transformer GalleryIzette Folger and Victoria Reis of Transformer Gallery

Neal and Ellen KingNeal and Ellen King

Guests at the eventGuests at the event

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.ECO – an environmental photographic exhibition by 20 collectives from Europe and Latin America – at Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Christian Prosl speaks at an Austrian Embassy Night in Washington, D.C.

Hugh Grindstaff, Joan Keston and Ambassador Christian Prosl of AustriaHugh Grindstaff, Joan Keston and Ambassador Christian Prosl of Austria

AMBASSADOR Christian Prosl of Austria gave an overview of current affairs in his home-country during a National Press Club Austrian Embassy Night event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, June 1. Among other things, he discussed his country’s pivotal geographical and political role in Europe and EU, the Euro and the need to have a financial stability internationally, as seen from an Austrian perspective. Afterwards guests enjoyed a delicious buffet at the Embassy, located on International Court in Northwest Washington.

Mark Hamrick, the new chairman of the National Press Club in Washington; Myron Belkind, chair of the National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee; and Ambassador Christian Prosl of Austria Mark Hamrick, the new chairman of the National Press Club in Washington; Myron Belkind, chair of the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee; and Ambassador Christian Prosl of Austria

Ralph Winnie, Mahtab Farid and Hugh GrindstaffRalph Winnie, Mahtab Farid and Hugh Grindstaff

Myron Belkind, chair of the National Press Club's International Correspondents Committee, and his wife RachelMyron Belkind, chair of the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee, and his wife Rachel

Peggy Orchowski and Ambassador Christian Prosl of AustriaPeggy Orchowski and Ambassador Christian Prosl of Austria

Patricia Panero Sherr and Ambassador Christian Prosl of Austria Patricia Panero Sherr and Ambassador Christian Prosl of Austria