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Swedish Midsummer Event at the nightclub The Cellar Bar in New York

ON FRIDAY, June 20, Privé Club is arranging its official yearly Midsummer event at the nightclub The Cellar Bar in the Bryant Park Hotel in New York.

GUESTS, who are asked to wear their fanciest Swedish attire, will descend into the candle lit and flower-decked nightclub to enjoy cocktails, Midsummer delicacies and the famous Swedish Snaps, and listen to soundtracks by Francis Mercier.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, table reservations, sponsorship opportunities and group tickets, contact https://www.privegrouptickets.com/helena. Facebook link for the event is https://www.facebook.com/events/523918024403384/?fref=ts. Guest must be 21+ with valid state ID for entry.

CELLAR BAR Bryant Park Hotel is located at 40 West 40th St, New York, NY 10018, (212) 642-2200, www.cellarbarbryantparkhotel.com.

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Bertelsmann Foundation and Financial Times held its 6th annual conference in Washington on April 10

Bertelsmann Foundation opening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in WashingtonWorld Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim was the keynote speaker at the annual Bertelsmann Foundation reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

“A WORLD OUT OF BALANCE: Surplus of Politics, A Deficit of Ideas” was the topic at the Bertelsmann Foundation and Financial Times sixth annual conference on Thursday, April 10, and focused on 21st century growth sectors and TTIP, with lessons from 1914 for today. The conference was arranged in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund spring meetings.

Bertelsmann Foundation.20140410 032.JPGOpening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

THE CONFERENCE’S featured speakers included among others Martin Blessing, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors, Commerzbank; Charles Boustany, Jr., MD, U.S. Congressman (R-La); August? Carstens, Governor, Bank of Mexico; Christopher Clark, Author, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914;” Jacob Frenkel, Chairman, JP Morgan Chase International and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Group of Thirty; Jason Furman, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup; and Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics and former Member, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.

THE CONFERENCE was preceded by the annual opening reception on Wednesday evening at the National Portrait Gallery, where the keynote speaker, the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim talked about the organization’s agenda for the future and its goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

HOSTS were Aart De Geus, President and CEO, Bertelsmann Foundation; Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman, Bertelsmann Stiftung; and Annette Heuser, Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation.

 

Bertelsmann Foundation opening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

Bertelsmann Foundation opening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

SACU luncheon with guided tour of ‘Homeland’ – a glass exhibition by Ingalena Klenell – at the House of Sweden in Washington

THE SWEDISH-AMERICAN Cultural Union (SACU) in Washington, D.C. is offering a private guided tour of the new glass exhibition “Homeland” by the world famous Ingalena Klenell at the House of Sweden on Thursday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W.

THE TOUR will be followed by a lunch afterward at the Sequoia Restaurant in Georgetown.

MEMBERG COST is $25, non-members $29. Reservations are required. For reservations, contact mlhbernal@gmail.com by noon Tuesday, April 22. The restaurant will offer: Grilled chicken Caesar, Sequoia cheeseburger, or Maryland crab cake sandwich.

‘Embassy Night’ held at the Embassy of Estonia in Washington

Third Secretary (Public Diplomacy and Media Relations) Maria Belovas of the Embassy of Estonia, National Press Club Chair Myron Belkind, Ambassador Marina Kaljurand of Estonia, and International Correspondents Committee Chair Molly McCluskey.

AN “EMBASSY NIGHT” with a special briefing and reception was held at the Embassy of Estonia in Washington on Wednesday, March 19. Ambassador Marina Kaljurand discussed Estonia’s role as a world leader in the use of technology, where Internet access is considered a human right. The country enjoys one of the world’s fastest broadband speeds, and comprehensive government databases mean everything from accessing medical records to filing taxes to registering new businesses can be completed easily.

ADDITIONALLY, Estonia’s rich cultural history with hundreds of village choirs was also discussed. In celebration of its choral history, the Estonia Song and Dance Festival has taken place every five years for the past 130 years. In 2009, there were more than 34,000 participants performing to an audience of 200,000 people. This year the festival will be held in July.

AFTER THE presentation, with Q&A, a delicious buffet was served.

IN CONJUNCTION with the European Month of Culture there will be a concert – Estonia in Concert: The Music of Arvo P?t - in the presence of the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Maestro Arvo P?t on May 27 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by T?nu Kaljuste. The concert will be the highlight of Estonian Culture in Washington. This is a free and public event with seating on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to capacity. For more information, visit http://www.estoniainconcert.com/about.html.

Exhibition ‘Going Glocal’ opens at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

A unique musical performance - the artists Gretli & Heidi using water glasses to create an unusual soundA unique musical performance – the artists Gretli & Heidi using water glasses to create an unusual sound

THE EXHIBITION season 2014 - “Going Glocal” — opened at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Throughout the year the Embassy of Sweden and partners will explore local opportunities emerging from globalization, with the key topics free trade, global development, climate and sustainability. New business opportunities and local jobs as a free result of free transatlantic trade will be examined, and the embassy’s outreach activities will contribute to the debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States.

The traditional Swedish pastry The traditional Swedish pastry “semlor” was served on a built-up little green hill.

SWEDEN WILL also put its own distinctive spin on the American experience of a road trip with the project Sweden on the Road. The Embassy of Sweden in the United States is hitting the road on a grand tour to connect with Americans in cities, towns and rural areas to exchange ideas with students, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and others.

Guests could enjoy Swedish cakes and pastries at the opening of the exhibition Guests could enjoy Swedish cakes and pastries at the opening of the exhibition “Going Glocal” at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

DURING THE OPENING reception, speeches were given by the new Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall, and the head of the World Resources Institute, Dr. Andrew Steer.

Sweden’s new Ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall will talk about ‘Reflections on US – Swedish Relations’ at a SACU luncheon in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 20

“REFLECTIONS ON US – Swedish Relations” is the topic of a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington, D.C. with Sweden’s new ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall.

THE SACU luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., beginning at noon with “no host” cocktails and concluding by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25, and non-members $29. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in walking distance.

For reservations by Tuesday, Feb. 18, please email cecilia.browning@houseofsweden.com.

‘I Call My Brothers’ – a play by Swedish author and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri performed in New York through February 23

“I CALL MY BROTHERS,” a play by acclaimed Swedish author and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri was a critical success when performed in Sweden and is now running at New Ohio Theatre in New York through February 23.

THE PLAY TRACKS a fraught 24 hours in the life of a young Arab-American man by the name of Amor as he runs errands in New York City after a car bombing. Perhaps Amor will be tragically mistaken for a terrorist. He does his best to blend in and not attract suspicion. Inside Amor’s head, the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality become blurrier and blurrier.

MR. HASSEN Khemiri is of Tunisian and Swedish parentage, and won Sweden’s top prize for best literary debut with his novel “One Eye Red.” His novel “Montecore: The Silence of the Tiger,” was published in the U.S. in 2011. His Obie Award-winning play “Invasion!” opened in New York the same spring. “I Call My Brothers” comes from the same director and producer.

THE NEW OHIO Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, New York City. Performances are Tuesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35.

For more information and tickets: www.playco.org.

The Washington Chapter of SWEA held its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C.

SWEA Washington DC annual meetingThe SWEA board members gathered at the residence

ON THURSDAY, Feb. 6 the Washington Chapter of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) held its annual meeting at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest Washington.

THE SWEA membership voted in a new board for 2014, which consists of Officers Li Thornton, chair; Ann-Marie Brisbois; vice chair; Ulla Olofsson, secretary; Anna Lagercrantz, treasurer; and Directors Sofia Hassander, responsible for membership; Mari Norberg, new members and recruitment; Anne-Catherine Jansen, program; Kristina Bergsten Chereton, program; Margareta Yarwood, program; Ulrika Svenneke ?berg, program; Li Ansefelt Thornton, web editor: and Melissa Cressey, responsible for PR.

AFTER THE ANNUAL meeting the members were invited to a delicious buffet at the residence.

SWEA (www.swea.org), Swedish Women’s Educational Association, was founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Agneta Nilsson and has about 7500 members in about 70 local chapters in 33 countries.

Renowned Swedish pianist Niklas Sivel?v performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 29

NIKLAS Sivel?v, a renowned Swedish pianist and the first Swedish artist inducted into the Steinway Hall of Fame, performed at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

WITH A REPERTOIRE THAT extends from Bach and Beethoven to Lutoslawski, including many contemporary Swedish composers, and with his brilliant technique and his background as a composer, he is regularly invited to perform with leading orchestras around the world.

DURING THIS Washington concert Mr. Sivel?v performed J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor Opus 111 and L. van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32, and after the intermission A.N. Skrjabin’s Sonata-Fantasy No. 2 in G-sharp minor Opus 19, Deux Morceaux Opus 57, Feuillet d’album Opus 58 and Deux Morceaux Opus 59, and finally B?a Bart?’s Sonata BB88.

NIKLAS Sivel?v’s many awards include the Diapason d’Or for his recording of Berwald’s “Piano Concerto,” a Cannes nomination for the best 20th century recording of Eina Englund’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” the Independent Music Award for Best New Classical recording and the Vox Populi for improvisations inspired by Carl Michael Bellman and Penguin Record Guide’s highest marks for his recording of Piano works by Wilhelm Stenhammar and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.

For more information, visit www.sivelov.com.

The National Press Club in Washington inaugurates Myron Belkind as the club’s 107th president with ‘An International Gala’ celebration

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonMyron Belkind, the 107th President of the National Press Club, takes the oath.

THE 107th president of the National Press Club in Washington, Myron Belkind, was honored at an inauguration party – “An International Gala” – at the club on Saturday evening, Jan. 25. Mr. Belkind is a former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press.

Inauguration Party.NPC.20140127 029.JPGH.E. Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, gave the evening’s keynote address.

THE EVENT’S MASTER OF CEREMONIES was Gil Klein, 1994 National Press Club President, and the keynote address was given by H.E. Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa. Additional speakers were Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University, and Mark Hamrick, 2011 National Press Club President. Jan Du Plain, Chair, 2014 International Inaugural Committee, gave the closing remarks. The diplomatic corps was well represented at the gala.

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonDavid Short and Marie Therese Royce were among the guests.

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonPerformance during the International Gala.

International Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonInternational Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonInternational Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in WashingtonInternational Gala and Inauguration Party at the National Press Club in Washington“An International Gala” and the inauguration of Myron Belkind as the National Press Club’s 107th President.