On Friday, September 23 from 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., La Maison Française will host Euro Night – an opportunity to discover the captivating world of European traditions!
This annual event is a collaboration between more than 20 European Union embassies in Washington, D.C. Throughout the evening, each country will showcase its respective culture, traditions and culinary specialties. This year’s musical highlights will include the Irish duo Sean McComiskey & Shannon Dunne from The Kitchen Quartet, the Polish Highlanders Folk Group, dance mixes by DJ DIGITAL 21 from Spain and more!
Take a cultural tour around Europe, feasting on national dishes and drinks from the open bars (cash bar from 9:30 p.m. until close) – a great way to discover Europe right here in DC!
WHAT: Euro Night 2011 - program below WHEN: Friday, September 23 from 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. WHERE: La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW Parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street from the Embassy at Georgetown University Hospital’s pay lot. ADMISSION: General: $35; Benefactor: $50 Open bar from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cash bar from 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. TICKETS / MORE INFO:www.EuroNightDC.org
Proceeds from this event will help support the numerous and varied cultural activities at the participating European embassies.
E.U. Member nations: Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and United Kingdom.
We look forward to welcoming you to La Maison Française for this fourth annual Euro Night celebration!
Please take the time to scroll down to the bottom and discover our complete 11/12 cultural season at the Embassy of France.
============= P R O G R A M ============= From 6:30pm to 9:30pm, visit each countries' table to sample food, beverages, and recieve information. Several live concerts will complete the ambiance and deliver vibrant rythms from Europe! Participating artist include Irish duo Sean McComiskey, button accordion & Shannon Dunne, concertina/sean nos dance from the The Kitchen Quartet and the Polish Highlanders.
From 9:30pm to 11:30pm, we will crank up the volume and let our guests take over the dance floor with Spanish DJ DIGITAL 21. Drinks will be available via the cash-only bar.
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S at La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY!
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TUES, MAY 22 AT 7:30PM: Nemanja Radulovic, violin & Laure Favre-Kahn, piano - CLASSICAL Violinist Nemanja Radulovic is the winner of the City of Belgrade’s October Prize for music, the Talent of the Year from the Ministry of Education of the Serbian Republic, among many other international awards. Pianist Laure Favre-Kahn studied at the Conservatoires in Avignon and Paris - where she was awarded a Premier Prix. Ms. Favre-Kahn is also the First Prize recipient of the 2001 International Pro Piano Competition. MORE INFO / TICKETS