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Gala Dinner: A Night in Washington with Friends from Baku

Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia Rep. Dan Burton to provide keynote remarks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Azerbaijan America Alliance, a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing information broadly about the culture, society, industry and history of the Azeri people, today announced that Rep. Dan Burton (R- IN) will provide keynote remarks at this week's gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Rep. Burton serves as the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia and has visited Azerbaijan several times.

Additional musical performances, including by Eurovision Song Contest 2011 winners Ell & Nikki, have also been added to the evening's list of live performances.

WHAT: "A Night in Washington with Friends from Baku," a gala dinner celebrating the culture of Azerbaijan. Hosted by the Azerbaijan America Alliance under the honorary patronage of H.E. Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, the evening will include Azerbaijani music and dance as well as a dinner featuring a traditional Azerbaijani menu. The event will highlight the growing relationship between the United States and Azerbaijan, while celebrating the ancient and rich culture of this key ally in the South Caucasus region.

WHO: The night's festivities will feature performances prominent speakers, and the presentation of awards and scholarships. Members of congress and representatives of more than three dozen Embassies will be joined by government officials, academics, business leaders, think tank scholars and members of the news media.

Musical entertainment will include performances by some of the great artists of Azerbaijan, including:

Mensum Ibrahimov, Mugham Singer
Elchin Hashimov, Tar Player
Elnur Ahmadov, Kamancha Player 
Ell & Nikki, Winners, Eurovision Song Contest 2011 
Natig Rhythm Group, Drum Performances
Elchin Shirinov, Jazz Pianist
Jangi, Folklore Dance Ensemble
Mirpasha Shukurov, Young Mugham Singer

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dinner and performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Atrium, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20004

RSVP: To request an invitation, please call the Alliance at 202-756-4575 or email [email protected] 
Business Attire requested.

About the Alliance
The Azerbaijan America Alliance is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, with an educational mission to foster an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect between the people of Azerbaijan and America. Through academic discussion, cultural programming, and political discourse, the Alliance is dedicated to promoting a lasting partnership between Azerbaijan and America.

For more information, please visit the Alliance website at www.azerbaijanamericaalliance.org

SOURCE Azerbaijan America Alliance

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