Reception at the Embassy of Bahrain in Washington, D.C.

Her Excellency Houda Nonoo, ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States, cordially requests the pleasure of your company for an enchanting evening of music, culture, art, and cuisine at the Embassy of Bahrain.

The evening begins with a dinner reception of traditional Bahraini delicacies prepared especially for you by the embassy chef. Following the welcome remarks by Her Excellency Houda Nonoo, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States, you will be invited to learn about Bahrain with a short presentation about the culture, geography, trade, and tourism.

The evening is concluded with a celebration of Bahraini music with outstanding artist Shawkat Sayyad. The evening also provides you with the opportunity to meet with her Excellency Houda Nonoo and the diplomatic personnel at the embassy.

When: Friday, June 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Drive N.W.
Washington, DC 20008 map

Tickets and Registration – Your ticket includes free admission to the after-party “Summer Dance Soiree at the Terrace of the Elegant Current Lounge” later the same evening.

Traditional Music Presentation
Shawkat Sayyad will play traditional melodies on the oud, the time-honored instrument of the Arab World. He performed traditional Arabic music for over 30 years. Through the course of his career, he has introduced the rhythms and melodies of the Arab World to audiences including invitation to perform for American Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and United States Congress. Mr. Sayyad will perform traditional Arab music on the oud, the quintessential string instrument of the Arab World. The oud, which was introduced to the Spain by the Arabs in the Middle Ages, is considered to be precursor to the European lute, and is one of many contributions of Arab civilization to the Western World.

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