American-Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles (ASFLA) is an all-volunteer not-for-profit cultural and educational organization with an international spirit founded in 1939. It is dedicated to friendship and exchange between the five Scandinavian countries and the U.S., and promotes ethnic heritage as a celebration of diversity. Proceeds from all ASFLA activities and events endow a scholarship program for upper-division and graduate students at LA-area colleges and universities. Click here to find out how you can become a member.

Above Concert Series presents the Karelian Folk Music Ensemble on Sunday April 23, 2006, at 4 p.m. Coming from the land of the Kalevala, ancient land of forests, lakes, small villages, and epic songs, the Karelian Folk Music Ensemble is a trio from the Republic of Karelia in northwest Russia. The region of Karelia is on both sides of the Russian/Finnish border and is the birthplace of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. The Karelians performances include music from the three main cultures of this area -- Finnish, Russian, and Karelian. Admission is $20, seniors $15, students $10, under seventeen is gratis. The concert is sponsored by ASFLA, in conjunction with The Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026. A reception follows. For more information, email James Koenig.

The Home of Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.!
The seventh annual Scandinavian Film Festival L.A., sponsored by ASFLA, came to the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on Sunday, January 15, Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21, 2006. View the 2006 film lineup. Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. is Los Angeles' annual showcase of Nordic films and filmmakers, screening each year's Scandinavian films submitted to the Academy as nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film. Held at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, CA, it also shows documentaries, short subjects and other pictures by Scandinavian filmmakers. Non-competitive, the festival gives Southern California audiences and Motion Picture Academy members an opportunity to see the best in contemporary film from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. is underwritten by ASFLA, with Scandinavian consulates opap, and generous support of national film organizations,
individuals and corporate donors.

A number of events throughout the year help endow the ASFLA scholarship program demonstration speech ideas, which offers awards for upper-division and graduate students at LA-area colleges and universities. To download an application in MS Word format click here.

Congratulations to the 2005 scholarship recipients: Marianna Betti, studying viking archaeology at the University of California at Los Angeles, Aaron Scott Mansfield (pictured), studying medicine at the University of California at Irvine, and Corina Lacatus, studying for her Ph.D. in Scandinavian studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. The awards were presented at the 2005 Fall Scandinavian Festival.

Renew your annual membership, or join, today -- this is membership month! ASFLA is for Scandinavians, Scandinavian Americans and Americans of any heritage. The organization serves a network of individuals involved in the arts, science, business, education and international communities. Its programs, Web site and periodic publication Scan Notes benefit students, teachers and professionals of many fields -- as well as anyone who's interested in Scandinavian life and culture. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming an ASFLA member -- and find out how you can join today.

Journalist Sven Rye (right) is recipient of the 2003 ASFLA Scandinavian of the Year Award, in recognition of meritorious and exemplary service furthering American and Scandinavian relations. Rye accepted the award at the Scandinavian Film festival, at the Writers Guild Theatre (photo Giulio Marcocchi). For profiles of recent past recipients click here.

ASFLA launches the holiday season with its annual Holiday Ball at the elegant and historic Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. The black-tie event features dinner, cocktails, live music, ballroom dancing, a silent auction and Santa Lucia procession. The highlight of the 2002 ball, on Dec. 7, was the announcement of Danish journalist Sven Rye as recipient of the 2002 Scandinavian of the Year award.

The periodic newsletter Scan Notes covers ASFLA events as well as local and international Scandinavian-related news. Click here to see past issues.

Click here for the ASFLA mailing address, telephone number and list of executive board members.

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