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Save the Date October 29, 2015
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American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba

José Alberto "El Canario" and Septeto Santiaguero de Cuba's Musicians Fernándo Dewar and Alden González will perform hits from their 2015 Latin Grammy Nominated Album,Tributo a los Compadres No Quiero Llanto.
Copacabana Nightclub, October 29, 2015
 The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC) will celebrate its 15th anniversary building cultural bridges between the U.S and Cuba atits annual fundraising event A Havana Night Benefit Gala. Honorees are Harry Belafonte, social activist, singer, songwriter and actor; James Durkin, Senior Vice President of Tishman Construction Corp.; Danny Glover, humanitarian, actor, and producer; Michael Krinsky, Senior Partner at the law firm of Rabinowitz Boudin Standard Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C. The festive Gala will take place on October 29, 2015, at the Copacabana Nightclub located on 268 West 47th Street in Manhattan.
AFLFC is honored to present, in an exclusive concert, Dominican singer José Alberto "El Canario" and Cuban musicians Fernándo Dewars and Alden González from Septeto Santiaguero de Cuba performing hits from their album, Tributo a los Compadres No Quiero Llanto, nominated for a 2015 Latin Grammy.
"We have many reasons to celebrate this year! We have witnessed historic changes in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. This major shift in policy supports our efforts to provide outstanding exchanges in the arts for participants in both countries. -Says Carole Rosenberg, President of AFLFC. "A Havana Night Benefit Gala, celebrates AFLFC's 15th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of its Cuban partner, The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, at NYC's legendary Copacabana Nightclub."

In addition to Tributo a Los Compadres No Quiero Llanto - the historic musical alliance between Septeto Santiaguero de Cuba and Dominican salsero, José Alberto "El Canario" nominated for the Best Traditional Tropical Album at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards - the fun-filled evening will feature cocktails, a buffet dinner, an award presentation and a live and silent auction including priceless treasures and original works by internationally recognized Cuban and American artists such as Kcho, Yoan and Iván Capote, Carlos Quintana, Wifredo Lam, Paul Jenkins, Giancarlo Impiglia among many others. Funds raised from the Gala will support our educational exchanges and professional development programs and the 17th Havana Film Festival New York (April 7-17, 2016). To purchase tickets go to:, or contact 212.687.2146.

About Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte is a social activist for political and humanitarian causes to make the world a better place. He was involved in the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa and an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s and close friend to Martin Luther King Jr. In 1987 he became a UNICEF goodwill Ambassador and is currently an American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues. His exceptional career as a singer, songwriter and actor has earned him the title, King of Calypso. Belafonte has won an Emmy award, a Tony award, and three Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Center Honors and in 1994 was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 6th Annual Governors Awards.
About James Durkin
James Durkin is an active member of The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba's Board of Directors. He understands the importance of collaboration and has successfully brought us new friends and supporters from his influential community. During his 25+ year career, Durkin has worked on a diverse mix of projects. From skyscrapers to residential renovations; from airports to a zoo, he has literally done it all from "A to Z." Throughout much of his career he has been involved with public sector projects, the Port Authority featuring prominently. For the past six years he has been working on the World Trade Center as Tishman's Executive for the Tishman-Turner joint venture managing the Transportation Hub. He is now embarking on yet another landmark project as he starts the much needed LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment.
About Danny Glover
Danny Glover is a civil rights and political activist, actor, producer and humanitarian. He is highly respected for his community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a special focus for economic justice, access to health care and educational programs in the U.S. and Africa. He was a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Development Program focusing on poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and is currently a UNICEF Ambassador. In 2006, Glover received the Directors Guild of America's Honor for his humanitarian efforts. Glover has appeared in a wide range of films from blockbusters to independent features. He co-founded Louverture Films in 2005- a company that develops and produces films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. He has won the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards, numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards and has been nominated for four primetime Emmys and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
About Michael Krinsky
Michael Krinsky, a loyal friend and advisor to The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba on matters both simple and complicated, is a senior partner at Rabinowitz Boudin Standard Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C. Krinsky has long spearheaded the Firm's representation of Cuba and is Cuba's only U.S. counsel. The law firm has represented the Cuban Government, its agencies and enterprises, in often precedent-setting litigation, for over three decades. With Alex Rosenberg and other prominent members of the art community, he brought the lawsuit that ended the U.S. embargo on the importation of Cuban art. Krinsky assists numerous U.S. and third-country companies and other clients to cope with U.S. restrictions on transactions with Cuba, other sanctioned countries, and U.S. export controls. He is considered one of the leading experts on U.S. embargo laws and regulations. His clients include U.S. and third-country travel agencies, commercial companies, not-for-profits, foundations, software developers, airplane charters, entertainment and news organizations, cultural and educational institutions, artists and art galleries, among others.
About Septeto Santiaguero de Cuba & José Alberto "El Canario"
Tributo a Los Compadres No Quiero Llanto was nominated for the Best Traditional Tropical Album for the 2015 Latin Grammys. The album was the beginning of the historic musical alliance between Septeto Santiaguero de Cuba, natives of Santiago de Cuba and Dominican salsero, José Alberto "El Canario." The idea to produce a tribute to the famous group, Los Compadres began during the 2011 Latin Grammy awards ceremony. As the concept evolved, special guests in the music community were invited to help pay homage to these memorable icons of Traditional Cuban music. Tributo a Los Compadres No Quiero Llanto includes special guests Oscar D'Leon, Eliades Ochoa, Andy Montanez, Aymee Nuviola, Ismael Miranda, Tiburón Morales, Edwin Bonilla, La Conga De Los Hoyos y el Grupo Esencia, among others.
About The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, has been a successful forerunner building cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba, since the year 2000 through exchange programs in the arts. Our unique partnership with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a non-governmental, non-profit art and cultural organization in Havana, has allowed us to maintain close ties to the vibrant art community of Cuba. AFLFC's unique visual arts, film, dance and music initiatives deeply touch and transform the lives and careers of American and Cuban students, artists, art professionals and the general public, enabling them to interact with each other. For more information, visit

About Havana Film Festival New York
The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) a major project of AFLFC, echoes the mission of the Havana Film Festival in Cuba (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano), presenting prominent and emerging filmmakers and showcasing the latest award-winning films from Cuba, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Latino community in the U.S. HFFNY's panel discussions provide unique opportunities for audience-artist dialogue designed to give a behind-the-scene look at an industry that continues to gain global recognition. AFLFC maintains a large collection of Cuban films and collaborates with other film festivals, schools and cultural institutions nationally and internationally in an effort to increase their exposure. For more information, visit

About The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (LFC) is a unique, autonomous, non-governmental and non-profit institution based in Havana created to support, protect and promote contemporary Cuban artists in Cuba and internationally, develop research works and new technologies applied to the artistic field, and encourage dialogue with both Cuban and international cultural communities. LFC has an ongoing exchange program with New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and other educational institutions. The foundation acts as a major cultural center to encourage the creation of bridges of understanding in Cuba and abroad.

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