Country Music Capitals Unite!

When you hear the phrase “Music City,” the first place that comes to mind is Nashville, Tennessee – and its sister city Tamworth, Australia wants to learn from the largest country music brand in the world. John Sommerlad, Director, Business & Events, Tamworth Regional Council, and Craig Dunstan, Manager Economic & Destination Development, Tamworth Regional Council, came to Nashville to represent Tamworth Country Music Festival at Fan Fair X Country Music Showcase and to learn how to promote Tamworth as an internationally recognized musical destination.&nbsp...

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Inaugural International Bowl Brings Japanese Football Players to Alabama

Also known as America’s favorite sport, football is especially coveted in the southeastern United States. The city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is home to one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s finest teams, University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Unbeknownst to many in the U.S., football is also a highly popular sport in Japan. The city of Narashino, Tuscaloosa’s sister city, is home to one of Japan’s top amateur football clubs, the eight-time X League Champions and seven-time National Champions, Obic Seagulls. Back in 2008, a volunteer from Narash...

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Sister City Helps Revive Tradition

Sant'Elia Fiumerapido, Italy is a picturesque town in the Roman countryside with a long culinary history. It was known to provide much of the olive oil for the Roman Empire and olive harvesting is an integral part of the town's identity and tradition. In recent years, with changes in the local economy, Sant'Elia's famed olive trees are being threatened. Sister city Santa Monica, California is now playing a role in helping revive its rich culinary tradition. Every year, residents of Santa Monica travel for a week to the olive fields of Sant’Elia and take part in local ...

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Sister City Inspires Diwali Celebration

More than 15,000 people attended a “Diwali” celebration in the city of San Antonio, Texas last month making it the largest city sanctioned Diwali event in the United States. Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights,” is a five day festival widely celebrated in India.San Antonio's annual Diwali event, held in the city’s Hemisfair Park, was started to commemorate the city's sister city signing with Chennai, India in 2008. A brainchild of Anuja San Antonio, the NGO that handles the sister city relationship with Chennai, the event has grown from 3000 ...

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Opening doors to a rich cultural experience

This Fall, Asheville residents got a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of their sister city San Cristóbal de las Casas, thanks to Asheville Sister Cities International! ASCI’s “Palenque Rojo” cultural project was the culmination of two years of planning and fundraising and successfully leveraged community resources and partners.San Cristóbal de las Casas is home to the renowned theater group “Palenque Rojo.” ASCI brought more than 20 Palenque Rojo actors, dancers, and musicians to Asheville for their first ever performance in the United States. In ...

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Unique arts structure celebrates sister city relationship

In 2011, Tacoma Sister Cities Council inaugurated a unique structure to celebrate its relationship with sister city Fuzhou, China. The award-winning “Fuzhou Ting”, a Chinese pavilion, is aimed at supporting Tacoma’s reconciliation efforts. It is housed in the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, a memorial dedicated to a painful time in Tacoma’s history, the expulsion of its Chinese citizens in 1885.The construction of the Ting, which began on September 22, 2010, was a collaborative process that involved various members of the community and its sister city. The City ...

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