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Seattle-Bergen Sister Cities Association Makes Wintertime Musical Magic

By Lori Ann Reinhall, President, Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association When the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association talks about music, we mean “Music!” with a capital “M” and an exclamation mark! This is exactly what was delivered at our winter holiday production that brought together some of the best musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. From Seattle, Allion Salvador (violin), Rachel Nesvig (violin), Aleida Gehrels (viola), and Zoë Kohen Ley (cello) came together as the Seattle-Bergen String Quartet to collaborate with soprano Reidun Horvei and pianist Inger-Kristine Riber of Hordaland County in Norway. Both Horvei and ...

An End of Year Message from Roger-Mark De Souza

Sister Cities International's President & CEO, Roger-Mark De Souza, shares a message of thanks to SCI members and supporters for a standout year of advancing citizen diplomacy worldwide.

Charleston Sister Cities’ Trade Mission to Panama City

This week, Charleston Sister Cities International (CSCI) in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce (SCDOC) reported that their recent trade mission to Panama City, Panama was a success. As a result of the Trade Mission visit this past October, business opportunities ranging from biomedical to agricultural were identified and are in various stages of negotiations. Economic development projects between Sister Cities are one of the most exciting ways for cities to connect. In addition to a positive impact on the local economy, these partnerships generate increased travel between cities and illuminate similarities and shared ...

SCI Chair Ron Nirenberg Meets with Mrs. Akie Abe of Japan

San Antonio Mayor and Chairman of Sister Cities International,  Ron Nirenberg recently met with Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan. During their meeting, they discussed the importance of Sister City relationships and importance of supporting the next gen to continue to learn about each country by promoting youth exchanges.  This is the second meeting of Sister Cities International leadership with Mrs Abe who has expressed her interest in supporting the efforts to promote continued cultural and educational ties between the U.S. and Japan. Thank you to the Koyamada International Foundation for their collaboration with Sister ...

City Of Issaquah Wins SCI Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture

Sister Cities International's mission is the belief that cooperation across borders is more effective when we engage communities “one individual at a time." In this spirit, the City of Issaquah Sister Cities Commission launched a unique cultural project which introduces the works of artists from Issaquah’s Sister Cities to residents by wrapping electrical utility boxes in prints of the paintings. This innovative project enables every resident, whether stuck in traffic or crossing the street, to engage with their Sister Cities locally. Story Submitted by City of Issaquah Sister Cities Commission  In the summer of 2018, the City of ...

Seattle String Quartet Bergen Bound: A Sister Cities Musical Exchange

Contributed by Lori Ann Reinhall, President of Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association A few years ago, Reidun Horvei, a well known classical trained folksinger from Voss in Hordaland, made the long journey from Norway to Seattle to do research for her project Migrasong, an original Norwegian folk musical that would chronicle the emigrant journey from Norway to America. As president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association and a musician who had worked with the Scandinavian immigrant repertory, I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet with Reidun. With so much in common, a friendship ensued, resulting in several trips across the Atlantic ...

Ukraine in the Wild West: Tysmenytsia Visits Bandera County Sister Partnership Association

Visiting delegations from distant Sister Cities give hosts the perfect opportunity to take pride in their town’s traditions and hospitality. Few exchanges have taken better advantage of the opportunity than when a delegation from Tysmenytsia, Ukraine visited Bandera, Texas in August. The delegation of four included Stepan Svorak, Mayor of the City of Tysmenytsia; Igor Slubskyi, Deputy Mayor of the City of Tysmenytsia; Roman Krutyi, Head of Yamnytsia Territorial Community of Tysmenytsia County; and Ivan Semaniuk, Head of Tysmenytsia District State Administration. Once off the plane, the Ukrainian group was greeted by Bandera Sister Cities ...

Sister Cities of Nashville Attends Chinese Energy Forum

Story contributed by Evan Metcalf on the behalf of Sister Cities of Nashville Nashville’s thriving Sister City relationship with Taiyuan, China has yielded many exchanges between the two. Throughout their eleven-year partnership, Sister Cities of Nashville has enjoyed 4 adult delegation visits and 3 student exchanges to the ancient Chinese city. Most recently, a delegation attended the 2018 Taiyuan Energy Low Carbon Development Forum. The forum was an important opportunity for the program as the Nashville mayor’s office works towards transferring more of Nashville’s energy consumption to renewable solutions. Sister Cities of Nashville ...

Friendships Found through Pasadena Sister Cities Committee

Few Sister Cities relationships go back as far as the one shared between Pasadena-Ludwigshafen—and the friendships between residents of the two cities go back even further. As early as 1946, residents of Pasadena, California were aware that Ludwigshafen, Germany was among the neediest in all of post-war Europe thanks to their local American Friends Service Committee. Eager to help, the residents of Pasadena began sending much needed supplies to individuals in Ludwigshafen and the first friendships between the two cities residents were spawned—eventually leading to the creation of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee. Recently, citizens from ...

Boulder-Lhasa Sister Cities Project: Training Rural Tibetan Doctors in Kham

On September 4-6, 2018, the Boulder-Lhasa Sister Cities Project collaborated with Dr. Li Tiaoying, Sichuan Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Xichang, Sichuan, to train rural Tibetan medical doctors and veterinarians from Kham on the prevention of Neurocysticercosis. Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a dangerous parasitic disease that is highly prevalent in 24 counties in western and southern Sichuan Province of China (Kham). Symptoms include epileptic seizures, headaches, hydrocephalus, blindness, and death. The risk factors for this preventable disease are lack of education, free-ranging pigs, lack of meat inspection, a poor economy, ...