Seattle-Bergen Sister Cities Association Makes Wintertime Musical Magic

The tour’s final concert was held at the historic Emigrant Church at Sletta in Radøy, but it did not mark the end of the group’s collaboration, with plans for a new Christmas CD to be released in 2019.
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 ...

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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.

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Charleston Sister Cities’ Trade Mission to Panama City

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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 ...

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

Mayor of San Antonio and Sister Cities International Board Chair, Ron Nirenberg, with Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister 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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Seattle String Quartet Bergen Bound: A Sister Cities Musical Exchange

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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 ...

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

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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. ...

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Sister Cities of Nashville Attends Chinese Energy Forum

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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...

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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 ...

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

Photo montage of trainers and trainees during the project
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 ...

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