Kjentvet. One of the songs they will perform was written by local author, singer and storyteller Stuart Stotts.
The citizens of Madison have been creating international friendships with communities around the world for over thirty years. The Common Council approved our first sister city relationship in 1986 with Arcatao, El Salvador and since then many more have been formed, which currently include: Freiburg, Germany; Vilnius, Lithuania; Camaguey, Cuba; Mantova, Italy; Obihiro, Japan; Tepatitlan, Mexico; Kanifing, The Gambia; and Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia, which become our newest sister city in 2018.
To maintain and coordinate these programs, the Common Council approved the creation of the Sister City Collaboration Committee (SCCC) in 2008. The SCCC is comprised of representatives from each of the sister cities, an at-large community member and an alderperson. Visit www.cityofmadison.com/sister-cities .
Sister city programs are active in a variety of areas that include human rights, environmental advoca-cy, cultural and student exchanges, medical and humanitarian aid, to name a few. Mutual visits have occurred over the years with our sister cities to the benefit of all involved, and through these interna-tional exchanges we celebrate our differences as well as our shared humanity, the with theme of “people to people” at the core. The value these exchanges represent and the significance of celebrating our differences and our shared humanity will be recognized at the April 27th event.
Tickets for “Celebrate Madison’s Sister Cities” are $40 ($25 for students) and are available online at Brown Paper Tickets (sccc.brownpapertickets. com/event/4090840). Deadline for online ticket purchases is April 15. For additional information, please contact Jon Heinrich, Program Chair at jon- firstname.lastname@example.org or Charles James, SCCC Chair at email@example.com of the Madison Sister City Collaboration Committee. Tickets may also be purchased by sending a check to Madison-Kanifing Sister City Committee, P.O. Box 70817, Madison, WI 53704.