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Greater Columbus Sister Cities International Wins Award

Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) has won the Sister Cities International (SCI) 2018 Innovation Award for Arts and Culture for a city with a population greater than 100,000. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

GCSCI was selected for the Thousand People project which took place in Columbus from March 25-April 9. Thanks to the generous support from Columbus City Council, GCSCI was able to host Emanuele Timothy Costa, a photographer from the Columbus Sister City of Genoa, Italy. For two weeks, Costa’s portraits from the Thousand People of Genoa project were displayed at the Cultural Arts Center, John Glenn International Airport, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. While in Columbus, Costa began a new chapter in this project where he photographed over 1,400 Columbus residents for an exhibit which will be displayed in Genoa in 2019.

“We all stand to learn from these superstar Sister City programs as they impact their communities across a broad range of sectors that include business entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and arts and culture,” said Roger-Mark De Souza, Sister Cities International’s President & CEO. “These individuals and local organizations inspire us to be better citizens as their work exemplifies President Eisenhower’s vision of engaged international citizen diplomats. They create beneficial connections and lasting relationships which will help their communities today and for years to come.”

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; youth and education; and professional and technical exchange categories. This year they will honor all our award winners during SCI’s 2018 Annual Conference from August 2-4th in Aurora, Colorado.

Priscilla Tyson, Columbus City Council Member and Sameen Dadfar, Program Manager, GCSCI will accept the award at the SCI Annual Conference being held in Aurora, Colorado August 2 – 4.

Gateway Film Center Strengthens Commitment to World Cinema

The independent nonprofit Gateway Film Center (GFC) is making a permanent commitment to play a world cinema title every day of the year as part of its maverick mix of programming. This commitment to curate films made outside of the United States is made possible through partnerships with GCSCI, Columbus Council on World Affairs, and The Ohio State University’s Office of International Affairs Global Engagement.

“This commitment to world cinema aligns with GCSCI’s mission by giving us another opportunity to connect with the world, every day, right here in Columbus,” said Tim Sword, GCSCI President. “We are proud to partner with the Gateway Film Center in bringing these films to central Ohio.”

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Hefei Artists Performed at the 2018 Columbus Asian Festival

Thanks to the hard work of Columbus’ Lin Ba and Columbus Asian Festival founder Dr. Yung-Chen Lu, a musical troupe from our Chinese sister city Hefei gave four fantastic performances at the 2018 Asian Festival, held Memorial Day weekend.

Working with the Asian Festival and the Foreign Affairs Office of the city of Hefei, Lin Ba facilitated bringing seven performers to Columbus: Ms. Yan Xiao (pipa, a Chinese stringed instrument); Ms. Qiu Li (erhu, a Chinese stringed instrument); Mr. Hua Li (sheng, a Chinese reed instrument), Mr. Jiannan Zhu (dance), Ms. Jiaqi Chen (dance), Ms. Lijun Zhou (dance) and Ms. Jie Huang (flute).

Hundreds of Columbus residents enjoyed the troupe’s music and dance performances, which included traditional Chinese tunes, dances from Chinese Han and ethnic minority traditions and a traditional American song played on Chinese instruments.

Greater Columbus Sister Cities International thanks Dr. Lu and Lin Ba for bringing these skilled performers to Columbus during this 30th anniversary of the Columbus-Hefei sister city connection. The connection continues this fall, with the annual exchange of marathon runners for the Columbus and Hefei marathons.

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