March 30, 2018 – Sister Cities of Houston – Youth Talent Showcase 2018

*New Deadline – Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 5:00 pm*
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Additional Information (in PDF):
Young Authors Entry Form and Guidelines

Young Artist Entry Form and Guidelines

Youth Contest Flier

February 7, 2018 – White House Press Release

As the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International, Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a meeting and cultural presentation of the Youth Ambassador Exchange, a program through the Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City Relationship. Mrs. Pence met with the Mayor of Chiba-city, Toshihito Kumagai, five middle school students from last year’s Youth Ambassador Exchange program, and the teacher who served as the chaperone for the exchange program.

The annual Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program is considered to be one of the most important elements of the sister city relationship. In alternating years, middle school students, along with a chaperone, visit their counterpart’s city. The meeting opened with Mayor Kumagai offering greetings from Chiba-city, Japan and Mrs. Pence offering greetings from the United States.

The meeting included a presentation by the five Japanese students who participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange program. Mrs. Pence learned about the students’ visit to Houston last year where they met with city officials, attended classes at a Houston middle school, and toured local sights. Through the stories shared, Mrs. Pence gained an understanding of what it is was like for the students to experience home and school life in a culture different from their own.

“The Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City relationship is a 45-year relationship, bringing together cities and people to experience each other’s culture,” said Mrs. Karen Pence. “It was an honor and pleasure to visit with the Mayor, students, and their chaperone. This was a great opportunity to represent the United States and continue the cultural relationship between our country and Japan.”

After participation in the sister city presentation, Mrs. Pence visted the Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. She was joined by Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Together, they enjoyed the beautiful views of the gardens. Following the tour, the Second Lady met with Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Thursday, Mrs. Pence will visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Yokota Air Base where she will meet with military spouses.

To stay updated on Mrs. Pence’s events, follow her on Twitter at, @SecondLady.

About Houston-Chiba Sister City Relationship

The Houston, Texas—Chiba City, Japan sister city relationship was established in 1972. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invited to Japan a Houston delegation. The delegation approached the Japan Municipal League for International Friendship to ask about partnering with a Japanese city. Houston and Chiba City identified a number of shared interests and characteristics, for example, both are important port cities with strong industrial bases. After consideration and their respective municipal approvals, on October 24, 1972, the cities executed a sister-city agreement.

The official press release can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/second-lady-karen-pences-visit-japan-shines-light-sister-city-relationship/

EVENTS CALENDAR

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  • 02

    02.October.Monday

    All day
    2017.10.02

    ALL-BACH ORGAN CONCERT
    7:30 | Free-will offering

    First Evangelical
    Lutheran Church
    1311 Holman Street

    Leipzig in Houston is a festival celebrating both cities’ arts and cultures. The concept arose from “Little Leipzig Week”, founded by former Bach Society Houston director Albert LeDoux in 2010, as a way to honor the city in which J.S. Bach wrote his most important music. Since then, Little Leipzig Week has grown, and in 2016 will begin its first year as a full festival over 10 days, involving 10 organizations with ties to both cities.

    Leipzig in Houston – September 25th through October 2nd

    Click here for more information

  • 05

    05.October.Thursday

    All day
    2017.10.05

    Houston-Leipzig will be attending a stimulating talk with German Consul General Thomas H. Meister and Member of German Parliament, MdB Dagmar Freitag (SPD), also Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group USA, about the recent elections in Germany on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at L’Alliance Française, 427 Lovett Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006.

    After Germany’s elections, the conservatives (CDU/CSU) under Chancellor Merkel incurred their worst loss since 1949, but together are still the largest party coalition in the Bundestag. The second largest party, the Social Democrats (SPD), former coalition partner of the CDU, had its worst loss ever, and now becomes the leading opposition party. The right-wing, populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), won an unprecedented 13% of votes, and also will be represented in the new Bundestag.

  • 06

    06.October.Friday

    All day
    2017.10.06

    For tickets and movie listings go to: http://iffhinc.org/program-2/

  • 12

    12.October.Thursday

    All day
    2017.10.12

    El dia National de Espana se celebrara el proximo miercoles, 12 de Octubre. Proximamente recibira la invitation para el acto. Le agradecemos que reserve la fecha para poder acompanarnos ese dia.

    The National Day of Spain will be celebrated with a reception on Wednesday, October 12th. Please save the date while the invitation reaches you. We would be glad to receive you on that occasion.

  • 14

    14.October.Saturday

    6:00 pm-3:58 pm
    2017.10.14-2018.04.27

    Sister Cities of Houston President Harry Gee and Sister Cities Houston Board Member Lina Corinth attended this year’s Consular Ball on Saturday October 14th at the Ballroom at Bayou Place. In attendance were Honorary Consul Generals, other dignitaries, state and local representatives and Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner.

    L-R: Mayor Turner, Honorary Consul General of the Ivory Coast and President of Sister Cities Houston, Harry Gee.

    L-R: Mayor Turner, Kenneth Li, friends, Honorary Consul General of the Ivory Coast and Harry Gee, President of Sister Cities Houston.

    L-R: Mayor Turner and Lina Corinth, Sister Cities Houston Boardmember.