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/

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  • Houston-Taipei Society – Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe
    All day
    2017.09.16

    Founded in 1995 by Hsu Cheng-Rong; Chio-Tian has made a name for itself through the methods in which they have taken traditional Taiwanese temple performing arts to the stage thus gaining recognition abroad and at home for their contribution to promoting a very unique culture of Taiwan.

    They are also recognized in Taiwan as a troupe that helps to give delinquent youths of Taiwan a second chance in life through a strict yet educational regime of performance and self-endurance. They provide a sense of family for these youths who have lost their way and through encouragement and at times discipline, these youths are able to turn their lives around and start anew.

    September 16, 2017 – Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe

    Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Venue: Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre
    Address: 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477

    Sponsor Tickets: $50, $20 $10

    Contact:
    TECO Houston-Culture Center, 713.789.4995
    ​ Roger Yen, 832.660.7063
    ​ Cecilia Chang, 281.620.5557
    Glacier Optical, 713.774.2773

  • Houston-Taipei Society – “Follow My Dream” – an evening with Yuaner Cheng
    All day
    2017.09.16

    Come join the Houston-Taipei Society in a solo singing recital performed by one of our HTS Board of Directors, Yuaner Cheng. This is a family friendly event and HTS members are encouraged to invite their family and friends for a special evening.

    Yuaner Cheng will perform a variety of 19 songs in 6 different languages: Chinese, English, Taiwanese, German, French and Latin.

    Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Place: Houston Baptist University, Belin Chapel, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074
    Admission: Free and an elegantly packaged desert will be distributed following the recital.

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  • Houston Karachi Sister City Association – Hanmi Bank reception benefiting Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
    All day
    2017.09.21

    On September 21, 2017, the Houston Karachi Sister City Association, Hanmi Bank and the “Alliance of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Efforts” hosted a “Community Outreach Reception Benefiting Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts” at Hanmi Bank.

    Mr. C.G. Kum – President & CEO of Hanmi Bank Contributed $ 25,000.00 to Alliance organizations: Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) for US Muslim Organizations Harvey Relief Fund and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. Thanks to Mr. Mohammad Tariq and Mr. Sam Rukh for all your efforts.

    In the photo from L to R:
    George Baylor, Cristal Montañéz Baylor Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA and Houston-Karachi Sister City Association board member, C. G. KUM CEO & President Hanmi Bank, Muhammad Tariq Senior EVP Hanmi Ban and Muhammad Saeed Sheikh president Houston-Karachi Sister City Association.

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  • Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association – Leipzig in Houston Festival
    All day
    2017.09.25

    Leipzig in Houston

    September 25th through October 2nd

    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.

    For more information:

    Leipzig in Houston

  • Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association – Leipzig in Houston – Oktoberfest
    All day
    2017.09.25

    OKTOBERFEST

    5:00 pm | Free admission

     Christ the King Lutheran Church – 2353 Rice Boulevard

    This evening the Houston Brass Band and Saengerbund celebrate German music and dance in the 2016 Leipzig in Houston Festival grand finale.

    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

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  • Sister Cities of Houston – September Board Meeting
    All day
    2017.09.26

    East West Bank/Conference Room – On the last Tuesday of each month, the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Houston meet to discuss ongoing business and initiatives. The Board is composed of five elected members of the Executive Committee, four at large board members and one ex officio representative from each Sister City organization.

  • Sister Cities of Houston – September Board Meeting
    All day
    2017.09.26

    East West Bank/Conference Room – On the last Tuesday of each month, the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Houston meet to discuss ongoing business and initiatives. The Board is composed of five elected members of the Executive Committee, four at large board members and one ex officio representative from each Sister City organization.

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  • Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association – Leipzig in Houston – The Glorious Sounds of Leipzig
    All day
    2017.09.27

    Tuesday,  September 27th at 7:30 pm

     The Glorious Sounds of Leipzig

    Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005

    As part of Leipzig in Houston, this evening of Leipzig’s 19th-century masters Mendelssohn and Reger, with the Bach Choir, Houston Saengerbund, and brass players from the Houston Symphony promises some spectacular music. Tickets are available at $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students.

    Tickets may be purchased here:

    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

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  • Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association – Leipzig in Houston – Leipzig’s Art Songs
    All day
    2017.09.30

    Leipzig’s Art Songs

    On September 30th, students from the Conservatory for Music and Theatre Leipzig perform German language art songs. Admission is free.

    7:30 pm – Dudley Recital Hall – Fine Arts Building – 4188 Elgin 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

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