ASCI presents Passport to the World Family-Friendly Festival on 11.3.18

Austin Sister Cities International & The ACC Global Learning Institute present

3rd Annual Family-Friendly Fall Festival


Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 12-4PM

Austin Community College Eastview Campus | 3401 Webberville; Building 8500

Free Event | Kid-Friendly Activities, Face Painting & Performances

Welcome Presentation by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

And introducing ASCI’s quarterly, international music program:


Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 8PM-2AM

Stay Gold | 1910 East Cesar Chavez

21+ | $5 Cover | Music & Dance Performances by Austin & International Artists

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (Austin, TX) - Austin Sister Cities International (ASCI) and The Austin Community College Global Learning Institute proudly present the 3rd Annual Family-Friendly Fall Festival, Passport To The World on Saturday, November 3, 2018, and the launch of ASCI NIGHTS -- a quarterly international musical program.

The 3rd Annual Passport to the World event is ASCI’s family-friendly fall festival featuring diverse international music & dance programming from Austin’s sister cities from around the globe! From 12-4pm on Saturday, November 3rd, kids from all ages can enjoy international crafts, face painting, food vendors, engaging live performances, and a special presentation from Austin Mayor Steve Adler. The event is free, open to the public, and proudly co-presented by the Austin Community College Global Learning Institute and ACC Eastview Campus. Experience the romantic dances of Gwangnyeong, South Korea, Techno Prince Nezha (電音三太子) of Taichung, Taiwan, traditional chansons from Angers, France, Taiko drumming from Oita, Japan, cultural demonstrations, kids activities, a Sister City selfie station, face painting and so much more!

For full event details and updates for Passport to the World, ASCI’s 3rd Annual Family Festival, at ACC Eastview Campus from 12-4PM on Sat. November 3rd, please visit our Facebook event, here. The event is held in ACC Eastview Campus Room 8500 (located inside Building 8000. Parking in lots G [facing Webberville Rd],  E or F [facing Govalle Rd]; campus map here).


For Austinites looking to carry their international music experience into the night, Austin Sister Cities International is proud to launch their new quarterly music program: ASCI Nights! After the family-friendly activities of Passport to the World in the afternoon, we invite all to attend our evening programming at Stay Gold (1910 E Cesar Chavez) beginning at 8PM. Austin Taiko will kick off the evening followed by Corps Multiple, an Austin-based, French music & dance company, Cherry Plum from Austin’s Sister City of Angers, and internationally-influenced (but Austin-based) musicians Atlas Maior fresh off several international tours to China, Spain and France round out the programming. Attendees to ASCI Nights must be 21+. A $5 cover directly supports the performing artists.

For full event details and updates for ASCI Nights at Stay Gold from 8PM-2AM on Sat. November 3rd, please visit our Facebook event, here.


Would you like to volunteer with ASCI at Passport to the World? We’re looking for friendly faces to assist with activities, set-up and tear-down, and helping our Fall Festival run smoothly for our attending families -- a certificate of volunteer service will be provided! Please apply here.


The Global Learning curriculum relates directly to home country areas of study and expands students' knowledge of regional and national history and current events with special attention to cultural awareness and social adaptation. This combination creates a customized learning opportunity across school specific interests within the Greater Austin area that is broad in scope, but targeted in delivery. The objective of the Global Learning Institute is to offer students a minimum two-week program to enrich their cultural, technical, and academic experience within the State of Texas and overseas. Learn more about ACC Global Learning Institute here:


Austin Sister Cities International aims to promote international understanding in our fast-paced, globalized world. Together with representatives from our sister cities, we are facilitating a wide range of opportunities to participate in international educational, community, cultural and business exchanges.

Austin Sister Cities International organizes, hosts and welcomes multiple international delegations every year. As a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization we are committed to including local artists, business leaders, city administration and community members in all of our trips abroad. The topics of focus on the delegation trips vary, depending on each delegation's agenda and committee aims. However, all ASCI delegations represent an international and diverse Austin, seeking to promote international understanding, cooperation and respect. Learn more at

For additional information regarding Austin Sister Cities International, please contact our Executive Board here. For additional information regarding ACC Global Learning Institute, please contact Global Learning Coordinator Brain Bilich here. For additional information regarding sponsorship, support or programming at either Passport to the World or ASCI Nights on Saturday, November 3rd, please contact ASCI Fall Festival Committee Co-Chair Samantha Phelps at 512-297-8208 or

Austin, TX signs Friendship Agreement with Pune, India


A delegation led by the City of Austin, the Austin Pune Sister City Initiative and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce was in Pune, India to sign a historic friendship agreement.

An agreement to this effect was signed by Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak and Alison Alter, Council Member, district 10, Austin, on September 26 in Pune.

Read the complete article here and follow the Austin Pune Sister City Initiative for updates and to get involved!

Homestay Hosts Needed: Latin American & Caribbean Entrepreneurs (Oct. 6-7)

Homestay Hosts Needed: Latin American & Caribbean Entrepreneurs (Oct. 6-7)

From the UT International Office: Help UT Austin change the world with a unique homestay opportunity!

The International Office at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected as a host university of the prestigious Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), a five-week institute that will bring 14 Latin American and Caribbean leaders to the Forty Acres this fall.

Beyond the Bonds of Friendship exists the Relationship of Sister Cities

Beyond the Bonds of Friendship exists the Relationship of Sister Cities

Saltillo, Coahuila.- Beyond the bonds of friendship exists the relationship of Sister Cities.

The Chambers of Commerce of Austin and Saltillo are "devoted to strengthening business ties between both communities," said Luis Rodriguez, president of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Members of Peruvian Congress in Austin

Open World Leadership Center, Friendship Force of Austin and GlobalAustin have invited another delegation of Members of the Peruvian National Congress to Austin to meet with their American counterparts. During their visit in July, the Peruvian delegation will attend committee meetings and legislative sessions to learn how their counterparts interact with relevant executive agencies, advocacy groups, and constituents on the subject of Accountable Governance.

The Austin-Lima Sister Cities Committee is pleased to welcome the Peruvian Members of Congress to Austin.

OP-ED: 'In Order To Build Bridges, Younger Generations Need to Participate in Events Like Saltillo Day'

OP-ED: 'In Order To Build Bridges, Younger Generations Need to Participate in Events Like Saltillo Day'

Between Trump, walls, and cartels, it seems like the only narrative being discussed about Mexico and The United States is the large gap between them despite their physical proximity. The media is full of negative discourse which makes it seem like these two countries couldn’t be more at odds with each other The irony is that, in real life, things look completely different.

Austin, London breweries create sister city beer, the Cockney Cowboy, for SXSW

A few years after Austin and the London borough of Hackney became official sister cities, two of their breweries have partnered to create a special beer that will release during South by Southwest.

Oasis, Texas Brewing and London’s Hackney Brewery have made the Cockney Cowboy Calling Hybrid Red Lager, a name that nods to Austin roots rocker Joe Ely’s relationship with the English band the Clash and their “London Calling” album. 

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