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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Dr. SungEun Park New Chair of Austin-Gwangmyeong Sister Cities Committee

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. SungEun Park will lead the Austin-Gwangmyeong Sister Cities Committee, fostering the relationship between Austin, TX and our sister city in South Korea! 

Pianist SungEun Park has extensively performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician throughout Korea, Italy and the United States. Dr. Park has earned her degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), Texas State University (MM). Dr. Park joins the Texas State International Piano Festival as Associate Program Director. She also serves as a Director at Austin Harmony Youth Orchestra.

Get in touch with SungEun to learn more!

On to the NextLevel

Due to high demand for new membership opportunities, we have recently created four completely new committees that will serve the needs of our existing sister cities and ASCI as the premier international organization in Austin:

  • Youth and Education
  • Music, Arts and Culture
  • Business Development
  • Non-profit Operations

Contact Kevin Chen to learn more and to get involved.

Oita Elite Runner Exchange: Celebrate, Volunteer, Donate

From AOSCC: We are getting excited about the runners coming in from Oita for the February 18th Austin Marathon.

A BIG THANK you to HIGH FIVE for sponsoring this exchange!  Thank you to Honey Baked Ham and Kome for donating food to the aid station volunteers! Thank you to Texas Sake for a donation of sake to be given at the Welcome Reception to a lucky recipient!

Are you coming to the Welcome Reception  on Friday, February 16 for the Oita runners competing in the Austin Marathon? RSVP and register today. Feel free to invite guests.

We would LOVE to have 60 volunteers helping with the water station for the Austin Marathon on Sunday, February 18, 6:45 am - 1 pm. We will have LOTS of fun, cheering on the runners! We will be learning cheers in Japanese for TEAM JAPAN and the runners from our Sister City, Oita. If you register by this Friday, February 9, you will receive a marathon tshirt. And, there is FREE food! Our station is at Mile 18, near UT.

The Austin Marathon AOSCC Fundraising contributes to the Oita Elite Runner Exchange program. 

The press release can be found here

Austin-Saltillo Represent at All Mayors Sister Cities Summit, Guadalajara

Nick Barreiro, chair of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Association will gather with representatives of other cities and counties from the USA and Mexico in Guadalajara as part of the All Mexico – US Sister Cities Mayor’s Summit, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Saturday, February 17, 2018. 

The purpose of this summit is to discuss ways to advance sister city programs between the US and Mexico into the future. It is a great opportunity to showcase grassroots citizen diplomacy in US – Mexico partnerships, revitalize diplomatic relationships, and launch new and innovative programs between communities in each country related to arts and culture; business and trade; youth and education; and humanitarian assistance.

The conference theme of Independence & Interdependence focuses on celebrating the historical ties between US and Mexican civic society, business, cultural and education institutions.

The agenda can be access here.

Las ciudades y los condados de EE. UU. Y México se reunirán en Guadalajara como parte de la Cumbre de Alcaldes de las Ciudades Hermanas de México para debatir formas de avanzar en los programas de ciudades hermanas entre EE. UU. Y México en el futuro. Es una gran oportunidad para mostrar la diplomacia ciudadana de base en las asociaciones entre Estados Unidos y México, revitalizar las relaciones diplomáticas y poner en marcha programas nuevos e innovadores entre las comunidades de cada país relacionadas con las artes y la cultura; negocios y comercio; juventud y educación; y asistencia humanitaria.

El tema de la conferencia Independence & Interdependence se centra en celebrar los lazos históricos entre la sociedad civil, las instituciones comerciales, culturales y educativas de los Estados Unidos y México

From Lima: Lozano Long Conference - Opening Concert & Reception

Join the Austin-Lima Sister Cities Committee:

This February 21–23, the Lozano Long Conference 2018 will be presenting "Create, Consume, Collect. The Life of Colonial Latin American Artifacts" at The Blanton Museum of Art, featuring two representatives from Lima, Perú.

The Welcome Ceremony will be on Wednesday, February 21 at 5pm. Our friend Susana C. Osorio from Lima Criolla Peruvian Restaurant - formerly La Chaparrita will be serving appetizers and refreshments.

For more details about the conference, speakers and more, please visit: 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

ASCI Board Elections

Austin Sister Cities International is pleased to announced their newly elected Executive Board:

Chair: Jake Rosenberg
Vice-Chair: Kevin Chen
Secretary: Catherine Farris
Treasurer: Steven Yau
Communications: Canan Kaba

At large: Gordie White, Ben Ramirez, Canan Kaba, Catherine Farris, Jake Rosenberg, and Billy Webb

We are also thrilled to share that several members of the Austin community will be serving as advisers, applying their expertise in various of Austin Sister Cities International's areas of operation. 


From Oita: Austin Marathon Welcomes Elite Japanese Runners

High Five Events announces the continuation of the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee (AOSCC) elite runner exchange for the 2018 Austin Marathon®. Daichi Tanaka and Junko Sakamoto will represent Japan and compete in the Austin Marathon on Feb. 18, 2018.

“I am both excited and honored to run in the 2018 Austin Marathon as a symbol of friendship between the sister cities of Oita and Austin,” said Tanaka.

Read the full article here