Navruz Celebration a Huge Success!

Our 2014 Navruz celebration was a jam-packed, sold-out evening of fun, food, and festivities! Katta rahmat to everyone who attended and everyone who volunteered at this year’s event, which was the biggest ever!

Over 350 people enjoyed an amazing Uzbek meal of plov, somsa, naan, bo’gir’soq, salads, and drinks prepared by STSCA Board members and volunteers. Fruit and dessert were provided by attendees.

Highlights of the evening included addresses by Uzbek Embassy official Nurillo Abdullayev and Tashkent Deputy Mayor I.D. Berdibekov, performances by the Mystic Rose and Ivan da Marya folkdance groups, a raffle won by a Kazakh “babushka” who performed a traditional Kazakh song, and a lively, colorful fashion show of traditional Central Asian clothing. Attendees who stayed until the end were also treated to a “diskoteka” of popular Uzbek and Central Asian tunes, with many young children dancing up on the stage.

Below are a few pictures from the event. For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.

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Seattle’s Seagull Project Makes History in Uzbekistan

The Seagull Project LLC has officially received a grant from the US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan amounting to $65,000. This grant allows the company to take its celebrated production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull overseas as part of the Festival of American Culture: Ilkhom East/West,” hosted by the Ilkhom Theatre.

The Seagull Project is a theatre company based in Seattle, WA that works to develop its own process, including long-form rehearsal periods, in which each actor is afforded the opportunity to grow into his or her role, learn new skills, and deepen work as theatre artists. The top-notch design team and celebrated director find inspiration through this work and together form a cohesive ensemble. After an extraordinarily successful run of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at ACT Theatre (Seattle, WA) in 2013, Three Sisters will be the next production, slated to go up at ACT Theatre in February 2015 as part of the 50th anniversary season.

The Ilkhom Theatre is one of the most historically important theatres in the entire former Soviet Union.  Founded by the late Mark Weil in 1976, it was the very first Independent theatre in the Soviet Union, and has remained so to this day. The Ilkhom often brings acts from all over the world to perform in festivals in their home city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but has never had an American company as an official guest. The Seagull Project is honored and overjoyed to not only represent Seattle while in Tashkent, but to embark on a historically significant trip as a representative for the arts and culture of the United States as a whole.

The Grant – in large part facilitated by International Liaison, Tyler Polumski – allows the Seagull Project to work in conjunction with the Ilkhom Theatre to create a festival of American Culture.  The festival will serve as a meeting place between two different cultures, of the Eastern and Western world. Therefore, it is not only as a celebration of the arts, but of peace and cultural exchange.

The Festival will include:

  • * Performances of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, performed by The Seagull Project Ensemble, and adapted specifically for the Ilkhom Theatre’s stage
  • * Performances of the Ilkhom Theatre’s productions of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, and Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flats
  • * Three staged readings of New American Drama: one reading by the Seagull Project Ensemble in English; one reading by the ilkhom Theatre in Russian; and one reading with a combined cast in both languages
  • * A concert of American music
  • * Master classes/workshops led by the Seagull Project for students and artists of the Ilkhom theatre as well as the greater public

Seagull Project artistic personnel will also be working with young, aspiring, Central Asian directors, who will be taking part in an ongoing project of the Ilkhom Theatre, the “Laboratory for Young Directors of Central Asia.”, which is happening in parallel with the festival.

The Seagull Project will depart for Uzbekistan April 23 and will return two weeks later on May 11. While in Uzbekistan, ensemble members will be guests of the Ilkhom Theatre. The grant allows for the full company, plus director John Langs and two production personnel, to travel. The Seagull Project will have the unique opportunity to work with this world-class theatre, offering an exchange of ideas and culture that will be brought back to the United States so the culture and techniques can be shared and discussed.  It is through these vital cultural exchanges that countries, often foreign from one another, can heal, grow, and breath anew into their work.

Contact Information:

Gavin Reub: Co-Artistic Director
gavinr2@gmail.com

Julie Briskman: Co-Artistic Director
antons.arkadina@gmail.com

Tyler Polumsky: International Liaison
tjpolumsky@gmail.com

STSCA Board Meets with New Uzbek Ambassador Gulyamov

On March 3, members of the STSCA Board met with the new Uzbek Ambassador to the US, His Excellency Baktiyar Gulyamov, who was in Seattle to promote economic development between Uzbekistan and the US. The Ambassador mentioned a number of directions the Uzbek government would like to pursue in business together (agricultural products and processing and Boeing jets) and also lent his support to the STSCA activities we described. In addition to the STSCA Board, he met with Seattle City Council Member Jean Godden and also had a very productive meeting with her. He sent us this letter of appreciation for the visit.

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2014 Navruz Celebration

Come join the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association for our annual Navruz celebration! This is our largest event during the year, and we love getting everyone together to value the importance of Navruz, renew friendships, enjoy great food, and have a lot of fun! We will have entertainment including a fashion show, dancing, and a children’s corner!

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 for this great event in the North Seattle Community College Cafeteria. The doors open at 4:45 pm. The meal will be served in courses, so arrive on time to enjoy all of it!

If you are interested in volunteering for the event or in helping to make somsas, please email navruz@seattle-tashkent.org.

Please bring fruit and/or dessert to share.

Tickets
$20/adult
$30/couple
$15/student (ages 13-18, or college student)
$10/child (age 8-12)
Children age 7 and under are free

Family: $30 for the first 2 adults, plus $10 for each additional family member age 8 and over

Purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time on Brown Paper Tickets (service charge applies). Scan this QR code to access our ticket site, or go to http://stscanavruz2014.bpt.me to purchase tickets:

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Directions
Heading North on I-5
Take exit #173 (Northgate exit).
Turn right (South) onto 1st Avenue NE.
Turn right again at N 92nd Street.
Turn right onto College Way N.
The college is on the right.

Heading South on I-5
Take exit #173 Westbound (Northgate exit).
Turn right onto N Northgate Way.
Turn left onto Meridian Avenue N (becomes College Way N).
The college is on the left.

Parking
Easy access with free parking: park only in the visitors’ parking spots in front or in the north/south parking lots, but not the underground lot, which is permit parking only.

Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association Annual Meeting!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7–9 pm
North Seattle Community College, North Star Room

Come hear our 40th anniversary delegation report on our amazing recent trip to Tashkent–what’s new, whom we met, and what’s in the future for STSCA!

Light refreshments will be served.

Directions:

Heading North on I-5:
1. Take exit #173 (Northgate exit)
2. Turn right (South) onto 1st Avenue NE
3. Turn right again at N 92nd Street
4. Turn right onto College Way N
5. The college is on the right.

Heading South on I-5:
1. Take exit #173 Westbound (Northgate exit)
2.Turn right onto N Northgate Way
3. Turn left onto Meridian Ave N (becomes College Way N
4. The college is on the left.

Parking: Park for free in the visitors’ parking spots in front or in the north or south parking lots, but not the underground lot, which is permit parking only.

35th Anniversary Celebration at Roosevelt High School

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City of Seattle Establishes Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Day

A PROCLAMATION HONORING THE 40-YEAR SISTER CITY AFFILIATION BETWEEN SEATTLE AND TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN AND THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO CITIES AND OUR PEOPLE

WHEREAS, Tashkent is the largest city in Central Asia and the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan, with a multi-ethnic population of 2.3 million and is a regional leader in business, education, and the arts; and

WHEREAS, Seattle is the hub of a metropolitan area of 3.5 million people in the Northwest of the United States of America and is a recognized progressive leader in business, culture, and education; and

WHEREAS, the sister city relationship with Tashkent is the third oldest of all of Seattle’s twenty-one sister city relationships; and

WHEREAS, the relationship between Seattle and Tashkent was formalized in 1973, through discussions between the mayors of our two great cities–Mayor Uhlman of Seattle, and both Mayors Asamov and Kazimov of Tashkent–whose courage, leadership, and foresight we celebrate; and

WHEREAS, the relationship between Seattle and Tashkent has resulted in almost one hundred delegations, tours and meetings to establish cultural, educational, professional, and business exchanges and opportunities between our two cities; and

WHEREAS, both cities have developed parks in their respective cities to commemorate in earth, trees, and stone our lasting friendship; and

WHEREAS, over the 40 years of our affiliation, the friendship has never been interrupted by world events, and our visionary leaders continue to be open and willing to share information and resources for a thriving relationship; and

WHEREAS, we look forward to many future exchanges that will enrich the lives of citizens of our cities, and many decades of friendship between our communities;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL, THE MAYOR CONCURRING, THAT June 24, 2013 IS SEATTLE-TASHKENT SISTER CITY DAY IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

AND WE WISH TO SALUTE 40 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE SISTER CITIES OF SEATTLE AND TASHKENT.

Successful 40th-Anniversary Delegation Visits Seattle from Tashkent

At our Navruz celebration in March, we mentioned that a delegation might come from Tashkent in June. Just a few weeks ago it was confirmed, and as a result we had a very successful visit June 23rd-27th with 11 delegates from Tashkent and one representative from the Uzbek embassy in Washington, D.C.

This was an outstanding way of celebrating our 40th anniversary with both our partners in Tashkent and the Uzbek embassy. The delegation participated in many meetings and enjoyed a dinner celebration with STSCA members and city of Seattle officials.

Tashkent Deputy Mayor I.D. Berdibekov led the delegation of city officials, including department heads from the Parks department, landscaping, commercial and non-commercial properties, external relations, and mahallah officials. It was a very diverse group! Further, the assistant to the Uzbek ambassador to the U.S. also joined us for the visit.

The delegation arrived on Sunday, June 23rd, and got right to work the next day. They met with the Seattle City Council, led by President Sally Clark, who greeted the delegation and presented them with a signed proclamation from the city proclaiming June 24th Seattle-Tashkent Day. The delegates were very pleased with this declaration! They also observed democracy in action through public testimony to the city council on many different issues. Mayor Mike McGinn also met with the delegation for an extended period of time and discussed common issues between our two cities. Then it was off to dinner at the home of two STSCA Board members to introduce the delegates to an American-style potluck gathering.

The next day continued with meetings with the Trade Development Alliance to discuss the economy of Seattle, how to attract businesses, public/private partnerships, and economic development. It was a time for sharing and questions, since both of our cities face the same struggles as large, metropolitan areas.

The afternoon was filled with meetings with the Seattle Parks Department and the Transportation/Streets/Landscaping department. Both cities discussed their efforts to improve and maintain parks as well as landscaping throughout our cities.

The evening culminated in a dinner with recognition by both cities of our 40th anniversary. Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith of Seattle and Deputy Mayor I.D. Berdibekov of Tashkent congratulated each city on its successes for the past 40 years. The two Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association Co-Presidents, Diana Pearce and Dan Peterson, also discussed the STSCA’s accomplishments and recognized the achievements of STSCA members in the audience who have contributed to STSCA’s success over the past 40 years.

During the remainder of the delegation’s visit other activities were conducted–flowers were planted in Tashkent Park (on Capitol Hill), and tourist activities were organized at popular Seattle sites (Pike Place Market, the Aquarium, Space Needle, etc.) so that the delegates were made aware of the beauty and diversity of Seattle.

The Voice of America, located in Washington, D.C. has been a supporter of the STSCA for a long time. Our good friend, Navbahor Imamova, International Broadcaster of the Uzbek Service, watched the Seattle Channel broadcast of the speech by Deputy Mayor Berdibekov to the City Council, and summarized the exchange. You may read about this exchange here (in Uzbek only):

http://www.amerikaovozi.com/content/seattle-tashkent-sister-city/1691138.html

Deputy Mayor Berdibekov aptly summed up the group’s impressions: “The city of Seattle looks beautiful, all the meetings were productive, and I want to begin to plan for more much frequent meetings between our cities.”

We have the same hope and dreams.

All the best,

Dan Peterson
Co-President
Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association

Seattle Sounders FC International Family Festival

STSCA invites you and your family to the Seattle Sounders FC International Family Festival, which allows families and friends to share their passion for the Sounders with our diverse community. SSFC International Family Festival provides fans Unique and Memorable Sounders FC Brand Experiences that delivers Meaningful Connections between the diverse group of attendees, players, and coaches

Participants will spend time with players, take tours of the locker room, and experience international cultural booths in the West Plaza. Including soccer instructional activities, family interactive competitions, face painting and tons of inflatables.

Where: CenturyLink Field
When: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Two sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person; children 4 and under are free.

For more details and to register, go to:
http://www.soundersfc.com/Outreach/International-Family-Festival.aspx

2013 Seattle Sister Cities Reception

Please join co-chairs Mayor Mike McGinn and City Council President Sally Clark and members of the Seattle City Council at the:
17th Annual Seattle Sister Cities Reception

Thursday, May 9, 2013
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98124

Chongqing, China ● Limbe, Cameroon ● Perugia, Italy ● Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets either online or by phone.
Online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/313102
24/7 Ticket Hotline: 1-800-838-3006

Come enjoy international cuisine and entertainment featuring this year’s focus cities–Chongqing, Limbe, Perugia, and Tashkent! The annual Seattle Sister Cities Reception is a place where grass-roots exchange participants, volunteers, international businesspeople, and government officials all come together to celebrate Seattle’s dynamic international connections!

The reception is held to thank Seattle’s 21 sister-city associations and their many enthusiastic volunteers for their dedication and hard work and to honor the associations for their outstanding achievements. The reception is also the primary fundraising activity for the sister-city program, with funds being used to provide matching grants for exchange programs and other projects initiated and organized by the individual associations.