Dobro pozhalovat’, Bienvenidos, Bienvenue, Kalós orísate, Ceud Mìle Fàilte –
Welcome to Asheville Sister Cities!
We are a non-profit organization that serves to promote international awareness and maintain relations with Asheville’s sister cities of Vladikavkaz, Russia; San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico; Saumur, France; Karpenisi, Greece; Valladolid, Mexico; Osogbo, Nigeria; and Dunkeld & Birnam, Scotland. Join us for international films, performances, travel opportunities, food and wine tastings, and a chance to promote peace through global friendship.
As noted by Leroy Alala, CEO of Sister Cities International, “While suspending or ending a sister city relationship to register disapproval of a foreign government’s actions may seem, on the surface, like a positive policy protest action, it has the complete opposite effect – closing a vital and, ofttimes, last channel of communication with vulnerable or isolated populations.”
This also reflects the position of Governor Roy Cooper in “standing with the brave Russian citizens who are risking their own safety under an oppressive regime to protest the war crimes of their own government.”
The volunteer Board of Directors of Asheville Sister Cities would like to show its support to all citizens who are standing up for peace. In the spirit of the charter of Sister Cities International and our cities’ sisterhood, our hope is that citizens of the world will try to uphold our mission of promoting “peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation . . . one individual, one community at a time.”
The Board of Directors of Asheville Sister Cities is committed to offering worldwide exchanges in arts and culture, youth and education, and community development not only to strengthen our friendships, but also help us tackle the world’s most pressing problems. We are hopeful that diplomacy will prevail in resolving the situation underway between Russia and the Ukraine; we grieve for those who have suffered loss and we will support those whose lives have been upended by this tragedy in the Ukraine.
May love for our global neighbors lead to the path of peace.
Become a Member
Membership in the Sister Cities program promises to be a rewarding and fun experience! Join us for international film festivals, food tasting from around the world, travel opportunities, and a chance to promote peace through global friendship with our partner sister cities.
We did it!
Asheville Sister Cities Has a Directional Sign
A BIG THANK YOU to all those who have donated to the Directional Sign Campaign
Highland Brewing Company – Oscar Wong
Spaceplan Architects – Carroll Hughes
Blue Delta – Ken Nelson
Eartheart Network—Lisa Soledad Almaraz
ASCI’s Karpenisi Committee
ASCI’s Saumur Committee
ASCI’s Dunkeld and Birnam Committee
ANONYMOUS DONATION MADE IN HONOR OF ANDREW AND JACKIE CRAIG
FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE, WHICH CONTINUES
Rick and Janna Lutovsky
Ken and Irene Richards
Carroll and Gwen Hughes
Jessica and Ryan Coffield
Jackie and Andrew Craig
Allison and Jeff Weems
Doug and Darcy Orr
George and Alice Keller
Ken Nelson and Julie Hettiger