Sister City relationship flourishing
Wednesday, 6th July, 2011
The town square was alive yesterday with a showcasing of the performers from the Bankstown Talent Advancement Program (TAP) and some of our local talent, who were out to celebrate National Sister Cities Day.
The Sister City exchange program between Bankstown and Broken Hill is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, with a week full of celebrations and performances.
This year marks the first time that both Bankstown and Broken Hill have been together to celebrate the day, and Mayor Wincen Cuy said that today has been a great success for all performers.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids, it gives them exposure and an avenue to show off their talents.”
This is the second time the program has been in Broken Hill, as Mayor Cuy admits that the sporting exchange has been the predominate focus over the last few years.
“We need to look at where we can go to with the cultural side, which has not been focused on in the past and explore the idea of cultural exchanges,” he said.
Wendy Tierney, a director for the Bankstown Talent Advancement Program said that their time in Broken Hill so far has been wonderful.
“We are so happy to have the opportunity to come here. Our schedules have been packed with many activities, we’ve seen the Mundi Mundi Plains and the Sculptors and we are going to visit Pro Hart’s gallery.”
Ms Tierney has said that the Council staff and host families have been superb.
“The program allows for ties and bonds to be created between the two cities and the host families and Council staff have made us feel very welcome.
“This is the first time we have stayed with host families in Broken Hill and it has been a great experience for all.”
Performers from both cities will take to the stage again on Thursday at the NAIDOC Week Fun Day in the Park celebrations, at Sturt Park beginning at 1.30pm. This will be followed by another performance at Centro Westside at 6pm.
The week will be capped off with the Sister City Silver Anniversary Showcase on Friday.
The performance is being jointly directed by our own Marilyn Harris and Catherine Bransdon, along with Wendy Tierney and Helen Pain from the Bankstown Talent Advancement Program.
Both Wendy and Helen has previously been involved in the School Spectacular concert held annually in Sydney.T he showcase is a free event and will commence at 7.30pm.