Nashville and Tamworth, Australia Join as Sister Cities at Signing Ceremony
Mayor: Cities Share a “Love and Appreciation” of Country Music
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean was joined by Mayor Col Murray of Tamworth, Australia today in signing a treaty that officially joined Nashville and Tamworth as sister cities. Tamworth is the seventh sister city to Nashville.
Tamworth is known as the “Country Music Capital of Australia” and annually hosts the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January. The signing ceremony was held today to coincide with the CMA Music Festival taking place downtown.
“Our shared love and appreciation of country music make this Sister City partnership a natural fit,” Mayor Dean said. “I look forward to a rich and long-lasting relationship that gives our citizens opportunities for musical, artistic, cultural and educational exchanges.”
The signing ceremony was held at the Hall of Fame Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Ten delegates from Tamworth, including three city “councillors,” are visiting Nashville to take part in the ceremony and the CMA Music Festival. Tamworth officials have an educational booth at Fan Fair X as part of CMA activities.
“There have been many links developed between Tamworth and Nashville over the years through the affinity both cities have for country music,” Mayor Murray said. “It is fantastic that we are now formalizing our Sister Cities relationship after years in the making.”
Tracy Kane, president of the Sister Cities of Nashville board of directors, said, “For the past several years, citizens from Nashville and Tamworth have been traveling to each other’s cities as part of an informal exchange process that leads up to the official sister city designation. This visit is the culmination of those exchanges and an opportunity for leaders of both organizations to discuss plans for the future.”
Clare Bowen, the Australian actress/artist who portrays Scarlett O’Connor in the television show “Nashville,” was to attend today’s ceremony. Australian duo Mark and Jay O’Shea and singer Morgan Evans performed. The husband-and-wife O’Sheas have multiple No. 1 singles in Australia and live and work in Nashville. Evans, who currently has the No. 1 song in Australia, considers Music City his second home and is recording his newest album in Nashville.
As part of the Sister Cities gift exchange, Mayor Dean presented Mayor Murray with a framed gold record commemorating the Sister Cities signing. Mayor Murray presented Mayor Dean with a watercolor landscape of Tamworth by Tamworth artist Yvonne Overton.
Nashville’s other sister cities include: Belfast, Northern Ireland; Caen, France; Edmonton, Canada; Magdeburg, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; and Taiyuan, China. More information about Sister Cities of Nashville is available at www.scnashville.org.
About Sister Cities of Nashville
Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) is a 501c3 non-profit, membership-based organization whose mission is to connect the people of Nashville with people of the world, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Mayor Karl Dean serves as the Honorary Chairman of Sister Cities’ Board of Directors. SCN is a chapter of Sister Cities International, based in Washington D.C. and founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 as a way to promote peace through citizen diplomacy.