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|HUNGARY- Our Sister City Szekeshfehrevar is the 14th fastest growing economy in Europe. There have been several youth and artistic exchanges between the cities. Each year Birmingham Southern students spend a year teaching English at their local college. IN 2001 the City saluted Hungary during the International Festival. Sister Cities sponsored an art and artist exchange.
In the summer of 2014, Birmingham local, Joey Longoria, went again to Szeke to defend his title from last year’s International Arts camp.
In August 2013 Birmingham artist Joe Longoria participated and WON first prize at the Szeke. Artists Camp.
In 2014 Joe and another artist plan to participate.
-In Sept. 2012 two recent graduates continued the tradition of teacher exchanges in Szekeshfehrevar. A recent graduate from UAB and Bham-southern started work at a highi school there.
-In May Birmingham Jazz legend Eric Essix will be the guest of Szekeshfehrevar for a Music Festival. This is Eric's second trip for the event and we hosted Hungarian musicians last year for the music festival organized by Eric.
-Birmingham-Southern students are working at Kodalyani College.
-We sent a received Christmas/Holiday Cards from students at Sun Valley elementary to students in Szekeshfehrevar.
-In summer 2009, a Birmingham jazz instructor will be traveling to Szekeshfehrevar to work with high school musicians there during a one week cultural festival highlighting local talent in the visual and performing arts.
-Birmingham-Southern students are working there at Kodalyani College. Plans are being made for a major exchange this year with Szekeshfehrevar. The Committee is looking to do a youth exchange in 2008. We also hosted Ambassador Simony and his wife visited Birmingham May 26-28. He visited the Civil Rights Institute, Jazz Hall of Fame, American Village and 16 th Street Baptist Church.