Alexandria, VA Sister Cities Committee

Alexandria, VA Sister Cities Committee The Sister Cities Committee is a city committee promoting cultural exchange between the Cities of Dundee, Scotland; Helsingborg, Sweden; and Alexandria, VA
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The Sister Cities Committee develops, encourages and promotes educational and cultural exchanges between the Cities of Dundee, Scotland; Helsingborg, Sweden and the City of Alexandria; and coordinates activities within the City relating to these exchanges. The Committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (beginning April 2014), and participates in the Christmas Walk and Scottish Games.

Operating as usual

06/19/2020
Dana

Dana

Wishing our sister city Helsingborg and Swedes everywhere en glad midsommar!! 💐 🇸🇪 💐🇸🇪🌞🇸🇪

Helsingborg International Connections
06/17/2020
Helsingborg International Connections

Helsingborg International Connections

It's almost Midsommar! That magical, special Swedish celebration! The usual public festivities won't be taking place this year, but you can still find yourself a quiet spot in the country and weave a headdress of wild flowers...or indulge in sill and strawberries...or gaze at the Skåne sea...will you be doing anything to mark the day this year? 🍓🍻🌺🦋🌳
#swedishtraditions #sweden

VisitHelsingborg
06/17/2020

VisitHelsingborg

Upptäck Landborgspromenaden! Denna unika vandringsled sträcker sig hela vägen från Raus Kyrka i söder till Sofiero i norr. 🌿

Ladda ner appen "Guide Helsingborg" och ta del av rundturen som heter just Landborgspromenaden. 🎧

📷: Linnéa Ivarsson

Embassy of Sweden in USA
06/17/2020

Embassy of Sweden in USA

With roots in pagan times, #Midsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but also a celebration of life and love. The celebration involves a lot of food, dancing, singing and flowers, so a flower wreath is a must for Swedish #midsummer - but any summer day really is reason enough for this beautiful accessory from nature.
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It is also said that if you place seven types of flowers under your pillow at midsummer, you will dream about your future love.
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Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own flower crown courtesy of SWEA New York that are true experts on this after helping out with wreaths for years at the large traditional Swedish Midsummer Festival in New York hosted by Consulate General of Sweden in New York and partners. #SwedenatHome #ThisisSweden 🇸🇪 #MidsummerWreath #FlowerWreath #DIY #FlowerCrown #SwedishMidsummer #SwedeninUSA

Dana
06/13/2020
Dana

Dana

Interview with “Succession” Star and Dundonian Brian Cox on why Logan Roy resonates today.

Helsingborg International Connections
06/13/2020
Helsingborg International Connections

Helsingborg International Connections

🦠COVID-19 update: changes in Sweden's domestic travel rules from today.

With many countries reducing their restrictions at the moment, it's not always easy to keep track of which regulations are still in place. Here's a round-up of the current recommendations from the Swedish authorities.

VisitHelsingborg
06/13/2020
VisitHelsingborg

VisitHelsingborg

Trädgårdsrundan närmar sig. Frodiga, spännande och unika privata trädgårdar och handels-trädgårdar, öppnar upp för allmänheten. Passa på att inspireras inför sommarens semester och skapa nya planer och drömmar för din egen trädgård. 🌿

Datum: 13 juni 2020 kl. 10:00 till 14 juni 2020 kl. 17:00.

Läs med via länken nedan ⬇️

https://visithelsingborg.com/tradgardsrundor-2020/

VisitHelsingborg
06/11/2020

VisitHelsingborg

Idag är en bra dag! Hoppas du kan njuta lite av det fina sommarvädret var än du befinner dig 💙☀️💗

📷: @felicity.almonte

Study in Sweden
06/10/2020

Study in Sweden

Want to study in Sweden? Join us this Saturday for the Study in Sweden Virtual Fair to learn what it’s like to live and learn the Swedish Way. You’ll get to meet 19 Swedish universities and find out what kinds of programmes they have to offer. So, what’re you waiting for? Sign up here 👉 https://studyinsweden.easyvirtualfair.com/

V&A Dundee
06/10/2020
V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee

Crucial aspects of ​Scotland’s design history are underpinned by the exploitation of enslaved and colonised people around the world.

In summer 2019 we hosted a workshop with the Transnational Scotland Network that brought together academics, designers and artists to critique the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Dundee, and particularly the way they address (or do not address) Scotland’s role in imperialism and slavery.

We wanted to interrogate the narratives of the galleries, to expose what was missing from the story, and to work together to forge a path towards change.

Read more: https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/articles/decolonising-our-galleries

Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries
06/10/2020

Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries

Dream now, visit later… #OnlyInDundee there is Scotland’s only full time ensemble at Dundee Rep Theatre.

#DundeeRepEnsemble
#sfma
#LoveDundee
#StayHome #staysafe

Scottish Film Makers and Actors National Theatre

📷 by Mihaela Bodlovic

This is at Freedmens Cemetery Memorial which some Dundonians have visited.
06/06/2020

This is at Freedmens Cemetery Memorial which some Dundonians have visited.

Today, communities all across our country are protesting to end racism and in honor of Mr. George Floyd, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, and Ms. Breonna Taylor and countless others. A massive crowd marched from PG County across the WW Bridge to Washington Street in Old Town this afternoon. I joined them there as they walked to our city’s hallowed ground of the Freedmen’s Cemetery. Very moving. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeNow #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor

Helsingborg International Connections
06/05/2020

Helsingborg International Connections

Congratulations or "grattis" to all the high school students graduating today! This is a big day in the life of students in Sweden and may seem unusual if your home country doesn't celebrate at this stage of education, but it's a tradition we have come to love! 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓🍾🎊🎉🇸🇪

This year is different, so the usual run down the steps from Kärnan and tours around town on carnival floats won't be happening, but you can be sure there will be plenty of people out and about in town to celebrate this big day. ✨✨

Here are a few photos from previous years - if you haven't experienced this before, you'll see it is an incredible event which takes over the town. Even the ferries honk their horns! 🤩

06/04/2020
Sweden.se

Sweden.se

Want to celebrate Sweden's National Day with us? Join our event 'Sweden live: National Day @ home' – our world-first National Day 24-hour livestream, starting on Saturday 6 June! Go to stories to check out some of the artists that will be performing! It will be amazing! 🇸🇪🥳 #SweLive

https://www.facebook.com/events/607558036526772/

Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries
06/02/2020

Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries

#Dundee has been named a finalist in the Digital Leaders #DL100 Awards in the #SmartCities category for 2020.

https://digileaders100.com/smart-city

05/23/2020
The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA

The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA

From now thru the Memorial Day Weekend, lower King Street past Fairfax Street will have barriers up to cars and partitions up to help dissipate the people-on-people situation that can come about on a gorgeous weekend in Alexandria after being cooped up. One way is still set up for cars and curbside pickup. Alexandria City was slated to go pedestrian-only in these same two blocks starting in April 2020 but COVID put that on hold. This is a reaction to overcrowding that happened last weekend, and it is hoped will help give people more room to navigate on foot at a correct social distance from one another.

05/23/2020
House of Sweden

House of Sweden

It's hard to imagine it was only a little more than 10 weeks ago that we kicked off our Spring Programs with three new exhibitions opening, music, food and artist talks in #HouseofSweden.

While we're waiting to be able to reopen again safely, here's a glimse of that evening. We hope you're enjoying our exhibitions virtually until we see you again. 👉 www.houseofswedenexhibitions.com

#FBF #SwedenatHome #StaySafe Svenska institutet Svensk Form Bea Szenfeld Stina Wirsén Tonje Halvorsen IKEA Museum

Queen Bee Designs
05/23/2020

Queen Bee Designs

Ready for an out of this world safe shopping experience? Buzz by 825 S. Washington Street Mwmorial Day Weekend 12-6 and let us show you our newest jewelry, home decor and hand made masks for adults and kids 😷 We will spoil you with 20% the whole store and entertain you with music, mimosas, and exciting demonstrations 🐝

05/21/2020

Happy 935th birthday Helsingborg!

Visit Alexandria VA
05/21/2020
Visit Alexandria VA

Visit Alexandria VA

Wondering where to get face masks in Alexandria? Check our list of small businesses offering washable masks, DIY kits or fashionable bandanas and scarves.

Embassy of Sweden in USA
05/18/2020

Embassy of Sweden in USA

A new issue of our #SwedenatHome newsletter is out! Here’s our selection of Swedish family fun, music, films, trade news, virtual events and more to enjoy from the comfort of your home 🏡 Please enjoy, stay safe, stay healthy, and #StayHome! 👉 https://mailchi.mp/gov/swedenathomeissue6

Visit Alexandria VA
05/18/2020
Visit Alexandria VA

Visit Alexandria VA

Take a 360 degree tour, browse local art online, or enjoy history-themed activities for kids.

05/18/2020
Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries

Dundee - One City, Many Discoveries

This International Museum Day we celebrate our wonderful Dundee museums from afar...

Verdant Works The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum Discovery Point and RRS Discovery V&A Dundee

Many have created online resources for us to enjoy so that we can, see:-

www.verdantworks.co.uk/learn
www.mcmanus.co.uk/content/creative-learning/about
www.rrsdiscovery.co.uk/learn
www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/info/learn

🏡 #StayHome
🏥 #ProtectTheNhs
❤️ #SaveLives

#LoveDundee ❣️

Embassy of Sweden in USA
05/18/2020

Embassy of Sweden in USA

‘Now let’s celebrate’, Pippi shouted, as she got back on her feet. ‘Let’s celebrate until we raise the roof of Villa Villekulla.’ 🎈🎂

For 75 years this week 🇸🇪 author Astrid Lindgren’s beloved character #PippiLongstocking has entertained, astonished, questioned and provoked audiences all over the world. Pippi is a role model and a symbol for independence to this day. Her free-spirited character has made an impact far beyond the world of children’s books. Join us in the celebrations of Pippi 75 years! Party ideas, games and more 👉
houseofswedenexhibitions.com/congratspippi
#BeMorePippi! #CongratsPippi 🎉Sweden.se Svenska institutet Pippi Longstocking

05/09/2020
Sofiero slott och slottsträdgård

Beautiful gardens at Sofiero in Helsingborg

Följ med på en komprimerad vårflorsguidning på Sofiero tillsammans med trädgårdsdesigner Sara Bratt. Sara berättar om de olika rabatterna och hur hon har tänkt kring planteringen av vårfloret.

Vi vet att ni är många som inte har möjlighet att besöka oss i dessa tider. Hoppas att den här videon tar er till Sofiero i sinnet och att ni får inspiration till er egna trädgård.

Dela gärna vidare och ge tummen upp om ni gillar den!

EU Open House has things you can enjoy from home this year!
05/09/2020
House of Sweden

EU Open House has things you can enjoy from home this year!

#EUOpenHouse lives on from the safety of your home! In honor of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration, the EU Delegation and the Member States of the European Union today as we bring activities from all over Europe across the Atlantic and into your home with two campaigns: #StrongerTogether and #HomeWithEU.

Visit the full website for cultural activities native to each EU Member State enjoyed while social distancing.

http://events.euintheus.org/

From #Sweden enjoy the full performance of the contemporary circus show ''Wear it like a crown'' - the final part in Swedish circus company Cirkus Cirkör ’s trilogy about the body.

http://events.euintheus.org/events/homewitheu-sweden

#StayHome #StaySafe #SwedenAtHome #HomeWithEU European Union in the United States Embassy of Sweden in USA

Verdant Works
05/08/2020

Verdant Works

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day: Dundee and the region's jute and flax industries played a vital role in supplying huge volumes of essential textile products to the war effort. We remember and thank the largely unsung home-front workers who made this possible, we also remember the thousands of Dundonians who served in the armed forces and merchant navy, many of whom paid the ultimate price for the peace and freedom we all enjoy today.

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, commemorating Victory in Europe.
05/08/2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, commemorating Victory in Europe.

Many thanks to the Embassy of Sweden in USA for the opportunity via Zoom to hear from #Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Dr. ...
05/08/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Case Study in COVID-19 Responses: Lessons Learned from Sweden. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Many thanks to the Embassy of Sweden in USA for the opportunity via Zoom to hear from #Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Angers Tegnell,on Sweden’s approach to COVID-19. Always much to be learned from our #sistercities! Sister Cities International AlexandriaVA.gov

Q&A with Dr. Anders Tegnell, State Epidemiologist of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, moderated by ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. Webinar arranged in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in USA. Sweden has had an unconventional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While other countries moved t...

Discovery Point and RRS Discovery
05/08/2020

Discovery Point and RRS Discovery

#OnThisDay 1915. The RMS Lusitania was attacked by a German U-boat and sank in just 18 minutes. 1198 passengers and crew were killed in the attack and aftermath.
There was also a, largely unknown, connection with #RRSDiscovery. Commander Joseph Stackhouse was returning to the UK on board the Lusitania, having secured funds in the US for a proposed British Antarctic and Oceanographic Expedition. A £1000 deposit had already been paid to the Hudson's Bay Company to secure the Discovery for the expedition. Sadly Stackhouse lost his life in the sinking. In his final moments he was said to have been seen giving his life belt to a little girl and was last seen standing calmly at the stern as the ship made her final plunge.
The expedition hopes ended with his death and Discovery continued as part of the Hudson's Bay Company, successfully avoiding the type of U-boat attack that had taken so many lives on the Lusitania and many others.

Visit Alexandria VA
05/07/2020
Visit Alexandria VA

Visit Alexandria VA

Architectural Digest features the newest work in the city’s temporary public art installation series at Waterfront Park: Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies by Olalekan Jeyifous which is on view until November.

Visit Alexandria VA
05/06/2020

Visit Alexandria VA

We look forward to welcoming you again to these iconic Alexandria attractions when it's time to travel again. For now, we hope you'll add them to your wander list. ALXatHome.com

#SpiritOfTravel #NTTW20

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Wishing our sister city Helsingborg and Swedes everywhere en glad midsommar!! 💐 🇸🇪 💐🇸🇪🌞🇸🇪
Interview with “Succession” Star and Dundonian Brian Cox on why Logan Roy resonates today.
Alexandria VA Sister Cities wishes Dundee’s favorite son, Brian Cox (aka Logan Roy and Bon Servant) a very happy June 1 birthday!! Warmest wishes!
Happy Tartan Day everyone! Today marks 700 years! Here is a fabulous video starring Brian Cox about what it all means!  it is believed that it inspired our founders and our own Declaration of Independence. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇺🇸
A bit of Scots brilliant words to get us through the COVID! Tae A Virus (by anon) Twa months ago, we didna ken, yer name or ocht aboot ye But lots of things have changed since then, I really must salute ye Yer spreading rate is quite intense, yer feeding like a gannet Disruption caused, is so immense, ye’ve shaken oor wee planet. Corona used tae be a beer, they garnished it wae limes But noo it’s filled us awe wae fear These days, are scary times. Nae shakin hawns, or peckin lips, it’s whit they awe advise But scrub them weel, richt tae the tips, that’s how we’ll awe survive Just stay inside , the hoose, ye bide Nae sneakin oot for strolls Just check the cludgie every hoor And stock-take, your, loo laavy Our holidays have been pit aff Noo that’s the Jet2 patter Pit oan yer thermals, have a laugh And paddle ‘ doon the waater ‘ Canary isles, no for a while Nae need for suntan cream And awe because o this wee bug We ken tae be..19 The boredom surely will set in, But have a read, or doodle Or plan yer menu for the month Wi 95 pot noodles. When these run oot, just look aboot A change, it would be nice We’ve beans and pasta By the ton and twenty stane o rice. So dinny think yell wipe us oot Aye true, a few have died Bubonic, bird flu, and Tb They came, they left, they tried Ye might be gallus noo ma freen As ye jump fae cup tae cup But when we get oor vaccine made Yer number will be up!
HOT!! We are pleased to announce Bowmore 18 year single malt in our March 20 event line up! Tickets available. Thanks to our sponsors and ticket holders for supporting a great cause (enjoy responsibly) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandria-sister-cities-8th-annual-whisky-tasting-event-tickets-92288482335 #whiskylovers #singlemalt #scotch #DCfoodporn #DCnightlife
When we say that it’s a special whisky tasting event we mean it! Pop-Up Patisserie will be donating elegant and tasty desserts for our guests. Thank you! Get your tickets here before it’s too late! Event is March 20, 7-10 PM https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandria-sister-cities-8th-annual-whisky-tasting-event-tickets-92288482335
ALX’s Queen Bee Allison Priebe is donating a $1000 Private Queen Bee party for the raffle! Whisky tasting, wine, dinner, music AND royal jewels is an unbeatable night!! March 20 it’s GDFR!! Tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandria-sister-cities-8th-annual-whisky-tasting-event-tickets-92288482335
Join us March 20th where North American Whisky Ambassador Simon Brooking will guide you through a special Scottish whisky tasting! Food, entertainment, prizes and fun! Proceeds benefit education and cultural exchanges between Alexandria VA and Dundee Scotland. All DMV are welcome! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandria-sister-cities-8th-annual-whisky-tasting-event-tickets-92288482335
March 20, 7-10PM join us and our fabulous sponsor Laphroiag/Beam Suntory for a GREAT night for a great cause supporting Alexandria’s students and cultural exchanges! Tickets here, we are almost half way sold out. Grab your friends and enjoy responsibly! Thank you for your support! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandria-sister-cities-8th-annual-whisky-tasting-event-tickets-92288482335