Dear friends – Here is our latest Newcastles of the World newsletter – 12 pages of news, features and photos from many of our different “Newcastles”. We hope you enjoy reading it, and please share it with your own networks if you find it useful.
Chers amis – Voici la nouvelle édition de notre bulletin d’information – 12 pages d’actualités, de reportages et de photos provenant de plusieurs de nos différents “Newcastles”. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez le lire et le partager avec vos propres réseaux si vous le trouvez utile.
Here is our latest newsletter – 12 pages of news, features and photos from many of our different Newcastles. We hope you enjoy reading it, and please do share it through your own networks if you think it appropriate.
The next newsletter will be the September/October edition, with a copy deadline of Friday August 23rd.
The City of Shinshiro has received national recognition in Japan for its international relations commitment and programmes with the award of the 13th Annual International Exchange Commendation of the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications. The International Exchange Commendation, sponsored by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), awards original and creative regional internationalisation initiatives between sister cities. Shinshiro was commended for 20 years of its active involvement with the Newcastles of the World Alliance. The award ceremony was held recently in Tokyo.
In honour of this commendation, a panel exhibition reflecting on the 20 years of the efforts and achievements of the Newcastle Alliance is being held at four venues in the city from June 10 to August 18.
The Award Review Board commented, “The idea of creating an international alliance based on the name of a municipality is not only unique, but to have the alliance expand to 17 cities in 15 countries, to include a division for youth, and to have a business fair is extremely multifaceted. Not only have administrative bodies have been part of the planning process, but residents and organizations have taken an active part, allowing us to feel its even greater expansion.”
Shinshiro Mayor Ryoji Hozumi said: “The City of Shinshiro would like to thank all the member cities, the Executive Committee of Shinshiro, sponsors, organisations, and the citizens of all of our Newcastles who supported the Alliance over the years. Together with all the members of the Newcastles of the World Alliance, the City of Shinshiro would like to continue to foster and strengthen international exchange activities in the areas of culture, tourism, education and business.”
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Our 20th anniversary conference had a record number of delegates and countries represented in Shinshiro City – everyone came away with such a positive view about the future for our very special alliance of Newcastles. Here we share some images from the conference and a link to the conference communiqué which sets out our future plans.
September marks the publication of a new book about the many different places around the world called “Newcastle”, and the opening of an exhibition about them that runs until 28th October at Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Library.
The book and exhibition are timed to mark the 20th anniversary of this unique network which brings together towns and cities that share the name “Newcastle”, both in the English language and their own language. Many of the Newcastles in the English-speaking world take their name from Newcastle upon Tyne, especially because of a shared coal mining heritage, but others have the name simply because they had an old castle that was replaced with a new one – just as in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1080.
The new book, by Tyne Bridge Publishing, has been compiled and edited by Sue Wilson, former Chief Executive of the Newcastle Initiative (now the NewcastleGateshead Initiative).
The book is available through the city library service and also on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0951048872/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1535455973&sr=8-2&keywords=newcastle+of+the+world
Sue was involved in supporting an earlier book in 2000 about the Newcastles of the English-speaking world that was edited by the then Newcastle-upon Tyne based John Nicolaou.
Several of the different Newcastles meet in conference every two years to share best practice information on matters of common interest, and to plan projects together. The 20th anniversary conference takes place from 3rd to 9th October in the Japanese “Newcastle” which is called Shinshiro City. It’s about 250km from Tokyo and also hosted the very first conference in 1998.
David said “We’re looking forward to our time in Japan to celebrate our alliance and the special things we share – our castles, our industrial heritage, our beautiful countryside – and also the particular cultures of each that we are able to bring together, enjoy and learn from. And we’ll be agreeing a programme of projects – in tourism, culture, business and education/youth cooperation – that we’ll work on between now and the 2020 conference in Neuchâtel, Switzerland”.
Newcastle upon Tyne hosted the conference in 2012 when there were delegates from 12 different Newcastles. This time there will be delegates from 16 Newcastles, the most ever, and about 70 overseas delegates in all plus many home delegates from Japan. But there are over 100 “Newcastles” around the world and Newcastles of the World is in touch with many of them through their newsletters and though social media, sharing stories.
For more information contact David Faulkner –