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Avignon, France (1979)

Avignon: in Southeastern France, on the left bank of the Rhone. Avignon is commemorated by the French children's song, "Sur le pont d'Avignon" ("On the bridge of Avignon") DISCOVER

Location: New Haven
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Jun 18, 2013


A Brief History
New Haven and Avignon became sister cities in 1979. Like New Haven, Avignon has a population of about 125,000. It stands on the east side of the Rhone river in the heart of Provence. Avignon’s proud history as a medieval center of commerce and papal seat is evident in the magnificent architecture remaining from the fourteenth century including the Papal Palace and the St. Benezet bridge, immortalized in the song Sur Le Pont d’Avignon. Both Avignon and New Haven have international arts festivals each summer.

Since its inception in 1979, the Avignon Committee of New Haven Sister Cities, with the cooperation of the Comite des Jumelages in Avignon,has devoted its energies to student, professional and cultural exchange. With the support of the New Haven Board of Education, we have been sending groups of high school students to study and do home stays in Avignon each summer for over twenty years. We have also received groups of Avignonnais in our homes. We have also set up professional internships at both venues.

The Avignon committee has also been on the forefront of cultural exchange. The decade of the eighties saw participation in an economic fair sponsored by the city of Avignon as well as an artist exchange. In 1987, New Haven Sister Cities received twenty artists from Avignon for an exhibit in local galleries. In 1988, the Avignon committee sent twenty artists to Avignon for home stays and a well-received exhibition at La Galerie St. Benezet. We also participated with our other sister cities in receiving a chef and an artist who participated in an evening of fine food and entertainment. This was coordinated with an exhibition of children’s art from the sister cities at the Children's Museum of New Haven. Two years ago, a musician and his student from the Conservatoire in Avignon participated in the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. We support our efforts with an annual dinner and wine tasting at Le Petit Café in Branford.




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Bastille Day in Avignon - share your experiences!

If you have celebrated Bastille Day in Avignon, France, please share your memories and experiences.  Thanks!Continue

Tags: France, Avignon, juillet, 14, Day

Started by Shaundolyn Slaughter Jul 12, 2011.


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Comment by Shaundolyn Slaughter on June 18, 2013 at 9:48am

Informative article on the food and wine of Avignon.

Comment by Kathleen Bidney-Singewald on April 10, 2011 at 2:24pm
June 12 is the  NHSC Bike Ride in conjunction with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.  Stay tuned for more information.
Comment by Olia Yelner on December 16, 2010 at 2:57pm



We can't wait to sell some beautiful products from Avignon France at Project Storefronts today-  Thursday December 16th - From 5PM to 9PM.

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