Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Art of Cultural Exchange

Portuguese officials from FLAD (Foundation for Luso-American Development) met with Sausalito-Cascais Sister City representatives and civic leaders to learn more about their many efforts to promote Portuguese art and culture which FLAD supports throughout the U.S. Pictured left to right: Jim Meyer & Cheryl Popp (Cascias Sister City co-chairs), Dr. Vasco Rato, (President of FLAD, Miguel Luz (FLAD Director), Sausalito Mayor Tom Theodores & Vasco Morais (Cascais Sister City Committee).

Mike Moyle

Sausalito has three very active Sister City programs – one with Vina del Mar, Chile; one with Sakaide, Japan and one with Cascais, Portugal. The Portuguese sister city organization has been particularly active since its formation two years ago, in promoting cross-cultural and artistic exchanges between the two cities.

In addition to sponsoring Fado Nights (a lyrical and dramatic Portuguese music and singing tradition), and a Portuguese short film festival, the Sausalito-Cascais sister has also helped publish a bi-lingual children’s book, Maria and Her Lost Calf. The story of a Portuguese dairyman’s daughter in the Marin Headlands has won numerous awards. 

The local sister city group, with great support from Portugal’s Consul General Nuno Mathias in San Francisco and organizations such as FLAD (Foundation for Luso-American Development),  has also proposed a classic Calcadas public art installation with traditional tiles for the project and an artisan to install them provided by the city of Cascais. They are also working with Ocean Riders in West Marin to establish a Portuguese Dairy Interpretative Museum at the site of former Golden Gate Dairy by the equestrian stables in Muir Beach.

Of all Sausalito’s sister city relationships this one resonates most with the local community due to Sausalito’s remarkable Portuguese heritage.  In 1900, it is estimated that a quarter of Sausalito’s residents were of Portuguese-American descent  based on the wave of Portuguese immigrants who came to what is now Marin County as whalers, fisherman and farmers in the late 1800’s.  No other ethnic group has had a longer or closer connection with Sausalito. The IDESST Portuguese Cultural Center on Caledonia Street is a tribute to the Azorean heritage in the town; not surprisingly, its members are also active in supporting the sister city program. For more information about Sausalito’s Portuguese history including directions for a Sausalito Portuguese Heritage Walking Tour visit idesst.org.

In addition to the numerous artistic and cultural exchanges they have orchestrated, the Sausalito-Cascais Sister City organization hosted the first international youth sailing exchange in July of this year.  This first-ever educational student exchange program between the Sausalito Yacht Club and Clube Naval in Cascais, was met with great enthusiasm.  Student sailors, coaches and a delegation from Cascais were hosted by Sausalito; in July of next year, Sausalito Yacht Club student sailors and a delegation from Sausalito will travel to Cascais for more competitive racing and on-the-water sail training.

For more information on the Cascais sister city program visit sausalitosistercities.org.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Subscribe to RSS Feed
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Partner Content

Top 5 CBD Products for Flu & Cold Season

CBD can help with pain and anxiety, but did you know that it can also help you beat the cold or flu? [Sponsored]

Cannabis for Lovers: How to use Cannabis as an Aphrodisiac

February is for lovers, and lovers who add cannabis into their routine are in for a treat! [Sponsored]

Medical BioMagnetism Could be a New Way to Deal with Pathogens

A Greenbrae vibrational medicine practitioner says that we can help deal with our epidemic of pathogens using the PH-neutralizing power of magnets. [Sponsored]

Heath's Ceramic Director Collaborates with Artek

Tung Chiang is a talented artisan behind the beautiful ceramic creations that are central to the Heath brand [Sponsored]

Healing with Horses at Miwok Stables

A pro bono therapeutic riding program helps women in cancer recovery [Sponsored]
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from this Author

Dog-of-the-Month January: Lord Bentley

The adventures of an accomplished Marin pup.

The Bay Area Private School Guide

Our comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about private schools in Marin and beyond

Ways to Help Our Neighbors Affected by the Wildfires

As California reels from the worst wildfires in history, here in Marin County, there are a lot of ways to help out
Edit ModuleShow Tags