Un réseau international de villes céramiques
Un budget de 301 millions
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Centenaire de 1914-1918
Pilsen, Czech Republic: an economic and cultural hub
- Population : 173 000
Founded in 1295 at the confluence of four rivers by King Wenceslas II, Pilsen, or “Plzeň” in Czech is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic.
As well as being home to the famous car manufacturer “Skoda”, and the brewery (“Pilner Urquell” whose beer is considered by many experts to be the best in the world), Pilsen is keen to be considered as a European cultural centre. It will be "European Capital of Culture" in 2015.
Twinned since 1987, the cities of Pilsen and Limoges are in frequent contact.
In addition to the performance of the Limoges group "les Sourds Doués" (see Fürth page), Pilsen also benefited from the help of the City of Limoges in organising the yearly festival "Bonjour Pilsen". A trainee pastry chef from Limoges was thus invited to introduce students and locals from Pilsen to French baking. Many gastronomical specialities typical of Limousin were also sent over to put on a tasting night based around a presentation on the Limousin region.
As for Pilsen, the city was represented in Limoges by the Pilsen children's choir, who came to Limoges in March. The young singers gave a performance at the Roussillon EHPAD retirement home, which was very much appreciated by its residents and those from other specialised establishments in the city who came to listen. The young Czechs' stay ended with a second performance in the Saint Michel des Lions church, which was a great success with the audience being won over by the grace of these voices.
Famous people born in Pilsen
Seto, Japan: Japanese capital of ceramics
- Geographical situation : Aïchi Province-20km from Nagoya
- Population : 135 000
The history of ceramics in Seto goes back 1,300 years. What is more, Seto has such a close association with ceramics that the modern Japanese word for all ceramics is seto-mono (meaning object from Seto).
As Japan’s main ceramic-production centre, Seto is home to renowned institutions such as the National Institute for the Chubu Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technologies, the Seto Ceramic Research Institute, the Fine Ceramics Center Foundation and the Industrial University of Nagoya. The Universal Exhibition of 2005 was held in the south-eastern district of Seto. The theme of this event was “The Wisdom of Nature”. Over a period of 185 days, 119 countries were represented and 22 million people visited this event which was covered by the world’s media. The City of Limoges had a stand within the Franco-German Pavillion.
Since the signing of the twinning convention in 2003, there have been a number of exchanges between the two cities: the "Seto Yaki" ceramic exhibition held in Limoges in 2004, "Limoges Month in Seto" held in 2005 followed by the 80th anniversary of the city of Seto in 2009.
In 2013, the City of Seto was given particular pride of place. In fact, the City of Limoges and its twin Japanese city celebrated their 10th twinning anniversary and, to mark the occasion, a number of events based on the theme of Japan were organised throughout the year.
Charlotte, United States: the Southern beauty
- Twinning date : 6 november 1992
- Geographical situation : North Carolina, Mecklenburg country
- Population : 615 000
Named in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of the British King George III, Charlotte is also nicknamed the “Hornet’s Nest” in reference to its citizens’ resistance to British troops during the War of Independence.
In 1799, the discovery of large deposits of gold was the first stage in the economic development of the town. In the 19th century, the mechanisation of cotton harvesting (in the biggest cotton-producing area in the American South) marked the birth of the textile industry. Furthermore, while managing to retain its provincial charm, Charlotte has become the second-biggest financial centre in the United States after New York City, thanks to the numerous banks which have chosen to base their headquarters there.
For the past 20 years, exchanges with our American twin city have developed in all areas.
Famous person born in Charlotte
Grodno, Belarus: a UNESCO world heritage site
- Geographical situation : Lithuanian border
- Population : 320 000
Grodno, or “Hrodna” as it is known in Byelorussian, is one of the oldest and best-conserved cities in Belarus. After becoming independent on 25 August 1991, the country adopted the name “Republic of Belarus” on 19 September 1991.
Situated on the banks of the River Niemen, which divides the city in half, Grodno is a rail junction linking Belarus with Russia, Poland and Lithuania.
Founded at the end of the 10th century, its historic centre is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Famous people born in Grodno
Fürth, Germany: city of clover
- Geographical situation : Bavaria, District of Middle Franconia
- Population : 115 000
The opening of the first German railway line in 1835 was a key moment in the development of Fürth. The world’s smallest city with an underground transport system, Fürth is known for its domestic electrical appliance company Grundig, textile industry (mail-order company Quelle) and Tucher beer. The Solid solar energy information and demonstration centre is also based in Fürth.
It has an exemplary history of peaceful coexistence between its different Catholic, Jewish and Protestant communities (hence the town’s symbol: the clover). In a remarkable display of solidarity, the fire-fighters of Fürth unhesitatingly came to the aid of Limoges after the great storm of 27 December 1999.
Launched in 1992, the twinning of Limoges with Fürth has given rise to exchanges in a variety of fields: education, music, art, economy, gastronomy, sport, etc.
The twinning with Fürth was honoured in 2013. As for several years now, German gastronomy was presented on a stand dedicated to German and Japanese specialities at the Foire Exposition de Limoges (see Seto page). In Fürth, the stand dedicated to the City of Limoges and its gastronomy at the Michaeliskirchweih fair attracted many German visitors and met with great success.
Famous people born in Fürth
Corée du sud, Icheon, capitale de la céramique
- Jumelage: 06 mai 2015
- Situation géographique : Province de Gyeonggi, 100km au S-E de Séoul
- Nombre d'habitants : 198 790
Située dans la province de Gyeonggi, à 30 km au sud-est de Séoul, la ville d’Icheon estjumelée avec Jingdezhen (Chine, 1997) et Seto
The Concert des Cités Unies (United Cities Concert) is an international musical event held every two years, in which Limoges and its twin towns come together to stage a very special concert in the Opéra–Théâtre.
The aim is to create an ephemeral orchestra consisting of French, Czech, Byelorussian, German and Japanese musicians who interpret one or more works that are representative of the cultures of these six countries and more specifically of the six twin towns. The 2009 edition was dedicated to the interpretation of an original creation composed by Alain Voirpy, Director of the Limoges Academy of Music, entitled “Poème des Cités Unies” (Poem of the United Cities).
In 2011, there was also an original creation on the theme of "Bel Canto".
All of the musicians, aged between 10 and 22, belong to the music academies of Limoges, Grodno, Pilsen and Fürth, or are studying for music degrees at the Universities of Charlotte and Seto.
Housed by local families and taking part in visits of Limoges and its surrounding area, all of these young people spend an entire week sharing their culture and passion for music.
This unique intercultural event energises the Limoges twin towns’ network and focuses on youth as a way to promote international exchanges.
The sixth edition of the "Concert des Cités Unies" (United Cities Concert) took place on 4 December 2013 at the Limoges Opera theatre, which was sold out. Dedicated to film scores, a second concert was put on in the Auzelou hall in Tulle on 6 December. Since its creation, this event has met with growing success, the audience always keen to listen to this eclectic orchestra.
1st edition 2003
Number of musicians 6 to 70
Number at least 1,200 of spectators
Director Alain Voirpy