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About Gwangmyeong
Austin, USA
Establishment of sisterhood relationship : Feb. 6, 2001
General Facts
Location : Capital of Texas State since 1846 (promoted to city in 1839) P.O. Box 1088, Austin, Texas, USA.5th and 27th largest city in Texas and the USA, respectively.
Contact for Inquiry : 1-512-974-2000
Area: 360㎢(10 times larger than Gwangmyeong)
Population : 640,000 residents
Average Rainfall: 33.78 inches(1,110mm) - (rarely snow in winter)
No. of Sunny Days in a year: 300 days
Races: White (61.7%), Hispanic(23%), African American(11.9%), Others(3.4%)
No. of Visitors per year: 14,000,000 visitors
Features
Called Silicon Hills as the city of electronics and computers
Famous as the Live Music Capital of the World (city of tourism with over 14 million visitors every year).
Capital city of Texas, great nature with the Colorado River in the downtown, city of education, city of music and city of high-tech industry.
History of Sisterhood Relationship
April 8, 1999: A government employee in charge of sisterhood relationship in Austin visited Gwangmyeong City Hall to discuss the sisterhood relationship.
Nov. 14, 1999: The Mayor of Gwangmyeong and the Mayor of Austin met to execute the sisterhood relationship agreement.
Venue : Silla Hotel
Councilor Namgung Jin joined
Feb. 6, 2001: Executed the sisterhood relationship agreement.
Exchange Activities
Feb. 9, 2001: KRCNET Co., Ltd
Executed the agreement with Austin Music Network.
Mar. 22, 2001: Gwangmyeong donated Korean books to the library in Austin.
No. of books donated: 1,163 books
Recipient: Library in Austin
Reasons for donation: During the library tour in Austin on Feb. 7, 2001, an employee of Austin government explained it was very difficult to find Korean books and prompted donation.
May 10-17, 2001. : Gwangmyeong Farmers Band performed at the Arirang Festival in Austin.
Farmers Band received honorary citizenship from Austin
May 15, 2001: Performance in Samsung Semiconductors plant in Austin – around 300 American workers saw the performance.
May 12-22, 2001. : Gwangmyeong Delegation participated in Asia Tech Expo in Austin :
Participated in Asia Tech Expo 2001 in Austin and explored the market in Mexico
Consulting results regarding exploring lax market
Austin, USA: 6 trades at 365,000 Won
Mexico City, USA: 20 trades at 22,876,000 Won
July 20-30, 2001: Austin Community College delegation visited Gwangmyeong.
Working-level discussion on the establishment of ELS Institute.
April 16-20, 2002: Gwangmyeong Government Employees visited Austin.
April 18, 2002: Austin conferred honorary citizenship to Gwangmyeong delegation
May 7, 2002: Austin Library donated books (in English) to Gwangmyeong.
No. of books: 100 books
Donator: Austin Library
Reasons for donation : Austin citizens donated the books to express their thanks for the donation of Korean books in 2001.
Oct.13-18, 2002: Austin Delegation visited Gwangmyeong.
April 24-May 2, 2003. : Gwangmyeong Farmers Band performed in Austin
Successful performance of the 3rd Arirang Festival in Austin.
June 14-17, 2003. : Attended the inauguration ceremony of Mayor Will Wynn, Austin at invitation.
(ACC) visit discussion and life-long education program benchmarking
March 15-23, 2005. : Participated in South by Southwest Festival, Austin, USA.Activating the cultural exchanges between Gwangmyeong and Austin and promoting mutual development by sharing experience and opinions on arts and music in relation with the World Music Festival (Rock Festival) of Gwangmyeong.
March 30, 2005: Mayor of Austin visited Gwangmyeong.
March 14-23, 2006 : Participated in SXSW Music Festival in Austin.
Procedures and methods to participate in SXSW Festival in 2007
Discussion on exchange cooperation between Festival executive office in both cities.
Request the possibility of exchange of musicians and various labels in countries.
Promotion of Music Valley Project of Gwangmyeong
Research on festival organization, program benchmarking, conference planning.
Visit to Korean School in Austin - Delivered good books in Korean.
March 13-21, 2007: Participated in SXSW Music Festival, Austin
Seoul Electronic Music Band (4 members) selected in 2006 Gwangmyeong Music Valley Festival performed three times in Austin.
Official visit to the Senate of Texas and the Senate President
June 1-8, 2007: Visited the daycare center in Austin
Oct. 3-6, 2007: Workers in daycare centers in Austin visited Gwangmyeong
March 14-25, 2008: International exchange of women
April 22-29, 2009: Gwangmyeong Farmers Band visited Austin, USA for performance at invitation.
June 10-22, 2010: Gwangmyeong Traditional Music Orchestra visited Austin, Texas, USA for performance at invitation.
Major Exchanges
Mutual friendship visit (14 times)
Youth language study to Austin University (2012)
Cultural exchange including Gwangmyeong Farmers Band performance and participation in SXSW (5 times)
Mutual donation of books from both libraries (2 times)
Other data
Jan. 29-May 2004
“Song of Korea” in the Hall of Korea in Children’s Museum, Austin