France-Germany/Amilly. 45 years of twinning and a prize
In 1977, the cities of Amilly and Nordwalde (Germany) signed a twinning agreement.
This weekend, the city of Amilly will receive a delegation from Nordwalde, composed of forty-five Germans from this city in North Rhine-Westphalia, to celebrate 45 years of twinning between the two cities.
It was in 1977 that the charter was signed by the mayor of Amilly, Camille Leclaire, and his German counterpart, Max Verspohl. "Thirty years after the war, it was a revolution at that time! There was a youth movement to turn the page and exchanges were made between families in parallel with official relations," notes Gérard Dupaty, mayor, who was already a municipal councillor at the time and one of the architects of this twinning.
A 20,000 euro prize
Since then, two other twinnings have been established, with Vilanova del Cami (Spain) and Calcinaïa (Italy), and Amilly's regular efforts on the European level, whether cultural, educational or sporting, have been rewarded with the Europe Prize. Obtained in 2020, it was officially presented at the beginning of July by a delegation of parliamentarians from the Council of Europe made up of Carmen Leyte (Spain), president of the sub-committee of the Europe Prize, and four of its members: Kestutis Masiulis (Lithuania), Joe O'Reilly (Ireland), Minna Reijonen (Finland) and Stefan Schennach (Austria).
The award includes a trophy, a diploma, a medal and a prize of 20,000 euros to finance a European project involving the youth of Amille. It will take the form of two projects.
The first one will concern exchanges between the association Les Violons d'Amilly and the Chateaubriand high school in Rome, for a stay of young musicians from Amilly in Rome.The first will involve exchanges between the association Les Violons d'Amilly and the Chateaubriand high school in Rome, for a visit to Italy by young musicians from Amilly in April 2023, followed by a reciprocal visit the following year to the Amilly music school. The second will highlight the cultural diversity in the commune, through a partnership between the European section of the Lycée du Chesnoy and the school of Saint-Firmin, with meetings, stories and other theatrical presentations.
It includes the renewal of the ratification of the twinning charter by the first magistrates of the two cities, Sonja Schemmann and Gérard Dupaty, on Saturday at noon, at the Espace Jean-Vilar. A visit to the brewery of the Esat des Rateliers, the Bardin mill and the contemporary art center Les Tanneries is planned. Then two free concerts for all audiences will be given on Saturday evening, place de Nordwalde. With Ziako, at 7:30 pm, followed by La Route des airs at 9:30 pm. In case of rain, the concerts will take place at the Espace Jean-Vilar.