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Malmesbury & District Twinning Association has promoted international friendship and exchanges since the 1950s and is still very active today. The Twinning Association is a voluntary members’ organisation set up to assist the Town Council with 2 main aims, which are to promote friendship between Malmesbury and its twinned towns and to encourage and organise visits to and from our linked towns for people of all ages. We hope that this will help to broaden cultural, recreational, educational, religious and commercial links, whilst providing people with new opportunities for learning, friendship and travel. Malmesbury is currently twinned with Niebüll in Germany, Gien in France and has a friendship link with Malmesbury in South Africa.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved for both individual and business members and with a busy calendar of local events, scheduled trips and community information, you’ll want to keep up to date.
The idea of celebrating the culture of the three towns, Malmesbury, Gien and Niebull grew out of discussions about ways in which we could strengthen and deepen our relationships with each other.
Cultural links such as music and dance, joint art and photographic exhibitions had been planned for this year 2020, which is also the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the official Twinning agreement between Gien and Malmesbury.
Another reason to celebrate.
For obvious reasons, all plans have been put on hold and will now take place during 2021.
A lovely example of a joint endeavour is the exchanging of specially designed embroideries, each separately depicting the two towns of Gien and Malmesbury.
These will be exchanged as an Anniversary gift to celebrate 20 years (well, now 21!) and exhibited in respective Town Halls.
Planned joint Music workshops, Art and Photographic exhibitions (Malmesbury, Niebull and Gien) will take place during next year’s re-scheduled exchange visits.
For example, Malmesbury Twinning will be part of the Flying Monk Arts weekend at the end of September 2021, with contributions from weavers and potters from Niebull and potters and painters from Gien.
We also plan an exciting project in the form of a music video involving Malmesbury people, shops, cafe’s, young people (and anyone else we can persuade!)
Dressing-up, face paint and local musicians will be involved!
This is intended to be used as a video installation during the September exhibition and will then be shared with Gien and Niebull.
Watch this page for updates and information as to how you to get involved.
So, fingers crossed, Cultural Celebration 2021 will be even bigger and better than planned for 2020.