Partner towns

The official partner towns of Vác

Järvenpää - Finland
Donaueschingen - Germany
Deuil-la-Barre - France
Givatayim - Israel
Székelyudvarhely - Romania
Dubnica nad Váhom - Slovakia
Ipolyság - Slovakia
Zawadzkie - Poland



Järvenpää (Finland)
www.jarvenpaa.fi

Järvenpää is a suburban town located 40 kilometres of Helsinki with only a few decades of history. A famous resident of the town was Jean Sibelius composer and conductor. The music school of Järvenpää was named after him. There are several choirs and musical groups in the city, but sports also play an important role in the life of its citizens, especially water-sports.
The partnership with the Finnish town was established in 1984. At the beginning the partnership agreements were negotiated and signed every three years, but from 1994 they are discussed and signed by the mayors of the two cities every second year. The current agreement, which was signed in Järvenpää last October, sets out goals for the years 2008 and 2009. This sister city relationship rests on cultural, sport and youth exchange programs. Several musical and other cultural groups have visited the towns throughout the years. The youth delegations take turns visiting Järvenpää and Vác year by year. Several study tours have been organized by the institutions of the two municipalities. Both Vác and Järvenpää have Friendship Associations. The mayor of Järvenpää has been Erkki Kukkonen since 1992.


Donaueschingen (Germany)
www.donaueschingen.de

Donaueschingen is located at the spring of the Danube, in the province of Baden-Württemberg. Since 1993 it has been functioning as the economic, educational and cultural centre of the province. Donaueschingen is well known for its outstanding art. They organize the Festival of Contemporary Arts every year. The city is also famous for its horse racing. The partnership agreement between the two cities was signed in 1993. The cities’ schools and other institutions have a good relationship, and the German-Hungarian Friendship Association has been very active in both towns for many years. Since the beginning of the Baroque Festival of Vác, the Váci Világi Vigalom, the event has always featured musical performers from Donaueschingen. Besides the institutions, the two city halls have been organizing study tours regularly to exchange ideas. The mayor of Donaueschingen has been Thorsten Frei since 2004.


Deuil-la-Barre (France)
www.mairie-deuillabarre.fr

Deuil-la-Barre is situated just outside of Paris, it can almost be considered a suburb of the capital city. The partnership agreement was signed in 1991, with a special emphasis on the youth exchange programs. Deuil-la-Barre regularly organizes the Sister City Days, and almost every year a musical group and a delegation from Vác participates at this event. Jean-Claude Noyer (former deputy mayor) has been the mayor of the city since Christmas of 1997. In recent years the relationship became stronger, especially in the field of education.


Székelyudvarhely (Romania)
www.udvph.ro

The partnership of the two cities began in 1992, with the official agreement signed in June 1997. There has been a regular exchange of cultural groups between Vác and Székelyudvarhely. Our annual festival, the „Váci Világi Vigalom” often has participants from our Romanian sister city. Vác on the other hand, sends representatives to the annual Szejke Days to Székelyudvarhely. Since 1996 the mayor of the town has been Jeno Szász.


Givatayim (Israel)

Givatayim is the suburb of Tel Aviv. The city was founded in 1922, and it has a population of nearly 60 000. The meaning of the name Givatayim is two hills. The leaders of the cities signed the partnership agreement in 1993. Givatayim has an outstanding art school where students can study in six different fields of study. Its students have visited Vác several times. The city theatre is also worth mentioning. During the first years of the partnership, Vác hosted the dance group of Givatayim several times, and between 1996 and 1998 it was Vác, that sent delegations to Israel. 2006 was the last time that dance performers from Givatayim participated in the annual Váci Világi Vigalom Festival. The mayor of Givatayim is Reuven Ben-Shachar.


Dubnica nad Váhom (Slovakia)
www.dubnica.sk

The relationship with the Slovak town started through the leaders of the local law-enforcement agency, and it developed into a sister city partnership. The famous folkdance group of Dubnica has been a constant performer of the Baroque Festival of Vác. The Slovak Minority Municipality of Vác provides tremendous help, and a solid background for this partnership. The sister city agreement between Vác and Dubnica was signed in 2003. In 2005 Dubnica was the major cultural sister city participant during the annual festival of Vác, and shared many aspects of its cultural life with the citizens of Vác. The mayor of the city is Jozef Gašparik.


Ipolyság (Slovakia)
www.sahy.sk

Our youngest sister city is the Slovakian Ipolyság (Sahy). The partnership agreement was signed in February 2004. The population of this sister city exceeds 8000 people of which more than 5000 residents consider themselves Hungarian nationals. Ipolyság is situated at the border of Hungary and Slovakia by the River Ipoly. The town was separated from Hungary and became part of the Czech Republic according to the Treaty of Trianon. The 11th-century Benedictine Monastery played a vital role in the history of Sahy. In the reform age the city became the centre of Hont County and developed into a civic town. After becoming part of the Czech Republic Ipolyság lost its role as a county centre, then as a township centre as well. Today it is a city with a vivid cultural life that is open to development. The mayor of the town is János Lowy.



Zawadzkie (Poland)
http://www.zawadzkie.pl/

The city is located in the south of Poland, in the Opolei region, between the Lower Silesia and Silesia region. The number of inhabitants is 9,000, with the two adjacent towns – Kielcza and Zedowice – 12,000-13,000. Its territory is 60% covered by forest. Its abundant flora and fauna provide an exciting target for hunters and fish men. During the WW1 a steelworks was built in the town, of which 96 m high chimney is still visible. Its river is called the Small Panew. It has three schools, one technical school, two churches, a sport centre and a cultural centre with a big auditorium. The mayor of the city is Mariusz Strachowski. The twin city agreement was signed 17 Jan 2016.



Other cooperations

Yurihonjo (Japan)

The city of Yurihonjo can be found in the northern part of the big island of Japan, in the prefecture of Akita. It is located on the seashore in a beautiful area. Its population is nearly 90 000. Yurihonjo was established in 2005 by combining the cities Honjo, Yuri and other smaller towns. The mayors of Vác and Yurihonjo signed a cultural agreement in 1996. In the same year Vác welcomed the Japanese delegation, and in 1998 a youth exchange group along with the mayor of Vác travelled to the Far-East. Since then youth delegations annually visit each other in turns. This relationship can be beneficial in the field of economy and for the development of enterprises as well. Yurihonjo is dedicated to educate Hungary and Vác about the Japanese traditions and to provide a place for the European and Hungarian culture in Japan. The major emphasis of the cooperation remains the exchange of youth-groups.


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