Bordeaux-Los Angeles, sisters turning 50

JPEGBordeaux and Los Angeles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles-Bordeaux Sister Cities program. (The celebrations kicked off January 15th at the Los Angeles Art Show.)

Los Angeles and Bordeaux officially became sister cities in 1964. In the 1960s, the American model of modernity created a strong attraction in France. While the twin city relationship initially took form in education exchanges, Bordeaux and Los Angeles linked for research and cultural exchanges over the years as well.

Today the two cities put an emphasis on the importance of the partnerships between cultural institutions. For example, this year le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux will lend Eugène Delacroix’s famous painting "La Grèce sur les ruines de Missolonghi" to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

Bordeaux Fête le Vin: Los Angeles guest of honor


The mayor of Bordeaux, Mr. Alain Juppé, invited Los Angeles to be the city guest of honor at the 9th annual “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” (june 26-29th 2014). Held every two years, the Bordeaux Wine Festival is an international event dedicated to Bordeaux and Aquitaine wines. The program included: an open-air "Wine Route" to discover, taste and share, excursions through the Bordeaux vineyards as well as art exhibitions, concerts and fireworks every evening!

The four days of festivities planned marked an important time of this year’s commemoration.

© Pictures by Fabrice Rahulin

To celebrate the sister cities’s 50th anniversary many events were rely in place such as a pavilion dedicated to the city of Los Angeles, California artists exhibitions, screenings of films as well as culinary events with of course Wine & Food pairings tips.
In Cinema, Councilmember Tom LaBonge (also Chairman of Sister Cities of LA association) contributed to the arrangement of “Hollywood sur Garonne”.
Eight classic Hollywood films were projected on the embankment, such as Who framed Roger Rabbit? Grease, and Sunset Boulevard.

With 650,000 wine tastings and an influx of 57 percent for organized events, this was a record year for Bordeaux Fête le Vin.

Festivities and cultural cooperation

Museums and cultural associations of Bordeaux and Los Angeles have been fully involved in the programming of the celebration.

Coming Up events:

JPEGExhibition Aaron Curry & Focus on Los Angeles artists
CAPC - Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporain. Bordeaux, France
June 26 – September 21. Open every day except Mondays and holidays. From 11am - 6pm (Wednesdays till 8pm)

JPEGChicano Dream - The Cheech Marin Collection
Musée d’Aquitaine. Bordeaux, France
June 27 - October 26. Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, except holidays. From 11am to 6pm.

PNGRoad trip: photography of the American West
from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) collection
Galerie des Beaux-Arts. Bordeaux, France
August 24 - November 16. Open daily, except Tuesday and holidays

More information :
Sister cities of LA :
Bordeaux Wine Festival :

Last modified on 28/08/2014

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