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Twin towns

Twin towns

Upon the partnership agreement the Town and Commune of Serock cooperates with the following cities:
-    the Commune of Celleno in Italy
-    Ignalina region in Lithuania
-    the town of Lanškroun in the Czech Republic

The partnership agreements between twin towns were formalized through signing cooperation agreements during a solemn Town Council’s session in Serock on:
-    November 7, 1998 with the Commune of Celleno
-    February 15, 1999 with the town of Ignalina
-    November 10, 1999 with the town of Lanškroun

The agreements stated that the twin towns would develop their relations in the areas of common interests and the cooperation would involve in particular:

-    the development of infrastructure and tourist, recreation and sports services
-    contacts between cultural and educational institutions within the partnership’s competence
-    the development of trade and economic exchange through information exchange, and active support in enhancing agreement conclusions
-    folk song and dance groups’ exchange
-    the experience exchange within the fields of:

  • natural environment protection
  • farm production and farm and food industry
  • health care system

Celleno – Italy

The town of Celleno is situated near Rome, Italy. Hot climate and hospitality of the inhabitants attract tourists from all over the world. Among the numerous attractions are the ruins of a medieval castle Orsini, and annual celebrations of the Cherries Festival called Festa delle Ciliegie and the Crucifix Day. The name Celleno comes from a Latin Word cella – a cell, which means a hollow. In a number of documents and also in the frescos of the geographical map halls of the Vatican Museum the town appears as Celleum. Apart from breathtaking experiences and memories, from Celleno you can bring unique glassware with cherry motives and excellent quality wine.

Ignalina – Lithuania

Ignalina is a Lithuanian town. It is famous for spotlessly clear lakes, soothing wildlife and a great attachment to folk tradition. There is a nuclear power station here. The town is not far away from Trok and Vilnius. Among many characteristic souvenirs from Ignalina are beautiful hand-made pottery and leather ware with lily motives and also Lithuanian bread and tree cakes (a cake baked on a rotary spit). The name Ignalina is connected with a folk legend about two lovers – Ignas and Linia.
Lanskroun – the Czech Republic

The town of Lanskroun (the Czech Republic) is situated at the foot of the Eagle Moutains (Orlicke Hory), surrounded by charming forests and lakes. Therefore, it makes a perfect spot for recreation. The town is famous for its abundant musical traditions and great music groups.
The representatives of our commune have been honoured to visit this hospitable town quite frequently and they can assure you that IT IS REALLY WORTH VISITING!

The partnership

In March 2006 the Town Council in Serock passed a resolution on the partnership between four cities – the Town and Commune of Serock (the Republic of Poland), the town of Lanškroun (the Czech Republic), the region of Ignalina (the Republic of Lithuania) and the commune of Celleno (the Republic of Italy).

On April 21, the agreement was signed during a solemn Town Council’s session in Serock.

The four-party cooperation agreement is not a mere virtual act of goodwill; it is realized in a number of definite enterprises.

The first of them was an international camp called “Preserving our traditions, let us praise the dissimilarity”.

The idea was born in 2005, when upon the invitation of the Mayor of the Town and Commune of Serock, a group of young people from a French town of Montmorency came to Serock. After this event, young people from Serock decided to develop international relations with their peers from other countries. “Face-to-face” meeting with other cultures and traditions made our young people realize how false and unreal our stereotypes and ideas of foreign cultures could be. Contrary to our previous belief, French teenagers have a similar value system and their point of view on different world issues is quite alike, although they live in a country of a totally distinct character. The teenagers from Serock’s Art Folk Group decided to take the matters into their own hands. They found out how to gain the money for the enterprise and started working. Thanks to the fact that the Town and Commune of Serock cooperates with three European countries, our young people reached their peers who, as it turned out later, were also interested in dance, sports and other forms of artistic expression. The project was based on the idea that only young people from small villages and towns can participate in it. Due to infrastructural and financial reasons these people have little opportunities to take part in educational, cultural and sport additional activities and enterprises, compared to those organized in big towns and cities.

The first International Youth Camp was organized in July 2006, starting on July 22. The participants learnt about foreign folklore, folk customs and the history of the regions. There were numerous competitions organized, such as preparing a particular (chosen) national dish or inventing and preparing a common European dish. Teenagers also attempted to create a common Polish-Czech-Lithuanian-Italian-English dictionary. They visited the Museum of Warsaw Uprising and the Mazovian Countryside Museum where they could watch the work of a blacksmith or observe the act of butter production.

During the whole stay at the camp, young people learnt how to dance a polonaise so that on July 29 they could present their dancing skills in front of Serock’s inhabitants on the market square on the Family Picnic.

It was the first camp of that kind but our teenagers hope that not the last one. Young people long for meeting new cultures, searching for common values within their national differences; they also want to break up with old stereotypes and present their own culture and traditions. The project “The Youth” helped them significantly in doing so.