Listed below are several major initiatives that BRCWA coordinates for Baton Rouge.
~ INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ~
BRCWA has successfully positioned itself to act as the central coordinator for activities undertaken between Baton Rouge and foreign countries, international companies, diplomatic interests and private citizens of foreign countries for international investment and trade promotion matters.
~ SISTER CITIES PROGRAM ~
Strengthening partnerships between Louisiana and international communities, BRCWA has developed sister city relationships between Baton Rouge and Aix-en-Provence, France; Cordoba, Mexico; Malataya, Turkey and Taichung City, Republic of China (Taiwan). The goal of the Sister Cities Program is to promote business, culture, education, and goodwill between the communities.
~ INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE CELEBRATION ~
Held every October, BRCWAs' International Heritage Celebration brings the community together and fosters better interaction between its ethnic groups by increasing knowledge and understanding of each other. Music, food, dance and educational booths representing over 50 countries provide a rich insight into the multi-cultural makeup of Baton Rouge. The success of the 2011 Celebration was made possible by our 740 volunteers - all eager to share their culture.
~ INTERNATIONAL COOKING COMPETITION & TASTING FAIR ~
BRCWAs' International Cooking Competition & Tasting Fair showcases cuisines of the many cultures that make up Baton Rouge. Contestants, all of whom are non-professionals, compete for medals and prizes donated by area businesses. Local chefs and media celebrities select the winning dishes while the guests sample the competitors' entries as well as dishes provided by local international restaurants. Overall, a rich evening filled with international entertainment, wine and food.
~ INTERNATIONAL SISTER CITIES TENNIS TOURNAMENT ~
Presented as part of the Sister Cities Program and co-sponsored with BREC, the tennis tournament is for non-professional players who are experienced or advanced. Six tennis players (three teams of two) from each of Baton Rouge's four sister cities are invited to compete in an all day tournament against tennis players from Baton Rouge as well as the other sister cities.
In addition to the initiatives listed above, BRCWA has become the local resource center on global questions for government, business, education, and individual citizens.
The Baton Rouge Center for World Affairs, Inc. (BRCWA) is a non-profit, community-driven organization dedicated to promoting Baton Rouge through cultural education, awareness and economic development.
BRCWA provides truly unique services for the greater Baton Rouge area, connecting its multi-ethnic community members with each other and the world!
BRCWA SIGNATURE EVENTS: Unique and interactive oppourtunities for adults and childre to participate and learn first-hand about the many cultures represented in the Baton Rouge community and around the world.
~ International Heritage Celebration ~ October 14, 2012
~ International Cooking Competition & Tasting Fair ~ March 10, 2012
~ International Sister Cities Tennis Tournament ~ March 11, 2012
BRCWA INTERNATIONAL WELCOME CEREMONIES: International visitors are welcomed to Baton Rouge with an official ceremony followed by an invitation to raise the flag of their country.
BRWCA AND OUR SISTER CITIES: Established and maintained sister city connections with
~ Aix-en-Provence, France ~
~ Cordoba, Mexico ~
~ Malataya, Turkey ~
~ Taichung City, Republic of China (Taiwan) ~
BRCWA AS CONSULTANTS: Collaborate and advise on multicultural programming, community connections and local international events and matters (foreign language translation and interpretation, education, economic development, arts, culture and protocol).
~ BRCWA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization. ~
Begun in 1997, the Baton Rouge Center for World Affairs, Inc. (BRCWA) continues and expands the innovative projects initially developed by the Mayor's International Relations Commission. The Commission was founded in 1989 by Monika Olivier, local business
Promoting Baton Rouge through international economic development, education and cultural awareness through truly unique services connecting its multi-ethnic community members with each other and the world!
BRCWA ~ By the Community, For the Community!