Sister City since 1993
The Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association has a long history of hosting events and deepening the relationship between the two cities. The association staffs a booth at the Festa Italia at the Seattle Center each fall and sponsors a weeklong contemporary Italian film series in conjunction with SIFF each November, which has become one of the City's most eagerly anticipated cultural events. A new artist exchange program was inaugurated in 2016 that provides a three-week studio residency for a ceramic artist, alternating between Seattle and Perugia each summer. The association provides scholarships for Italian language study at the Università per Straneri in Perugia and a joint project is being planned with the Duwamish tribe and organizations in Perugia to increase awareness about the history and culture of the Duwamish people.
Perugia is the capital of the region of Umbria and the region's cultural and economic center. With a population of 168,000, Perugia is well-known for its culture and art. The town has many universities including the University of Perugia, University for Foreigners (Università per Straneri), Academy of Fine Arts and smaller arts colleges. It is the site of the National Gallery of Umbria, which houses one of the richest collections of art in Italy. Each July, Perugia hosts the annual Umbria Jazz Festival, one of the most important jazz venues in Europe.
Sister City Association:
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw