This year the Dutch city of Amstelveen and the Peruvian district of Villa El Salvador commemorate 20 years of their twinning after fruitful relations of cooperation and friendship that emerged ten years earlier. The Dutch city also celebrates this year the twinning of 60 years they maintain with the Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg.
The twinning between Villa El Salvador and Amstelveen arose on the initiative of the inhabitants of this last city, who in 1987 approached their municipality with the purpose of promoting charitable projects in the then very young Peruvian district. The relationship between the municipalities of the two communes was formalized in 1997 with the signing of the twinning agreement.
Over the next 20 years, the authorities of Villa El Salvador and Amstelveen have developed an active cooperative relationship, during which they have organized several bilateral meetings and exchanged knowledge in various fields including treatment of wastewater and systems irrigation, institutional development, treatment of people with disabilities, popular kitchens, school municipalities, public school libraries, among others.
On the occasion of these celebrations, the municipality of Amstelveen organized several events with the participation of Ms. Mirjam Van T Veld, Mayor of Amstelveen, Mr. Guido Iñigo, Mayor of Villa el Salvador and Ms. Angelika Schoetler , Mayor of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, as well as authorities and young people from the three cities, who carried out an extensive program in which they were able to exchange experiences of life in their community, as well as cultural manifestations of each of their countries.
On the other hand, thanks to the joint efforts of the Municipality of Amstelveen and the Embassy of Peru, an artwork by a contemporary Peruvian artist was inaugurated, the outstanding sculptor Iliana Scheggia, who did an artist residence in this city. The work, named "Embryo" was inaugurated in an event that took place on Friday, June 16th with the participation of the three mayors and their delegations, as well as the Ambassador of Peru Carlos Herrera.
On that occasion, the Ambassador expressed the author's message, in the sense that the sculpture represents "that which constitutes the origin or beginning of something, whether material, spiritual or ideal, extremely strong that clings to its environment and that is impossible to eradicate. " Ambassador Herrera also added that "the embryo symbolizes potentiality, the sum of possibilities." The sculpture was erected in a place of privilege, in front of the headquarters of the mentioned municipality and will remain in said location as a durable symbol of the excellent links between both countries and cities, contributing also to the diffusion of the Peruvian contemporary art.
Finally, on Saturday, June 17, in the main square of Amstelveen, the German artist residing in that city, Stephanie Rohde presented another work of art, a labyrinth-shaped installation made of flowers and plants, made jointly by the inhabitants of the City and young representatives of the two sister cities.
At the opening ceremony, which was attended by a large number of inhabitants of the city, the three mayors and the Ambassador of Peru in the Netherlands, walked through the labyrinth towards the center of the structure and symbolized the construction of a road, the exchange of experiences and the joint work that they will continue to carry out in order to achieve common and mutually beneficial goals.