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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin is an extremely attractive town which serves as the industrial and commercial center for the surrounding region of Antioquia; with roughly two million inhabitants, is Colombia the second largest city. The city is knows as the "City of the Eternal Spring" due to its mild climate all year long. It is widely regarded in Colombia as a clean, well-organized and economically vibrant community. Major industries include steel, textiles, confections, food and beverage, agriculture (from its rural area), public services, chemical products and medical drugs, refined oil and flower exports.. It is also the fashion capital of Colombia. Although most of the colonial architecture no longer remains, the churches in the center of town attract many visitors. The Basilica de la Candelaria is one of the most popular churches located here. Medellin is also home of over 30 universities that attracts students from the region and the Caribbean coast.

Sister cities of Medellin:

  • Flag of United States    Fort LauderdaleUnited States 
  • Flag of Mexico   MonterreyMexico 
  • Flag of Spain   BilbaoSpain 
  • Flag of Spain   BarcelonaSpain 
  • Flag of Italy   MilanItaly 
  • Flag of Argentina   Buenos AiresArgentina

Medellin is a valley surrounded by green mountains

with a river that runs thru it and whose people are characterized by their warmth, their entrepreneurship and their happiness.

Medellin is a city of transformations, which went from fear to hope, that invites you to enjoy its traditions, its tourist platform and the warmth of its people.

Many cultures add up in this city, multiple experiences converge and different social groups live together with their dreams, their achievements and their desire to inhabit a better place.

Medellin is transforming towards a modern capital with spaces for citizens integration, where education, culture and respect are evidenced as part of a new scenery which foreign and natives adopt as their own. . 

A place with scenery that evokes the drive of a settler's race, which with perseverance and tenacity was able to conquer the mountains and establish what today, is a growing industrial metropolis. 

Medellin has the title of the second most important city in Colombia after Bogota, its capital, and it is considered a commercial, industrial and technological development center in the country. With a denoted leadership in the area of finances, banking, politics, arts, culture, communications, fashion, and entertainment, it is achieving an important role in Latin America and becoming a center for development not only for this continent but for the world as well. It is important to highlight that this is the first city in Colombia to have an integrated transport system that runs through the city in its metropolitan area.

For all these reasons, it is the headquarters of organizations, institutions and regional, national and international companies and, for the last few years it has become a reference point for health tourism, convention tourism and sports tourism.

Among its people it is known as the City of Eternal Spring, The Silver Cup, The Mountain Capital, Botero City and Flower Capital; names that can be confirmed once you walk its streets and have contact with its people.






between the City of Fort Lauderdale and 

The City of Medellin, Colombia


Saturday July 16th, 2011
Broward Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA)
201 SW 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of relationship with our sister city Medellin at the Tropical Symphony Concert. For the first time in history, the two most important performance groups from Medellin, Colombia (The Amadeus Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Colombia) will travel to Fort lauderdale for a one-time performance with Claudia Diez and Tono 40. 

Tickets start as low as $30.00 and are already on sale at the ticket office of the BCPA






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 The Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Orchestra Claudia Diez  and Tone 40, and the Folkloric Antioquia's  Ballet, celebratesthe Bicentennial of Independence on one stage. 

The Metropolitan Theater in Medllin, Colombia
Free admission with ticket for the whole city, on Friday, June 18th at 7 pm. 

   On Friday June 18th will be presented in Medellin "TROPICAL SYMPHONY CONCERT, a show that is held for the first time in Colombia. The Concert will take place in the framework of cultural activities to commemorate the bicentenary of independence, and has the support and sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture the Municipality of Medellin and the Sister Cities International program Medellin-Fort Lauderdale. It is in the Metropolitan Theater, at 7:00 pm, with free admission, for a total capacity of 1634 people. 

Claudia Diez brings the country a new concept which combines the classical with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin, the tropical Orchestra by Tone 40, and contemporary folk dance involving the Folkloric Antioquia's Ballet. The result is an event of international stature, enriched with the contribution of a team of choreographers and set designers are first class. The work of this artist is the result of a long career that began in Miami, where she ventured into the music scene with the Cuban son and bolero. Subsequently formed a group of great versatility, which led her to be one of the few female leaders of a large format orchestra in the world. 

The show will offer 15 tracks tropical symphony, among which will include porros, cumbias, salsa, folk and original songs from Claudia Diez. 

An award Colombian winning Claudia Diez is now recognized among the group of successful entrepreneurs in South Florida. For her work has received awards such as The Hope Medal awarded by Hispanic Unity of Florida, Colombian personnel in 2009 in South Florida, issued by Broward County commissioners and the Gold Star International Artist, awarded by the Star business group in the city of Medellin, Colombia. It is the entrepreneur, artist and president of Sister Cities program Medellin-Fort Lauderdale, and the creator of Tribute to Colombia, an event that has taken place for five years on the beach in the city of Hollywood, as a new cultural project to celebrate independence of Colombia in South Florida. 

You are cordially invited to this great Concert!!


Ciudades Hermanas Medellin - Fort Lauderdale
Se reactivan los lazos de hermandad entre Medellin y Fort Lauderdale
Febrero 1 de 2010
Ayer 1 de febrero, 2010 en el Hotel Florencia Plaza, se celebro la asamblea de constitucion del nuevo comite Ciudades Hermanas Medellin - Fort Lauderdale, como una estrategia que permita reactivar los lazos de cooperacion y el fortalecimiento de alianzas que propicien el desarrollo cultural y economico entre estas dos ciudades.

La asamblea estuvo encabezada por el Doctor Rusell L. Weaver, director saliente del programa Ciudades Hermanas y la Doctora Claudia Diez Lopez, directora entrante.

La hermandad entre Medellin y Fort Lauderdale se consolido hace 50 anos como una corporacion sin animo de lucro que trabaja en apoyo a los programas de cultura, educacion, desarrollo economico y social  las ciudades hermanas estuvo inactiva por casi diez anos, pero gracias a los esfuerzos de Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International y  a la actual directora Claudia Diez, se ha comenzado un proceso de fortalecimiento de su labor que permite extender nuevamente ese puente de cooperacion que ha unido por tantos anos a Medellin y Fort Lauderdale.  

Ciudades Hermanas Medellin Fort Lauderdale (CHMF) es una corporacion dedicada a la creacion y fortalecimiento de la alianza entre estas dos ciudades en un esfuerzo por aumentar la cooperacion mutua en diferentes niveles de desarrollo. Este pasaporte promueve el entendimiento cultural y programacion humanitaria estimulando el desarrollo economico de ambas ciudades.

El Comite de Ciudades Hermanas Medellin


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