Kotor, Montenegro was established as Santa Barbara's Sister City in the Fall of 2009. The town of Kotor is located on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical monuments, Kotor is located on a natural harbor within the Bay of Kotor. Like Santa Barbara, Kotor offers various year around activities including sailing, diving, fishing, hiking, water polo and festivals encompassing everything from theatre to musical arts. We have had a number of meaningful exchanges between Santa Barbara and Kotor over the past few years.
Santa Barbara Delegation Visits Kotor!
In August 2016 Santa Barbara's Mayor Helene Schneider, along with a delegation from Santa Barbara, traveled to Montenegro to meet with Kotor's new Mayor, Aleksandar Stjepčević. The visit promoted continued good-will and cultural exchanges between Santa Barbara and Kotor and focused on the success of the Goran Milić Culinary Academy in Kotor. During their visit the delegation attended a fund raising event in support of the Culinary Academy. The event was a first for Kotor and rated a great success!
Kotor's Mayor Aleksandar Stjepčević and Santa Barbara's Mayor Helene Schneider.
Santa Barbara Delegation meets with Kotor Mayor Aleksandar Stjepčević.
Delegation attends Fundraising Event in Kotor for the Goran Milić Culinary Academy.
(left to right): Goran Milić - founder of the Goran Milić Culinary Academy, Boro Kašćelan - Director of the Resource Center, Deanne Scott - Santa Barbara delegation member, Mayor Helene Schneider, Mayor Alexsandar Stjepčević, and delegation members Barbara Neary, Denise Lilly and George Lilly.
Goran Milić and George Lilly address the crowd about the success of the Goran Milić Culinary Academy located at the Resource Center for Children with Disabilities in Kotor, Montenegro. Young Chefs (in the background) share their stories of employment and are recognized for their participation and graduation from the Culinary Academy.