Singer Gilberto Gil, born in Salvador and internationally famous, was honored by the City of Los Angeles in 2013.

The Los Angeles-Salvador (Brazil) “Sister City” celebrated 56 years in 2018. In 2012 the entire Sister Cities organization was honored by the the city of Los Angeles and received a permanent street sign at the L.A Convention Center entrance, installed on January 27. This monument is a welcome sign to all international visitors. In the case of Los Angeles-Salvador there is an committee made up by Americans and Brazilians residents of L.A that the goal seeks to raise the awareness of its relationship with Salvador, Bahia, one of the most culturally rich cities in Brazil through cultural programming, artist exchanges, travel programs and economic collaborations.

The committee bestowed proclamations to brilliant native sons such as Carlinhos Brown in 2012 and Gilberto Gil in 2013. In both occasions, enthusiastic community members, including Lindenberg Junior, Soul Brasil magazine publisher, attended the event. In 2012 the community congratulated Mr. Brown on his Oscar nomination and his vibrant and profound work as a musician, composer, percussionist artist and cultural activist from Salvador, Bahia. In 2013 Gilberto Gil was also honored by the Los Angeles- Salvador Sister Cities Committee and was presented with a proclamation from the Mayor of Los Angeles and Councilman Tom La Bonge at Disney Hall.

In the same year, the committee participated in The Grove’s Culture Day in May with a lively performance by Viver Brasil and Swing Brazil. Also provided a performance by Viver Brasil at the Gala fundraiser in September, participated in the Santa Parade and will have a delegation representing Los Angeles- Salvador at the Rose Parade. “The committee will continue to create relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges, developing lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and peace through person-to-person citizen diplomacy, said Linda Yudin, Viver Brasil Dance Company founder and president of the committee.