Third annual Sister Cities Day celebrates multi-cultural connections around the world

Minneapolis’s Third Annual Sister Cities Day will take place Sunday, July 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavilion to celebrate the City of Minneapolis’s 10 official international sister city relationships. This family event and ice cream social is sponsored by the Meet Minneapolis Global Partnership Program and is free and open to the public.

Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak will welcome festival attendees at 1:30 p.m. and along with a delegation of visiting foreign officials will officially recognize the 30th anniversary of the Minneapolis/Ibaraki City, Japan Sister City relationship and the 10th anniversary of the Minneapolis/Eldoret, Kenya relationship.

Afternoon entertainment to include:

Minneapolis’ Sister Cities program was established in 1961 with the signing of the first Sister City agreement between Minneapolis and Santiago, Chile. Additional official sister cities include Cuernavaca, Mexico; Eldoret, Kenya; Harbin, China; Ibaraki City, Japan; Kuopio, Finland; Novosibirsk, Russia; Tours, France; and Uppsala, Sweden. The newest sister city relationship was established in 2010 with Najaf, Iraq.

Minneapolis Sister Cities program provides global connections and exchanges between international cities and the residents of Minneapolis, with the purpose of creating cultural awareness and fostering mutually beneficial opportunities. These relationships are supported and implemented by local citizen groups in Minneapolis and have also been accredited by Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.

Published Jul. 15, 2010