July 17 Sister Cities Day event to celebrate Minneapolis’ international ties

Minneapolis Fourth Annual Sister Cities Day will take place Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavilion. The family event will celebrate the City of Minneapolis’s 10 official international sister city relationships with an ice cream social and a music, dance and performing arts program. Sister City Day is sponsored by the Meet Minneapolis’ Global Partnership Program and is free and open to the public.

City Council President Barbara Johnson will welcome guests and officially recognize the 50th anniversary of the Minneapolis/Santiago, Chile Sister City and the 20th anniversary of the Minneapolis/Tours, France Sister City relationships.

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’s 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. 14, 2011