Minneapolis’ Seventh Annual Sister Cities Day will take place this Sunday, July 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavilion, an official Aquatennial event that celebrates the City of Minneapolis’ 11 international sister city relationships. This family event and ice cream social, sponsored by the Minneapolis Global Partnership Program, is FREE and open to the public.
Guests are welcome to build-their-own ice cream sundaes (while supplies last) and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment including Songs of Hope ™. Songs of Hope ™ selects a group of 50 children and young adults from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S. who join together to learn popular songs and dances from each other’s cultures and perform them in a celebration of cultural unity.
Children’s activities include face painting sponsored by Uppsala Friendship Committee (Sweden), along with an outdoor children’s crafts and activity area sponsored by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project and staffed by volunteers from Target.
The 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; Winnipeg, Canada; Tours, France; and Uppsala, Sweden. The newest sister city relationship was established in 2010 with Najaf, Iraq.
Minneapolis’ Sister Cities program is managed by Meet Minneapolis and 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.
Sister Cites International is a program started by President Dwight Eisenhower to foster people-to-people citizen diplomacy. Sister Cities promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time. The International organization focuses on creating and strengthening partnerships between communities around four key themes: sustainable and economic development, arts and culture, youth and education, and humanitarian assistance.
About Meet Minneapolis - Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.
Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.