Sister Cities Day 2011

The Minneapolis-Tours Sister City Association invites you to join us for the fourth annual celebration of our city’s global connections at the Sister Cities Day Celebration, Sunday, July 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Nicollet Island Pavilion. Commemorating the bond between Minneapolis and ten cities around the world, this family friendly event features free admission, parking and refreshments, live entertainment and the opportunity to win prizes from local merchants. It is sponsored by the Meet Minneapolis Global Partnership Program.

The history of sister cities, or ville jumelles (twin towns) as they are referred to in France, dates back more than 1,100 years to the relationship between Paderborn, Germany and Le Mans, France. After World War II, the practice continued in Europe as a way to promote cross-cultural projects of mutual benefit. The first North American sister city relationship was established between Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain in 1931.

Les Canadiens Performance, 2010

Sister Cities International is an organization started by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to foster people-to-people citizen diplomacy and promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Minneapolis’ Sister Cities program was established in 1961 with Santiago, Chile and has since expanded to include nine more cities- Cuernavaca, Mexico; Eldoret, Kenya; Harbin, China; Ibaraki City, Japan; Kuopio, Finland; Novosibirsk, Russia; Tours, France; Uppsala, Sweden and Najaf, Iraq. These relationships are supported and implemented by local citizen groups and have been accredited by Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.

The Minneapolis-Tours Sister City Association invites you to join us at the celebration event on July 17 to find out more on how you can help further global connections between our city and others around the world!

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