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Dortmund Comes to Buffalo in April for 40th Anniversary Tour

The Oberbürgermeister der Stadt (or Lord Mayor) of Dortmund, Germany, will lead a delegation of 20 government, education, and business leaders to Buffalo, New York, to help celebrate the two sister cities’ 40th anniversary next month. The delegates will attend the ground breaking ceremony on April 15 for a future park on the shore of Lake Erie, to be named Dortmund Park as a testament to the two cities’ historic partnership. Lord Mayor Ullrich Sierau and the others will then spend the rest of the day meeting with their American counterparts and building upon their existing partnership by exploring new investment and exchange opportunities. The partnership between Buffalo and Dortmund (as it exists now) focuses primarily on student exchanges, including a mutual exchange...view

3rd Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili Links Charities in Wisconsin and Ireland

The La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association works to build a bridge between two charities on opposite sides of the Atlantic next week, with a fundraising night of traditional Irish music and dance. The 3rd Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili will benefit Sacred Grounds, a group that aids homeless and vulnerable people in the Wisconsin city of La Crosse, and Cork ARC, a support service for those in Bantry, Ireland, with family members needing medical care. The event adds new depth each year to the relationship between La Crosse and Bantry, which have been sister cities for more than a decade, while also helping locals from the Wisconsin city experience the unique culture of Ireland. In its first year, proceeds from the Coulee Hoolie Ceili went to New Horizons, a women’s shelter...view

Beijing Opera performer came as a guest from our Friendship City of Chao Yang Di

Birmingham Ushers in the Year of the Dog

Record crowds flocked to an auditorium in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, last month to celebrate the Lunar New Year, in an event featuring performances by dancers of all ages, and even a Beijing Opera singer. The city’s 12th Annual Chinese New Year Festival drew more than 4,000 people, not including performers from Birmingham’s sister city Chao Yang District (in the Chinese capital city of Beijing) and Chinese-Americans and others from the Birmingham area. The festival is just one of the many international events sponsored or founded by the Birmingham Sister Cities Commission, ranging from the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival later this month, to Ghana and Ukraine Independence Day celebrations, home to two of Birmingham’s sister...view

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