Sister City Inspires Diwali Celebration

More than 15,000 people attended a “Diwali” celebration in the city of San Antonio, Texas last month making it the largest city sanctioned Diwali event in the United States. Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights,” is a five day festival widely celebrated in India.San Antonio's annual Diwali event, held in the city’s Hemisfair Park, was started to commemorate the city's sister city signing with Chennai, India in 2008. A brainchild of Anuja San Antonio, the NGO that handles the sister city relationship with Chennai, the event has grown from 3000 ...

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Opening doors to a rich cultural experience

This Fall, Asheville residents got a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of their sister city San Cristóbal de las Casas, thanks to Asheville Sister Cities International! ASCI’s “Palenque Rojo” cultural project was the culmination of two years of planning and fundraising and successfully leveraged community resources and partners.San Cristóbal de las Casas is home to the renowned theater group “Palenque Rojo.” ASCI brought more than 20 Palenque Rojo actors, dancers, and musicians to Asheville for their first ever performance in the United States. In ...

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Unique arts structure celebrates sister city relationship

In 2011, Tacoma Sister Cities Council inaugurated a unique structure to celebrate its relationship with sister city Fuzhou, China. The award-winning “Fuzhou Ting”, a Chinese pavilion, is aimed at supporting Tacoma’s reconciliation efforts. It is housed in the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, a memorial dedicated to a painful time in Tacoma’s history, the expulsion of its Chinese citizens in 1885.The construction of the Ting, which began on September 22, 2010, was a collaborative process that involved various members of the community and its sister city. The City ...

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