October Newsletter
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Celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn Festival in Raleigh

Sample moon cakes and decorate lanterns at China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, Friday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Citizens of our sister city Xiangyang, along with others throughout Asia, regularly celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Locally, our festival is sponsored by the Xiangyang Committee of Raleigh Sister Cities and Today Asia Market in Cary.
“Voices from our Sisters”

Like to travel?
Want to learn about the world?
Want to do so without even leaving Raleigh?
Come to the City of Raleigh Museum and take a “tour” of Raleigh’s Sister Cities!
Check out the museum’s latest exhibit, “Voices From Our Sisters”, a multi-media exhibit that brings you face-to-face with counterparts in our five Sister Cities through video interviews, photographs and artifacts.
And especially for KIDS!  Collect your “passport” at the COR Museum desk and take off!  Test your knowledge by answering questions.  Then get it “stamped” when you cross the borders…
Visit our Booth at the Raleigh International Festival

The Raleigh Sister Cities booth will be among the 65 different cultural groups represented at the 31st International Festival, Oct. 14-17, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 501 S. Salisbury St. The festival features food from around the world, non-stop stage performances, world beer tasting, bands, kids' activities, cooking demos, dance instruction, coffee from around the world, art, cultural booths and bazaars. Tickets are available online here.  Interested in volunteering either setting up or during?  Contact for volunteer opportunities.
Colloquy on Sister Cities Attracts Key Business and Professional Leaders

Our September 28 Colloquy “Sister Cities: Cold War Origins and 21st Century Directions” attracted a mix of area business and professional leaders to hear about the post-WWII emergence of the Sister Cities initiative and to explore its potential for creating collaborative relationships in the future.

Sarah Soleim, an NCSU doctoral student in public history, explained the origins of Sister Cities as a response to communism. Using the Sister Cities model, Soleim urged attendees to adopt a “glocalization” approach that “acknowledges the significance of local work, but places it in a global context.” Her presentation was followed by John Luecke, Raleigh Sister Cities member and retired High Point University professor, who encouraged individuals to develop their “intercultural competence” as a way to build trusting, collaborative relationships with their international counterparts.

Following the presentations attendees participated in roundtable discussion to explore ways they could apply the Sister Cities model to their professional lives. David Brook and Doug Johnston were the colloquy’s principal organizers. A special thanks to Earnest Dollar for hosting our event at the City of Raleigh Museum.

Heidi to be Featured at German Film Night

The 2015 Swiss Family film, Heidi, will be screened during German Film Night, Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center, 1101 Wake Forest Road. The film is in Swiss German with English subtitles, and was directed by Alain Gsponer and based on the novel by Johanna Spyri. Viewing is free, although donations are greatly appreciated.

A few Reminders:

The “Voices From our Sisters” exhibit is open until November 30th at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Be sure to check it out. Admission is free.
Membership in Raleigh Sister Cities is not free, but it’s extremely reasonable. Click here for membership information and to support your organization.


October 5-  Board Meeting  6:00 p.m. Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett St.
October 7 - Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, COR Museum 7 p.m.
October 14-16 International Festival, Raleigh Convention Center
October 20 - Rostock Film Night, Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center 6:30 p.m.
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

November 4 – “Night at the Museum” sponsored by the Rostock Committee, City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St.
Join the Raleigh Sister Cities' Rostock Committee to celebrate an evening of German culture as part of our "Voices from Our Sisters" exhibit on Nov. 4 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  German music, food, and beer will be featured, and will highlight the diversity of our Rostock Sister city whose harbor has seen many visitors and merchants from far off places. Contact:
November 5 – Tour de Sister Cities continues with Compiegne ride.  Easy ride and lunch at a French eatery!
November 11 – Armistice Day Commemoration and Wine Tasting Sponsored by the Compiegne Committee, NCSU Bell Tower, Compiegne Park and City of Raleigh Museum.
November 19 – International Holiday Market
December 15 – German Culture and Film Night, sponsored by the Rostock Committee, Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center.
December 17 – Jamhuri Day Celebration, sponsored by the Nairobi Committee

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