Raleigh Sister Cities : Fostering Global Citizens Since 1986

Thirty years ago Raleigh Sister Cities was founded to join other sister cities in a venture to promote and inspire relationships between cities around the world. This year, we are coming together to celebrate 30 years of success. 

Part of our year-long celebration of 30 years includes a kick-off event at Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center on January 19. During the celebration, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about upcoming events including a craft beer collaboration with visitors from Kingston upon Hull (UK), a Taste of Our Cities - Farm to Fork fundraiser, a visual arts exhibit featuring artists from Raleigh's sister cities, a City of Raleigh museum exhibit featuring residents of our sister cities titled 'Voices from Our Sisters' and learn about how to participate in travel exchanges with our sister cities groups.

During this casual and informational evening, you'll have an opportunity to celebrate and meet with our board members and supporters. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and will represent our sister cities.

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30th Anniversary Events

January 19:
 1 pm - Proclamation and Mayoral Remarks, City Council Meeting (Raleigh Municipal Building)  6:30 pm - Kick-Off Celebration (Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center)
February 17 - International Student Panel - Hear what college students from our sister cities who are studying in Raleigh have to say about life in America
March 6-13 - Visit from Rooted in Hull Founders (Kingston upon Hull, UK)
March 9 - Annual Meeting and Taste of Our Cities - Farm to Fork Fundraiser
April - Mile Marker Public Art Workshop
April 28 - May 3 - Compiegne Exchange
May - July - Visual Arts Exhibit - features work by artists from our sister cities
June - Raleigh Ringers Compiegne Performance (in Compiegne)
June 19 - July 13 - Rostock Exchange (Broughton HS students)
Late Summer - US-Sino Business Conference
September 2 - First Friday COR Museum Exhibit 'Voices from Our Cities'
September 15 - Celebration Gala at COR Museum
Fall - Nairobi Cultural and Trade Exposition
November 6 - Nairobi Exchange to participate in City of Oaks Marathon
November 11 - 98th Armistice Day Commemoration
December - First Night Artists
Kingston upon Hull Committee Update:
In early March, Raleigh will welcome representatives from Rooted in Hull, an urban agricultural advocacy and project non-profit. While here, they will be attending Dig In as well as visiting local urban farming groups and schools.
The committee is also working with local brewery Trophy Brewing Company to collaborate with Hull's Atom Brewery on a beer and beer lover's exchange.
The next committee meeting is January 28 at 5:30 pm at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center. RSVP to Doug Johnston here if you are interested in joining the committee's discussions.
Upcoming Events:

January 9 - Cycling for Xiangyang
January 19 - Kick-Off Celebration
January 28 - Hull Committee Meeting at 5:30 pm (Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center)
February 3 - Board Meeting (Municipal Center Building)

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Compiegne Committee Update:

The dates are set for the Compiegne Exchange! Departing Raleigh on April 28, the group will tour the Chateau, visit other cultural sites and enjoy the May Day festivities while staying with host families. This is a great opportunity to not only improve your French, but make new friends. Contact Gretchen before January 28 to discuss (919-828-2276).

NCSU is bringing the Tournées French Film Festival to campus from January 14 - February 11. the festival will showcase six highly acclaimed films and attendance is free and open to the public. More information is available here.

Xiangyang Ride - January 9

As always, the ride will leave from Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center at 10 am (25 mile ride) and at 11 am (10 mile ride). For this month's ride, we encourage you to dress warmly and in layers in addition to our normal safety requests (helmet and water). After our ride we will meet for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Please contact Marjorie and let her know you're coming!.  

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