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Featured entertainment this year includes Sounds of Hope™, an international youth choir featuring performers from a dozen countries around the world, as well as musicians and performers representing Japan, France, China, Mexico, Somalia and Sweden.

International youth choir, Aztec and Somali dancers, and a world of entertainment featured at Sister Cities Day in Minneapolis

Celebration marks 25th anniversary of Minneapolis’ Sister City relationship with Tours, France

Minneapolis (July 14, 2016) --- This year’s Sister Cities Day celebration in Minneapolis is an afternoon of entertainment honoring our global connections through music, dance and performing arts. This family event is free and open to the public, and it also includes free make-your-own ice cream sundaes and refreshments, while supplies last. Featured entertainment this year includes Sounds of Hope™, an international youth choir featuring performers from a dozen countries around the world, as well as musicians and performers representing Japan, France, China, Mexico, Somalia and Sweden.

The Ninth Annual Sister Cities Day will take place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. The event is sponsored by Meet Minneapolis and will feature remarks at 2 p.m., with entertainment running all afternoon. The program will also recognize the 25th anniversary of Minneapolis’ Sister City relationship with Tours, France, and Tours Mayor Serge Babary will be in attendance.

Highlights of the entertainment throughout the afternoon include:

         -  Ibaraki Dance Group, representing Ibaraki City, Japan.
         -  Sounds of Hope™ youth choir, with performers from a dozen countries.
         -  Dan Chouinard and Josette Antomarchi Accordion & Song Performance, representing Tours, France.
         -  The Hongde Lion Dance Association, representing Harbin, China.
         -  Aztec dancers, representing Cuernavaca, Mexico.
         -  Somali Dancers, representing Bosaso, Somalia.
         -  Vikarbyns Lilla Spelmanslag, representing Uppsala, Sweden.
         -  Ballet Folklorico, representing Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Full program details and performance times are available at www.minneapolis.org/sistercitiesday.

Minneapolis Sister Cities program

The Minneapolis’ Sister Cities program was established in 1961 with the signing of the first Sister City agreement between Minneapolis and Santiago, Chile. Additional official sister cities include Cuernavaca, Mexico; Eldoret, Kenya; Harbin, China; Ibaraki City, Japan; Kuopio, Finland; Novosibirsk, Russia; Winnipeg, Canada; Tours, France; Uppsala, Sweden; Najaf, Iraq; and Bosaso, Somalia. 

Minneapolis’ Sister Cities program is managed by Meet Minneapolis and provides global connections and exchanges between international cities and the residents of Minneapolis, with the purpose of creating cultural awareness and fostering mutually beneficial opportunities. These relationships are supported and implemented by local citizen groups in Minneapolis and have also been accredited by Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.

Sister Cites International is a program started by President Dwight Eisenhower to foster people-to-people citizen diplomacy. Sister Cities promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time. The International organization focuses on creating and strengthening partnerships between communities around four key themes: sustainable and economic development, arts and culture, youth and education, and humanitarian assistance.

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit to the greater Minneapolis area.

Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.

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612.767.8220, mattl@minneapolis.org

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