Learn More About Cleveland’s Partnerships at the First Sister Cities Conference

Wed 5/1-Fri 5/3

 The “Sister Cities” concept started after World War II as a way for cities around the world to invest in learning about other cultures and hopefully bring peace through more understanding. It’s grown since then to multiple partnerships that often contain a business component.

Cleveland has 22 such partnerships, with far-flung cities in places like Albania, Guinea, Ethiopia, Peru, Taiwan, Israel, Slovenia and Ireland. Some you’ve probably heard of, like Venice and Volgagrad, Lima and Ljubljana. Others, such as Segundo Montes, El Salvador, probably not.

Learn more about these cities and the program in general at the first-ever Cleveland Sister Cities conference, a free public three-day event at the Cleveland Public Library, featuring representatives from the Sister Cities, talking either in person or via videoconference, about what has happened in their partnerships with Cleveland. There’ll be a special presentation on Brexit by Irish consul general Brian O’Brien.

It starts on Wed 5/1 @ 6pm with a keynote speech by Cleveland Public Library director Felton Thomas. On Thu 5/2 @ 8:30am-6pm, there are panels and breakout sessions, followed by a soccer tournament. And on Fri 5/3 @ 9-11am there’s a Naturalization Ceremony and brunch. Register here.

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