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International Twin Cities Day (23.04.2021)

International Twin Cities Day is celebrated every year, on the last Sunday of April. Each time this is a great occasion to remember how it all began.

The beginning of the international movement of sister-cities was laid in 1944, when Soviet Stalingrad and British Coventry became related for the first time in the world - cities almost completely destroyed by the war.

Then the citizens of Coventry donated money and a tablecloth with the embroidered names of 830 Coventry women and Lady Emily Smith's majores to Stalingrad through the USSR embassy in London. The words "Better a little help than a lot of regret" were also embroidered on the canvas. The tablecloth is kept in the "Battle of Stalingrad" panorama museum in Volgograd.

Today thousands of cities around the world are united by bonds of partnership and brotherhood. Krasnodar has 11 sister-cities and partner-cities: Karlsruhe (Germany), Nancy (France), Harbin (China), Wels (Austria), Larnaca (Cyprus), Sukhum (Abkhazia), Nottingham (Great Britain), Burgas (Bulgaria), Tallahassee (USA), Ferrara (Italy), Yerevan (Armenia). And there are plans to expand the geography of cooperation.

A number of events were held in Krasnodar on the occasion of the celebration of the International Twin Cities Day.

On April 17, the International Esports Tournament was held with the participation of teams from the sister-cities of Nancy (France) and Harbin (China). Krasnodar cybergame players won.

An exhibition of children's drawings on the theme “Germany - the land of fairy tales” has opened at Kuban State University. It is timed incl. to the Pop-up-Festival of German Culture and the German Language, which is part of the program of the Year of Germany in Russia 2020/2021. Awardees of the competition were awarded by the director of the Goethe-Institut Heike Uhlig.

An online meeting of the orchestras of Krasnodar and German Karlsruhe was held. On the occasion of the holiday, the musicians prepared a musical video congratulation. We also discussed the visit of the German orchestra to Krasnodar in June 2022 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of friendship between Krasnodar and Karlsruhe.

On April 23, a transfer of exhibits from the Abkhazian sister-city of Sukhum to the Krasnodar's Felitsyn State Historical and Reserve Museum. They will complement the exhibition “Sister-Cities: the evolution of partnership".

The holiday itself will take place this Sunday - April 25th. However, we are already starting to accept congratulations: the mayor of Karlsruhe Dr. Frank Mentrup sent a video message with warm wishes.

Date: 16 August 2021, 14:20