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Sister-сities

Currently, Krasnodar has eight sister-cities: Burgas (Bulgaria), Ferrara (Italy), Tallahassee (USA), Karlsruhe (Germany), Harbin (China), Sukhum (Abkhazia), Wels (Austria), Nancy (France), and three partner cities: Nottingham (UK), Yerevan (Armenia), Larnaka (Cyprus).

Krasnodar is constantly developing its sister-city relations.

Inter-municipal relations between Krasnodar and Karlsruhe are highly positive and stable.

KRASNODAR-KARLSRUHE (1997)

The first visit of an official delegation from Karlsruhe to Krasnodar took place in 1991. In 1992, Karlsruhe and Krasnodar signed a joint statement of the cities on establishing friendly relations, and in 1997, they signed the twinning agreement.

Today the sister-cities are rightfully considered to be one of the most successful and promising projects of German-Russian partnership on the regional level in Russia.

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The Karlsruhe-Krasnodar Friendship Society, which is headed by Manfred Czychi, Herbert Huber and Christa Köhler, works in Karlsruhe. Members of the Friendship Society initiate many joint projects and programmes and make a significant contribution to the effective development of bilateral relations.

Within the project "The Days of Germany", which was realized in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 in Krasnodar, the sister-city relations were enriched by new projects in various fields.

In 2012, Krasnodar Square was opened in Karlsruhe.

A television project between Krasnodar Plus and Baden TV has been underway since 2014.

Joint programmes continue to be implemented in the following areas: school and student exchanges, teacher training, internships for medical staff and youth contacts.

Russian-German relations are also based on economic contacts. Participation of Krasnodar delegations in the international exhibition “Offerta” (International Consumer Goods Fair) held in Karlsruhe has already become traditional.

In 2017, Krasnodar-Karlsruhe sister-city relations have celebrated the 25th anniversary. In the anniversary year, the city of Karlsruhe was visited by the official delegation from Krasnodar and the Youth Jazz Orchestra “Novaya Volna” ("The New Wave"), which performed at a joint concert with its German partner - the Karlsruhe Youth Orchestra, and in September, the choreographic ensemble “Otrazheniye” ("Reflection") from Krasnodar took part in the international dance festival "FOLKLORIA-2017" in Karlsruhe.

An important event of the anniversary year was the XIV Conference of partner cities of Russia and Germany, which was held in Krasnodar at the end of June 2017. After that, the German city of Düren organized the Conference in June 2019. Official delegations from Krasnodar and Karlsruhe took part in this large-scale project again.

In 2018, a 4-week internship project was launched for students from Krasnodar's sister- and partner-cities at companies with foreign capital located in our city. Students from Karlsruhe have been interning at KLAAS and KNAUF for two years in a row.

The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas awarded Krasnodar and Karlsruhe the certificate of honour for significant contribution to developing regional and municipal cooperation between Russia and Germany. This is a very important event in the long history of the sister-city relations of the two cities. The event took place in Berlin in September 2018 during the closing ceremony of the German-Russian Year of Municipal and Regional Partnerships.

Traditionally, delegations from Karlsruhe take part in the celebration of Krasnodar City Day.

In October 2018, two musicians from the sister-city, Toni Holub and Laura Hügel, took part in the II International Festival “IMYA” (“THE NAME”). Toni Holub, together with a contestant from Krasnodar, shared the 1st place in the POP category.

In December 2018, in order to promote information about Krasnodar and the sister-city relations of the two cities, the department of foreign relations and protocol of the city administration of Krasnodar together with the Krasnodar city department of culture and the tourist information centre developed an internet page for the website of the Karlsruhe-Krasnodar Friendship Society (section “Culture”). This page is a historical reference about our city, contains general information about the news and sights of Krasnodar and offers in the field of culture.

The year 2020 was filled with projects and meetings held online due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the world:

- In July2020, a video conference of architects from all over the world was held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus style, in which architects from Krasnodar and Karlsruhe also took part. During the meeting, the topic of modernism in architecture and the reflection of the Bauhaus style in cities was touched upon;

- In December 2020 an exchange of master classes in video format took place between sports school № 5 named after Zakhariy Chepega and sports club "Budo Club Karlsruhe";

- On December 15, 2020 the master class on gingerbread decorating was held between the Krasnodar Trade and Economics College and the Handicraft School Durlach (Karlsruhe).

KRASNODAR-TALLAHASSEE (1988)

Friendly relations and cultural cooperation between Tallahassee and Krasnodar were established on the initiative of the city of Tallahassee in 1984.

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The first agreement was signed on September 15, 1988. At the time, there was a Tallahassee-Krasnodar Community. Cooperation in the medical field was predominant: a cardiology centre was being completed in Krasnodar, and Tallahassee provided great assistance with tools and consumables.

In 1990, a group of Krasnodar cardiologists received training in Tallahassee. For two months, they were involved in open-heart surgery and saw more than a hundred operations, including heart transplants. After that, the programme continued for two more years, with participants from a wide range of professions on the American side.

In 2005, the correspondence with the city of Tallahassee, with Mayor John Marks, was renewed.

In July 2006, we had a meeting with our American colleagues in Washington during the visit of our city's delegation to the Sister Cities International conference. Several directions for possible cooperation were outlined at that meeting. Culture, business, public health and sport were chosen as the priority areas.

On September 25, 2006, an agreement was signed with the City of Tallahassee for further development of cooperation.

In 2018, Dylan Allen, an American musician from Tallahassee, took part in the Sister Cities Festival CitiesFEST, which was held in Krasnodar for the first time as part of the City Day celebrations.

KRASNODAR-BURGAS (1974)

 

Krasnodar established friendly relations with the Burgas district of the People`s Republic of Bulgaria in 1962 on the initiative of the Burgas party authorities.

Since the 1970s, "The Days of Bulgarian Culture" have been held in Krasnodar and "The Days of Russian Culture" have been held in Burgas. In 2007, the Days of Bulgaria were held in Krasnodar.

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Since the same year an official delegation from Burgas Administration has taken an active part in celebrating the City Day of Krasnodar (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018).

In 2010 as part of the celebration of the City Day of Krasnodar an agreement on renewing twinning relations with the Bulgarian city of Burgas was signed.

In 2011 a delegation from Krasnodar took part in the Burgas City Day celebrations. In the same year the Cossack song ensemble of Krasnodar performed in Burgas at the 39th International Folklore Festival "Let us preserve what our grandfathers bequeathed us and pass it on to the children".

In 2013 an exhibition of Burgas artist Anamaria Koeva "Mood" was organized in Krasnodar.

In 2015, the vocal and choreographic ensemble “Rodnik” from Krasnodar performed at the closing ceremony of the Days of Culture in Burgas.

In September 2016, Dimitar Nikolov, the Mayor of Burgas, visited Krasnodar. He took part in the celebrations of the City Day.

In December 2018, a delegation from Krasnodar took part in events within the City Day of Burgas.

KRASNODAR-FERRARA (1965)

Ferrara is one of the first sister-cities of Krasnodar. Ferrara and Krasnodar became sister-cities in 1965. By strengthening and developing friendly relations the two cities started sharing information about their plans and work of their urban economy and cities` improvement.

In 1966, Krasnodar citizens helped the citizens of the sister-citiy affected by the flood.

Days of "Friendship with Italy", "Friendship with Ferrara", film festivals, Italian book weeks and reading conferences in the city's libraries were held on a special level. There were constant ties between related organizations: the city hospital №3 and St Anne's Hospital, Kuban State University and Ferrara University, Secondary School No 48 and the Ariosto Lyceum-Gymnasium, etc.

KRASNODAR-HARBIN (2008)

The first contacts were established in 2006 in Harbin when Krasnodar representatives visited Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The delegation of Harbin People`s Government visited Krasnodar on the occasion of the City Day of Krasnodar. The twinning agreement was signed within the “Days of Krasnodar in Harbin” in 2008.

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Representatives of the city administration and business communities of Krasnodar took part in the 21st Harbin International Economic and Trade Fair, where the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Harbin Development Zone and the city administration of Krasnodar was signed. Official delegations of Krasnodar take part in the ceremonial opening of the Fair, which is the largest multisectoral exhibition of modern technologies and international cooperation.

 

In August 2015, the city of Harbin was visited by Krasnodar ensemble “Rodnik”, which performed at venues in the city as part of the city festival.

In August 2018, 2 students from Heilongjiang University and Heihe University did an internship in Krasnodar at Cargill, and in September, an illusionist and a cartoonist from Harbin performed at the CitiessFEST.

An important event in 2018 was the presentation of an honorary award and certificate of merit to Krasnodar in the nomination "To Foreign Sister Cities for Development of Cooperation and Exchanges", which is biannually awarded by the Chinese People's Friendship Society with Foreign Countries and the Chinese International Sister Cities Association for the best sister-city relations with foreign cities.

Sports contacts between our cities are developing. Thus, in 2018 and 2019, Krasnodar athletes participated in the International Harbin Marathon, and track and field athletes from Harbin participated in the Half Marathon "Zabeg.RF", which was held in Krasnodar in May 2019.

The cultural relationship between our cities deserves special attention. In mid-July 2019, Harbin hosted the II International Children's Choir Festival-Competition, which was attended by 22 choirs from 5 countries: China, Russia, South Korea, the Philippines and Mongolia. Our city was represented by students of MEC Concert Choir and they took the 2nd place.

In 2021, a children's drawing competition 'Friendship of Krasnodar and Harbin through the eyes of children' dedicated to the World Day of Sister Cities was held.

KRASNODAR-NANCY (2017)

The first contacts between Krasnodar and Nancy were established in 2015. Nancy was then the sister-city of Karlsruhe. By 2017, the two cities had implemented some projects in the spheres of culture, education and youth affairs.

 

Krasnodar and Nancy signed the twinning agreement at the end of 2017, as well as an agreement between the three cities (Krasnodar, Karlsruhe, and Nancy) was signed to develop cooperation in many areas. This is a unique case in the history of twinning and partnership relations between the cities of Russia, Germany and France.

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In 2018, the CE2 Polars jazz trio from Nancy performed at the CitiessFEST Sister-Cities Festival.

The project of internships for students in Nancy and Krasnodar is actively implemented. In 2018-2019, Kuban State University students interned at the Nancy city administration for four weeks, while French students did internships at the Bonduelle-Kuban and Nestlé companies in Krasnodar.

In 2019:

- A cooperation agreement was signed between Kuban State University and the University of Lorraine;

- A concert by the musical trio under the direction of Mathieu Loigerot was held at the Municipal Concert Hall for Organ and Chamber Music;

- The exhibition of New Year's drawings by students of children's art schools in Krasnodar and Nancy was organized;

In 2020:

- A cooperation agreement was signed between Gymnasium 36 (Krasnodar), Joan of Arc Lyceum and Kant-Gymnasium (Karlsruhe);

- Cooperation between medical institutions in Krasnodar and Nancy (a videoconference took place between the heads of the Krasnodar Regional Clinical Hospital No. 1 and the Regional University Hospital of Nancy);

2021:

- The Ephemeral Garden project, marking the anniversary of the sister-city relations of Krasnodar and Nancy, is underway;

- Participation in international cybersports tournaments;

- Participation of Krasnodar representatives in the celebration of St Nicholas Day in December 2021;

- Internship of a Krasnodar baker in Nancy as part of the Heart of the Craft programme;

- Establishment of contacts between the Krasnodar College of Commerce and Economics and the Lyceum named after Stanislas.

KRASNODAR-NOTTINGHAM (2010)

In 2010, a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement was signed with the English city of Nottingham.

Bilateral relations with Nottingham were established in 2009 thanks to the support of the German sister-city of Karlsruhe. The establishment of contacts with the sister-city is a unique event in the twinning movement. The first joint projects were implemented in the field of youth policy, when young representatives of the sister-cities of Krasnodar as well as Nottingham young representatives took part in the “Young Leaders Meeting”.

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In 2009 a delegation from Nottingham City Council visited Krasnodar for the first time. The guests from the UK took part in the celebrations of the City Day of Krasnodar.

An agreement on bilateral cooperation between Krasnodar and Nottingham was signed in 2010, with the assistance of Krasnodar's sister-city of Karlsruhe (Germany).

In 2019, a student from Nottingham undertook an internship at Cargill, based in Krasnodar.

In 2020, a videoconference involving representatives of Kuban State University, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University was organized, during which cooperation between the universities was established and further areas of cooperation were identified.

KRASNODAR-SUKHUM (2012)

The bilateral cooperation agreement between the capital of Abkhazia and Krasnodar was signed on November 16, 2012 within the framework of the IV Business Forum “Russia and Abkhazia: achievements of inter-regional cooperation”. Representatives of the Sukhum administration regularly take part in celebrations of the City Day of Krasnodar. In 2015, guests from Abkhazia not only took part in the celebrations, but also planted a Friendship tree in the city park for the first time.

In 2021, an official delegation from Sukhum, led by the head of the city administration Beslan Eshba, visited Krasnodar to hand over exhibits for the exhibition “Sister-Cities: Evolution of Partnership”. The visit was timed to coincide with the International Sister-Cities Day.

KRASNODAR-YEREVAN (2014)

Bilateral relations between Krasnodar and Yerevan began many years ago, but acquired the official status in 2014.

In October 2014, a delegation from Krasnodar took part in the celebrations to mark the 2796th anniversary of Yerevan. It was then that an agreement on interaction and cooperation was signed between Krasnodar and Yerevan.

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Since 2014, city delegations have regularly participated in City Day celebrations (2015, 2017. - Krasnodar delegation took part in the celebration of Yerevan City Day, 2016, 2017, 2018. - a delegation from Yerevan took part in the celebration of Krasnodar City Day).

In 2021, the universities of Krasnodar and Yerevan resumed their long-standing contacts by video link: Kuban State University, Yerevan State University and Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences named after V. Brusov have defined further steps to implement joint projects.

KRASNODAR-WELS (2017)

Krasnodar established its first contacts with Wels in 2016. In October 2017, during a study visit of a delegation from Krasnodar to Wels, a Memorandum of Intent was signed. A month later, a return visit by representatives of Wels followed, after which the Austrian side expressed the desire to establish sister-city relations with Krasnodar.

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In 2018, on the day of Krasnodar's 225th anniversary, the mayors of the cities signed the sister-city agreement.

In 2019, the meeting of doctors from Krasnodar and Wels took place in our Austrian sister-city. The Krasnodar delegation included representatives of the Krasnodar Emergency Hospital, Krasnodar Regional Hospital No. 2, Krasnodar Oncological Dispensary No. 1, and the Children's Regional Clinical Hospital.

The first presentation of works within the framework of the international cultural exchange project by art exhibitions of Krasnodar and Wels, dedicated to outstanding personalities of the two cities, took place in 2020.

KRASNODAR-LARNAKA (2019)

The partnership agreement was signed as part of the reception of foreign delegations on the occasion of Krasnodar City Day celebrations in 2019.

In May 2021, Krasnodar and Larnaka signed a business cooperation agreement. The quadripartite document was signed during a video conference by the mayors of the cities, Evgeny Pervyshov and Andreas Vyras, as well as the chairmen of the Krasnodar and Larnaca Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The agreement provides for the development of trade and industrial contacts, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.