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May 3: Sister Cities Park International Festival,
Presented by TD Bank with Fun from Around the World!

(April 7, 2014) – Next month, on May 3, 2014, the Sister Cities Park International Festival, presented by TD Bank, will celebrate Philadelphia’s 10 global Sister Cities with an assortment of mouth-watering cuisines, music, dance, art and intercultural learning opportunities.

The Center City District, in conjunction with the International Visitors Council (IVC), will provide neighborhood residents, visitors, and the entire city an opportunity to learn more about the cultures, geographies, and people of our partner cities located throughout Europe, and in Russia, Africa, and Asia.

The festival will run from 12 Noon until 5:00 p.m., and it’s free and open to the public!

Sister Cities Park, at 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was originally dedicated in 1976 to recognize Philadelphia’s participation in the worldwide Sister Cities Program, an initiative of Philadelphia’s IVC, which builds peace, mutual understanding, and economic ties through official city-to-city relationships.

Philadelphia’s first two sister cities were Florence, Italy, and Tel Aviv, Israel, named in 1964 and 1966, respectively, and followed by Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon, Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France; and Abruzzo, Italy.

The second-annual Sister Cities Park International Festival will feature a large food and wine pavilion offering tantalizing international foods, beer, and wine for sale. The pavilion’s hosts will be Brulee Catering, the Tavern Group, and Logan Square Café. The menus will include tasty treats such as hummus with pita, lemon pistachio zeppole, poppy seed loaf, assorted maki rolls, Caprese sandwiches, sesame lo mein, and assorted French cheeses. Plus, there will be Korean barbeque available, hot off the grill! In addition, Logan Square Café will offer its daily menu inside the café.

For one exciting day, the Center City District and the International Visitors Council have brought together the Japan Society of Philadelphia, Korean Cultural Foundation, Italian Consulate of Philadelphia, Cameroonian Association of Philadelphia, the Guang Hua Chinese School, Israeli Ministry of Tourism, the Polish American Cultural Center of Philadelphia, the Russian United Arts Council and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to celebrate and educate cultural diversity within the region and around the world, and unite the multiple ethnic communities within Philadelphia.

Schedule of Events:
(Times and performances are subject to change)


12 Noon: KyoDaiko Japanese Taiko Drummers
12:30: Guang Hua Chinese School Chinese Dancers
1:00 Italian Language Lesson / Italian Aria singer, Lauren Cifoni
1:30: Cameroonian Ballet
1:55: Russian Traditional Dance by the Olga Kresin Ballet School
2:20: Cameroonian Fashion Parade
2:45: French Singer Phylis Chapell
3:05: KyoDaiko Japanese Taiko Drummers
3:45: Israeli singer, Hadar
4:10: Traditional Polish Dancers
4:30: University of Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club

The Sister Cities Park International Festival, presented by TD Bank, is sponsored by the Center City District (CCD), International Visitors Council (IVC), City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Weekly, Brulee Catering, and Logan Square Café.

Nancy Gilboy, President and CEO of the International Visitor’s Council of Philadelphia comments, “Sister Cities Park has really come alive since CCD transformed it two years ago, and their second annual Sister Cities Park International Festival is sure to be another fun day with a colorful mix of cultures, foods and activities.” Gilboy continues, “The Sister Cities theme of building cultural awareness and understanding is carried out through the diversity of food, art, dance and music of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities, so don’t miss this lively great day in the Park!”

In 2012, the CCD reopened Sister Cities Park after a $5.2 million renovation that transformed the 1.3-acre park into a richly planted, well-illuminated, and welcoming public space that offers a variety of amenities for people of all ages to enjoy 365 days a year. The park is leased from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and is managed, maintained, and programmed by the CCD. Logan Square Café inside the park offers lunch, coffee, snacks and cold drinks.


The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

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