Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina


We Invite You to Read our Social Justice Statement on this page:
Pictures:     Our visit to Tilaran, Costa Rica;      Visiting Toyama students.  
Information about our 3rd Annual Festival of Nations, our Library Programs, 
the Holiday Parade,  Membership,  PayPal for Membership and Donations.

The birds of Costa Rica welcomed our Durham delegation to our Sister City Tilaran, Costa Rica in February, with the
popular saying "Pura Vida" -- live life!

The Sister Cities of Durham delegation visited Tilaran, Guanacaste in Feb., 2020.  The local Tilaran Committee, pictured here with the Durham group,  gave our 7 member delegation a warm welcome as we planned programs that will benefit both cities.    

Students from the Toyama, Japan College of Foreign Languages were welcomed at RDU by their host families and the Toyama City Committee for their 18 day stay in Durham, Feb - Mar, 2020. Their stay included studying English as a 2nd Language.
Social Justice

A Statement from 
Sister Cities of Durham,  
June 9, 2010

    Sister Cities of Durham is deeply committed to a peaceful world developed through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. As such, we join in support of the peaceful demonstrations, here and across the nation, that in recent days have sought to call attention to racial injustice and social inequality sadly deeply rooted in our society.
    As an organization devoted to promoting citizen-to-citizen diplomacy and international understanding, we profoundly regret the image of our country conveyed in the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. We share the abhorrence Durham Mayor Steve Schewel and more than 70 other North Carolina mayors expressed at that “act of unspeakable violence, cold inhumanity, and racism.” At the same time, we know that millions are likewise appalled, and that is a source of hope for the future.

    We acknowledge, also, that too many of our brothers and sisters are abused or discriminated against because of the color of their skin or place of origin.

All minority groups have the rights as human beings to be free from violence against them.

    We are proud of our city’s largely peaceful but forceful response to 
Mr. Floyd’s death, a reflection of Durham’s open commitment to -- and acknowledged need of far more progress toward -- social equity. That, we hope, stands as a beacon to our nine international Sister Cities and others around the nation and the world.


The beautiful Guanacaste Tree is prominent in the Tilaran area, and is Costa Rica's national tree.
Below,  Lake Arenal, in the Tilaran area, is a 65 mile long man made lake that produces 60% of the electricity for the country of Costa Rica

PayPal:  Make A Donation to Support Our Exchange Programs.   You can also Pay Membership Dues here.


We enjoyed being a part of Durham's 2019 Holiday Parade.   We had 9 nations with  flags, banners, and dancers.

Our Celaya, Mexico group was colorful in the Parade, with their flag and car decorations.  Their group included 4 dancers.  

                                    Coming Events:
Note:     Our programs are postponed because of the Coronavirus.  Hopefully our programs will resume in July.
However,  we still maintain our conversations with our friends around the world  -- Come join us!

3 pm, Sun, Aug 30:  Library Program, Southwest Lib
    Introduction to  Sister Cities and our 
3rd Annual Festival of Nations.

3rd Annual Festival of Nations,  Sunday, Oct. 11
  11 am - 5 pm at Durham Central Park
Enjoy international booths, food, dance, music, games representing over 15 nations.  Family Friendly.
    We hope to have this as a live event,  unless COVID restrictions prevent a live event.
If not, we will present a virtual festival.
    More details later.

  Plans are developing for trips to Greece  and Japan, organized by our Kavala and Toyama City Committees for the fall, 2020 and for 2021.
  The trips will be open to the public.
  Check back later for updates as plans develop.

11 - 5,  Oct. 11:  3rd Annual Festival of Nations 
at Durham Central Park featuring international booths for cultural displays, and selling souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, handicrafts, food.
  Also - Musicians and Dancers will fill the stage.
     Join us to visit with over 15 international groups from the Durham area.

Our Mission:  To promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Durham and global cities, to encourage world peace.

Pictured is our sign and the Sister Cities Peace Grove of Trees at Durham Central Park.  The Grove of Trees will eventually include trees representing all our Sister Cities.

Durham students welcome visiting students from our Sister Cities at RDU airport.


We invite you to join us in Sister Cities of Durham to promote a greater understanding of Durham's international connections.

Annual Membership Dues:

-- Family Membership          $35

-- Individual Membership     $20

-- Student Membership        $10

Also Life Time Membership    $300


Payment can be made:
-- on our PayPal button on this page; 

-- or Mail checks to:

  Sister Cities of Durham

  PO Box 767;  Durham, NC 27702

Thanks for supporting Sister Cities of Durham

Each year Sister Cities recognizes individuals and organizations with the Mayor's Award  for "Promoting International Understanding". Pictured are some of the recipients of this annual award at our Annual Meeting in Oct.