Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina


3rd Annual Festival of Nations -A "Virtual" Festival in Oct.
Join us for an exciting adventure getting to know Durham's international connections.
With Durham's 9 Sister Cities, plus other international groups represented in the Durham area.
International Booths, Intros to Durham's International Connections around the World.

Durham is an "International Community" with links to our friends in 9 Cities around the world:  Click on the "Our Sister Cities" tab to find out about these cities.

Durham links with our friends in 9 cities in China, Costa Rica, England, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Tanzania 

 Our Sister City, Celaya, Mexico is celebrating its 450th Anniversary.  Congratulations.

Our 3rd Annual
"Festival of Nations"

Durham:  Truly an International Community

A Virtual Festival, Oct 17-18
Hosted by Sister Cities of Durham

Watch for the Link soon.
Join us for several days of virtual presentations about the many international groups in Durham and our links with Cities and Countries around the world.

Programs: -- Presentations from around the world and from Durham,
representing over 26 nations that have links with Durham:
- Culture
- Dance
- Music
- Art
- Unique School Programs
- Travelogues
- Famous Geographical and Historical Sites
- Demonstrations of Crafts

Market Place for Vendors & Booths:
-- Vendors: Jewelry, Clothing, Art
-- International Cultural Booths

For Information, Contact:
Brady Surles, Executive Director,
Sister Cities of Durham
[email protected]

Toyama, Japan.  Sister City with Durham since 1989.

Japan Bell Ringing,

7:15 pm, Wed, Aug. 5
Marked 75 Years of Peace between the US and Japan, since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

42 people from Durham, Toyama, New York, Kansas, and California joined on Zoom to ring their bells 75 times to mark the 75 years of Peace.
Remarks were presented by:
-Toyama Mayor Mori
-Durham Mayor Schewel
-Toyama College of Foreign Languages
-Durham City Council Member Charlie Reece.



PayPal:  Make A Donation to Support Our International Awareness Programs and 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:     Some of our programs are postponed because of the Coronavirus.  Hopefully our in person programs will resume in the near future.
However,  we still maintain our conversations with our friends around the world  -- Come join us!  Zoom enables us to link globally in more meaningful ways than ever before.

What do we do ?
 - Educational Exchanges, especially with HS students.
Enjoy presentations that are recorded, live, interactive, featuring over 15 nations who are represented in the Durham area. This will include presentations from our Sister Cities and other nations
The virtual festival will feature dance, music, cultural activities, demonstrations of crafts, food, etc.    

  Plans are developing for trips to:
 Greece, Japan, Romania, when COVID recedes.

  The trips will be open to the public.
  Check back later for updates as plans develop.

Our Vision:
We strive to develop a peaceful world, with mutual understanding and cooperation, one person and one community at a time.

Our Mission:  We partner with the City of Durham to organize and promote Sister Cities activities for Durham residents and to establish international Sister Cities relationships.  

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.