Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina


3rd Annual Festival of Nations -"Virtual" Oct 17--Dec 31
Join us for an exciting adventure getting to know Durham's international connections, with
Durham's 9 Sister Cities, plus 18 other international groups represented in the Durham area   

Our 3rd Annual

"Festival of Nations" - A Virtual Festival

Durham:  Truly an "International Community"

Hosted by Sister Cities of Durham

We Went Live, 9:00 am, Saturday, October 17,
and the Festival is available through Dec. 31:   

Join us for virtual presentations about the many international groups in Durham 

and our links with Cities and Countries around the world, including
Durham's 9 Sister Cities, plus 18 other nations represented in Durham.
Explore culture of cities and countries, view performers, and learn about tourism opportunities.

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

PayPal:  Make A Donation to Support Our International Awareness Programs and our Exchange Programs.  
         You can also Pay Membership Dues here.
      Thanks for your support of Sister Cities of Durham


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.