Breaking news: Indy isn’t an only child. In fact, did you know that Naptown actually has nine sister cities? Today, we’re sharing the cities that are the Mary-Kates to our Ashley.
What are sister cities?
Also known as a twin town or a friendship city, the relationship comes about when two different places make an agreement to promote lasting cultural ties. The idea is to form a fellowship that encourages trade + tourism and empowers Hoosiers to serve as citizen diplomats and global advocates.
There’s actually a whole department at the City of Indianapolis dedicated to fostering worldwide relationships + investing in Indy’s minority populations — the Office of International and Latino Affairs.
How are they chosen?
The cities are selected based on a number of factors, including preexisting governmental + trade relationships, historical and ancestral connections, shared geographic challenges, and faith-based groups.
Who are we “related” to?
- Taipei, Taiwan (1978)
- Cologne, Germany (1988)
- Monza, Italy (1994)
- Piran, Slovenia (2001)
- Hangzhou, China (2008)
- Campinas, Brazil (2009)
- Northampton Shire County, UK (2009)
- Hyderabad, India (2010)
- Onitsha, Nigeria (2017)
Speaking of Hangzhou — from now until Sat., Nov. 26, the Global Village Welcome Center will have an exhibit entitled “Expressions of Hangzhou” featuring 35 original pieces of caligraphy + art, as well as sports and cultural artifacts.