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February 23 (Thursday) - Discussion on Syrian Refugees
The Coastal Carolina Chapter of the UNA will be hosting a discussion on Syrian Refugees in Greece featuring Dana Sachs, local author, and a panel of international volunteers at 6:30 PM in Leutze Hall (Room 143) on the UNCW campus.  More information can be found by visiting –  The program is free and open to the public.

March 23 - Annual Meeting / BREXIT Discussion
The SCAW Annual Meeting will be a breakfast program held at City Hall and feature a live presentation from Doncaster on Brexit, “What was the Driver of the ‘Leave’ Campaign?” Jim McLaughlin and Andrew Terrell, UK Trade Office for the southern region, will provide an expert and balanced view of the Brexit vote. Also speaking is UNCW professor Dr. Paul Townend whose major research interest has been on culture and politics in modern Britain. Attendees will be able to ask questions of both presenters. Open to the public.  Advance reservations required by email –  Free but donations are appreciated.

April 8-9 (Saturday & Sunday) - Azalea Festival
You will want to be sure to stop by the Multicultural Stage at the Street Fair following the Azalea Festival Parade.  This is a two day family friendly event showcasing the diversity of our own region – traditional and contemporary dance and music performances  representing  a wide range of ethnicities (Native American, Celtic, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Chinese - to name a few).

April 18 - International Students Farewell Reception
Join Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, City & County elected officials for a farewell reception at City Hall to formally congratulate the 2016-17 international students upon their completion of studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  The reception will be from 5:30 – 6:30 PM after which you can join the students for the Council meeting in the upstairs Chambers or a walking tour of the Historic District in Downtown.* Members only event

May 9-12 - San Pedro Twinning 10th Anniversary
Join a delegation to San Pedro to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the twinning of our two cities.  More information on the visit and opportunities for community members to travel to Belize will be coming soon.  The actually anniversary month is June which is the start of the rainy season.

June 2-9 - Finn Masters World Championship
Finn Masters World Championship will be held at the Barbados Yacht Club in 2017. Each year the Masters, the Grand Masters, the Grand Grand Masters and the Legends of the Finn class sail a World Championship called the Finn World Masters.It is an event with a large number of participants and sailed according to tradition at outstanding locations – this year it will be held in our sister city in BARBADOS.

Aug 3 - Israeli Scouts Perform in Wilmington
The Scouts will perform beginning at 7:30 PM at the Hannah Block USO Building on Second St. Free and open to the public. You won’t want to miss meeting these ten talented teenagers and their leaders traveling across North America using song, dance and stories to share friendship and love for Israel.

August 5-8 (Thursday – Saturday) - Costa Maya Festival
Belize’s largest international event is held on AMBERGRIS CAYE– the International Costa Maya Festival .  The main stage features both local and international artists from throughout the Americas (Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama).  It is truly a multicultural extravaganza - two full days of music, food, and pageantry. You might want to add a couple of extra days to explore the recent discoveries at the Mayan ceremonial center in the Cayo District on the mainland to complete the experience.

Sept 14-17 - St. Leger Festival
St. Leger Festival – Planning a trip to Europe this fall be sure to visit Doncaster’s St. Leger Festival [DONCASTER, UK] the world’s oldest classic horse races.  The festival includes horse racing, music, fine food, arts and culture.  For more info go to 

Sept 18 - Eagles Island Water Tour
Join us for a water tour around Eagles Island [WILMINGTON, NC] and learn about the Gullah culture and its ties to the slave trade in Barbados.  Dr. John Haley, a Gullah Geechee scholar, will be our guest lecturer.  Cost is $10 per person and the boat will depart from the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington (Wilmington Water Tours dock - RiverWalk between Orange and Ann Streets) at 7:00 PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.

Oct 22 - Movie Screening
Sister Cities will host a screening of the “Last Emperor of China,” a 1987 Italian/British epic film, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci on the life of Puyi to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Running time is 2 hrs. 43 min.; and the film is rated PG.  There will be a Chinese Ramen food truck and Chinese beer and kombucha, as well as local craft beer available. Location: Waterline Brewing Company (721 Surrey Street, Wilmington). Time: this will be a matinee showing beginning at 1:30 pm.

Nov 8-12 - Movie & A Dinner
Cucalorus 23 rocks Wilmington once again. As has been the tradition Sister Cities will host the international filmmakers on November 9 and plan a special “Movie & a Dinner” program on the last day of the festival.  

November 13-17 - iFest (various locations)
2017 UNCW International Week& Global Citizens Award. Stop by and visit the Sister Cities booth during iFest which will be included in the week long activities, many of which are open to the public. iFest includes international food and entertainment, and is family friendly and will be held at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 11.

Sister Cities Association of Wilmington