through respect, understanding and individual, one community at a time.
Promoting peace
P.O. Box 1865
Wilmington, NC 28402

January 22, 2020 (Wednesday)
Information Session - Doncaster, England Trip
The Sister Cities Association of Wilmington is planning a trip to its sister city, Doncaster, in June 2020 as part of the Mayflower 400 Anniversary.  The trip will connect communities across North Hingheisters, Lincolnshire, and South Yorkshire from which the puritan separatists originated their journey to Plymouth.  William Bradford, organizer and leader of the Pilgrims, was born in Austerfield (Doncaster) where both his home and church are among the many historic structures included on the Mayflower Trail.

The official hotel will be the Regent Hotel centrally located and a short distance from the recently renovated Doncaster Wool Market. A public information session will be held on January 22 from 6:00-7:00 PM in Wilmington City Council Chambers.  Please enter the building from the Chestnut Street entrance (Thalian Hall).

January 29, 2020 (Wednesday)
Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner
Join Sister City members and friends as we usher in the Chinese NewYear according to the lunar calendar.  The festivities will be held at Szechuan 132 on S. College Rd. (University Square) starting promptly at 7:00 PM.  The cost is $20 per person for a 7-course meal (alcohol is separate).  Reservations required by January 22 by email – 
*No reservations can be made through the restaurant directly*

March 23, 2020 (Monday)
SCAW Annual Meeting
The SCAW Annual Meeting will be held in the New Hanover Room at the New Hanover County Main Library at 6:00 PM and will feature a presentation on the 350th anniversary of the settling of Charleston, SC.  The guest speaker is Jack Fryar, local historian and author of the book, “Charles Towne on the Cape Fear: The Rise and Fall of the First Barbadian Settlement”. We will also screen a documentary film, “Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connections” produced and directed by Sanford Adams (courtesy of the Barbados Carolina Legacy Foundation).  Open to the public.

April 4-5, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)
Multicultural Stage Performances - 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 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 21, 2020 (Tues)
UNCW International Students Reception
Join Mayor Saffo, City and County elected officials for a farewell reception at City Hall to formally congratulate the 2019-20 international students upon their completion of studies at the University of North Carolina and Wilmington.  The reception will be from 5:30 – 6:20 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. This is a members only event

May 2020
East Asian-Australian Flyway 
For bird enthusiasts, this is a great time to visit Dandong when the mouth of the Yalu River wetlands, an important habitat for migratory birds, is flush with birds. As many as 240 species, including endangered ones such as the Black-faced Spoonbill can be observed.

June 9-14, 2020
Doncaster, England Trip
Delegation to Doncaster to celebrate the 400 anniversary of the Mayflower departing Plymouth for America. Full details and itinerary will be presented at the January 22 public information session.

July 29-August 4, 2020
Crop Over (Bridgetown)
Crop Over [Bridgetown] is a unique experience that follows a tradition starting in the 1780s to mark the end of sugar cutting season. It is a unique experience featuring music, masquerade, history and culture. For a schedule of daily events visit

August 1-4, 2020
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 (TBA)
Culture of Food Presentation
The Culture of Food Traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to another and is an expression of cultural identity. Join us for a presentation on how food affects our daily discourse in many areas of life locally, nationally and internationally. Details will be available in June.

November 2020
UNCW Intercultural Week & Global Citizens Award
Stop by and visit the Sister Cities booth during iFest which will be included as the week-long special events. Check the UNCW website since several events are open to the public. iFest includes international food and entertainment, and is family friendly; it will be held at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus from 12 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 7.

November 11-15 (Wed-Sun), 2020
Cucalorus 26
Cucalorus 26 rocks Wilmington once again. As has been the tradition Sister Cities will host the international filmmakers on November 12 for a welcome lunch from 12:00–1:00 PM following the Global Perspectives Programming. Location will be announced in October. Reservations must be made no later than November 8 and the cost is $20.00 (members only event).

Join Sister Cities for “Lunch & a Movie” program on the last day of the festival. Film selection and restaurant will also be announced in October. Questions concerning either event & reservations must be made via email –  Please do not contact Cucalorus about the special sister cities events during the festival.

Dec 6  (Sunday), 2020
Peace Through Music Concert
Peace through Music Concert 2020 will be relocated to the Community Arts Center on S. Second St. from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Join us for an evening of harmony as we celebrate Daniel Pearl’s WorldMusic Days.  This is a free event and details on the lineup of musicians, singers, and dancers will be available in early fall. 

Sister Cities Association of Wilmington