2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February 14 (Sunday)
Chinese New Year
Join Sister City members and friends as we usher in the Chinese New Year according to the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year Gala will be streamed live this year courtesy of the Carolinas Chinese American Cultural Association from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. The link will be sent with the SCAW digital newsletter. An in-person event will take place in September in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
SCAW Annual Meeting
*Please note that the SCAW Annual Meeting will not be held in person due to Covid19 restrictions for indoor gatherings. The Annual Report and board nominations will be available on the website program page as we did in 2020.
April 10-11 (Saturday & Sunday)
NC Azalea Festival
Be sure to stop by the Multicultural Stage at the Street Fair following the Azalea Festival Parade.
April 22 (Thursday)
International Panel on Climate Change Resilience
Join public officials, planning authorities and community groups for an exchange of technology, knowledge, best practices in addressing the damage from rising sea levels and flooding as a result of more intense storms. This free online event will be held from 8:30-10:30 AM. Pre-registration is required. Panelists represent the UK, the Netherlands, Thailand, the US and Caricom (Caribbean & the Americas).
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. * Travel restrictions may apply if the pandemic remains a public health issue.
June (Date TBA)
International Art Show
Join Sister Cities for a preview of an art installation at City Hall featuring Chinese folk art, a representation of the famous St. Leger horse race in Doncaster and some Todd Caragan works inspired by his time in India.
June 9-14* (Postponed until 2022 due to Covid19)
Doncaster, England Trip
Delegation to Doncaster to celebrate the 400 anniversary of the Mayflower departing Plymouth for America. Full details are accessible from the home page – itinerary may experience some slight changes due to rescheduling
July 28-August 3
Crop Over BRIDEGTOWN
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 www.visitbarbados.org.
International 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.
Join Sister City members and friends as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival following Chinese tradition, shorter in length than the New Year celebration, but equally important time for families to come together. The family style dinner 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 September 16 by email: email@example.com.
*No reservations can be made through the restaurant directly.
Oct 17 (Sunday)
Peace Through Music Concert
The 2020 Peace Through Music Concert concert was rescheduled due to Covid 19, but the venue will still be the Community Arts Center on S. Second St. and will be held 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.
Nov 10-14 (Wed-Sun)
Cucalorus Film Festival
Cucalorus 26 rocks Wilmington once again! As has been the tradition, Sister Cities will host the international filmmakers on November 11 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 7 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not contact Cucalorus about the special sister cities events during the festival.)