through respect, understanding and individual, one community at a time.
Promoting peace

P.O. Box 1865
Wilmington, NC 28402
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January 30 (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 dinner will be returning to Szechuan 132 on S. College Rd. (University Square) beginning promptly at 7:00 PM. Reservations required by January 25 by email - [email protected].

SCAW Annual Meeting
*Please note that the SCAW Annual Meeting will not be held in person following the traditional format; however, the board of directors invites the membership to join us at Pilot House on March 27 at 5:30 PM for a celebration of last year's accomplishments and to meet and mingle with the  leadership of the organization plus the many volunteers/supporters who make this happen.  View the 2022 Annual Report

April 27 (Thursday)
International Panel Pathways to Carbon Reduction
Join public officials, energy providers, community groups and interested citizens to better understand the impact off shore wind turbines will have on the energy grid and how it is just one facet of the solution in achieving universal climate goals. Nuclear energy and battery storage technologies are also on the agenda. The invited speakers will discuss how to reduce our carbon footprint while meeting demands on the energy grid. This free event will be in-person in Wilmington City Council Chambers (2nd Floor Thalian Hall) with a virtual option. Time 11:00 AM -12:30 PM (US EDT) and pre-registration is required. Panelists include the UK Government Representative for North Carolina, the Southeastern Wind Coalition, GE-Hitachi (Wilmington headquartered division of GE Energy), and the Banks Group LTD (UK based renewable energy company). To attend in-person, send an email to [email protected]. Click here if you are attending virtually Path to Carbon Neutrality April 27 11:00 AM (EDT). Please use the YouTube chat room to have questions answered in real time

April 15-16 (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.

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. * Covid19 testing requirements may apply if the pandemic remains a public health issue in China.

May 10-16, 2023 ​(Wed arrival-Tues departure)
Delegation to Doncaster
Join Sister Cities delegation to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower departing Plymouth for America and the third decade of Wilmington's partnership with Doncaster. *Full details are available by clicking the itinerary on the home page. You must reserve a space by February 28 with SCAW.

June 16  Presentation of Berry Williams International Citizen Award
The Berry Williams International Citizen Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in international engagement and global cooperation.  The event will be at Wilmington City Hall Council Chambers (2nd floor) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Pre-paid reservations are required.  The cost is $30 and includes a vegan option. . 

August 7-14  
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 3-6
Costa Maya Festival
Belize’s largest international event is held on AMBERGRIS CAYE – the International Costa Maya Festival 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)
Virtual Cooking Class
Food bridges nationalities, cultures and generations. Join us to learn a new recipe and prepare it in your home kitchen under the guidance of a seasoned chef.  More information will be sent to subscribers in mid-August. Reservations required to participate *links to join the class cannot be shared.

Oct 15 (Sunday) Peace through Music Concert We will be back at the Basilica of St. Mary's on Fifth Ave. & Ann St. from 5:30 - 7:00 PM for this biennial concert. Join us for an evening of harmony as we celebrate Daniel Pearl's World Music Days.  The 2023 concert will also be a celebration of life for long time community volunteer and beloved violinist/educator, Lorraine Westermark whom we lost in 2021.  This is a free event and details on the lineup of musicians, singers, and dancers will be available in early fall.  

Oct 21 (Saturday) UNCW iFest will be held at the Burney Center on campus from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Annual Celebration of world cultures featuring music and dance, food, art, and informational booths representing more than 25 countries. Free event for the general public.   

Nov 15-19 (Wed - Sun)
Cucalorus 29 rocks Wilmington once again. Check for festival schedules and updates. Please do not contact Cucalorus about any special sister cities events during the festival. 

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