Chicago Sister Cities International Festival Brings Music and Dance to Daley Plaza August 5–9

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CHICAGO (July 23, 2013) – Lively entertainment from around the world will light up Chicago’s Daley Plaza at the 8th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival. Musical and dance performers representing Chicago’s international sister cities will take the stage during the lunchtime hour for visitors, residents and downtown workers in the Loop. The Festival is presented by Chicago Sister Cities International as an annual celebration of the culture and traditions of Chicago’s 28 sister cities through music, dance, food and merchandise.

The Chicago Sister Cities International Festival takes place Monday through Friday, August 5–9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Richard J. Daley Plaza. Live musical and dance performances take place from 12 noon–1 p.m. each day. The festival is free and open to the public.

Full Schedule of Performers
Monday, August 5
12 noon: Shariq Sidz representing Lahore, Pakistan
12:30 p.m.: Pieptone! representing Hamburg, Germany

Tuesday, August 6
12 noon: Sam Burckhardt Quartet representing Lucerne, Switzerland
12:30 p.m.: Hellenic 5 representing Athens, Greece

Wednesday, August 7
12 noon: Chicago Youth Poongmul representing Busan, Republic of Korea
12:10 p.m.: Consular Corps Day Speaking Program
12:40 p.m.: Baha Assaf Band representing Amman, Jordan
1 p.m.: DJ C representing the Global Community

Thursday, August 8
12 noon: W. Side Story/AfriCaribbean Connections—a Gallery 37, After School Matters program representing Durban, South Africa
12:30 p.m.: Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago representing Gothenburg, Sweden

Friday, August 9
12 noon: Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder representing Shanghai, China
12:30 p.m.: Omladina Dance Group representing Prague, Czech Republic

Other highlights of the festival include:

Food Vendors
Spencer’s Jolly Posh representing Birmingham, United Kingdom
Las Tablas representing Bogota, Colombia
Korean Kitchen representing Busan, Republic of Korea
Shokolad Pastry and Café representing Kyiv, Ukraine
Caffé Gelato representing Milan, Italy
Kasia’s Deli representing Warsaw, Poland

Merchandise Vendors
Out of Africa representing Accra, Ghana
Pallay Crafts representing Bogota, Colombia
Karisus Design Studio representing Delhi, India
Koru Street representing Delhi, India
Because I like it! representing Galway, Ireland
E & J Designs representing Mexico City, Mexico
No Manches Clothing representing Mexico City, Mexico
Designs by Gina representing Milan, Italy
Provence Village Ltd representing Paris, France
Designs by Tova representing Petach Tikva, Israel
Jan Lee Design representing Shanghai, China
Oriental Arts Center representing Shenyang, China
Made in Lithuania (Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and Old Vilnius Cafe) representing Vilnius, Lithuania
Amber Treasures representing Warsaw, Poland
Global Elements representing the Global Community
Ten Thousand Villages representing the Global Community
W.G.N. Flag Company representing the Global Community

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Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International, a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

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