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Chicago Sister Cities International Program
Natalie Campbell
Phone: 312.744.2172
E-mail: natalie.campbell@cityofchicago.org


CHICAGO, IL (May, 2008) – Chicago Sister Cities International Program (CSCIP) will transform Daley Plaza into an international village with the 3rd Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival on Daley Plaza, June 2-6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. This year’s festival will once again highlight Chicago’s 27 Sister Cities through exciting lunchtime performances, food and merchandise.

New this year! The festival will feature a full day dedicated to our Sister City in Birmingham, England on Thursday, June 5 as part of “Celebrate Birmingham: Big City in the Heart of England,” which also takes place June 2-6. Full details on this week-long event can be found at www.chicagosistercities.com.

Among other highlights this year are a Parade of Flags at the Closing Ceremony on June 6, a sneak preview of the Chicago Blues Festival and exciting performances from two groups straight from the UK. The festival will also coincide with the International Olympic Committee’s much awaited announcement of the final cities that will compete to host the 2016 Olympic Games on June 4.

Participating performers for the 3rd Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival are outlined in the following week-at-a-glance calendar. Performance times are subject to change.

Monday, June 2, 2008
Time Performer
11:30 - 11:55 a.m. Caribana Festival preview representing Toronto, Canada
11:55 - 12:00 p.m. Opening Remarks on Daley Plaza
12 - 1:00 p.m. Blues Festival Preview -The Diamond Jim Greene trio
1:00 – 1:25 p.m. Goodman Theater- Ain’t Misbehaving
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Brilliant Stars representing Belgrade, Serbia

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Time Performer
11:45 - 12:15 a.m. CIA Rock band representing Prague, Czech Republic
12:25 - 12:55 p.m. Sargam Dance Troupe representing Delhi, India
1:00 - 1:03 p.m. Azucar Juvenil Dance Club-Cumbia and Bachata music, representing Mexico City
1:05 – 1:35 p.m. Caribana Festival preview representing Toronto, Canada
1:40 – 1:45p.m. Azucar Juvenil Dance Club-Salsa, Hip Hop, Belly Dance and Bachata representing Mexico City

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Time Performer
11:45 - 12:15 a.m. Ronnie & Billal Malley representing Amman, Jordan
12:10 - 12:25 p.m. Cirque De Shanghai representing Shanghai, China
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Pianist Paul Giallolorenzo representing Lucerne, Switzerland
1:00 – 1:25 p.m. Fandanguero representing Mexico City
1:30 – 1:40p.m. Khalidah’s Dance Experience representing Casablanca, Morocco
1:40 – 2:10p.m. Ludmila’s Theater representing Moscow, Russia

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Time Performer
12:00 -12:30 p.m. Birmingham Day Speaking Program, Flag raising and High School Marching Band performance of Elgar
12:30– 1:05 p.m. Kathak Dancers representing Birmingham, England
1:15 -2:00 p.m. Soweto Kinch representing Birmingham, England

Friday, June 6, 2008
Time Performer
11:40 – 12:00 p.m. Opening Remarks and Hellas Dance Troupe representing Athens, Greece
12:00 – 12:40 p.m. Flag raising and Closing Ceremony, Intro of Consular Corps
12:45 – 1:10 p.m. Hromovytsia Ukrainian Dance Ensemble representing Kyiv, Ukraine
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Aikido demonstration representing Osaka, Japan
1:40– 2:10 p.m. Nordic Folk Dancers representing Gothenburg, Sweden

Food Vendors Include:
Delomonico representing Busan, Republic of Korea
Klay Pot representing Durban, South Africa
Sabri Restaurant representing Lahore, Pakistan
Mazzone Italian Ice representing Milan, Italy
Cyrano’s Bistro representing Paris, France
Garden Fresh Market representing Petach Tikva, Israel
Kasia’s Deli representing Warsaw, Poland

Merchandise Vendors Include:
What the Traveler Saw representing Accra, Ghana
Made in Britain, LTD representing Birmingham, England
Nuada representing Galway, Ireland
Lucky Charms representing Petach Tikva
Oriental Arts Center representing Shenyang, China

The Chicago Sister Cities International Program 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 culture, education, medicine, social services, environment, and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses. For more information about the Chicago Sister Cities International Program, please call (312) 744-2172 or visit www.chicagosistercities.com.

CSCIP’s title sponsors are Boeing and United Airlines.


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