Burlington welcomes its twin city, Itabashi, Japan for 20th anniversary celebrations

For Immediate Release - Sept. 17, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – On Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, the Burlington Mundialization Committee invites citizens of Burlington to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the city’s twinning relationship with Itabashi, Japan.

Join us at Roly Bird Park at 11:30 a.m. for a commemorative plaque unveiling ceremony. Then, bring your lawn chair and the entire family for a Civic Concert at Central Park starting at 2 p.m. Guests will include members of council, official delegates from the Itabashi including Mayor Takeshi Sakamoto and performances by the Burlington Teen Tour Band and the unforgettable Taiko Drum Band and Eisa Dance Group, travelling from Itabashi, Japan.

“We are very honoured to continue the tradition by celebrating our 20th anniversary as twin cities with Mayor Takeshi Sakamoto and the official Itabashi delegation,” said Mayor Cam Jackson. “Our twinning relationship offers a unique opportunity for our citizens to explore other cultures. Our Team Tour Band had a once in a lifetime experience entertaining the citizens of Itabashi just two months ago.”

A twinning agreement between Burlington and Itabashi was signed at Burlington City Hall by former Mayor Roly Bird and former Mayor Keizo Kurihara on May 12, 1989. The relationship has developed since that time through regular citizen visits, official delegations and memorable anniversary celebrations.

During a delegation visit earlier this year, Mayor Cam Jackson presented a gift from Burlington to Itabashi, two-city commissioned paintings by former Burlington resident Robert Bateman featuring a local great blue heron. A Japanese red-crowned crane companion painting, known to Japan as the bird of happiness, will stay in Burlington and will be on display in City Hall. The paintings when displayed together visually reflect the cultural importance of our twinning relationship between Burlington and Itabashi.

For more information about the Burlington Mundialization Committee, visit www.burlington.ca, Welcome to City Hall, Boards and Committees; call 905-335-7600, ext. 7375; or email pitosciad@burlington.ca


Media Contact:
Danielle Pitoscia
Committee Clerk
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7375
Fax. 905-335-7782
E-mail pitosciad@burlington.ca

Communications Contact:
Monika Rejnowicz
Communications Associate
Tel. 9*05-335-7600, ext. 7879
Fax. 905-632-9082
E-mail rejnowiczm@burlington.ca


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