Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Arts, Sports & Culture

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday in China that stretches back over 2,400 years. It is a symbol of Chinese culture and spirit and is celebrated by teams racing boats in the shape of dragons. The dragon boats can range in size from 30 to 100 feet and can carry 24-48 paddlers (2 paddlers per row). Each year Phoenix Sister Cities participates in the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival and welcomes a team from our sister city of Taipei. In exchange, the City of Taipei invites the City of Phoenix to participate in the Taipei Dragon Boat Festival in May. This type of exchange helps to strengthen the Sister City relationship and helps to build lasting friendships between the people of Phoenix and Taipei. 


Chinese Week

An interactive, one-week festival sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities, in partnership with the Chinese community. The annual Chinese Week offers cultural and educational programs featuring Phoenix sister cities Chengdu and Taipei.           

Día De Los Niños

Phoenix Sister Cities members, staff, and Youth Ambassadors operate a booth at the annual children's day celebration which is organized by the Mexican Cultural Center. Phoenix Sister Cities provides a multi-cultural twist to the celebration of children. PSC's participation touches the lives of over 1,000 Phoenix elementary children.


French Week

We hold an annual French Week celebration which includes six events over a seven-day period. The festival features a champagne reception, a traditional French dinner, and a showing of the French movie classic "Camille Claudel". It also includes a fashion show and luncheon. Concluding the week is a Soiree Cabaret with live performances of French songs and culminates with the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting Festival.       

Irish Medieval Banquet

Step back in time and join the Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Castle Butler, at the Irish Medieval Castle Dinner. The entertainment provided by the superb Oceans Apart is a fitting compliment to the traditional castle meal, a lively meal reception and of course good wine. We invite you to join us in traditional costume or semi-formal attire and enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendour of the Irish Cultural Center.