The long-standing sister city relationship between Belfast and Nashville is being celebrated from 28 April to 6 May, through a jam-packed schedule of exciting events.
For 20 years, the two cities have built strong connections through music, arts, culture and business and the ‘Nashville in Belfast’ programme aims to showcase the positive outworking’s of this special relationship.
Excitement for the Future
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister is excited about what the future holds for both cities. She said: “I’m delighted that the spotlight is being focused on the wonderful relationship we share with our sister city of Nashville, and especially the close musical ties between our two cities. Our formal 20-year relationship has stood the test of time and grows from strength to strength each year.
“The exciting programme of events of ‘Nashville in Belfast’ gives us the chance to celebrate this relationship and look ahead to opportunities for further collaboration in the future. I would encourage everyone to pick up a programme and be part of the celebrations.”
Both cities boast rich musical traditions and there will be performances by many musicians from both cities throughout the programme of events. Notably, the historic Ulster Hall will stage a performance by the Grammy award-winning Kristian Bush of the country music duo Sugarland on Sunday 29 April. Also, Belfast Waterfront will be the venue for a unique collaboration between the critically acclaimed country singer Mandy Barnett and the Ulster Orchestra, on Wednesday 2 May.
For all those food lovers out there, St. George’s Market will be serving up some delicious treats inspired by Tennessean cuisine as it gets set to host a ‘Nashville Twilight Market’ on the 1 and 2 May.
People can also enjoy seminars exploring business and study opportunities between Belfast and Nashville and a heritage exhibition in the Linen Hall Library looking back at the trans-Atlantic relationship between Belfast and Nashville.
During the busy hive of activity, we will also welcome a delegation from Nashville, which includes representatives from education, healthcare, youth and environmental sectors, who will be exploring further links for joint city working.
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