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Explore All Of Columbia’s Sister Cities Without Leaving Columbia at March 24 Event

You don’t need a passport to explore all of Columbia’s sister cities. Instead, you can go globetrotting at The Mall in Columbia on Sunday, March 24 at an event spotlighting the cultures of China, France, Ghana, Haiti and Spain.

The second annual “Explore Columbia’s Sister Cities: 5 Countries in 4 Hours” will be held from 1-5pm at the Lord & Taylor lower level court at the mall, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

This is a family-friendly afternoon featuring dance and musical performances representing the cultures of Columbia’s five sister cities — Liyang, China; Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tema, Ghana; Cap-Haitien, Haiti; and Tres Cantos, Spain — including two Ghanaian/West African drum circles and a sister cities fashion show.

Each sister city will have a table display where visitors can learn about what a sister city is and what opportunities each sister city relationship offers to local residents. Visitors can explore the different cultures, learn about local events, and discover travel and hosting opportunities for youth and adults.

“Explore Columbia’s Sister Cities: 5 Countries in 4 Hours” is sponsored by The Mall in Columbia and Brookfield Properties, and organized by Columbia Association’s (CA) International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.

CA creates and manages the sister city relationships for Columbia. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, CultureFests, and the International Book Club. Learn more at or by contacting Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or

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