Dancers, musicians and singers in brilliant folk costume entertained thousands of Grove shoppers on Sunday at the 4th Annual Sister Cities Cultural Day. This day-long international performing arts festival was presented free of charge by the City of Los Angeles, The Grove and Los Angeles Sister Cities, Inc.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge is president of the Sister Cities non-profit organization. Between performances, he and a dozen Los Angeles-based Consuls General took a moment to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Sister City relationships between Los Angeles and both Nagoya, Japan and Eilat, Israel.
The Sister Cities program, established in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, fosters diplomacy among cities in different countries to promote cultural, educational and commercial exchange.
To see photos from the event, click here. Among the featured artists was a finalist from the Israeli version of “American Idol;” dancers from Lusaka, Zambia; a Berlin chanteuse and Taiko drummers from Nagoya.
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