Perm is the most easterly city in Europe, situated nine hundred miles east of Moscow, between the mighty Kama River, one of the deepest and most picturesque rivers of Russia, and the Urals Mountains.
It has an internationally famous ballet school, a unique collection of religious wooden sculptures, and industries that cover everything from fine paper to aircraft engines. The famous Perm State Art Gallery, housed in what was once a Russian Orthodox cathedral, is home to outstanding collections of paintings and sculpture.
Perm has been linked to Oxford since 1990, and was officially twinned in 1995. The link is wide ranging. Exchanges have included politicians and journalists, school children, dancers, hospice workers, teachers, artists and photographers, lawyers, student actors, environmentalists, folk singers, and people who are simply curious to explore a Russian city (or an English one).
The city twinning is supported by the Oxford Perm Association who also arrange their own social and cultural calendar of events.