This year marks the 75th anniversary of Oxford’s twinning with Bonn in Germany, and Oxford City Council is supporting a week of celebrations from 12 - 19 June.
The Council is looking for groups that want to share their activities – whether it’s sport, culture, hobbies or business – with similar groups from Bonn. This June, there will be a week of celebrations in Oxford to mark the anniversary, followed by a week in Bonn, with visitors expected between 24 - 29 August.
The anniversary is an opportunity to build the next generation of links between the two cities, to broaden horizons, inspire each other and learn from each other.
Previous twinning anniversaries have included dance performances, football and athletics matches, concerts and even carnival processions. It is an opportunity to learn about each other’s culture and traditions.
Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at Oxford City Council, said:
“We’re looking forward to celebrating 75 years of twinning with Bonn. When the bond was first formed, our two cities were emerging from the devastation of war, and twin links helped people begin to look outwards again with optimism. As we emerge from the isolation of the pandemic this is a moment to embrace that spirit again.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people in Oxford to exchange ideas and experiences with people from Bonn. We’ve seen lasting friendships built through twinning visits over the years, I hope this will do the same.”
Groups interested in taking part can contact the Oxford City Council at Internationallinks@oxford.gov.uk to find out how to link with groups in Bonn.