Oxford is on the hunt for a Polish twin

Published: Friday, 13th October 2017

Oxford is home to a large and vibrant Polish community. To celebrate our international links, Oxford City Council is looking to form a twinning partnership with a city in Poland.

The public in both countries are invited to get involved by nominating a city.  Open until 15 November, individuals can submit their proposed city, with reasons for their choice, via a survey on the Oxford International Links website.  A short list will be drawn up by the end of November with the twin city being announced in January 2018.

Oxford is currently home to two very active Polish organisations - the Oxford Polish Association and the Oxford University Polish Society – as well as a Polish Saturday school, place of worship, restaurants and a network of shops.  After English, Polish (in addition to the Chinese languages) is the most widely-spoken language in the city.

With a focus on promoting cultural activities and commercial ties between two cities, towns or countries, twinning allows local communities to benefit from collaborations such as school exchanges, artistic projects, sports tournaments, and social get-togethers. 

Oxford is currently twined with five cities - Bonn (Germany), Leiden (Netherlands), Grenoble (France), Perm (Russia) and Leon (Nicaragua).

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “Twinning is a wonderful way of providing residents of both cities with the opportunity to share a host of new cultural experiences.  We very much look forward to finding our new twin in Poland and to developing links and sharing ways to celebrate both our cities.”