INTERNATIONAL TWIN CITIES DAY 2020
International Twin Cities Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday of April, but where does this celebration come from and what does it mean on 26 April 2020 at the times of a global pandemic?
The international twin city movement has been a global phenomenon, too. Cities, towns and villages across the world have twinned with others to promote cultural exchange, shared learning and economic prosperity.
This global movement originated in Coventry during the World War II when the women of Coventry decided to reach out to Stalingrad (now Volgograd) to form a ‘bond of friendship’ and in 2019 Coventry and Volgograd celebrated their 75th twin cities anniversary.
While the global COVID-19 pandemic is raging, we at the Friends of Pskov are setting the scene to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the twinning agreement between Perth and Pskov in December 2020 – a poignant reminder that our twinning was born in the wake of another humanitarian crisis, the collapse of the Soviet Union.