Chicago Sister Cities International Festival brings music and dance to Daley Plaza August 6-10

International Entertainment injects the Loop with Global Life


CHICAGO, IL – Lively entertainment from around the world will light up Chicago’s Daley Plaza at the Chicago Sister Cities International Festival. Musical and dance performers representing Chicago’s international sister cities will take the stage during the lunchtime hour for visitors, residents and downtown workers in the Loop. The Festival is presented by Chicago Sister Cities International as an annual celebration of the culture and traditions of Chicago’s 28 sister cities through music, dance, food and merchandise.

The Chicago Sister Cities International Festival takes place Monday through Friday, August 6–10, 2012 from 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in Daley Plaza. Live musical and dance performances take place from 12 noon–1 p.m. each day. The festival is free and open to the public.

Full Schedule of Performers

Monday, August 6

12 noon: Golosa Choir representing Moscow, Russia

12:30 p.m.: Guitar and Violin Student Duo from Birmingham City University representing Birmingham, England

Tuesday, August 7

12 noon: Sam Burckhardt Quartet representing Lucerne, Switzerland

12:30 p.m.: Dance Duo Studio representing Vilnius, Lithuania

Wednesday, August 8

12 noon: Consular Corps Day Program

12:15 p.m.: Cirque Shanghai representing Shanghai, China

12:40 p.m.: Trinity Irish Dancers representing Galway, Ireland

Thursday, August 9

12 noon: Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago representing Gothenburg, Sweden

12:30 p.m.: Saed Khoury representing Amman, Jordan  

Friday, August 10

12 noon: School of Ukranian Dance “Vyshyvanka” representing Kyiv, Ukraine

12:30 p.m.: Zamin representing Delhi, India



Golosa Choir

Golosa is a Chicago-based ensemble presenting the rich and exuberant tradition of Russian folk song. From Cossack marching tunes to hymns of the Orthodox Church to songs of contemporary Russian artists, Golosa incorporates traditional instruments and dances to tell stories of love, war and devotion.


Guitar and Violin Student Duo from Birmingham City University

With around 25,000 students from 80 different countries, Birmingham City University is one of the largest universities in the U.K. Its respected music program offers students expertise in both musical performance and the business aspect of the music industry.


Sam Burckhardt Quartet

Born in Switzerland, Sam Burckhardt brings together musical influences from jump blues to Thelonious Monk in a lively mix of jazz, blues and swing. Performing with Sam Burckhardt (tenor sax) are Ben Paterson (Hammond organ), Guy King (guitar) and Andre Beasley (drums).


Dance Duo Studio

The young Lithuanian performers of Dance Duo Studio specialize in traditional ballroom dances from swing to Latin. Their roster of dancers has an impressive record of ballroom dance competition wins.


Cirque Shanghai

Cirque Shanghai is a spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers direct from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more.


Trinity Irish Dancers

The Trinity program centers on the empowerment of each child, with lessons focused on self-confidence and choice, allowing each child to decide their own level of participation in Irish dance. Trinity’s performance will showcase dancers of all ages (3–19) and levels, from beginners to world champions. 


Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago

The Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago perform the various traditional dances of Sweden and Norway. Their festive dances reflect a deep commitment to their Nordic heritage.


Saed Khoury

Saed Khoury is a Jordanian vocalist, born in Amman. Performing music since a young age, he moved to the U.S. with his family as a teenager and continues to sing all styles of Arabic music, including Jordanian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Khaliji and Iraqi.


School of Ukrainian Dance “Vyshyvanka”

As one of Chicago’s leading ethnic dance groups, Vyshyvanka maintains the cultural traditions of the Ukrainian people through the art of dance.



Fronted by vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi, Zamin mixes Indian vocal techniques with classical, folk, rock and jazz. This eclectic blend of acoustic music is made up of cello, stand-up bass, guitar and various hand drums.

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Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Sister Cities International provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, England (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

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