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Belfast gets ready for Sister City Nashville hoe down

29 Apr 2019
Belfast is getting ready for a real hoe down this summer to celebrate over 20 years of the city’s Sister City Relationship with Nashville, Tennessee.

From 12-16 June, everyone’s invited to join in the fun. There’s a jam packed programme of events taking place across the city to mark the special Sister City relationship, which has evolved over the years to embrace music, cultural and educational exchanges, tourism and business development.

Frances Murray, International Officer with Belfast City Council explains: “We’re getting ready to welcome in another delegation from our Sister City, Nashville – and while they’re here, we’ll be celebrating our cities’ connections through our shared love of good food, film and exhibitions, history, family events and craic. As we’re both great music cities, there’s a strong focus on live musicianship, gigs and professional workshops.

“It’s fantastic to see so many city partners working together to cook up a real taste of Nashville in Belfast. To give you a flavour of what to expect, we’ll have a Summer in the Sister City special foodie evening thanks to the restaurants in St Anne’s Square, Cathedral Quarter, there’ll be genealogy with the Ulster History Foundation and PRONI, a new Discover Ulster Scots Centre exhibition and a wide variety of live music performances.  

“We’ve got a Nashville themed family film and kids’ music workshop at the Strand Arts Centre; a very special closing dinner and concert in St Anne’s Cathedral, where diners will share food in a family setting – though a very grand one – with music from Grammy nominated John McCutcheon and Tommy Sands – and chef Michael King from famous restaurant Monell’s will be giving a free cookery demo at St George’s Sunday Market.” 

John Greer, Director of Economic Development, Belfast City Council added: “As part of our Sister Cities plans for 2019, we hope to pilot a tech business mission to Nashville in response to the city’s call to develop trade and investment links in the thriving creative, professional services and healthcare industries. We see huge potential for our export companies - particularly as Nashville is the US home to a diverse healthcare cluster, with over 500 health care companies operating on a multi-state, national and international basis.”

The full Nashville in Belfast programme is available at

Belfast City Council will also be running a range of competitions on their social media channels – so keep an eye on @belfastcc on Twitter #NashvilleinBelfast and @belfastcitycouncil on Facebook to win tickets and more.  

For more information on how Belfast is building international relationships to attract investment, encourage trade and develop international tourism, cultural and educational links in Europe, USA and China, go to

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