Celebrate Columbia’s New Sister City at Ghana Fest on Nov. 17


The community of Columbia, Maryland now has a new sister city — Tema, a planned city of more than 160,000 people on the coast of Ghana that is located just east of the country’s capital, Accra.

Columbia Association (CA) and its Tema Sister City Committee will celebrate by hosting “Ghana Fest” on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Slayton House, which is located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

All are welcome to this free cultural event. The program includes Ghanaian music, dance performances, drumming, speakers, art displays and a sampling of delicious Ghanaian finger foods. Among the guests expected are residents of Ghana, as well as local residents originally from Ghana. The program will begin promptly at 3 p.m., and will be followed with refreshments and a DJ playing Hip Life and Azonto music. African dress is encouraged.

Tema is Columbia’s third sister city. The relationship between Columbia and Cergy-Pontoise, France, was established in 1977, while the connection with Tres Cantos, Spain, dates back to 1990. For more information, call Laura Smit, the program manager for CA’s international exchange and multicultural programs, at 410-715-3162 or email her at International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s three sister cities, and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/Multicultural or call 410-715-3162.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a master planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.


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