A list of upcoming events organized or supported by Baltimore Sister Cities and our sister city committees (Changwon, South Korea; Gbarnga, Liberia; Kawasaki, Japan; Luxor & Alexandria, Egypt; Odesa, Ukraine; Piraeus, Greece; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Xiamen, China) and our affiliates. Events include:
Opens April 23, 2023
Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
Location: Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm ET
More info: Walters museum website
The Walters Art Museum presents a landmark installation of its Asian and Islamic collections, offering new ways to examine and experience both Asian and Islamic art. For the first time at the Walters, visitors can view approximately 500 artworks from across the Asian continent together in a contiguous space, including art from Islamic cultures spanning West to South Asia. Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World is the culmination of years of work by Walters curators to expand the connectivity of the Asian and Islamic art collections and will feature visitor favorites as well as works which have previously never been on view.
During the opening reception: Celebrate the opening of the Walters Art Museum’s Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World with performances co-presented by the Asian Arts & Culture Center. Listen to Persian music by Ahmad Borhani and Japanese koto musician Masayo Ishigure and enjoy an Indian-Thai collaborative dance performance by Nilimma Devi and Anila Kumari of Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts/Devi Dance Theatre and Suteera Nagavajara and Vorayot Suksaichon of Somapa Thai Dance Company. The celebration also includes gallery talks, drop-in art-making, and tea tasting from 11 am to 4:30 pm. All ages are welcome.
Opening reception co-sponsored by the Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center (AA&CC).
May 5 – June 3, 2023
Annual Asia North Exhibition & Festival
Exhibit Opening Reception and Celebration: Friday, May 5
Exhibition and Festival: May 5 – June 3
More info: Festival webpage
The 5th annual Asia North community exhibition and festival celebrates Baltimore’s Charles North (a.k.a. Station North) neighborhood’s constantly evolving identities as a Koreatown, arts district, and creative center. Inaugurated in spring 2019, Asia North is a collaborative community celebration that recognizes, showcases, and honors the art, culture and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore, especially the Korean history of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Regional AAPI artists and organizations present exhibitions and a festival of events including opening & closing parties, performances, makers market, a Filipino feast, film screening, readings of plays, and networking.
Presented by Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center and Central Baltimore Partnership. With participation and support from Baltimore Sister Cities’ Asian committees (Changwon, South Korea; Kawasaki, Japan; Xiamen, China).
May 20–21, 2023
Three Patterns: Exhibition & Performances
“Three Patterns” is divided into three stories: “Possessed”, “The Sacred Hex”, and “Hellbond”, which include themes of Suffering, Ritual, and Spirituality. The exhibition features work by 11 artists from New York, Baltimore, Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and more: Setsuhi Shiraishi, Azumi OE, Hideo, Lucia Li, Hsiao Chu Hsia, Tedd Henn, Saskia Kahn, Van Ngo, Miki, Jia Le Ling, and Dami Soh Schlobohm.
Dates/times: Saturday, May 20 – 6:30-10:30 pm ET / Sunday, May 21 – 1 – 5 p.m.
Location: The Bank, 1901 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Admission: Free but advance registration is required
More info & to register: Eventbrite page
Part of the 2023 edition of the Asia North Arts Festival.
Curated by OTS Productions. Sponsored / Funded by: MSAC Creativity Grant, Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee, T. Rowe Price Foundation. In partnership with: Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center, Central Baltimore Partnership, Station North Arts District, Red Bull, the Crown.
May 25, 2023
“Friends of Xiamen” Book Club
Join the Village Learning Place, the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, and readers around the world in a multinational book club!
This spring, readers in Baltimore, Xiamen (China), Sarasota (Florida), Richmond (Canada), Wellington (New Zealand), and Sunshine Coast (Australia) will be reading Florida native William Brown’s Off the Wall: How We Fell for China, which describes his family’s experiences in China over the course of three decades. Readers are invited to pick up a complimentary copy of the book from the Village Learning Place and join a virtual meet-the-author event the evening of May 25th.
More info: Village Learning Place webpage
Organized by Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee in partnership with Xiamen and the Village Learning Place.
May 31 – June 5, 2023
“Kojima” Japanese Coast Guard ship in Fell’s Point harbor
Tours available to the public through the Sail Baltimore organization.
June 2, 2023
Baltimore Immigration Summit
Time: 8am – 4pm ET
Location: Towson University, West Village Commons Towson, MD 21252
More info & to register: Event page (admission is free but spots fill up fast)
Towson University and the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) host the 10th Baltimore Immigration Summit at West Village Commons at Towson University, returning after a three-year hiatus. This is a one-day event bringing together academics, policymakers, service providers, activists, community leaders and others working with and for New Americans (immigrants and refugees) in the Baltimore region. The 2023 theme is ”Working Towards Equity: Strength and Transformation in Immigrant Communities.”
The Baltimore Immigration Summit is a one-day event that brings together academics, policymakers, service providers, activists, community leaders, and others working with and for New Americans (immigrants and refugees) in our region. Baltimore and its surrounding suburbs represent an area with a growing and diverse New American population, and local governments view New Americans as essential to the region’s ongoing resurgence. We invite you to join us in celebrating the continued work of welcoming New Americans in the Baltimore area and discovering new opportunities for collaboration!
Baltimore Sister Cities will have a table at this event. Stop by our table to meet us and find out more about what we do!
June 6, 2023
Annual Women Spanning the Globe conference
Time: 8:30-4:30pm ET
Location: Colwell Center (Formerly the Columbus Center) 701 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
More info & to register: Event page
The annual Women Spanning the Globe conference hosted by World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) is a chance to learn from and network with hundreds of emerging and existing women leaders from the Mid-Atlantic region.
The voices at the conference are diverse and expansive. Since the event’s inception in 2005, speaker lineups have included marketing and banking executives, engineers, technology and human resources experts, journalists, and humanitarians. And while these women are spread across industries, they often experience the same professional challenges.
Sep 9 & 10, 2023
47th Annual Ukrainian Festival of Baltimore
Details to come.
Note: due to the evolving worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we advise you to check each event’s page or event organizers for the latest updates about the event, before you go to attend an event.