The Denver Brest Committee is leading a 10 day trip to France June 9th to June 19th, 2014. This exclusive trip is limited to 10 people so do not delay in reserving your spot! Please contact Laurette Heppell with questions Learn more
Wednesday, April 2nd 8:00 am – 9:15 am State Capital Building, Rotunda Join us as we celebrate and honor the sister city programs throughout the state and the many volunteers involved with these organizations. Sponsored by State Representatives Paul Learn more
March 5th, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm 700 Kalamath St, Denver CO
March 18th, 2014 11:30am- 1:30pm Windsor Gardens Centerpoint Building 595 South Clinton Denver, CO 80247
PRESENTED BY THE BREST COMMITTEE of Denver Sister Cities International FOOD – DESSERT AUTHENTIC MOROCCAN DINNER MUSIC – BELLY DANCING – DOOR PRIZES – SILENT AUCTION SUNDAY, March 16th – from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Tajine and Learn more
Photograph Exhibit EN FACE L’AMERIQUE Photographs of Tonnerre de Brest, the American-style football team of Sister City BREST, FRANCE by JULIETTE VILLARD On display NOW through April 27th Denver Public Library Central Branch, 5th floor Included in the Learn more
Join the Brest, France committee for a Crepe Buffet offered by Crepes ‘n Crepes on Sunday November 17, 2013 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Alliance Francaise de Denver, 571 Galapago St. Denver, CO. 80204. Featured at the Learn more
Moroccan Night FOOD – WINE – DESSERT – MUSIC Support the Brest Committee’s student exchange program. Reservations are limited so act soon. Click here for the brochure
Please plan to join the Denver-Brest Committee on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:00pm for an exceptional wine tasting to benefit the Brest Exchange Program. The wine tasting will be held at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis St., Denver, Learn more
Enjoy an Evening with Singer of Brittany, France The Denver-Brest Committee in conjunction with Alliance Francaise will present an evening with Brittany, France’s singer Nolwenn Monjarret. This is Ms. Monjarret’s first appearance in Denver. The event will take place Learn more
- Located in northwestern France, Brest has a strong and proud maritime history. In Brittany, one of France’s most rugged regions, Brest is a mix of coastline, ancient towns, islands, and inland woods.
- The seaport town was first recognized by Cardinal Richelieu in 1631 as a base for the French Navy and was a key location for the allied invasion in WWII.
- A Celtic duchy for more than one thousand years before its annexation to France in 1532, it is an area rich in culture, tradition, and history.
- In present-day Brest, there are many attractions that bring people from around the world, and also help to preserve the culture. Brest is home to Europe’s largest open air aquarium, Oceanopolis. The city also has a sizable art museum called the Musée de Beaux-Arts. At the Tour de la Matte Tanguy, the city has an exhibit of dioramas that show life in Brest prior to the devastation of WWII. Every four years, a massive Brest Boat Festival is held, featuring as many as 300,000 ships.
- Tourists also flock to this area to experience the world-famous local delicacy, the Brêton crepe.
- In 1947, East High School teacher, Ms. Amanda Knecht, visited the city of Brest, France. It had been bombed extensively over a six week period during World War II. Upon Ms. Knecht’s return to Denver, she told her students about the devastation. Over the next year, these students raised $32,000 in change to rebuild the children’s wing of the Brest City Hospital.
- In 1948, the sister city concept became a reality for Denver and Brest. With this contract, Denver gained its first sister city. This relationship was the second sister city relationship to be formed within the United States.
- Although Brest and Denver are actually quite different, what fuels this sister city relationship is a demonstration of the mission of Denver Sister Cities International: citizens taking diplomacy into their own hands with people helping people through collaboration and understanding.
- After the initial interaction to provide financial aid to the hospital, the two cities have participated in a wide variety of collaborations. One of the most frequent activities between the two cities is the student and community exchanges. Musicians, artists, teachers, and hospitality and business professionals have all participated in these exchanges. There is also an ongoing development of additional learning opportunities with Johnson and Wales University.
- Another consistent event held by the Brest committee is its wine tastings and dinners. These events give local community members the chance to experience Brest culture through food.
- The committee has hosted other opportunities to experience the culture, such as concerts with Breton singer, Nolwenn Monjarret.
- The committee helped to create a Denver garden in France and, with the help of the Denver Botanic Gardens, continues to help maintain and support it. This garden contains Colorado native plants that can give Bretons a taste of Denver’s culture, as well as the outdoor environment that Coloradans pride themselves on.
Chairperson: Laurette Heppell
Secretary: Debbie Kacik