Join us on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 pm Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres 7:00 Dinner State of the Agency Swearing in of the 2015 Board of Directors Recognition of 2014’s Outstanding Volunteers Keynote: Denver’s International Strategy Learn more
Colorado Gives Day 2014 December 9th Created by Community First Foundation in 2007, ColoradoGives.org makes fundraising simple for nonprofits and giving easy for donors. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statemwide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Learn more
DENVER-BREST SISTER CITIES COMMITTEE and WEST 29th present An Evening in France Sunday, October 5th, 2014 West 29th 5560 west 29th Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80214 5:00 pm Wine Reception 6:00 pm Dinner ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY DSCI Members $45.00 Learn more
The Worldwide Festival continues with The Worldwide Gala Sunday, September 7th McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Please join us at our annual fundraiser! We have visiting dignitaries and friends coming from our Sister Cities in Brest, France and Nairobi, Learn more
Worldwide Festival Sunday, September 7th McNichols Building Civic Center Park 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Become a sponsor! Vendor Sign Up Celebrate the art, crafts, food, dance and cultures of Denver’s ten Sister Cities! Entrance to the daytime fair Learn more
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! For More information and the full 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
- 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