Worldwide Festival Sunday, October 4th, 2015 Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria 10:30 am – 5:00 pm Celebrate the art, crafts, food, dance and cultures of Denver’s ten Sister Cities! Entrance to the daytime fair is free! Learn more
Please join Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Albus Brooks, and Denver Sister Cities International for the exciting kick-off of Global Exchange a speaker series for the international business community Global Exchange will offer direct access and introductions to Denver’s twelve Learn more
Denver -Chennai Sister Cities South India Tour October 17 – November 1, 2015 Optional Extension to the Golden Triangle November 1 – November 4, 2015 Registration deadline is August 14, 2014 Small travel group Be a citizen ambassador Visit Learn more
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
2014 Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture, Reception and India Display Sunday, October 19th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church 1100 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206 Our speaker this year is Mr. Talib Syed, former President of the Muslim 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
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
- Chennai began as a British colony called Fort St. George when the English East India Company arrived to establish a factory. This area was home to many British colonials and workers. As the colony grew, it incorporated other European settlers and native towns. The colonists later named the settlement Madras, after one of the native towns, Madraspatnam.
- In 1999, the name was changed once again by a ruling party to Chennai. The name came from another native village, Chennapattanam.
- Today, the city of Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in the southeastern part of India, located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal.
- It is the fourth largest city in India with an area of about 60 square miles and over 4.5 million inhabitants. This sprawling metropolis is one of the major ports of India, often called the “Gateway to the South.”
- Three of the 14 major languages of India are primarily spoken in Chennai: Hindi (the national language), Tamil (the local language), and English (used for business).
- While there are large Muslim and Christian populations within the city, the primary religion is Hindu. The city is known for its architecturally remarkable Hindu temples.
- Chennai became Denver’s seventh sister city in 1984.
- Since this relationship began, the Chennai committee has sponsored a variety of events every year.
- The Gandhi Memorial Lecture is held annually in October, coinciding with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Committee members present lectures about India to community members at schools, churches, and other community organizations as part of the City in a Suitcase program. Apart from these lectures, there are also book discussions and readings.
- The committee sponsors cultural gatherings, such as events at Indian restaurants, as well as shows of Indian music, dance, and film.
- The committee is planning to develop a youth exchange with its counterpart organization in Chennai, the Indo-American Association.
- Indian students have also been sponsored for higher studies at the University of Denver.
- Frequently, delegations from Denver and Chennai will visit the cities to attend special events and experience the culture of their sister city.
- Following an earthquake in the seabed of the Indonesian coast, Chennai was struck by the tsunami on December 26, 2004. With thousands of people lost, and homes and jobs destroyed, the Chennai committee and Denver Sister Cities International raised $70,000 for short term relief. The committee has since raised and donated significant funds to further support a non–profit social service program in building a clinic and school.
Bethania World Mission Medical Clinic – Walajabad, Tamil Nadu, India (www.projectcure.org)
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The Chennai Committee meets on a monthly basis. The meetings are usually potluck dinners at members’ homes. Please see the calendar of events for meeting dates and times.