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Warsaw and Tel Aviv – sister cities

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Warsaw and Tel Aviv – sister cities
Warsaw and Tel Aviv – sister cities

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the cooperation between Warsaw and Tel Aviv. Over the years both cities particularly strengthened their cultural, tourist and educational contacts.

The partnership agreement was signed in Warsaw on 20 September 1992. As Israel’s major economic, scientific and cultural centre, Tel Aviv has become a natural partner for Warsaw.

”On the one hand, we are connected by history, which was often very painful for both parties; on the other hand, we are now both very modern cities,”  said Renata Kaznowska, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

This summer, on the 25th anniversary of our cooperation, we would like to invite our residents to “Cinema WarszAviv”. Each Tuesday, from 27 June to 29 August, Mokotów Field will be hosting screenings of contemporary Israeli cinema. We will be taken to Israel, experience the extraordinary atmosphere of Tel Aviv and discover the as-yet-unknown face of Jerusalem. We will also learn about the life, realities and problems faced by Israelis. The screenings are part of the project entitled the Cinema Capital of the Summer.

Another event organised for the anniversary will be a concert by Masecki/Rogiewicz and Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet, which will take place on 13 July as part of the Night of Jazz in Tel Aviv.
A series of study visits to Warsaw, featuring journalists, culture managers and curators from Tel Aviv, will also be held to celebrate the Anniversary.

Cooperation over the years
An example of the historical relations between the two metropolises is cooperation on the construction of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which received the European Museum of the Year Award 2016 and has over half a million visitors every year.

Furthermore, both cities have exchanged experiences in using innovation to manage cities, combine resident creativity and local community development, support start-ups and promote a sustainable transport policy. Last year Warsaw hosted the “Open door to Israel” exhibition, which used robotics and state-of-the-art three-dimensional display technologies to provide a near-real experience of life in Israel.

In November 2009 an agreement on cooperation between the education departments of both cities was signed as an extension of the cooperation agreement of 1992.