The city of Coventry is celebrating 60 years of friendship between one of its twin cities, Dresden, in Germany.
To mark the occasion, the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr John Blundell and the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, were invited to visit the city of Dresden for a week, along with 30 pupils from Cardinal Newman School.
The Lord Mayor was asked to give an opening address as an arts exhibition in Dresden, called ‘Condition Humane’, which contained work from two Coventry artists who contributed as part of the Dresden Arts Exchange, who also were invited to visit.
The pupils established a school exchange with Friedrich Schiller 62nd Secondary School, working with the students in Dresden to create a peace-themed theatre performance.
The city of Dresden held a commemorative service for the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden in 1945.
Speaking of his experience, the Lord Mayor said: “It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity visit the city of Dresden and it was wonderful to be able to celebrate with our twin city.”
“Coventry is so proud of its friendship with Dresden and its people. It’s heart-warming to think that a bond that was formed 60 years ago, when the world was a very different place, is still so strong.”
“Coventry continues to show the world why it is a city of peace and reconciliation, and it’s a joy to see young people continuing the work started by past generations.”
Erin and Kieran, two students who visited Dresden, said: “The trip was an enriching and insightful experience. It was a wonderful opportunity in which we were able to gain a better understanding of the importance of developing foreign relations.”
Students from Dresden will also have the opportunity to visit Coventry later in the year to continue to celebrate peace and reconciliation.