News Releases – City of Burlington

Burlington, Ont. — April 27, 2022— The City of Burlington Globalization Committee Celebrates Spring with Two Events Saturday May 14in honor of the twin cities of Burlington, Apeldoorn, Netherlands and Itabashi, Japan.

Canada-Netherlands Friendship Day – May 14, starting at 10 a.m.
The annual Canada-Netherlands Friendship Day celebration will mark the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces and the 17and anniversary of the twinning of the city of Burlington with the city of Apeldoorn. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Center, 440 Locust St, and will include:

  • Raising of the Canadian and Dutch flags
  • Greetings from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Consul General of the Netherlands, Harman Idema and Elizabeth Witmer, former Deputy Premier of Ontario
  • Introducing BT Lindley Public School
  • Musical interludes by members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band
  • Exhibition of student art from Apeldoorn and Burlington.

Sakura Festival – May 14, from 1 p.m.
The Sakura Festival will celebrate the Japanese cherry blossoms at the Burlington Performing Arts Center in
1 to 3 p.m. The free event will feature:

  • Greetings from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Consul General of Japan, SASAYAMA Takuya
  • A Japanese drum performance by Do Kon Daiko
  • A demonstration of Shudokan Family Karate
  • A Koto performance by Mari Kunsanagi and Logan Scott
  • A singing and shamisen performance by Ten Ten Canada, featuring TAKAHASHI Aki
  • A performance by the Sakuramai dance group

Other events planned to celebrate Burlington’s twin city, Itabashi, Japan include:

The Burlington Globalization Committee strives to connect Burlington to the world through events and initiatives and to promote the City of Burlington as a “global community” dedicated to the United Nations philosophy of peaceful cooperation among peoples of the world and to encourage community understanding of different global cultural issues.

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Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

“Our city’s Globalization Committee does an incredible job of raising awareness – within our own community and beyond – of the strong and deep-rooted friendship between Burlington and our twin cities: Apeldoorn, Netherlands and Itabashi, Japan. Our citizens have learned a lot from the sharing of information, culture and friendship between our cities over the years. As Mayor of Burlington, I am proud of the ties we continue to develop with our twin cities and hope everyone will participate in these upcoming events to see what makes these relationships so special.

Hassan Raza, Chair of the Burlington Globalization Committee

“The arrival of spring gives us the opportunity to celebrate our twinning relationship with Itabashi, Japan, and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. In the morning, we will mark Canada-Dutch Friendship Day which originated in the liberation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces in May 1945, now 77 years ago. Celebrating our historic bond, we remember that freedom is fragile. In the afternoon, the Sakura Festival took place. Held to coincide with Sakura blooming in Spencer Smith Park Japanese for cherry blossom, Sakura blooming is an important cultural event in Japan.

For more information on the Globalization Committee and spring events, visit


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Sharon goes
Communications Advisor
Office: 905-335-7777 ext. 7483
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