The mission of the Burbank Sister City Committee is to promote communication, goodwill, and cultural awareness between the City of Burbank and its designated Sister Cities. If you are interested in joining this committee or being a host family for exchange students, contact the Burbank Sister City Committee at the Central Library, (818) 238-5551.
Visit the Sister City website at www.BurbankSisterCity.org
Annual membership dues are $15/individual or $30/family. Donations to the Sister City Committee to help defray costs are welcome. The Sister City Committee is a 501(c)3 organization.
Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in the auditorium of the Central Library.
Burbank's Sister Cities:
SOLNA, SWEDEN -- In June 1960, the mayor of Burbank appointed a committee to choose a suitable Sister City. Solna was selected because of its many similar characteristics to Burbank. Solna's main industries are film and electronics; it has an airport; and it is adjacent to another major city, Stockholm.
INCHEON, KOREA --At the invitation of Incheon, Burbank's second Sister City affiliation was formed in October 1961. The friendship between the citizens of Burbank and Incheon resulted from a letter written by an Incheon student requesting Burbank's help to obtain books written in English so that people of his community could learn the English language and find out about the American way of life.
GABORONE, BOTSWANA -- Burbank extended the Sister City invitation to Gaborone in 1975, and the city enthusiastically accepted. During the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Burbank hosted the Botswana Olympic team.
OTA, JAPAN -- Ota is Burbank's newest Sister City. In 1984, Ota invited Burbank to join with them as Sister Cities. The friendship with Ota has been especially active. Burbank and Ota students participate in a cultural exchange program, with students from each city visiting the other in alternate years.