Lecture on Nîmes and the town twinning in the city library

As part of the series "Durchblick - Einblicke für Junggebliebene" ("Insights for the Young at Heart"), a lecture on the city of Nîmes and the town twinning will take place on Wednesday, 28 June 2023, from 15:00 - 16:30 in the city library.

The occasion is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Elysee Treaty. In 1963, after decades of conflict and hostilities, the Federal Republic of Germany and France set a sign of reconciliation. They pledged their friendship and at the same time created the basis for close bilateral cooperation in the service of European integration.

After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for exchange and questions about Nîmes, the town twinning and Franco-German relations over a cup of coffee.

A book table with a suitable range of media from the city library will be available for browsing and borrowing. 

For further information call 0531 470-6833.

Free admission!

Lord Mayor visits Nîmes with a delegation from Braunschweig

Lord Mayor Dr Thorsten Kornblum travelled to Braunschweig's French twin city Nîmes from 5 May to 8 May. He was accompanied by Detlef-Bade and Eckhard Sudmeyer, President and Chief Executive of the Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Stade Chamber of Skilled Crafts, as well as a three-member council delegation. The delegation included Annette Schütze, member of the state parliament and member of the SPD councillor group; Helge Böttcher, chairman of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen councillor group and Claas Merfort, member of the CDU councillor group.

The guests from Braunschweig were received by Nîmes' mayor Jean-Paul Fournier. The programme also included talks with representatives of the local Chamber of Crafts and with Nîmes councillors and a visit to the Great Roman Games in the famous arenas. On 8 May, a joint wreath-laying ceremony took place to commemorate the end of the Second World War.

2022 - Anniversary year of the town twinning between Braunschweig and Nîmes

2022  marked the sixtieth anniversary of the twinning between Braunschweig and Nîmes. This makes the southern French city Braunschweig's second oldest twin city after Bandung.

To mark the occasion, a delegation from Nîmes visited Braunschweig at the end of September. In order to learn from each other's experiences and to initiate new twinning activities, the members of the Nîmes delegation held expert talks on the subject of crafts and training with the Chamber of Crafts, on the subject of municipal energy supply with Holger Herlitsche, Head of the Department for the Environment, Urban Green Areas, Sports and Structural Engineering at the City of Braunschweig, and on the subject of inclusion with Lebenshilfe Braunschweig and the Braunschweig Advisory Council for the Disabled. They also got to know Braunschweig better on a guided tour of the city and a guided tour of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum.

On the evening of 28 September, the people of Braunschweig were also invited to celebrate the anniversary with free admission and a German-French concert evening with the "Duo Nuances" from Nîmes and the band "Les soleils" from Braunschweig in the Dornse of the Braunschweig Old Town Hall. 

The anniversary programme also included a wine evening organised by the Volkshochschule Braunschweig (VHS) with selected wines from the Costières de Nîmes wine-growing region. This event took place at Richmond Castle. In a festive setting, Andreas Klepp, lecturer at the VHS, explained interesting facts about viticulture in general and the Costières de Nîmes in particular.

The city of Braunschweig continues to support activities with Nîmes and its other twin and friendship cities - whether it's planning events, making contacts, helping with grant applications or advising on other funding opportunities.

Do you have an idea for a Franco-German project with Braunschweig's twin city Nîmes? Contact us - by phone at 0531-4702281 or by email at barbara.frischbraunschweigde

Annual Meeting of the European Postal and Telecommunications Staff Twinning Association

The town twinnings prompts the most varied encounters between Nîmes and Braunschweig. Relations have been and still are characterised by regular exchanges between a wide variety of groups, even if there was a break of more than two years due to the pandemic. These encounters include sports clubs, youth and senior citizens' groups, cultural associations and the chambers of crafts. The members of the Braunschweig and Nîmes sections of the Association for Partnerships of European Postal and Telecommunications Personnel ("Jumelages Européens PTT", JEPTT) have also been involved almost from the beginning. They met for the first time 50 years ago and have since met regularly, alternating the venue between the two cities. 

The 2022 meeting of the members of the Jumelages Européens PTT association now took place in Braunschweig and Mayor Antonelli-Ngameni welcomed the guests from Nîmes and their Braunschweig hosts on 27 August at the kick-off event for their 2022 meeting. 

The association members then travelled together to Fintel/Lüneburger Heide for an international meeting. 

Mayor Antonelli-Ngameni with the Chair of the Braunschweig Section, Roswitha Börst© Stadt Braunschweig

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  • Stadt Braunschweig
  • Stadt Braunschweig / Daniela Nielsen