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Tübingen 50

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Durham's twinning with the German university city of Tübingen. Throughout 2019, guests from Tübingen will take part in a series of festivals and special events while representatives from Durham will travel to Tübingen to take part in the celebrations there.

Events and activities 

The programme of special events and activities runs throughout 2019. Information will be added to this page as details are finalised and could be subject to change so please keep checking back for up to date information.

Friendship Tree

Lumiere Durham

Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 November

A glowing tree to grow friendships around the World, is a new festival installation celebrating 50 years of town twinning with Tübingen. Created by artist Mick Stephenson using his signature style of turning rubbish into beautiful illuminated art.

The tree's branches and blossoming flowers were created from recycled materials by over 1,000 young people from schools in 20 different countries. The installation also features the voices of all of the young people involved in the project. 

Visit Lumiere Festival for more information on the festival and installations.  

Greening the City

Saturday 16 November

11.00am at Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham


Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen is giving an insight into our twin city's approach to becoming carbon neutral. 

A member of the Green Party, Boris, shares his ambitions on becoming Germany's first carbon neutral city by 2030. Boris has been passionate about his plans from the day he came into office, even replacing the official car for an official bicycle instead.

Hear about his radical policies to achieving carbon neutral, such as his levy on on-street parking to pay for free public transport for the city's residents and other policies due to be debated by the new council. 

To book a place contact us.

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In partnership with

  • Europe Direct Durham
  • Goethe Institute

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