The 30th anniversary of Ipoh – Fukuoka Twin Cities Programme was celebrated in a colourful manner as the two cities presented multi-cultural performances at Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) in Ipoh.
Kicked off by Fukuoka’s Japanese Marvelous Drummers which showcased the use of traditional Japanese instruments, the cultural exchange presentation was the culmination of 30-year long friendship between both cities.
Ipoh and Fukuoka were officially declared sister cities on 21st March, 1989 via an agreement signed by Ipoh’s first Mayor, Dato’ Umar Abu, and the then Fukuoka Mayor Keiichi Kuwahara.
Over the years, friendship and cooperation between these two vibrant cities were strengthened, with exchange of knowledge and expertise in various fields; culture, education, science, technology, as well as tourism.
Speaking to the press, Ipoh City Mayor Dato’ Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim said, “Through this showcase, we were able to share with our Japanese counterpart the various cultures of Malaysia.”
Besides the 7-member delegation from Fukuoka led by Mayor Soichiro Takashima, also present was Perak Menteri Besar YAB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Dato’ Haji Azumu to grace the joyous event.
Event: Ipoh – Fukuoka Cultural Exchange
Venue: Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), Ipoh
Date: 3rd Dec, 2019