Agreement (With Text)Frankfurt is situated in western Germany in the state of Hesse. With a population of approximately 700,000 it is Germany’s fifth largest city. Frankfurt represents a major economic powerhouse and transport hub as the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Airport are the largest of their kind in Germany. Together with this it is headquarters to a considerable number of banks, both national and international,  such as Deutsche Bank AG, Commerzbank AG, KfW and DZ Bank, as well as two important central banks: European Central Bank and German Federal Bank.

Birmingham and Frankfurt 50th anniversary of partnership

Anniversary_LogoWith the signing of the Partnership Agreement in 1966, began an unprecedented period of collaboration between both cities that has resulted in numerous joint projects, initiatives and collaborations. One of these, and certainly the most visible to every Brummie, is the annual Frankfurt Christmas Market the city hosts since the year 2000, which has quickly become the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside Germany and Austria. The two cities also collaborate regarding education, currently Carl-Schurz-Schule and Small Heath School as well as Schule am Ried and King Edward VI Camp Hill School engage in a school exchange programme.

The 50th anniversary celebrated in 2016 was a great success and it highlighted the existing areas of collaboration and strengthen joint endeavours between the two cities, such as the long standing partnership between the University of Birmingham and the Goethe University, and of course the above mentioned Frankfurt Christmas Market among many others. Both cities took the opportunity offered by the anniversary to instigate new forms of co-operation and several new collaborations started.

Complete calendar of events organised during the anniversary year can be found here.

Gallery of photos from the events that took place earlier this year:

Anniversary partners and sponsors:

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