The Sister City Gardens Festival was held Saturday at The Gardens at Mill Creek, honoring Bakersfield’s sister cities with a day of culture shared through music, dance, food and art. Those in attendance paid tribute to Bakersfield’s newest sister — Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, which was confirmed this summer — along with five others: Amritsar, India; Bucheon, South Korea; Cixi, China; Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico; and Wakayama, Japan, which started the project back in 1961. Performances by local groups highlighted the festival, including Chinese lion dancers, Ballet Folklorico Ihtotiani de Shafter, the Chinese School Children’s Choir, Punjabi dancers, Korean Nanta drummers, Grace Studios Chinese dancers, Bon Odori (Japanese festival) dancers and dancing robots from Bucheon. A number of food vendors selling international fare were out in force.

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