Newport-Shimoda Black Ships Celebration

July 12, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Recurring daily
43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

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Marking the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Newport and Shimoda, Japan and the 35th celebration of the black ships in Newport.  This annual event is a cultural exchange that celebrates the City's relationship  the people of Shimoda with a foundation that includes an alliance that bonds our municipalites as well as United States Navy.  The festival provides a fully immersive cultural experience that features the best both cities have to offer through with food, music, dance, and historical customs.  Most events are free and open to the public with a focus on engaging  a person to person exchange with our Sister City to commemorating the historic  accomplishments of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, native son of Newport, RI.  The festival celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854  that ended the centuries of of Japanese isolationism bringing the two countries together as trading partners and creating a safe harbor for sailors.  The festival also supports providing travel scholarship to Newport students to experience all that Japan has to offer culturally.

The festival includes the following events:
City of Newport Shimoda Japan Welcome Reception  at the Edward King House at 5pm-6pm
Free and open to the public
Come mix and mingle with our friends from our Sister City Shimoda Japan.  Light refreshments and entertainment along with the exchange of sister city gifts are a part of the program.
City of Newport Black Ships Festival Opening Ceremony  at Touro Park at 10:30am
Free and Open to the Public
Join the Navy Band  and our Federal, State and Local Officials and Japanese dignataries for this wreath laying ceremony that will commemorate the landing of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN into Shimoda Harbor.
City of Newport Black Ships Festival Arts and Cultural Festival  atTouro Park 10am to 4pm
Free and Open to the Public
Experience the culural and artistic delights of both the United States and Japan through food, dance, music, local artisans, children's activities, and so much more in this open air family friendly festival event.  
City of Newport Black Ships Festival Sunset Soiree at Rotunda at Easton's Beach at 6:30pm
$75 per person Only in Newport theme with proceeds to go to the Shimoda Sister City Scholarship Program.  Enjoy culinary delights from our local chefs and dance the night away along our beautiful coastline.

City of Newport Black Ships Festival Closing Ceremonies  at Island Cemetery on Farewell Street (Commodore Perry Gravesite) at 9:30am
Free and Open to the Public
This memorial ceremony will feature a wreath laying on the tomb of Commodore Matthew C. Perry by American and Japanese dignitaries. 

Newport-Shimoda Black Ships Celebration