Anchorage - United States of America

Calling all Artists!

Expressions of interest are now open for Salmon on a Stick: Harmony Day 2015 Art Exhibition. Create your own alaskan salmon and decorate in the theme of harmony day. Schools, community art groups and solo artists are encouraged to submit artworks to an exhibition that will be held at the Community Art Space 18 March 2015. Expressions of interest close 27 February 2015.

For more information phone 8930 0695.


Halloween Family Fun Event 2015

Join in this year’s Halloween Family Fun community event from 5.00pm-8.00pm on 24 October 2015 at Millner Primary School. Check out the flyer below for all the details.

Halloween Poster 2015

Past Projects

Our annual Family Fun Halloween events are always a treat! Filled with exciting actvities and fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy performances, trick or treat and our always popular Haunted House!

Pumpkin decoratingHosted by the Australian American Association of the Northern Territory (AAANT) and held 28 October 2012, participants came dressed in Halloween costume, enjoyed American foods, tried their hand at pumpkin decorating and played mini-golf with a trick or treat twist.  This is the second year AAANT and the Anchorage Sister City Community Committee have partnered to hold a Halloween event.  To see photos of this great event enjoyed by all visit the AAANT blog.

Meeting the people of AnchorageCity of Darwin’s Lord Mayor was invited by the Mayor of Anchorage to lead a delegation to Anchorage in July 2012 for the purpose of celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Darwin and Anchorage Sister Cities relationship. Council accepted the invitation and a small delegation consisting of the Lord Mayor, a Council officer and a volunteer member of the Anchorage Sister Cities Community Committee travelled to Anchorage.  An itinerary was developed to ensure delegates were able to meet a range of stakeholders and discuss a number of items including; illegal camping, homelessness, Indigenous health, Fire Fighter exchange, economic and community development during an oil and gas boom, trade and investment climate, delivering local government services to a culturally diverse population, educational exchanges at the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level, Indigenous training and employment programs, and services for seniors. 

Anchorage mountainsThe Municipality of Anchorage and the plethora of stakeholders met valued and appreciated the opportunity to talk to the delegation about their areas of expertise, but to also learn something of Darwin.  The visit reinforced the value of face-to-face communication and its ability to surpass email, letters and phone communication.  The 30th Anniversary was celebrated with the citizens of Anchorage at a "music in the parks" event in downtown Anchorage.  Guests ate traditional Anchorage picnic food and listened to local musicians perform in the park.

Anchorage art in DarwinMonday 18 June 2012, Anchorage Sister City Community Committee member Alderman Kate Worden officially opened Darwin showing of the 2nd Anchorage and Darwin Art Exchange, Celebrate: Festivals, Holidays and Special OccasionsDarwin teachers Liz Veel and Shirley Neve, who recently visited Alaska, spoke to guests about their opportunity to see the exhibition in Anchorage.  Liz and Shirley presented Council with a gift from the Mayor of Anchorage who they had the opportunity meet whilst in Alaska.  Click here to see photos of the Darwin opening.

Thank you letterCouncil received a lovely book of handwritten letters from students at Rogers Park Elementary School, Anchorage. Students at the school were recipients of the Anchorage Sister City annual book donation. Each year Council sends a number of Australian and Territory themed books to schools in Anchorage.

Artworks from Sanderson Middle School, Millner Primary School, Girraween Primary School, Nemurluk School and Darwin Middle School were sent to Anchorage for the 2nd annual Darwin and Anchorage Art Exchange.  The first exchange, held May to June 2011 was a great success.  The theme for the 2012 exhibition was Celebrate: festivals, holidays and special occasions.  The exhibition was displayed at the Loussac Library, downtown Anchorage.  Artists and community had a chance to see the art works at an opening hosted by Mayor of Anchorage.  For more info read our CELEBRATE: Information Sheet


The Anchorage Sister City Community Committee in conjunction with the Australian American Association of the Northern Territory hosted the Halloween Family Fun Day held at Darwin Links Golf Club on Sunday 30 October 2011.  Participants dressed in halloween costumes, played mini-golf with a trick or treat twist, decorated pumpkins and ate tasty American hot dogs.  Guests also listened to a range of American folk tunes performed by the Top End Folk Club.  

Artwork depicting Darwin homes

Friday 29 April 2011 was the official opening of the Anchorage and Darwin Art Exchange Exhibition.  Held at Blaines Art, Anchorage, the exhibition included artworks depicting everyday living, created by young artists from Anchorage and Darwin.  The exhibition created a colourful display in Darwin during the month of June at the Darwin Civic Centre.  Click here to see photos of the Darwin opening.  Anchorage Schools involved: Alaska Native Cultural School, Aquarian Charter School, Blaines Community Art Class, Winterberry School.  Darwin Schools involved: Millner Primary School, Girraween Primary School, Nemarluk School

In July 2010 Anchorage Sister City Community Committee members lovingly wrapped and sent a collection of Australian and Territory themed children and youth books to be donated to schools in our Sister City of Anchorage, Alaska.  The gift of books also included some dreamtime stories and many about the native animals in the Territory.  Click here to see some photos.

Background and History    

Anchorage CityInitial moves for a sister city link began when former Darwin Mayor, Dr Ella Stack visited Anchorage in 1976. The Chief Minister at the time, Paul Everingham had also visited Anchorage and was supportive of the linkage. The key to the link was based on similarities such as steps to statehood, the development of mining and the establishment of a university in a remote frontier territory accustomed to natural disasters and isolation.

The two cities while at opposite extremes of the climate scale, share many similarities, including; rugged terrain, passionately followed outdoor sports, globally acclaimed national parks, mining histories, strong Indigenous cultures, wilderness survival stories, military presence, World War II experiences, mosquitoes and deadly wildlife.    

Anchorage SailingOver the years collaborative programs have narrowed the cultural divide, including; Rotary Student Exchanges, Darwin residents hosting visiting groups, a radio program which received air play in both cities and the Fire Officers exchange.

The 'fellowship' between the two cities and various individuals has been maintained despite the geographical distances, with numerous visits between the two cities. In 1987 a small delegation of the Lord Mayor and Town Clerk visited Anchorage and the Parks Manager attended a parks conference. In 1990 the Anchorage Sister City Commission was represented at the ASCA Conference in Darwin by two delegates. A Darwin delegation of six visited Anchorage in 1992, and, in May 1993 an Anchorage delegation of eight people led by Mayor Tom Fink visited Darwin for a week attending business meetings and social functions. In August 1995 a City of Darwin officer worked with the Anchorage Municipality for four weeks to gain an insight into local government in the USA.

In 1996, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress went to Alaska at the invitation of the Mayor of Anchorage to participate in a special Sister City celebration. Since that time, numerous Darwin residents have enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Anchorage community, including Alderman Garry Lambert, who visited in July 2004 to discuss activities including a schools Internet project between the cities and a Fire Services exchange.

In 2006, a 15 person strong City of Darwin delegation visited Anchorage to reignite a number of community projects including the Fire Officers exchange.

Darwin and Anchorage share the following similarities:     

  • Frontier town with extreme temperatures
  • World class national parks
  • Dangerous native animals (Alaska has bears and wolves, the Northern Territory has crocodiles and jellyfish)
  • Large military presence
  • Mosquitoes cause major heartache to both of us
  • A love of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing and camping