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A Digital Cultural Trip to Dallas’ Sister City: Dijon

For the time of the temporary closings of cultural institutions in France between mid-March and May, many of them have participated in the national “stay at home” initiative by offering to their public and audiences the possibility to visit their collections, or experience their performances online. Let’s take this opportunity to take a virtual trip to Angers, Nice, Nîmes, Cognac, Dijon, Amiens, Clermont-Ferrand and Agen which have been sharing very special ties with their Texas and Oklahoma sister cities Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Denison, Dallas, Tulsa, Norman and Corpus Christi throughout the years.

In this article, let’s focus on Dijon, sister city of Dallas, TX since 1957, located in Eastern France, famous for Dijon mustard (originated in 1856). It holds an annual International and Gastronomic Fair attracting over 500 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors every year. The city has retained varied architectural styles from many of the main periods of the past millennium, including Capetian, Gothic and Renaissance. The historical center of the city has been registered since 2015 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dijon also has numerous museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, the Musée Archéologique, the Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne, the Musée d'Art Sacré, and the Musée Magnin, and is home to the prominent contemporary art center Le Consortium, a fine-arts school (ENSA) doing a vivid exchange residency program with Dallas, as well as several art galleries.

The Dijon Métropole Tourist Information Center has prepared a list of quiz games, challenges and other fun activities to test your knowledge and learn more about Dijon. Maybe will you also want to try some of their local recipes?

The teams of Musées de Dijon present a list of videos, workshops and games to (re)discover the collections of the Musée Archéologique, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée de la Vie bourguignonne and Musée d’Art sacré. 

To deepen your knowledge about Musée des Beaux-Arts, download the NOMADE app (available for free on Google Play and the App Store) and access the museum’s major artworks through contents adapted to all ages. 

Discover the Puits de Moïse, one of the most famous medieval sculpture ensemble.

At last, watch performances, conversations, listen to podcasts and read playscripts on the Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne webpage (make sure to download their newsletters for more content).

Anti-Robot de Karel Appel

Anti-Robot, by Karel Appel, on Esplanade Erasme

Take another trip! More French Sister Cities to explore: Amiens & Clermont-FerrandAngers | Cognac & Agen | Nice | Nîmes