To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! LaPlata Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]
La Plata Committee Chairs: Mike Tracy
Sister City Relationship
Louisville and La Plata became Sister Cities during the Sister Cities International’s Annual Conference, held in Louisville in 1994. The Louisville La Plata Committee is active in the areas of community education and humanitarian aid.
- The Sister City relationship centers on the La Plata Jazz Festival and some sister-school relationships. However, in the future our Sister City relationship will focus on tourism promotion, economic development/foreign investment encouragement, and enhanced sister-school relationships in the form of E-Pal and digital classrooms, since Spanish the most widely taught foreign language in Louisville.
- The committee has organized several youth debates, as well as a few peace and conflict resolution retreats.
However, the current Sister City relationship between La Plata and Louisville is dormant. If you are interested in helping us revive this link, please email us at [email protected]
History & Culture
On November 19, 1882, the city of La Plata was founded by the Govenor of Buenos Aires, Dardo Rocha, to serve as the provincial capital of the Buenos Aires Province. The geometric city layout makes it one of the most relevant examples of 19th-century urban planning and architecture. The colors and rhythm of the city are reflected in its magnificent parks, avenues, and squares. Wide boulevards, carefully designed streets, and parks dot the cityscape to make La Plata a truly modern city. Public buildings, like the municipal palace, were designed by architects throughout the world who participated in La Plata’s building competition. La Plata, though young in comparison to many other South American cities holds its own.
La Plata is an important administrative, commercial and cultural center; there are many expat communities, which necessitate consulates and community centers in the city. Culture and art plays an important part in La Plata’s life. The city houses many museums (ranging from contemporary art to the history of medicine to the Tango to Natural History), theatres and cinemas, and music venues. La Plata is known for its jazz festival and indie rock scene.
The city is home to five universities, including the National University of La Plata, known as one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Latin America. With around 75,000 students, the university remains a visible fixture in the city life.
- “la quema de muñecos” burning of the dolls on New Year’s Eve (December 31st/January 1st)
- Carnival (in 2018 – February 12th)
- May Revolution (May 25th)
- Independence Day (July 9th)
- Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (October 16th)
- Anniversary of La Plata founding (November 19th)
- National Sovereignty Day (November 20th)