There are more than 100 different Newcastles or New Castles around the globe. Every two years there is a Newcastles of the World summit and this is attended by representatives from Newcastles everywhere.
The first summit took place in Japan in 1998 with delegates from Newcastle (South Africa), Neuburg-an-der-Donau (Germany), Neuchatel (Switzerland). New Castle Indiana (USA), New Castle Pennsylvania (USA), Newcastle-under-Lyme (UK) and Neufchateau (France) joining their hosts in Japan.
Subsequent gatherings were held in Switzerland 2000, USA 2002, South Africa 2004 and 2010, UK 2006 (Newcastle-under-Lyme) and 2012 (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Germany in 2008.
Newcastle upon Tyne joined the network in 2006. Akhaltsikhe (Georgia), Nove Hrady (Czech Republic), Jaunpils (Latvia), Newcastle, Ontario (Canada) and Newcastle,New South Wales (Australia) attended the summit for the first time in 2012.
The aim is to foster links of friendship, culture, education and tourism, possibly leading perhaps to economic links and benefits.
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