Forthcoming Events


Fasnacht in Konstanz

27th-28th February

Bernd und die Galeone
Former REA chairman, Bernd Steinlechner, often joins the parade.


REA members are invited, as always, to the annual week long Fasnacht (carnival) celebrations in Konstanz. There are many parades, much music & lots of eating & drinking.  The main events occur on 27th & 28th February.

Guests from Fontainebleau & Richmond have been invited to a meal on the evening of 27th which will be followed by the Butzenlauf.

The craziest day, Schmotziger Dunschtig, is on 28th February. Warm clothing & fancy dress costume are essential.

If you would like to join the festivities or would like further information  please contact Barry Bennett on  07725819063

The residents of Konstanz welcome guests from Richmond.

Thursday 28th February    7 p.m. Join the Mayor (and REA President) for a special 3 course charity dinner with a live operatic performance at Twickenham’s newest Italian restaurant, Valentino’s Bellissimo. Tickets £30.

For further details please click on this link.

5th March  8 p.m. REA members are invited to an evening with the Swiss author, Dorothee Elmiger, at the German School in Ham.

For further details please click on the following link.


23rd March. 12 noon. The final People’s Vote march on Parliament before the Brexit deadline. 700,000 people joined REA members on the last one.

People's vote

6th – 10th May  Cultural trip to Fontainebleau.

Chateau de Fontainebleau
Le Château de Fontainebleau

This has now been rearranged so that members can make their own travel & accommodation arrangements. Once in Fontainebleau there will be, as previously planned, a guided tour of the château, trips to the artists’ village of Barbizon & another historic venue as well as a reception at the town hall. 

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Le château de Fontainebleau

For further details please contact Carol Wain on 0208 892 5244 or at

The European Flag is flown in front of the civic centre in Twickenham each day.

9th May. Europe Day. The peace & unity of Europe is celebrated throughout the continent on 9th May each year. The date marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman declaration in Paris in 1950, which provided the foundation for the European Union. For further information please click on the following link.

Europe Day

Chris Cull
The European Youth Orchestra performing at Twickenham Rugby Stadium in October 2017.

30th May. Young musicians from Richmond, Fontainebleau, Konstanz & Lodi will be meeting in Konstanz to rehearse prior to a performance on 1st June. Their last performance in England at Twickenham rugby stadium was sensational.

Children & teachers from the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule in Konstanz were greeted by the mayor, Ben Khosa, at Teddington School in October 2018.

3rd – 8th July. Children & teachers from Teddington School will be visiting the Geschister-Scholl-Schule in Konstanz for their annual exchange.

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The mayor, Ben Khosa, welcoming the children from the Ellenrieder Gymnasium to Hampton in October 2018.

5th-12th July. Children & teachers from Hampton & Lady Eleanor Holles Schools will also be visiting Konstanz for their annual exchange with the Ellenrieder Gymnasium.

16th-17th July. Konstanz Golf Club will be hosting their partner clubs from Richmond & Fontainebleau.

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Children from Teddington School in Konstanz in 2018

26th September – 3rd October. Children & teachers from the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule in Konstanz will be visiting Teddington School for their annual exchange.

Das Große Städtepartnerschafts-Jubiläum

27th & 28th June 2020

the three mayors Nov. 2018
L-R Konstanz Oberbürgermeister, Uli Burchardt, Councillor Penny Frost & Fontainebleau mayor, Frédéric Valletoux in Fontainebleau. November 2018

The 60th anniversary of the first twinning between the three towns will take place in Richmond on 27th & 28th June 2020.  

This will be a community event involving sports clubs, cultural associations & educational establishments. We are expecting thousands of guests from our twin towns of Fontainebleau & Konstanz, plus their twin towns of Sintra, Tabor & Lodi. Guests from Richmond, Virginia will also be invited. 

To register your interest please write to

Foreign Language Films

Watermans in Brentford screens films in both French & German. 

For further information please see the Watermans website.

Watermans website

Richmond Film Society meets at the Exchange opposite Twickenham Station. Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Tickets £5 (students £4)

The Exchange Cinema, 75, London Road, Twickenham

All films not in English are shown with subtitles.

5th March 2019    “In the Fade” German (2017)

When a terrorist outrage brings tragedy to Katja and the perpetrators go free, despite the evidence against them, she decides justice can be served through other means. (A multi-award winning film.)

2nd April 2019    “Faces, Places”  French (2017)

Filmmaker Agnes Varda joins forces with JR, a street artist & photographer, to roam the French countryside in his van. No ordinary van, it contains a camera capable of producing extraordinary photos to the delight and surprise of those who venture inside it.

 Further details on:

Curzon Richmond also screens films in French & German with English sub-titles.

For further details please click on this link.