Ulster and Nashville

The connections between Ulster and Nashville have existed ever since the latter was founded in 1780. In recognition of these strong links, Belfast and Nashville became Sister Cities in 1994, and since then there have been numerous cultural, tourism and business collaborations between the two cities. Highlights range from the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival which celebrates our shared musical heritage, partnerships between Vanderbilt and Queen’s Universities, and initiatives involving economic and community development, cultural tourism, creative industries and genealogy. This section explores some of the historical and familial connections between Ulster and Nashville.