Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova attends “China-Bulgaria Chinese Spring Festival Gala” hosted by Confucius Institute in Sofia

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2016-02-03 15:08:32 
 

On the evening of January 28th, local time, the “China-Bulgaria Chinese Spring Festival Gala”, hosted by the Confucius Institute in Sofia, kicked off at the new teaching building of the Institute. Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova and Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Wei Jinghua attended this event and delivered their opening remarks.


Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova addressing the event

In her opening remarks, Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova first extended her appreciation to the Confucius Institute for inviting her to attend this event. She believed that deeper cultural exchanges between countries serve as a bridge in creating a harmonious world. Chinese Spring Festival is a special festival during which people gather together and, nowadays, many countries across the globe start to celebrate this festival.


Ambassador Wei Jinghua addressing the event

In Ambassador Wei’s remarks, he mentioned that the Confucius Institute in Sofia made remarkable achievements last year, such as the establishment of the Model Confucius Institute, the successful holding of the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Europe and the China-Central and Eastern European (CEE) Countries Cultural Cooperation Forum, all of which led the Confucius Institute in Sofia to play an increasingly important role in cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and Bulgaria and even between China and Europe.


Song and dance performances of Nihao (Hello) and Zhao Pengyou (Looking for Friends) by young children from teaching sites of the Confucius Institute in Sofia


Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova and Chinese Ambassador to Bulgaria Wei Jinghua attending the gala

As one of the first fourteen Model Confucius Institutes across the world, the Confucius Institute in Sofia is the first in Europe that is put into operation. Over the past ten years since its establishment, this Confucius Institute has become one of the Confucius Institutes with great influence and achievements in Central and Eastern Europe and even the whole world.

Based on reports from xinhua.net and Confucius Institute in Sofia