Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo shines at the International Youth Festival of Arts (IYFA) “Muzite”, Bulgaria

[Source]    Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo [Time]    2016-08-04 15:40:50 
 

On July 15th, 2016, the 11-day 11th International Youth Festival of Arts (IYFA) “Muzite” (The Muses) in Sozopol came to its successful conclusion. In order to commend the outstanding performance by the Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo, the Organizational Committee of this festival awarded the Confucius Institute the “Outstanding Organization Award” and “Special Contribution Award”.


The delegation of the Confucius Institute winning the “Special Contribution Award”

Located on the coast of Black Sea, Sozopol is a small Bulgarian town with a long history and beautiful sceneries. Since 2006, the city started to host the International Youth Festival of Arts (IYFA) “Muzite”, which offers cultural exhibitions, performances and competitions covering various art categories such as music, dance, drama and painting.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of this event, and the Organizational Committee invited art groups from over 10 countries including Russia, Romania and Ukraine to attend this festival. Invited by the festival for the first time and after over two months’ preparation, the Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo made its debut at the festival with a 24-people delegation led by its Chinese Director Long Tao and participated in three sections of the festival, namely, parade, opening show of the folk singing and dancing section, and cultural experience activities.


The Confucius Institute delegation in the parade

During the parade of the festival, seven volunteer Chinese teachers and four local Chinese language teachers, all dressed in Chinese cheongsams and waving Chinese and Bulgarian national flags in their hands, walked in front of the Confucius Institute delegation. Followed by a 30-meter-long dragon, they aroused waves of applause and cheers from spectators along the road.


Dragon lantern dance leading to a climax of the event

At the folk singing and dancing section, the delegation started the show with a splendid dragon lantern dance, which fully ignited the atmosphere of the event and brought rich Chinese elements to the festival.


Participants eager to experience the Chinese culture

During the festival, the CI delegation also presented a variety of colorful culture experience activities, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese knots, paper-cutting, Chinese painting, tea ceremony, chopsticks games, shuttlecock kicking, and traditional Chinese costume try-on, which attracted numerous participants from various countries. A participant with the name Taya was a five-year-old girl from Russia and attended this festival with her mom. She has been the culture experience booth of the Confucius Institute for five consecutive days, experiencing each item with great enthusiasm and always unwilling to leave.

At the closing ceremony of the festival, Ms. Hristina Krysteva, Director of the Organizational Committee, expressed her praise and appreciation for the outstanding performance of the Confucius Institute in every section of the festival and rewarded the delegation of the Confucius Institute with the “Outstanding Organization Award” and “Special Contribution Award”.

Story by Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo

Photos by Organizational Committee of the 11th International Youth Festival of Arts (IYFA) “Muzite”, Sozopol

 

 
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