Confucius Institute at University of Veliko Turnovo Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Bulgaria

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria [Time]    2019-06-17 13:25:59 
 

On May 29th, local time, a grand evening show celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Bulgaria was held at central theater of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.

The evening show was co-organized by the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and the Confucius Institute at University of Veliko Turnovo. Daniel Panov, Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Neiko Genchev, Member of Cultural Committee of the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, Plamen Legkostup, Senior Advisor to the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Rumen Novakov, President of “China-Bulgaria Friendship Association” in Targovishte, Dimitar Dimitrov, Deputy President of University of Veliko Turnovo, Tsenka Ivanova, Head of Department of Slavonic Studies of University of Veliko Turnovo, Yan Jianqun, Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria, Mao Yancheng, Head of Education Office of the Embassy, Cui Xiliang, Professor of Beijing Language and Culture University, Hu Kai, Professor of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), and other guests were present. Over 300 people watched the show, including the teachers and students of University of Veliko Turnovo, Vasil Levski School in Ruse, Georgievi Private School in Sofia, Patriarch Evtimii Primary School in Veliko Turnovo, Sonya Kindergarten in Veliko Turnovo as well as local residents.

In his speech, Daniel Panov noted that the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Bulgaria held in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria’s “cultural capital”, fully reflected the important role of Veliko Turnovo in the development of Bulgaria-China relations. Veliko Turnovo stands ready to work with China to carry out more profound cooperation on education, culture, economy and trade, tourism and other sectors.


Daniel Panov delivering a speech

Yan Jianqun reviewed the development course of China-Bulgaria relations in the past 70 years and expressed that educational, cultural and people-to-people exchanges are the important content of the development of bilateral relations. Taking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Bulgaria as an opportunity, the Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria is willing to promote further cooperation on education, culture, economy, trade, etc., between the two countries.


Yan Jianqun delivering a speech

Cui Xiliang said that language is a media for people’s mutual communication and understanding, and music, dance, calligraphy, painting and other humanity and arts are the crystal of human intelligence. The visit to Veliko Turnovo enabled him to see the unique humanity styles of Bulgarians. He hoped that the Chinese painting and calligraphy exhibition as well as the lecture on language and culture during this visit can enhance the people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Bulgaria, and advance time-honored and eternal friendship between the two peoples.


Cui Xiliang delivering a speech

The evening show began with several Chinese songs including “Jasmine Flower”, “The Great Wall ballad”, and “I love you, China” by Targovishte’s “Ode to the Motherland” Choir. The kids in Sonya Kindergarten, Patriarch Evtimii Primary School and Georgievi Private School in Sofia sang Chinese songs, which not only displayed their Chinese learning outcomes, but also demonstrated the prospects of China-Bulgaria friendship that was passed on from generation to generation. The students of Vasil Levski School in Ruse performed the dance “Jasmine Flower”, symbolizing the pure and everlasting friendship between China and Bulgaria. The delegation of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) performed martial art, Chinese folk songs, and Chinese national instrument, manifesting the extensive and profound Chinese culture. The show ended with the Bulgarian traditional dance performed by Ruse’s art troupe.


Chorus “The Great Wall ballad”


Song “Sorry, My Chinese Isn’t So Good”


Dance “Jasmine Flower”


Folk song “Dragon Boat tune”


Martial art performance


Group photo

Xinhua News Agency’s reporter station and China Economic Daily’s reporter station in Sofia, as well as many local news media outlets conducted continuous follow-up reports on the grand series activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Bulgaria.

 
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