Official Opening of Club “Friends of the Great Wall”
The official opening of the newly established club “Friends of the Great Wall” at the Confucius Institute – Sofia, was held at 17.30 on 20 February 2015 in the Mirror Hall of the Sofia University.
The members of the club will have the opportunity to attend and participate in specialized lectures and seminars focusing on the Great Wall of China, and among the planned events are exhibitions of photographs, opening of information section in the Institute’s web-site and other activities.
The opening of the club was announced by the Director of the Confucius Institute – Sofia from the Chinese side – prof. Ge Zhiqiang, who congratulated the participants and the winners of the drawing competition and the essay competition, entitled “The Great Wall of China – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The chairman of the club – Evelina Hein, assistant professor in the “Chinese Studies” major at the Sofia University – presented the main activities of the club and took the audience to a short photo-walk of the Great Wall, which was followed by the official awarding of the winners in the essay and drawing contests on the theme “The Great Wall of China – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
The two competitions were held nationwide and gathered over 300 participants from across the country. For the purpose of the competition a competent jury was formed. Among the jury members for the essay competition were Snezhana Todorova, Secretary General of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists and Sylvia Choleva, poet and literary journalist, who expressed their observations and motivation for awarding the respective works. The artist, calligrapher and painter Joseph Radoev presented each of the awarded paintings and congratulated the winners.
Among the distinguished guests were Mr. Jia Li, political counselor at the Embassy of the PRC in Bulgaria, Mr. Angel Orbetsov, director of the department “Asia, Australia and Oceania” in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General. Angel Marin – Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria in the period 2002 – 2012, prof. Alexander Fedotov, director of the Center for Eastern Languages and Cultures of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “and others.