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The environmental protection events

The city hall of Beziers attaches a great importance to environmental protection. So, in order to reduce paper consumption, regulatory documents, as well as announcements, are placed on an electronic interactive panel located at the entrance to the town hall building. Renewable energy sources are actively used for heating and lighting of municipal buildings. Solar panels are installed at educational organizations and parking pavilions of the city of Beziers. 

The Board Games Championship

The Third city Board Games Championship was held at the beginning of October this year in the sister city of Des Moines among professionals and dealers. The competition is an analogue of tournaments held in Europe. The professionalism, a creative approach to the game play and the competitiveness of the participants were taken into account during the competition. In accordance with the types of board games, winners in several categories were determined and awarded with monetary certificates and memorable prizes.

The healthy lifestyle

In order to familiarize older people with a healthy lifestyle a fitness game “Ikang Cup” was organized at the Zhenjiang Public Cultural and Sports Center on October 13, 2019. More than 200 older residents of the sister city and nearby settlements took part in seven friendly competitions: tug of war, table tennis, a game of chess, etc. The winners were awarded memorable prizes.

The Day of the city of Yerevan

A festive events dedicated to the 2801th anniversary of the capital of Armenia will be held in the sister city of Yerevan on October 19, 2019. This year celebrations will be held under the slogan "Yerevan is in my heart." A new musical composition of the famous Yerevan composer Mansuryan was prepared for the event, a presentation video clip is being shot. A lot of recreational events were are organized for residents and visitors of the city, a gala concert of pop stars and colorful fireworks will take place in the evening.

The growth of tourist flow

According to statistics about 6 million tourists visited the sister city of Changzhou during national holidays in early October this year, which is 4.8% higher than last year. The most popular among residents and visitors of the city were the interactive and entertaining Dinosaur Park, the picturesque natural complex of the Yancheng region, and the resort on Lake Tanmu.


The exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

An exhibition dedicated to the founder of modern book publishing in Bulgaria Hristo Danov was opened at the Regional Historical Museum of the sister city of Pazardzhik in the period from October 7 to November 3, 2019. The exhibition presents documents and awards, photographs and personal property of the famous book publisher. 

The painting restoration

A painting of the Italian artist Domenico Zampieri “Pope Gregoire XV and his nephew Ludovico Ludovisi” was restored in the city of Beziers. This painting was painted in the years 1621-1623 and was repeatedly exhibited in foreign museums in the 60s and 80s of the last century. Currently, the restored painting is being prepared by specialists for the exhibition, which will be held in the Grand Palais of Paris in April-July 2020. Then the masterpiece of painting will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal (Canada).

The Fire Safety Week

The annual Fire Safety Week takes place in the sister city of Des Moines in the period from October 6 to 12, 2019. As part of the event, preventive discussions on fire safety measures, familiarization of students with the work of fire stations and special equipment, were organized in city libraries. A poster contest among elementary school students will be also organized. The winner will receive an unusual prize - the opportunity to come to school by a fire car.

The Board games

The board games competitions took place at the Zhenjiang Sister City Sports and Exhibition Center in the period from October 6 to 7, 2019. The event was attended by over 300 representatives from Chinese cities. The tournament was qualifying. Winners will take part in the national game cup “Evening”. 

The Teacher's Day

An annual competition dedicated to the celebration of the Teacher’s Day was organized in the sister city of Yerevan. At the ceremony the winners were awarded in three categories - the best director, teacher and educator. The best teachers were also awarded with diplomas of the Mayor of Yerevan for their significant contribution to the development of the education system.

The visit of Germany delegation

The official delegation of the city of Minden (Germany) was hosted in the sister city of Changzhou at the end of September this year. Sister cities relations between Changzhou and Minden have been developing since 2006. A mutual interest in the further development of cooperation, especially in the field of technological innovation and industrial modernization, as well as in the social sphere was expressed during the meeting. Within the framework of the visit, the prospects of establishing business contacts of enterprises were also discussed, familiarization with the work of the public safety and fire protection system was organized.


Participation in the international judo tournament

On September 29 of this year the international judo tournament took place in the Greece. The competition was attended by the strongest athletes from around the world. Representatives of sports club on judo "Kodokan" of the sister city of Pazardzhik successfully participated in tournament, having won four gold, four silver and one bronze medal. 

Upgrading the football stadium

In the summer of 2019, for the first time in 30 years of existence, the stadium named after Raoul Barriere (former stadium "Méditerranée") was completely renovated. Now it is a hybrid lawn, adapted to climate change, which combines natural and artificial areas. The landscaping of this lawn will allow the city's football and Rugby clubs to use a modern playground that meets the latest requirements of various sports leagues.

Des Moines festivals

Two of Des Moines' most famous and popular festivals-the annual Book Festival and the World food and music festival - have won the prestigious international Association of festivals and events award. When making a decision, the jury took into account the level of organization and preparation of cultural events, social projects, advertising, as well as creativity and innovative ideas. 

China Day of foundation

On October 1, China celebrated the main national holiday-the Day of foundation of the People's Republic of China. In honor of the national celebration in the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of cultural events was organized, the streets are decorated with national flags and fresh flowers. This year the holidays will last until October 07. During holidays citizens have the opportunity to visit relatives and friends, go on a trip. 

European heritage days 

The European heritage days were held in the sister city of Yerevan. This year's event was held under the motto "Art and entertainment". In this regard, the municipal museums organized a number of interesting exhibitions dedicated to the late medieval European fine arts and landscape design, educational programs were held. Interesting activities were also organized in Karmir Bloor and Shengavit reserves.

Development of green production

In recent years, the city of Changzhou has paid special attention to the development of green production and reducing the impact of industry on the environment. The enterprises of the sister city are implementing measures aimed at reducing the use of natural resources and protecting the environment. In order to reduce waste recycling of materials is introduced. In September 2019, according to the China Ministry of industry and information technology, seven large companies of Changzhou entered the list of "green manufacturers" of China.


Participation in the Balkan games
In September 21-22, 2019 Montenegro hosted the Balkan games, a regional athletics competition held between the countries of the Balkan Peninsula and organized by the Balkan athletics Association. More than fifteen athletes of the Republic of Bulgaria took part in the competition. The representative of Kodokan sports club on judo of the sister city of Pazardzhik got success, having won a silver medal in weight category to 90 kg.

City-wide sports and cultural events
The Beziers urban trail, a citywide marathon, will be held in Beziers on October 27, 2019. This is the largest marathon ever held in the city. In addition to sports goals, the organizers of the race - the city government and public organizations seek to attract the attention of participants to the ancient city of France. Both professionals and amateurs over the age of 10 are invited to participate in the marathon. Races at a distance of 19 km and 9 km will be held on the most popular tourist routes Beziers.

Modernization of parking at Des Moines airport
A new parking system using led sensors has been put into operation at the sister city of Des Moines international airport. Sensors installed above each parking spot will transmit real-time information to the display, indicating free or occupied places, places for the disabled. Also about 30 road signs were installed to improve accessibility and accelerate parking.

Mid-autumn Festival
On September 23, 2017, a number of events dedicated to the autumn equinox (Mid-autumn Festival) were held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Charity and entertainment events, master classes in schools and kindergartens were organized. Special attention was paid to the preservation of national culture and familiarization with the traditions of the younger generation.

Creating comfortable environment for persons with disabilities

The sister city of Yerevan is carrying out diverse work on the organization of comfortable environment for people with disabilities. Inclusive schools and kindergartens have been opened, about 250 ramps are being built, and social support and rehabilitation programmes are being implemented. It was decided to pay special attention to ensuring accessibility of people with disabilities during the implementation of urban development projects.

International forum
The official opening ceremony of the China Changzhou International Forum on Science and Technology & Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation was held in the sister city on September 26. The forum has been held since 2005 and brings together entrepreneurs, experts and scientists from China and foreign countries. This year the main theme of the forum is high-quality opening up and implementation of large-scale projects. Issues of further development of foreign economic cooperation will also be discussed. The program is expected to hold about 60 specialized events, the signing of agreements on the implementation of major projects.


The opening of the graphic exhibition

The III National Graphic Exhibition named after George Gerasimov was opened in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky of the sister city of Pazardzhik on September 19, 2019. The exposition presents the creative works of more than 30 Bulgarian artists. The authors of the best works determined by the competent jury will be awarded with honorary diplomas and prizes. It is expected to release a catalog of graphic works presented at the national exhibition.

The European days of historical heritage

The European Days of Historical Heritage will be held from September 21 to 22, 2019 in the sister city of Beziers. In this regard, free excursions to ancient historic buildings, cathedrals, parks, theaters, museums, libraries are provided. A rich program of city-wide events, meetings with famous writers, artists and sculptors are planned. Thematic conferences, concerts of classical music and church singing, photo expositions will take place.

The industrial area reconstruction

A new master plan for the reconstruction of one of the industrial urban areas with a 100-year history was presented in the sister city of Des Moines on September 17, 2019. It is supposed to create a comfortable space combining various housing options (apartments, condominiums, townhouses), business premises and offices, shops and places for recreation and entertainment. Infrastructure and transport network will be organized taking into account the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and car owners. Modern reconstruction of the district will contribute to further sustainable development of the sister city.

The preparations for national holidays

An active preparations for celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China takes place in the sister city of Zhenjiang. So, ornamental plants with bright flowering (cockscomb, sunflower, etc.) are grown in the greenhouses of the city. The flowers planted in city will resemble a rainbow during a national holiday. 

The organization of sanitary cleaning of the city

A great importance in the twin city of Yerevan is attached to resolving the issues of sanitary cleaning. A new municipal institution carrying out garbage collection in all 12 administrative districts was founded. A decision to increase the number of employees of this institution was made at a meeting of the Council of Elders. It is assumed that the new staffing will not entail an increase in budget expenditures.

The international conference

A three-day international conference on sports rehabilitation was held in the sister city of Changzhou. The event was attended by more than 600 representatives from 20 provinces and cities of China, as well as 18 experts from the USA, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and other countries. The promising areas for the development of sports rehabilitation and the introduction of the latest technologies in the field of health and fitness were discussed during the meetings. In recent years, an active work on popularization a healthy lifestyle and preventive sports has been carried out in Changzhou. It is also planned to start implementing the China Health Action Plan.


The anniversary of the Pazardzhik symphony orchestra

The concert, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the sister city symphony orchestra, was held in the city of Pazardzhik on September 12, 2019. The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Union of Musical Figures of Bulgaria, the National Music Academy named after prof. Pancho Vladigerova in Sofia, former musicians and conductors of the orchestra, as well as residents and guests of the sister city. Works of the famous composers - Ludwig van Beethoven, Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Alexander Porfirievich Borodin, Parashkev Hadzhiev, were performed during the concert.

The annual action

The annual citywide action “Alleys of Beziers Associations” will be held on the Rickey Alleys of the sister city of Beziers on September 14, 2019. This year, representatives of 270 associations will demonstrate their achievements in the socio-cultural sphere, as well as in the field of environmental protection. The program of events is intended to familiarize citizens and visitors with the activities of associations, various performances and presentations, concerts.

The information service

A new information service “Show Me My House”, was launched on the sister city of Des Moines. This service will allow residents of the city to find the most important information related to the place of residence - administrative and statistical data on the management of the area, census results, contacts of police officers, nearest organizations and associations. To familiarize yourself with the information, you must specify the address of residence in the search bar.

The preparations for national holidays

Within the preparation for the festive events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as well as in order to ensure the safety of residents and guests in the sister city of Zhenjiang, exercises were held. During the training, emergency actions were practiced.

The construction of a new road

A new project - the construction of the Argavand-Shirak road was started in the sister city of Yerevan. The highway will have from four to six lanes, it is also planned to erect a 252-meter bridge across the Hrazdan river with a width of 28 meters. Argavand-Shirak road is part of the western part of the bypass road in Yerevan. Complete construction work is expected in 2021.

The taekwondo competitions

The Taekwondo National Youth Tournament – 2019 was held at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Center. The competitions was attended by about a thousand athletes from more than ten provinces and cities of the country. Taekwondo competitions are included in the annual twin city sporting events plan to educate and identify talented youth, as well as attract more citizens to a healthy lifestyle.


The participation in the international folklore festival

The dance folk ensemble “Khorovod” of Pazardzhik will take part in the International festival “Hello Luoyang-2019”, which will be held in Luoyang city (PRC) in the period from September 06 to 16, 2019. The event is sponsored by the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF) and will be broadcasted on more than 250 television channels around the world. The ensemble “Khorovod” of the twin city is the only one creative team from the Republic of Bulgaria. As part of the program of stay in the People’s Republic of China the creative team will visit also Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing.

The housing renovation 

As part of the national program, since 2016, the city of Beziers has been modernizing private premises according to the modern standards and requirements. Thanks to the efforts of the City Hall more than 300 apartments in the twin city were updated over the past three years. Currently, to start repair work, it is necessary to contact the appropriate service and conduct housing diagnostics by specialists of the municipality. Time for documenting permissions is significantly reduced.

The implementation of the national program

The sister city of Des Moines was awarded a grant as part of the national program for young people in difficult life situations. Funding will be used to organize various housing options for people under the age of 24. Over the next months a comprehensive plan will be developed in the sister city to solve the problem with youth councils, human rights organizations and other community members.

The tourist attractiveness increasing

In order to increase the tourist attraction in the city of Zhenjiang, glass murals were first used. The most significant sights, historical information, panoramas, topographic maps and other information reflecting the achievements of the city from ancient times are colorfully depicted on the windows of the sister city along the popular tourist routes. 

The music festival

A music festival dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the famous Armenian composer Tigran Mansuryan is held in the sister city of Yerevan from September 1 to September 13, 2019. As part of the event, a series of concerts will take place, during which residents and guests of the capital will be able to hear the chamber’s and classical works of the master, as well as music from popular films. Also, commemorative silver souvenirs were released for the composer's anniversary.

The list of the best private enterprises

The All-China Federation of Industry and Trade (ACFIC) published analytical reports on its performance in 2019 at the end of August this year. China's top 500 private enterprises include eight major companies in the sister city of Changzhou. Leading companies' annual revenue exceeds 18 billion yuan.


The participation in the VII World majorettes championship

The VII World majorettes championship was held in the city of Prague (Czech Republic) in the period from August 20 to 24, 2019. The event was attended by over 3,500 majorettes, competitions were held in several age categories. Representatives of the sports club «Mystery» of the sister city of Pazardzhik became winners of the championship, winning a silver medal.

The opening of the House for senior citizens in the city of Beziers

A new municipal home for the elderly was opened in the city of Beziers, which received the title "City friendly to the elderly". This building is located in the city center, it will allow its residents to take an active part in public life. A house for senior citizens can accommodate 60 people. In connection with the commissioning of its operation, 38 new jobs were created for staff.

The celebration of Labor Day in the city of Des Moines

Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September from 1882. In this regard most firms and almost all government offices in Des Moines will be closed on September 02 this year. 

The lectures on road safety

A road safety educational events were organized for freshmen of Zhenjiang № 3 Secondary School on August 29, 2019. Training sessions prepared by police officers were attended by more than 500 future students of the sister city.

The preparation for the new school year

On the eve of the new school year, the structural units of the City Hall of Yerevan were instructed to carry out a set of relevant activities. In particular, take appropriate measures to provide primary school students with free textbooks, replenish medical rooms with necessary medicines and update road markings in the surrounding areas. Also in the period from September 1 to September 30 this year a month on road safety will be organized with the sister city police.

The construction of a logistics base in Changzhou

Recently, the official ceremony of laying the first stone of the Jiahao Changzhou Cold Chain Logistics Base was held on the territory of the Wujin National High-Tech Industrial Zone. The cold chain is a specially organized system of measures that provides the best temperature conditions for storing and transporting medicines and other thermally dependent products at all stages of their transportation, from manufacturer to consumer. The total investment is $86 million. The project is planned to be completed in the III quarter of 2020.


The participation in the International ceramics open-air

Two well-known artists of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the 16th International Ceramics Open Air “Art-Zhizhal - 2019”, which took place in the period from July 17 to August 6, 2019 in the city of Bobruisk (Republic of Belarus). The event is held in order to develop intercultural relations among creative youth. More than 20 ceramists from around the world were invited to the open air. The creative works of the representatives of the sister city were awarded by honorary awards and will be exhibited in the art museum and other exhibition venues of Bobruisk.

The city improvement

The services of the city of Beziers in the city improvement follow the concept of environmental friendliness and profitability. So huge bright pool tables painted in bright colors, games for leisure of children and others were installed in the areas of the sister city. The spaces inside circular city crossroads were decorated with picturesque installations made from old-fashioned shades, lighting poles, tree trunks, metal barrels.

The acquisition of electric vehicles

Members of the city council of the sister city of Des Moines decided to purchase four electric vehicles in early 2020. A hybrid vehicle fleet already exists in the city, these models will be the first, which will be full operated from electricity. The transition to electric cars is one of the modern solutions aimed at protecting the environment, the implementation of the plan on planet climatic conditions improvement. 

The landscaping of the city

A special variety of sweet peach, bearing fruit in the autumn and winter is grown in the greenhouse farm of the sister city of Zhenjiang. Seedlings were imported from Mongolia. After months of careful grafting and cultivation, more than 100,000 trees were planted in the streets and parks of the sister city.

The trolleybus system

This year, the trolleybus park of the sister-city of Yerevan marks the anniversary date – the 70th anniversary of its founding. In the capital of the Republic of Armenia, much attention is paid to the development of this environmentally friendly mode of transport. The mayor of Yerevan expressed hope that after the development of new route networks in the city, trolleybuses will meet all the modern requirements of the 21st century.

The launch of the metro

The first metro line will be launched in the sister city of Changzhou at the end of September this year. At first, the movement will be in test mode. A transport artery will connect the northern and southern parts of the city. In total, it is planned to put into operation 29 metro stations.


The music festivals
The ancient fortress "Perister" of the Roman Empire, located in the Pazardzhik region, after restoration become the venue of numerous cultural and recreational activities. So in the second half of August, 2019 the II Festival of Classical Music “Peristera in Music” with participation of creative team “Cantabile” and the duet “D’Amore” will take place here, as well as the III Music Festival “Rock on the Fortress”.

The Feria
The traditional Feria holiday is celebrated in the sister city of Beziers in the period from August 14 and 18, 2019. The theatrical processions, parades of brass bands and folk groups will take place. The various attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people include to the program of the event. Concerts of French stars, horse shows with jugglers will take place at the festival’s numerous venues. Residents of Beziers and guests of the sister city will be able to take part in the festival of flamenco and traditional folk dances.

The development of recommendations for urban space planning
New recommendations for urban space planning and zoning are being developed in the sister city of Des Moines. The design of new and development of existing urban areas, taking into account the creation of a convenient transport system are the priority. It is also planned to remove the restriction on the minimum size of the occupied territory for private households.

The rescue teams teaching
In connection with the increase of natural disasters in recent years due to natural disasters and climate change, it was decided to organize joint exercises of Zhenjiang and Changzhou rescue teams on the Yangtze River. Specialists worked out coherence of actions to inform, assist the population and eliminate the consequences of emergency situations.

The comprehensive elevator replacement program
A comprehensive program on replacement elevators in multi-apartment residential buildings is being implemented in the city of Yerevan. It is planned to install 3,500 new elevators over four years. 20 elevators will be replaced at the expense of the community by the end of this year at the initiative of the City hall of the sister city as part of a pilot project. Additional financial resources were allocated for the repair of the existing elevator facilities.

The participation in the Internet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
Over 50 projects of the sister city of Changzhou took part in the regional Internet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. The five most promising projects, including the development of early warning in case of fire, location during emergency rescue operations, monitoring the movement of high-speed rail transport, as well as the use of the latest technologies in industry, will be presented in the final, which will be held in Nanjing. The winners will receive cash prizes, as well as a grant for the implementation of the project in Jiangsu.


The opening of the photo exhibition

On August 12, 2019 the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky of Pazardzhik will host an exhibition of photographs presented within the VI International Photo Salon - 2019, organized by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the Photographic Society of America (PSA), the Photographic Society of Greece (HPS) and the National Academy of Photography of the Republic of Bulgaria (NSFA). More than 4 thousand works of photographers from forty countries of the world have been announced for participation in the contest. The best photos will be awarded with diplomas and memorable awards.

The performance of folklore groups

The performances of folklore groups “Storks” and “Flower of Fern” from the city of Kiev (Ukraine) took place in Beziers Municipal Theater. Artists performed Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, presented national dances and choreographic compositions. The performance of folk groups had a great success.

The construction of a fire station

In order to improve public safety and modernize infrastructure construction of a fire station is currently underway in the city of Des Moines. It is estimated that the new fire station, located in a rapidly developing area in the northeast of the sister city, will serve more than a thousand residents. Construction work is planned to be completed in the first half of 2021.

The National Fitness Day

A series of events, dedicated to the 11th National Fitness Day took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang in the period from August 04 to 08, 2019. The event was attended by professional instructors, fitness experts, sports associations, residents and guests of the city. The master classes in gymnastics, yoga, martial arts were organized for sports enthusiasts. Competitions in game sports, walking, as well as a bike ride and demonstrations of athletes took place.

The VII Pan-Armenian Summer Games

The VII Pan-Armenian Summer Games will be held in the period from August 05 to August 18, 2019. The opening ceremony, as well as three-day competitions in football, chess, cycling and arm wrestling were organized in Artsakh, from August 09, sports competitions will continue in the sister city of Yerevan. An official meeting of the mayors of Yerevan and Artsakh was also held, issues of mutually beneficial cooperation between the capitals, prospects for the implementation of joint programs and projects were discussed.

The development of Internet technologies in the industrial sector

Three major enterprises in the sister city of Changzhou are in the List of Advanced Demonstration Enterprises Using Internet Technologies. Companies use web resources to collect and integrate data, simulate processes and optimize production systems. The list of the best enterprises was determined by the Department of Industry and Information Technology of Jiangsu Province in order to develop national indicators for the further development of the industrial Internet.


The International Badminton Championship

The International Badminton Championship among young men and women under the age of 19, organized by the mayor's office of the Pazardzhik Community will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the period from August 8 to 11, 2019. About 200 athletes from Bulgaria, Russia, Macedonia, Poland, Croatia, Great Britain, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, France, Egypt and India will take part in the competition.

The hot weather

A special regime for water resources consumption was introduced in the city of Beziers due to hot weather and the lack of rain. The residents were urged to consume water rationally and generally, reduce its consumption from TV screens, monitors, and from newspapers pages. A special memos-recommendations were developed and issued. 

The city cleaning and beautification activities

On July 27, 2019 the residents of the sister city of Des Moines had an opportunity to take out and dispose of broken trees, foliage and other natural debris resulting from strong winds for free as part of additional monthly events to the Spring Cleaning Program for the city and beautification. The action was organized for private households.

The introducing of students with the basics of fire safety continuing education

The event "I am a little fireman" was organized for children for students in primary and secondary classes of Zhenjiang secondary schools in July this year as part of summer vacations. Schoolchildren were able to visit the fire departments of the city, get acquainted with the work of firefighters, used special equipment. Preventive discussions on the basics of fire safety were also held.

The meeting of the mayor of Yerevan with representatives of the business community

On July 31, 2019 the mayor of Yerevan officially met with representatives of the Swiss business community and the Armenian diaspora. The meeting was also attended by the chief architect and heads of structural divisions of the City Hall of the sister city. The ongoing improvement programs, prospects for urban development policies, as well as new investment projects were discussed. 

The youth delegation of the Macau administrative region

A delegation of 100 Macau youth representatives led by the Minister of Economy and Finance of the Special Administrative Region visited the city of Changzhou as part of the events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as well as the 20th anniversary of the accession of the Macau Special Administrative Region to the PRC. The prospects for further cooperation in the field of economics, education, culture and tourism were discussed during the visit. The delegation also got acquainted with the work of the Jiangsu and Macao Provincial Cooperation Park, the cultural and historical heritage of the sister city.


The Bulgarian folk festival

The Bulgarian folk festival will take place in the resort “St. Konstantin”, located in the highlands of the Pazardzhik region, in the period from 27 to 28 July 2019. The event is organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria. About 150 creative teams and solo performers, including representatives of the sister-city of Pazardzhik will take part in the festival. Winners will be determined by a competent jury.

The work of the city market

A market, presented the products of more than 25 local manufacturers, works weekly, on Wednesdays, in the city of Beziers. The visitors of the market can buy fresh seafood, sausages and smoked meat, poultry, cheeses, herbs, olive oil and olives, pastries, natural marmalade and honey. There is also a wide range of cosmetics, home textiles, leather goods, items of clothing made by local craftsmen.

The free bikes for schoolchildren

The Police Department, the Cyclists Association and the Association of Parks and Recreation Centers of the Des Moines organized a joint campaign on providing free bikes for schoolchildren. Students aged 5-12 years will be able to use 75 bicycles in order to go home during the lunchtime and return to school. Police officers will also conduct safety briefings for beginner cyclists.

Blood donation

In order to necessity to replenish the blood bank due to a significant increase in the daily temperature in the sister city of Zhenjiang, an event on voluntary blood donation was organized. About 1000 representatives of government organizations became donors. The campaign was held at no cost.

Meeting with the President of Armenia

A meeting of the President of the Republic of Armenia and the mayor of the city was held in the Yerevan City Hall. During the meeting, an exchange of views on the ongoing and planned urban improvement programs was held, prospects for the future development of the capital of the republic were discussed. A meeting with the chief architect of Yerevan was held.

The development of the automotive industry

Automobile company “Dorcen Automobile Group Co.” of the sister city of Changzhou took part in the II Chinese Summit on the development of the automotive industry using new energy sources, which was held in Nanjing. The new car model of the company "E20" received two prestigious awards, as the most reliable brand and the best-selling model for new energy sources. “Dorcen Auto” is a modern Chinese automotive brand that produces passenger and commercial vehicles.


Solemn events
On July 18, 2016, solemn events dedicated to the 182nd anniversary of Vasil Levski, an outstanding participant of the liberation movement from the Ottoman yoke, were organized in the sister city of Pazardzhik at the initiative of the mayor's office. Flowers were laid to the monument of the national hero on the square of his name, which was attended by representatives of local and regional authorities, public organizations and political parties, as well as residents and guests of the city. 

Electronic game development
In order to increase the tourist attractiveness of Beziers, as well as the formation of interest in the historical heritage among the youth, students of the Cime Art School during the summer months of 2019 will be working on the creation of an interactive electronic game in 3D. The game will take place in Beziers in the ancient buildings and structures of the city during the era of antiquity and the middle ages. Release of the game is expected in September this year.

Unique exhibition of paintings
On July 16 this year, in the sister city of De Moines, a unique exhibition of paintings created by the "Manibus" robotic drawing device that reacts to the motion sensor, was opened. The exhibition presents works depicting the movements of professional dancers of the ballet company of Des Moines. The device is designed by the artist and inventor Amenda Tate.

Educational program
In order to improve the level of education of the younger generation, fourteen students of Jiangsu University of Zhenjiang sister city participated in the volunteer program by visiting Hui autonomous county at Qinghai province. During the month active students will teach English, social sciences, fine arts and physical education to local children. 

Anniversary concert of the youth symphony orchestra
An exclusive anniversary concert of the Yerevan Youth Symphony orchestra took place in the sister city of Yerevan. The event, organized within the framework of the Yerevan summer 2019 program, was attended by the President of the Republic of Armenia, high-ranking state and spiritual officials, the Mayor of the city, residents and guests of the capital. The Youth Symphony Orchestra and choir of pupils from 25 music and art schools of Yerevan performed a concert program, which included only the works of Armenian composers. A tour of the youth symphony orchestra is planned in the cities of Armenia and foreign countries. 

Charity projects
Mr. Yuan Shunqing, a farmer-entrepreneur of the sister city of Changzhou, as the only representative of Jiangsu province, took part in the National Role Models Conference, which was held in Beijing. Mr. Yuan Shunqing is known for his active participation in charity. He has established the first Dependent Children’s Home in the province, providing training during summer and winter holidays, systematically visits the elderly in nursing homes and, together with 20 entrepreneurs, set up an agricultural specialties display and sales center together with over 20 professional agricultural cooperatives in order to help local farmers.


Project on sculptures installation

In Pazardzhik the project on the installation of composition along the waterway passing through the city is going on. The project has been implemented since 2013 on the initiative of the city hall of the sister city, it has already been attended by 10 local sculptors. During the summer it is expected to install three new sculptural figures.

Winning the Rugby Championship of France Among Juniors

The junior rugby team of Béziers became the champion of France in its category for the second year. This event is of particular importance for the sister city: the adult Bezier team in this sport has repeatedly won national Championships in the 80s of the XX century. For young athletes and their trainers the solemn reception was organized in the city hall of Beziers.

Visiting parks of Des Moines

In order to attract attention to healthy lifestyle and spending time in the fresh air Des Moines Parks and Recreation invited the residents of sister city to take part in an interesting initiative "Tour Parks Des Moines". Fr om 01 to 31 July this year, participants should visit certain attractions in the local city parks, take pictures and post photos on social networks. The winners who have fulfilled all the conditions will be awarded with cash prizes.

Participation in the wrestling championship

The sportswoman of the sister city of Zhenjiang took part in the Asian Championship on wrestling among juniors which took place on July 03-06 in the city of Nur-Sultan (the Republic of Kazakhstan). The Zhenjiang athlete won the gold medal among women in the weight category up to 69 kg At the continental championship were presented young wrestlers from more than 15 countries.

Electronic platform promotion

In order to ensure effective cooperation with the residents of the city, Yerevan municipality set up an electronic platform "Active citizen", wh ere everyone will be able to share their ideas and new projects. Budget funds will be allocated for financing the implementation of the best proposals. The platform will contribute to finding solutions to the problems of the residents of the Armenian capital.

Days of traditional Changzhou cuisine in Taiwan

In June, in several cities of Taiwan, with the support of municipal governments, cultural events were held under the motto "Changzhou cuisine in Taiwan", dedicated to traditional Chinese cuisine. Five professional chefs from Changzhou demonstrated their culinary art by preparing presentations of national dishes, which are considered the landmark of the sister city. Urban residents and numerous tourists visited these events.


The visit of Pazardzhik delegation to Germany

Representatives of Pazardzhik regional library named after Nikola Fournadzhiev visited the city of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) as part of the official delegation of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria. The main purpose of the visit is the exchange of experience with the libraries of the cities of Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, and Stuttgart. Also in the framework of the stay visit to the University of Konstanz were organized. 

The high-tech show "Sound and Light" in Beziers 

A new edition of the high-tech show "Sound and Light", dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the birth of the head of the French Resistance Movement during the Second World War, born in Bezier, Jean Moulin was presented on July 5, 2019 in the sister city. 70 citizens of Beziers participated in the preparation of the show as actors. The shooting was carried out in a special studio on a monochromatic green background and subsequently were transferred on the corresponding scenery. The facade of the St. Madeleine Church will become the “screen” of the city three times per week with the help of spectacular lighting effects in 4D format, using the latest video display technology. The show will be presented until August 25th of this year.

The agricultural fair in the city of Des Moines

The traditional agricultural fair, one of the best farmers markets in the United States, will be open for residents and guests of the city of Des Moines on July 6, 2019. More than 300 local manufacturers will present a wide range of products. Visitors will be able to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, groceries, beekeeping, bakery and confectionery products. There will be also fresh meat and sausages.

The celebration of the Day of the Chinese Communist Party

The celebration of the Day of the Communist Party, the ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China, was held on July 1, 2019. As part of the celebrations the National Congress of the CPC was held in the city of Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. The congress was attended by representatives of the sister city of Zhenjiang.

The work of the centers of information support for Yerevan tourists

The results of work of the centers of information support for tourists in the city of Yerevan for the first half of 2019 were summed up. During this period, the centers received about 15 thousand tourists from 66 countries of the world. The largest number of tourists in this year came from the Russian Federation, Iran, USA, France, Germany, China, Spain, India and the Philippines. Visitors to the sister city were provided with tourist maps of Yerevan in many languages, informational booklets, guidebooks on city museums, a tour program “Yerevan City Tour”, as well as information about electronic services provided by the City Hall. 

The development of industry in the sister city of Changzhou

The official opening ceremony of the Italian company “Targetti Sankey Lighting”, specializing in the production of indoor and outdoor lighting, took place in in the city of Changzhou at the end of June 2019. The company's products are represented in more than 50 countries. The event was attended by the Deputy mayor of Xinbei district, as well as the chairman of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in East China.


Pazardzhik sports achievements 

The National Championship in modern pentathlon was held in the city of Veliko Tarnovo (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from 22 to 23 June, 2019. The competition was attended by all ages athletes. The representatives of the sports club "Champion" of the city of Pazardzhik had a great success, they won silver and bronze medals, as well as a prize cup. Winners of the competition will take part in the International Championship, which will be held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from 18 to 24 July this year.

The festival of contemporary art in the city of Beziers

The 4th Contemporary Art Festival «L’Art deboite» will be held in the city of Beziers in the period from 28 to 30 June, 2019. The event will be attended by artists, sculptors, creators of art installations and collages, artists working in various techniques, living in France, as well as in Belarus, Chile and Mexico. To emphasize the originality of creative works, the exhibits are placed in more than 20 large multi-colored containers that will be installed in the center of Beziers - on the Alley of Paul Rica. Residents and visitors can get acquainted with the trends of modern art.

The celebration of the Independence Day of the United States of America

The celebration of the Independence Day of the United States of America – the main public holiday dedicated to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 – will be held in the city of Des Moines on July 4th of this year. In this regard a diverse cultural and entertainment program will be organized for residents and guests of the sister city. The solemn events will be finished with festive fireworks at various venues in the city.

The International Day of yoga

The celebration of the International Day of yoga, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2014, was held on June 21 this year. Yoga is a priceless gift of ancient traditions, which embodies the harmony between man and nature, as well as an integrated approach to health and well-being. In this regard yoga program was held at the foot of Nanshan Mountain for residents and guests of the city of Zhenjiang.

The visit of Yerevan official delegation to St. Petersburg

Yerevan official delegation, headed by the mayor of the sister, visited St. Petersburg in the period from June 20 to 21, 2019. During the stay, the reception of the Acting Governor of St. Petersburg was organized. The sides discussed issues of trade, economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between cities. The importance of cooperation in the field of healthcare was noted, interest in increasing the supply of agricultural products of the Republic of Armenia to the St. Petersburg retail chains was expressed. Members of the sister-city delegation also took part in the Days of Culture of Yerevan in the northern capital of the Russian Federation.

The construction of an industrial park in the city of Changzhou

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the science and technology park “Sunan Smart City” took place in the Tianning district of Changzhou on June 18, 2019. The area occupied by the industrial park will be more than 13 hectares, the total investment is 2 billion yuan. It is the largest comprehensive industrial park and the first economic agglomeration for Internet platforms in the district. The Park is planned to gather emerging industries such as industrial design, e-business, intelligent manufacturing and others. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.


The international judo tournament

The International Judo Tournament took place in the city of Pazardzhik on June 15, 2019. The honor guests of the event were the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community and the president of Bulgarian Judo Federation. More than 350 sportsmen from Bulgaria, Russia and Greece took part in the competition. The representatives of the sports club “Kodokan” of the city of Pazardzhik had shown the excellent result and took the first place. It should also be noted that the sportsman of the sister-city Valentin Alipiev will perform in the national team during the European Olympic Games in the city of Minsk (Republic of Belarus) in the period from 21 to 30 June, 2019.

The annual rose wine festival in the city of Beziers

The annual rose wine festival, which has a great success in recent years, due to its consonance with the local culture, was held in the sister-city of Beziers on June 14, 2019. The festive events were devoted to the theme “The architectural heritage of Beziers”. Guided tours to ancient castles and private estates, tastings were organized as part of the events. The participants learned about the history and technology of the popular drink.

The Water Festival in the city of Des Moines

The Water Festival will be held in the city of Des Moines on June 23, 2019. The purpose of the event is to draw public attention to the quality of drinking water, the necessity to clean water resources. A diverse educational program, as well as concerts of local performers, dance workshops and entertainment games for children and adults were prepared as part of the event. 

The environmental action in Zhenjiang

Recycling of solid waste is one of the most actual problems of modern life. In this regard, students of Jiangsu University organized a following activities in the pre-school educational institutions of the sister city: open lessons, as well as themed games. The purpose of this environmental action is to acquaint children with the principles of collection and recycling of household waste, education respect for the outside world.

The annual creative festival-contest in Yerevan

The XII festival-contest of municipal organizations of additional education in the field of culture was held in Yerevan recently. The event was attended by the mayor of the sister-city and members of the Council of Elders of Yerevan. The festival was held in the following nominations: piano, strings, percussion and wind instruments, national instruments, vocals, classical music, solfeggio dictations and musical notation. The ten best schools of the sister-city were awarded diplomas and memorable prizes in the framework of the ceremony. The founder of the festival Kamo Movsesian was also awarded the gold medal of the mayor of Yerevan for significant contribution to the formation and preservation of national traditions and culture.

The meeting with the SEO of Bergstrom Inc.

Recently, a deputy mayor of Changzhou met with the president of an American company engaged in the development and production of cab climate systems for heavy-duty commercial trucks, off-highway machines and specialty vehicles. The company's headquarters is located in one of the sister-cities of Changzhou - the city of Rockford, Illinois (USA). 


Contest-festival of majorettes in the city of Pazardzhik

In the period from 7 to 8 of June, 2019 in the sister city of Pazardzhik the 9th contest-festival of majorettes called "Solar Besapara" was held. The organizers of the event are the municipality of Pazardzhik Community and the Children's Complex of the sister city. The festival was attended by more than 200 majorettes from cities of the Republic of Bulgaria. The competition was held in several age categories. The winners of the festival are currently taking part in the European Majorette Championship in the Republic of Croatia.

Bezier streets decoration

In recent years during the summer the streets of the city of Beziers, like other European cities, were decorated with colorful and transparent umbrellas, later with lamp shades that shone in the evening. The renovated streets decor of the historic center of the city will be opened on June 15, 2019. The performance of musical groups and theatrical procession are planned. Now, giant butterflies, dragonflies, jellyfish and flowers will “fly” over the streets. The facades of shops and cafes will be decorated in accordance with the theme of street decoration.

The city walking tours

The 15-week series of Summer Social Concerts starts in the botanical garden of the sister city of Des Moines on June 13th 2019. The diverse music program for all ages in the fresh air includes concerts of local artists in various genres, entertaining games and educational workshops for children and adults.

The agricultural culture festival

The first agricultural culture festival "Traditions of the farming culture, promoting the rural revitalization" was held in the city of Zhenjiang on June 9, 2019. The festival included a demonstration of planting seedlings in rice fields, master classes in folk art and cooking national dishes. The work of the agricultural market was organized. The event was attended by residents of the sister city, as well as the tourists.

The participation in the Smart sustainable cities conference

Yerevan official delegation took part in a conference organized by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) “Electronic management of civil and transparent administrative processes”, which took place in the city of Tbilisi (Georgia) in June of this year. During the event, the leadership of CJSC "Center of Technology Management of Yerevan" presented a project, implemented under the "Smart City" program. This project was also presented to the participants of the XI Annual Regional Information Technology and Cyber Security Conference GITI-2019 (Georgian IT Innovation) and awarded the award in the nomination "The best technical solution".

The construction of a high-speed railway bridge

The construction of a high-speed railway bridge was started in the sister city of Changzhou as part of a project on creation a transport network providing hourly accessibility in a region centered on the city of Shanghai. It is expected that the transportation network will unite the cities of Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Jiaxing and Ningbo and will cover a total area of more than 20,000 square kilometers. The project is being implemented in order to further develop the agglomeration and successfully integrate cities in the Yangtze River Delta.


The III Forum of the sister cities of Russia and Bulgaria

The III Forum of the sister cities of Russia and Bulgaria, dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, was held in the city of Varna (Republic of Bulgaria) on 03-04 June, 2019. The event was organized by the National Association of Communities of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Municipality of Varna, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Varna and the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Bulgaria. More than thirty cities of the Russian Federation took part in the Forum. The prospects of further development of cooperation were discussed. During the meeting the representative of Pazardzhik presented a presentation materials on the development of friendly relations with the city of Stavropol.

The organization of summer leisure 

A number of recreational activities will be organized for residents and guests in the Plateau Park of the sister city of Beziers during the summer. Charging, yoga, meditation will be held under the guidance of experienced professionals. The workshops on holding stones on the body (it contributes to the development of dexterity, balance and slow breathing), playing a new musical instrument “handpan” will be held. Jazz and classical music groups will perform. There are also activities for children: organized games, performances by circus artists.

Walking tours around the city

The new tours organized in the sister city in the period from May to September, 2019 allow residents and visitors of the city to appreciate the rich architectural heritage of the capital of Iowa. Walking tours with four different paths encompass both historic and modern urban buildings, familiar with the features and elements of architectural styles. Guides will also present exciting historical facts and interesting stories about buildings located in downtown Des Moines. 

The photo exhibition

A large-scale photography exhibition of "Aerial Photography of Zhenjiang” and the photo album presentation of by a famous photographer Mr. Wu Meng was held on June 02, 2019. The exhibition presents works reflecting significant changes in Zhenjiang over the past years. At the end of the exhibition, more than 4,000 photographs of Zhenjiang will be presented to the city construction archive. 

The opening of the park

After a large-scale reconstruction, a park, located at the crossroads of Mashtots Avenue and Saryan Street was opened in the sister city of Yerevan. Works on the improvement of the new recreation area begun in 2015. About 10 thousand trees and flowers were planted in the park, modern technologies for lighting were applied and illuminated fountains were installed. The total reconstruction is $15 million. It is supposed that the park will become one of the most favorite and visited places in the capital of Armenia.

The Tourism Day 

Events dedicated to China Tourism Day were held in the sister city of Changzhou. The main events took place at the Xiyingmen Square in Changzhou Grand Canal Tourist Area. The Canal Youth volunteer team was officially established at the event. There was a festival of traditional Chinese clothing, representing national traditions and customs. Residents and guests of the city took part in various outdoor entertainment and sports activities.

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