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20.03.20

Environmental conservation activities
The municipality of Beziers purchased a specialized machine for processing lawns from weeds. It is carried out using hot water and environmentally friendly foam made from plant waste. Using this bio-foam, which is also used for cleaning various surfaces from contamination, there is no risk of harm to people and animals. The city of Beziers intends to continue to maintain its reputation as a city that cares about the environment.

Virtual seminars
In connection with the current epidemiological situation in the world, the sister city of Des Moines decided to organize on-line seminars and training lectures for business representatives and investors. As part of the virtual training, best practices in distance business will be presented.

Meeting of the Council of Elders
A meeting of the Council of Elders was held in the sister city of Yerevan, during which the implementation of the budget for 2019 was approved, as well as changes were made to the budget for 2020. The use of budget funds is provided for the replacement of elevators, construction and repair of pedestrian crossings, creation of new irrigation networks, acquisition of equipment for landscaping, as well as for the development of other areas of urban economy.

13.03.20

National modern pentathlon championship
In the period from 07 to 08 March 2020, Pazardzhik hosted the National modern pentathlon championship among youth. During the competition, representatives of the Champion sports club of the sister city had good results. Participants won gold and silver cups in the team competition, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals in individual competitions. According to the results of the championship, the Champion sports club was marked as the most successful in the country in training athletes of younger age categories.

Reconstruction of one of the city districts 
It was decided to make total reconstruction of one of the districts of Beziers-La Devize. Residential buildings built in the quarter in the 60s of the last century (more than 550 apartments) will be demolished taking into account environmental standards. In their place, it is planned to build new housing that meets all modern requirements. The old buildings will be replaced by modern villas, social houses, a new school and a gym for rhythmic gymnastics.

Training lectures
From March 9 to 12 this year, the city of Des Moines organized a series of annual lectures "ciLive!" (Celebrate! Innovation Live). The main goal of the conferences is to develop student creativity. During the training interactive events, representatives of the youth of the sister city have the opportunity to meet with outstanding leaders of culture and science, communicate with speakers and discuss issues of interest directly with developers of innovations.

Spring season
With the begging of the spring season, the sister city of Zhenjiang is actively working on landscaping urban areas. Research has been carried out to determine the need to increase forest stands. More than a thousand saplings of fruit trees are currently planted on the territory of the reservoir.

Unique heart surgery
A unique operation to implant an artificial heart ventricle for a four-year-old patient was conducted in the sister city of Yerevan. The multi-hour surgery was performed by cardiac surgeons of the Nork-Marash center with the assistance of doctors from Europe. It is hoped that the successful experience will contribute to the start of heart transplantation operations in Armenia.

06.03.20

The festive events dedicated to the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke

The festive events dedicated to the 142 anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke were held in the city of Pazardzhik on March 03, 2020. Within the events the city leaders, residents and guests took part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag in the Central Square named after Konstantin Velichkov as well as laying flowers at the monuments of heroes who participated in the liberation of the country. The celebration program was ended with a concert.

The urban policy in the city of Beziers

As part of Beziers new urban development plan the city hall decided to transfer 90 hectares of undeveloped city land in favor of environmentally friendly agriculture. From now the priority of the city authorities is the restoration and updating of residential premises already existing in the city, as well as the restoration of existing neighborhoods. It was decided to abandon the expansion of urban boundaries in favor of nature conservation.

The construction of a skate park in Yerevan

In order to organize youth leisure the construction of a skate park is planned in the city of Yerevan. The work will be implemented in two phases. The venue construction will be completed until June 30 this year. It is planned to have a first-aid post and a skate rental point on the territory. The ventilation systems powered by solar electricity, lighting throughout the territory will be installed. As part of the implementation of the second phase of the project the territory landscaping with the applying landscape design, installation of viewing platforms are planned until August 30 this year. The area occupied by the park will be 5044 sq.m.

28.02.20

The participation in the National Pentathlon Championship

The National Pentathlon Championship was held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from February 22 to February 23, 2020. The representatives of Pazardzhik sports club “Champion” had a great success. The participants of the sister city won prize medals of the championship.

The opening of a bicycle service and repair station

A bicycle station was opened in Beziers. Cycling enthusiasts will find everything they need here: a well-equipped parking for bicycles, a tool kit and a tire inflation pump. The construction of this cycle station was the result of the final stage of an interactive competition for youth, announced by the City Hall in 2019. In total, 37 projects were submitted to the competition, one of which was the project of the bicycle station chosen by the residents of the sister city by voting.

Closing the winter season

The opening season of the ice rink “Brenton Skating Plaza” located in the center of Des Moines will be ended on March 1, 2020. In this regard, residents and guests of the sister city will be able to actively spend the upcoming weekend. It should be noted that this open air venue will be available for numerous business events and special occasions in the spring and autumn period. 

The improvement of the sister city of Yerevan

As part of the implementation of the city program in 2020 Yerevan City Hall plans to improve a number of cultural, educational and medical institutions. Overhaul is planned in the Theater of the Young Spectator, the Children and Youth Creative Center and the gallery of Eduard Isabekyan. Five clinics of the sister city will be equipped with new medical equipment. It is also planned to improve culture and recreation parks, including the replacement of damaged curbs, supporting walls, repair of sidewalks and the installation of new irrigation systems.

20.02.20

Memorable events

On February 19, 2020, celebrations were held in the sister city of Pazardzhik to mark the 147 death anniversary of one of the most famous fighters for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke, Vasil Levski. The leaders of the city and the region, representatives of public organizations and political parties, citizens and guests of the city paid tribute to the memory of the hero, took part in laying flowers at the monument to Vasil Levski. A solemn prayer service was also held.

Provision of public places with defibrillators

In order to ensure timely first aid in public places in the city of Beziers, 15 new devices were placed in addition to the previously installed 30 defibrillators, which help to reanimate the heart in the event of a sudden stop. These devices, equipped with detailed visual and audio instructions, are semi-automatic and can be used even by non-specialists. By the end of 2021, it is planned to increase the number of available defibrillators installed in public places to 52 units.

Training seminar

In order to further develop entrepreneurship, a training seminar on the organization of commercial enterprises will be held in the sister city of Des Moines on March 05. The focus will be on intellectual property, financing, and the stages of new companies creating. Practical aspects of the work will be covered by representatives of law firms who specialize in startups. 

Construction of a new training center 

The mayor of Yerevan met with representatives of the TUMO training center for advanced technologies. During the meeting, the parties discussed the construction of the "EU TUMO" (Complex of engineering and applied Sciences in Yerevan), which is being implemented within the framework of cooperation with the European Union. According to the project, the complex with an area of 25,000 sq. meters will include an educational infrastructure, a STEM research laboratory (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the faculty of computer science and applied mathematics of the French University of Armenia, and conference rooms. The construction of the complex is planned to be completed in the spring of 2020.

14.02.20

Swimming competition 

The XII swimming tournament “Champion 2020” was held on February 08-09 with the financial support of the city hall of Pazardzhik. More than 200 young athletes from the sister city took part in the competition. The winners were awarded medals and prizes. The most successful results were demonstrated by the sportsmen of Sports schools of the city of Pazardzhik. 

Preservation of historical heritage

 In December last year, the Ministry of culture of the French Republic awarded the city of Beziers the title "City of art and history". This title is awarded to cities and communes that are actively engaged in attracting public attention to the historical heritage, as well as its protection. Getting this title was preceded by a large-scale work. The mayor of Beziers made a presentation at the Ministry of culture describing the cultural potential of the city and its merits. Awarding the title "City of art and history" will allow working on instilling interest in historical architecture among the population of the city, as well as attract a large number of tourists. 

Promotion of the insurance sector 

The capital of Iowa, Des Moines, is one of the largest centers of insurance business in the United States. More than 80 insurance companies operate here. In order to further develop the insurance market, a 100-day program "Global insurance accelerator" is being implemented in the sister city, which provides assistance to firms and start-ups in this area. The training focuses on innovative approaches to services, the needs of the consumer market, and provides advices. The results of the program will be summarized during the insurance symposium in April 2020. 

Development of the health system 

Strengthening and developing health care is one of the priorities of the mayor's office of the sister city of Yerevan for 2020. This year, it is planned to purchase more than 120 units of medical equipment, including ultrasound cardiac devices for municipal clinics. The quality of conditions in medical institutions will also be improved, and major repairs of all ambulance service stations will be completed.

07.02.20

The meeting of the Pazardzhik City Duma

The meeting of the Pazardzhik City Duma was held on January 31, 2020. During the meeting, the sister city budget for 2020 was approved. It is noted that over the past 10 years, the amount of the annual budget has tripled. This year, financial resources will be allocated not only for the development and improvement of urban areas, but also for solving environmental problems.

An alternative educational institution

An alternative educational institution, the Active Artistic School combining nurseries, a kindergarten and a school has been operating for five years in the city of Beziers. Children and adolescents from 2 to 18 years of age not only gifted, but also having problems with concentration and memory are trained here. Currently, there are 46 students in the school. For the next academic year, there are already 400 applications.

The annual civil rights award

The annual civil rights award «Make-A-Difference Award» awarded for activities aimed at ensuring social justice, public safety, and providing equal economic opportunities was held in the sister city of Des Moines. The prize was awarded to participants in three categories.

The launch of the innovative material production

The production of an innovative type of membrane liner was launched in the sister city. The material is four times stronger than glass, has special tensile strength and high thermal insulation, has the function of a bulletproof, explosion-proof coating. The use of membrane liner is possible in various industries and in the field of vital activity of citizens.

The environmental projects

The annual action “Night of Ideas 2020”, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and biodiversity was held in the sister city of Yerevan. During the event, the topical environmental problems were discussed, as well as projects successfully implemented in Armenia were presented. A demonstration of a video on ecology took place, a photo exhibition of student works “60 Solutions to the Climate Change Problem” was presented.

The construction of an innovative automated base

A new project was launched to create an innovative automated base in the sister city of Changzhou that will provide about 5,000 jobs. The project involves the construction of a research center, an automated line for the production and collection of equipment, as well as testing centers, packaging workshops and storage facilities. The base will specialize in the development, production and sale of automated devices with artificial intelligence and products with AR technology (AR - “Augmented Reality” - the result of introducing any sensory data into the perception field in order to supplement information about the environment and improve the perception of information).

31.01.20

The participation in judo competitions

The European Judo Championship for men will be held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from February 1 to February 2, 2020. More than 250 athletes from thirty-three countries of the world will take part in the competition. The Republic of Bulgaria at the championship will be represented by 27 participants, including the athletes of the sister city sport club “KodokanЭ. 

The population growth of the city of Beziers

According to official data from the French National Institute for Statistics and Economics, the population of Beziers increased by 6666 compared to 2014 and reached 78453. These indicators indicate the development of Beziers in the socio-economic sphere, the successful implementation of measures to increase the pace of construction and increase tourist attractiveness cities.

The environmental activities

The sister city of Des Moines focuses on energy consumption and carbon pollution. According to the results of the studies, it was proved that the main greenhouse gas emissions (35%) are carried out by multi-story buildings. The Des Moines City Council passed a decree on energy and water benchmarking, according to which owners of commercial, multi-apartment and municipal buildings annually provide data on energy and water consumption. The received information will be used in making strategic decisions on building management.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year

On January 25, 2020 residents of the sister city of Zhenjiang celebrated the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. According to the ancient Chinese calendar, the year 4718 came, which will pass under the sign of the White Metal Rat. New Year in China is usually celebrated in the family circle. Houses are decorated with red paper lanterns, paired congratulatory inscriptions. Great importance is attached to the preparation of traditional national dishes.

The safety of citizens ensuring

The meeting of the mayor of the sister city of Yerevan with the representatives of the Yerevan department of the rescue service of the Ministry of Emergencies took place at the end of January this year. The results of 2019 were summed up, issues of increasing the effectiveness of response in fires and domestic calls were discussed during the report. It was also reported that an agreement on the implementation of a program for the management of hazardous waste was signed between the City Hall of Yerevan and the European Union.

The rhododendron exhibition

The large-scale XVII Chinese exhibition of rhododendrons is planned in Changzhou in April-May 2021. The main thematic exhibition will be located in Fenghuang Park. A demonstration zone with a landscape design of 15 km in length will be created along the Grand Canal. It is planned to build an indoor pavilion for participating cities with a total area of about 8,000 square meters. The government of the sister city of Changzhou suggests that following the exhibition, the city will become the National Demonstration Zone for rhododendron growth.

24.01.20

The anniversary of the Ottoman yoke liberation

The residents and guests of the city of Pazardzhik celebrated the 142th anniversary of liberation fr om the Ottoman yoke on January 14, 2020. As part of the celebration, flowers were laid at the monument to General N.P. Broca, who led the vanguard of the Russian troops who liberated the city. The mayor of the Pazardzhik Community, the Governor of the Pazardzhik region, deputies of the regional and city Duma took part in the ceremony. Flowers were also assigned to other monuments to the heroes of the Russian-Turkish war.

The city holiday

The “Truffle Festival” will be held for the fourth time in the city of Beziers on January 26, 2020. As part of the event, a fair of truffles and local gastronomic products, scientific and practical conferences on the development of a culture of growing and collecting truffles are planned. The mayor of Beziers will take part in the opening ceremony. There will also be a demonstration of the “hunt” for truffles with the help of specially trained animals.

The award for participation in volunteer activities

The award ceremony for the winners of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Volunteer 2019 Prize will take place on January 28 this year in the sister city of Des Moines. The award was established in 2009 for volunteering to promote environmental protection and landscaping. In 2019, more than 5 thousand volunteers took part in the cleaning of natural areas, landscaping, the construction of playgrounds, educational activities and other public initiatives of the sister city.

The preparations for the Chinese New Year

An active preparations have been made for the celebration of the Chinese New Year in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Numerous fairs are organized, wh ere a variety of thematic products and products of local manufacturers are presented. Residents and guests of the city took part in the traditional campaign for the creation of paired congratulatory messages with the wishes of happiness, health and longevity. Fireworks shows and carnival processions will take place.

The reconstruction of the transport network

In order to reduce traffic congestion, the municipality of the sister city of Yerevan is implementing a number of programs and projects. Particular importance is attached to the creation of alternative roads for different sections of the city. Currently, a large investment project is being implemented - the construction of the western bypass road in Yerevan, which will be 23 km long and will connect the northern and southern entrance to the capital of Armenia.

The women's field hockey league

A new season of China Women's Field Hockey League «FIH 2020» was started in the sister city of Changzhou on January 11. 2020. The competition will be held for four months. China's national women's field hockey team will play with four teams - the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. The final will take place in June, 2020.

15.01.20

The memorable events in the city of Pazardzhik

A celebration of the 172 anniversary of the birth of the famous Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, an active participant in the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke Hristo Botev was held in the city of Pazardzhik on January 6, 2020. The mayor of the Pazardzhik Community, the Governor of the Pazardzhik Region, deputies of the State and City Duma, residents of the sister city took part in the solemn memorial ceremony. The laying of flowers at the monument to the national hero took place.

The restoration work

The work on saving historical heritage is continuing in the city of Beziers. Currently, the facade and the adjacent territory of the ancient Cathedral of Saint Nazaire, which is the hallmark of the sister city, are being restored. The portal of the building, decorated with sculptures was restored. In the near future, restoration of window openings, a stone slab and a foundation will also be carried out.

The organization of students leisure

In the twin city of Des Moines as part of the interaction between the Public Schools Administration and the Association of Recreation and Amusement Parks, a program for the organization of leisure activities for secondary and high school students is being implemented. In the framework of the program, students from the sister city take part in group training in baseball, volleyball, soccer, swimming and other sports on a preferential basis. The cost of classes is $5. The program is available for 25 thousand students.

The mass sporting event

A sports and recreational event, dedicated to the beginning of the new year was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang on 01 January, 2020. Athletes and lovers of a healthy lifestyle organized an ascent to the top of the mountain. Active participation in the mass event was attended by the pupils of pre-school institutions of the sister city together with their parents.

The resumption of the work of integrated groups in kindergarten

In the twin city of Yerevan it was decided to resume the work of three integrated groups for children in need of additional care in one of the kindergartens of the capital. It is planned to continue work on the universal integration of children into the general system of education and development in all municipal kindergartens. Financing will be provided from the city budget of Yerevan.

The main projects of 2020

Jiangsu Provincial Government has identified about 1,500 major urban projects for implementation in 2020. 95 city initiatives of the sister city of Changzhou received the regional support. Projects will be implemented in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as in the service sector. The planned investment in 2020 will be about 19.7 billion yuan.

27.12.19

Charity fair in Pazardzhik
As part of the Christmas and New Year events, a charity fair was held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The organizers prepared numerous gifts for the visitors. Students of the sister city took an active part in the exhibition, making greeting cards and souvenirs.

Masterpiece of world painting
Residents of Beziers are proud of their museums and, in particular, a collection of paintings, which presents masterpieces of world painting. In accordance with the request of the famous Paris Museum d'Orsay, the city of Beziers provided a painting by Fernand Pelez "Death of Commodus", written in 1879, to participate in the exhibition dedicated to the famous writer Joris-Carl Huysmans, one of the leaders of the decadent art direction. The exhibition is organized in Paris.

Organization of free time
In the sister city of Des Moines, Family Fun Nights are organized in the renovated Recreation Center from November to February. The events are attended by residents of different ages. At the disposal of citizens there is a gym, various games, a computer laboratory. Competitions in game sports are organized. 

New cultural center
On December 21, 2019, the new Phoenix Square complex was opened in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The total area of the building is 36 thousand square meters and combines two underground and four above-ground floors. It is expected that this public space will become one of the largest shopping centers for fashion, art and book products. 

Information support to tourists
To provide the necessary information to tourists who spend New Year and Christmas holidays in the sister city of Yerevan, the Information support center will operate until January 13, 2020. Guests of the capital will be provided with multilingual tourist maps of Yerevan, booklets, guides to the city museums, the Yerevan zoo, the program of excursions "Yerevan city Tour" , as well as information about electronic services. During the holidays, the municipal museums - the Museum of history of Yerevan, the Historical and archaeological museum-reserve "Erebuni" and the Museum of modern art are also opened.

Changzhou local cuisine festival
The sister city of Changzhou hosted a Festival of local cuisine. The event featured all kinds of local delicacies, as well as famous Changzhou dishes that visitors could taste and purchase. The festival also showcased examples of the city's intangible cultural heritage, such as national embroidery, Jintan paper carvings, etc.

20.12.19

The contest for the "Best Athlete of the city of Pazardzhik"

The city of Pazardzhik was officially declared the “European city of sports 2020” during the solemn meeting of the European Parliament held in Brussels (Belgium) in December 2019. In this regard, the mayor’s office of the sister city decided to hold a contest for the title “Best Athlete in the city of Pazardzhik”. The organizers of the event are also the Youth Policy Council of the sister city, as well as the Association “Pazardzhik goes in for sports”. Participants' profiles were reviewed by a competitive commission consisting of professional athletes from the sister. The official award ceremony will take place on December 20 this year.

The new multimedia show “Sound and Light”

A new multimedia show "Sound and Light" dedicated to Christmas and New Year will be shown twice a week in the period from December 20, 2019 to January 4, 2020 in Beziers. 300 drawings of students from the city of Beziers were used for show preparing. As before, the video will be shown on the facade of the Church of St. Madeleine. Displaying a multimedia show has a constant interest among residents and visitors of Beziers.

The electric scooters using

A public opinion poll on the implementation of a program for sharing electric scooters, which are becoming increasingly popular for moving around the city is being conducted in the sister city of Des Moines. Residents note the mobility and accessibility of this type of transport. At the same time, the issue of safety for pedestrians and motorists is being discussed. The research team will make recommendations to the Des Moines City Council in early 2020. A pilot rental program for electric scooters can be launched in the summer on an experimental basis.

The reconstruction of the Zhenjiang East Railway Station

As part of the project on creation a modern transport hub on the territory of the Zhenjiang East Railway Station, an underground parking lot with 1000 parking spaces with a total area of 38 thousand square meters is currently under construction. Commissioning of parking is expected by the end of next year. At the same time, the construction of the building of the bus station complex and other auxiliary facilities continues.

New Year's festive events

A program of festive New Year's events has been announced in the sister city of Yerevan. The lights of the main Christmas tree of the capital of Armenia will be lit on December 21, the residents and guests of the city will see the premiere of the musical, the opening of the Christmas market. This year, Republic Square will be decorated in a new way. Those who wish can approach the Christmas tree through a specially constructed passage that will connect the square with the park of the 2750th anniversary of Yerevan. New Year's events will be ended on January 13th.

The first investment company in Panama

A new software and information technology company was officially registered in the sister city of Changzhou. The company is the first investment project of the Republic of Panama in China. Since the signing on June 13, 2017 of a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Panama, the establishment of the enterprise has become an important milestone in the development of cooperation between the parties in the trade and economic sphere.

13.12.19

Sports events in Pazardzhik

On December 10, at the solemn session of the European Parliament, Pazardzhik was officially declared the "European city of sport 2020". In this regard, the construction of two new gyms in Pazardzhik will be invested next year. The city will also host more than 150 events aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and attracting residents of the sister city to active recreation in the fresh air.

Festive events

In the sister city of Beziers, citywide events are organized to coincide with the celebration of the upcoming Christmas and New Year. On the square of Jean Jaures fir trees are installed, trade pavilions offering confectionery and souvenirs, Christmas decorations are opened. On city platforms theatrical performances are organized, fair chalets are placed, and also the skating rink works. There will be a Christmas parade, during which more than 160 participants and 10 festively decorated moving platforms will pass through the streets. The new city light and music fountain will demonstrate a special Christmas program. For children there is a "mini-farm", working as a contact zoo.

Reconstruction of the drainage system 

Two major construction projects are underway in the sister city of Des Moines as part of the storm water management and spillway control plan. In the course of the works, a part of the sewerage system will be replaced, a new water supply system will be installed. Successful implementation of the projects will increase the capacity of storm water and significantly reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

Modeling competitions 

On December 7-8 this year, scientific and technical modeling competitions among primary and secondary school students were held in the sports and exhibition center of Zhenjiang. The competition was attended by about 400 students. The jury was presented with moving models of air, land and sea transport, as well as radio-controlled models and robots with artificial intelligence. 

Development of transport system

As part of the further development of the transport system of Yerevan and in line with sanitary standards, a decision was made to ban the movement of trucks carrying construction materials in an open body in the center of the capital. In order to ensure the safety of land crossings, traffic lights are installed, working at the request of pedestrians.

Youth exchanges

At the end of November, eight students of the sister cities of Changzhou visited Japan in the frame of the Chinese-Japanese youth exchanges year. During the visit, the youth representatives got acquainted with the work of state institutions, the organization of the higher education system, as well as the work of a number of cultural organizations. During the visit, the prospects for further development of youth exchanges were discussed, joint events are planned.

06.12.19

International seminar on food industry

The third international seminar on the implementation of regional strategies in the food industry, organized within the framework of "REGION 4FOOD", was held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The project involves about 20 organizations in Bulgaria, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland and Hungary. The prospects of digitalization of the agricultural sector, exchange of experience in the field of food production were discussed during the seminar. The Demonstration center of electronic trade in agricultural products is presented. The participants got acquainted with the presentation of the Pavilion of agriculture in the economic zone "Trakia" in Plovdiv, the Center for the development of cooperation in the field of agriculture of China and Central and Eastern Europe.

Assistance to employment of citizens

In cooperation with the mayor's office of Beziers, the city service "Pole of employment" assists in the employment of residents of the sister city. On the specialized website, after preliminary processing by experts, announcements of vacancies of the municipality are placed. Candidates are pre-selected in accordance with the stated requirements. Also, "Pole employment" provided premises for meetings on recruitment on the free of charge basis. In case of need, financial assistance is provided to citizens in difficult situations.

City Park development

In the sister city of Des Moines, a decision was made to expand the Gray's Lake Park. The land was donated by the brickworks, who owned it for over 100 years. The project involves the ecological restoration of green areas, the creation of natural trails around the lake/ The Park is one of the most visited in Des Moines, and provides a variety of opportunities for healthy recreation of citizens. 

Sports competitions 

On December 01 this year, the Second Cross-country Race was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. It was organized in the national forest park on Nanshan mountain. About 900 athletes from 23 provinces and cities of China took part in the competition. The race was held at three distances-30 km, 19.8 km, 9.8 km among beginners and professional athletes. 

Development of information technologies

The mayor of Yerevan congratulated the famous Japanese scientist, Professor, author of the theory of "Origami World" and the concept of "virtual reality" Takeo Kanade, who became a laureate of the State prize of the Republic of Armenia for the world contribution to the field of information technology, with the honorary award. During the meeting the prospects for the introduction of information technologies in various spheres of the urban economy of Yerevan, as well as the programs implemented within the framework of the "smart city" concept were also discussed.

Restoration of the environment

At the end of November this year, it was decided to establish the Environmental Restoration Center of the sister city of Changzhou and nearby cities. The center will provide targeted solutions for Chinese cities in the field of polluted soil and groundwater survey, risk assessment, development of remediation schemes and engineering construction, as well as pollution control and ecological restoration of watercourses. Special attention is paid to energy-saving technologies.

26.11.19

International judo tournament

In the period from 23 to 24 November this year in Sofia there was an international judo tournament, which was attended by about 900 athletes from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. The best results were made by representatives of the Sports school and "Kodokan" sports club of the sister city of Pazardzhik. They won the Tournament Cup, 6 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Cinema improvement

In the sister city of Beziers the conversion work was completed in the largest cinema hall (380 seats) of "Mon Ciné" cinema in the multiplex "Polygon". There was the increase of the screen and equipment of the hall with the latest sound system. The national Commission the cinema was awarded by the "Art and samples" classification, it is awarded for outstanding success in promoting the art of cinema.

Development of air communication

The sister city of Des Moines is paying special attention to the development of air traffic. From June 2020, the schedule of flights of Des Moines international airport is expected to include the seventh route. Twice a week there will be non-stop flights to the city of Miami. This direction is in demand among the residents of Iowa especially during the vocations. Pre-sale tickets are available on the websites of the airlines. 

Transport ship

In the sister city of Zhenjiang a transport ship of new generation is produced by the "Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group) Co., LTD for a German company. The fully electrified ship with a capacity of 10,000 tons will be used to transport large-sized equipment and production modules of offshore power plants. The ship suits advanced international standards. 

Preparation for the winter period

The sister city of Yerevan implements a set of measures for the preparation of roads and road infrastructure organizations, the capital's transport network for the winter season. Special attention is paid to improving traffic safety. Specialized equipment for snow removal, salt-sand mixture are prepared. Work has also begun on the festive new year decoration and lighting of the capital.

Jiangsu international drawing competition 

On November 10, the results of the Third international art competition of Jiangsu province were summed up in the sister city of Changzhou. The competition was attended by more than 100 pupils of kindergartens and primary schools of Changzhou. Creative works were devoted to the development of friendly sister-city relations with cities of foreign countries. The competition has been held since 2016. The best works are exhibited in the sister cities.

22.11.19

The visit of Pazardzhik delegation to Turkey

The official delegation and representatives of the Pazardzhik business community visited Odrin (Turkish Republic) in the period rom November 19 to November 20, 2019. As part of the stay program, meetings with the leadership of the municipality of Odrin, representatives of Turkish business community were organized. A joint business forum was held. The issues of agricultural development, food and woodworking industry, tourism were discussed during the negotiations.

The citizens support social project

The citizens support social project “The Central Cash Desk for Social Assistance (CCAS)” is being implemented in the sister city of Beziers. As part of the project a new service became available fr om January, 2019. The service is as follows: a citizen is provided with financial assistance in the amount of up to 1000 Euros, while he needs to work for several hours in the field of improvement or sanitary cleaning of the city. In some cases, this activity may become the basis for further employment.

The holiday events

The entertainment events dedicated to the Christmas and New Year holidays will be held in the center of the sister city of Des Moines on November 22-23, 2019. The choirs and musicians performances with traditional festive music, the sale of Christmas treats and souvenirs will be organized. The main events will be held at the ice rink “Brenton Skating Plaza”, wh ere lights on the main Christmas tree of the city will be lit, as well as demonstrations by masters of artistic cutting on ice will be presented.

The festival of architectural art

The IX Festival of Architectural Art, organized by the Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, as well as the Department of Arts, was held at Jiangsu University in November this year. The event provides an opportunity for talented students to demonstrate their achievements and developments, innovative approaches to the planning and construction of buildings. Original author's projects in the field of design and architecture are also presented. The festival promotes the exchange of ideas, in-depth study of professions.

The new recreation area

A new leisure park was opened in the administrative district of Avan of the city of Yerevan. The plot, with a total area of 5000 square meters, was fully landscaped, all the necessary conditions for a varied leisure were created. The garages were located here before. The park was built with the interaction of citizens and representatives of local authorities.

The international import exhibition

The two largest enterprises of the sister city of Changzhou participated in the Second International Import Exhibition, which was held from November 5 to 10 in Shanghai as exhibitors. Innovations in the field of energy-saving vehicles and additive manufacturing were presented at the Changzhou exposition. The spinning machines with artificial intelligence had the particular interest among visitors. Following the exhibition, a number of cooperation agreements were reached, contracts were signed.

15.11.19

Elections to local authorities

Local elections were held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. Todor Popov was re-elected as the Mayor for the fourth time. On November 13, 2019, the solemn inauguration took place. Also, following the results of the elections of deputies, a new composition of the city duma was formed.

Life quality improvement

The mayor's office of the sister city of Beziers carries out comprehensive work to improve the quality of citizens’ life and preserve the environment. Noting the results achieved, the city was awarded the highest award in the framework of the national project "Flourishing cities and villages". Beziers has been involved in the project since 1990 and has been awarded three times as the best city in its implementation.

Educational program for children

Between November and March, the sister city of Des Moines implements the Imagination Playschool, aimed at social adaptation of children. The recreation center organizes educational and entertainment activities for young children three times a week. The main goal is to diversify leisure in the winter season and to provide an opportunity for communication and diverse creative development.

Sports festival for older people

On November 11, 2019, the closing ceremony of the Jiangsu provincial sports festival for the elderly was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The program of events of the festival included friendly competitions in various sports, trainings on active longevity. The key event was the marathon on fast walking. The event was attended by more than 800 representatives of the older generation. 

Garbage sorting program

The mayor's office of the tsister city of Yerevan implementsa pilot program for sorting and separate collection of garbage. As part of the initiative, in cooperation with entrepreneurs, special machines will be provided for the transportation of sorted waste. The city authorities intend to install separate sorting bins for residents.

Visit of the delegation of Moscow regional Duma

On October 30, the delegation of Moscow regional Duma visited Changzhou. The official visit was organized within the framework of the Memorandum on friendly exchanges signed by the Moscow regional Duma and the Jiangsu people's Congress in 2002. During the visit, the members of the delegation got acquainted with the industrial and tourist potential of Changzhou, discussed the prospects for further cooperation.



08.11.19

Participation in the International judo tournament 

An international judo tournament was held in Prilep (North Macedonia) from 02 to 03 November 2019. Athletes from Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro took part in the competition. Representatives of the sister city of Pazardzhik performed well, winning two gold and four silver medals. 

Growth of demand for real estate in the center of Beziers 

The mayor's office of the sister city of Beziers is carrying out a multifaceted work on the restoration and improvement of the ancient city center. The modernization of residential premises is carried out in accordance with modern standards and requirements. A set of measures contributed to an increase in demand for real estate in the center of Beziers on the basis of the report on property transactions. 

Small Business Success Summit 

In November 2019, the sister city of Des Moines will host the Small Business Success Summit. The main purpose of the event is to promote successful business development in Des Moines. During the meetings, modern marketing strategies will be presented; opportunities for better sales, improving customer services, recruitment criteria will be discussed. The experience of successful representatives of the business community of the sister city will also be presented. 

Development of cultural and educational tourism 

In early November of this year, the first events on the development of cultural and educational tourism took place in the Jinshan Park of the sister city of Zhenjiang. A team of athletes involved in Chinese Taiji gymnastics, included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of Jiangsu province, prepared a presentation of the "Yangtze river show". The event attracted a large number of tourists and residents of the sister city. In the future, it is planned to organize performances of national martial arts, mass training in Chinese gymnastics, lectures on healthy lifestyle. 

End of the season of the tourist program 

On November 04 this year, the 8th season of the city tourism program "Yerevan city Tour" officially ended in the sister city of Yerevan. In summing up, it was noted that from March to October 2019, the program was attended by about 6,000 people, most of whom are tourists from Russia, France, Germany, Iran, China, Italy, Spain and the United States. Social programs for schoolchildren, students, the elderly and persons with disabilities were popular. "Yerevan city tour" will resume the organization of excursions in the spring of 2020. 

International football tournament 

On October 26 this year, the qualifying games of the international 7-a-side football tournament among foreign citizens who study or work in the sister city were held in Changzhou. Ten teams consisting of six players and a goalkeeper took part in the competition. The final competition will be held on November 10 this year in the Olympic sports center of Changzhou city. As part of the football tournament, donations were also collected for the benefit of children in difficult living conditions. 


01.11.19

The International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament

The International Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament will be held in the period fr om November 08 to 10, 2019 in Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria). The organizer of the event is a native of sister-city of Pazardzhik, the world champion in rhythmic gymnastics, a member of the Bulgarian Federation of rhythmic gymnastics Yordanka Georgieva. The competition will bring together more than 500 young athletes from seven countries.

The buying of innovative medical equipment

Beziers сlinic «Saint Privat» acquired the latest generation of medical robots for surgical operations. It is assumed that the innovative device will assist surgeons in the implementation of the most complex abdominal operations with a minimum of postoperative complications. During the surgical intervention, the surgeon will control the instruments fixed on the surgical table using the console, while the operation process will be displayed on the monitor in 3D mode.

The annual forum on inclusivity increase

The VII annual forum on equal opportunities for all segments of the population will be held in the sister city of Des Moines on November 15, 2019. The prospects of attracting employees with different work experience, social status and health restrictions, as well as the best practices for increasing inclusiveness in the workplace will be discussed during the meeting. The winners of the Inclusion Award-2019 will also be awarded. The prize is awarded to employers for the development of an inclusive corporate culture.

The autumn flowers season

The autumn flowers season, which will last until mid-November has begun in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Citizens and visitors are delighted with bright flower beds. Jiaoshan Park is especially popular among tourists, wh ere more than 3,000 trees of ten different varieties of osmanthus are planted - an evergreen plant with shiny leaves and fragrant inflorescences.

The online platform for interacting with citizens

An electronic platform provided the interaction of city authorities with citizens was created in the sister city of Yerevan. Using the Internet resource, city residents can share their ideas and new projects. Budget funds will be allocated to finance the implementation of the best proposals. This is the first such experience at the republican and community level. Currently, there are about 700 proposals under consideration.

Argentina Culture Days

The Argentine Culture Days were organized in the sister city of Changzhou. Master classes in the art of tango, soccer training, as well as lectures on Argentinean culture were organized for students. The prospects for developing cooperation with Argentina in various fields, such as tourism, education, sports and culture were discussed during a conference. 

25.10.19

The celebration of European Justice Day

The events dedicated to European Justice Day were held in the sister city 
of Pazardzhik on October 25, 2019. The holiday was established on the initiative of the International Organization “Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)”, which includes more than a million European lawyers. The main goal is to increase public awareness of civil rights, popularizing the profession of a lawyer. As part of the professional holiday, the lawyers of the sister city of Pazardzhik planted tree seedlings in a city park.

The participation in the Tour de France

The city of Beziers applied for participation in the famous cycling race “Tour de France”, which is one of the most popular sports competitions in France and the world. Previously the city of Beziers was already one of the stages of the cycling race (1938, 1939, 1953 and 1958), as well as the starting and final city (2002 and 2006). Participation in the Tour de France will contribute to the further formation of the image of the city of Beziers, as well as attracting tourists.

The ending of the Farmer's Market fall season

The official closing of the Farmer's Market fall season will take place on October 26 this year in the sister city of Des Moines. The fair is one of the largest in the state of Iowa, covers an area of 9 blocks in the center of Des Moines. The products of about 300 local producers are presented here: vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy products, artisans, seedlings and garden tools. According to tradition various entertainment events and draws will be organized on the final day of the market. 

The improvement of the railway station

The reconstruction and improvement of the railway station were completed in the sister city of Zhenjiang. In order to ensure the greatest comfort for arriving and departing passengers, the main attention was paid to the space redevelopment. Currently functional zoning of the adjacent area, landscaping and sanitary cleaning of the railway station territory were carried out.

The solar installation program

A program on introduction energy-saving technologies is being implemented in the sister city of Yerevan. It is planned to install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of 90 multi-family residential buildings in order to ensure the generation of electricity for communal buildings and courtyards, as well as the operation of elevators. Lighting in these areas will be provided by LED lights. The program is being implemented through a grant provided by the European Union.

The environment preservation

The sister city of Changzhou was awarded by the honorary award "National Model city in the field of gardening". The prize is awarded once every three years by the China Landscaping Committee. This year the high grade was given to the activities of Changzhou in the greening of urban space: large-scale planting of trees, restoration of water resources, protection and conservation of ancient plantings and valuable tree species. The long-term comprehensive work on preserving the environment and creating a "garden city" was noted.

18.10.19

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.

11.10.19

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.

03.10.19

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.

27.09.19

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.

20.09.19

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.

13.09.19

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.

06.09.19


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.

30.08.19

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.

23.08.19

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.

16.08.19

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.

09.08.19

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.

02.08.19

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.

26.07.19

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.

19.07.19

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.

12.07.19

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.

05.07.19

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.

28.06.19

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.

21.06.19

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). 

14.06.19

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.

07.06.19

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.

31.05.19

Sports competitions 

On May 23-24 this year the National championship and the European Cup of modern pentathlon among young people in two age categories up to 17 and up to 19 years was held in Pazardzhik. Young representatives of Champion sports club of the sister city successfully participated in the competitions, having won 11 medals in individual events and three team cups. 

Resumption of the educational institution “Ruffel” 

One of the oldest private educational institutions - "Ruffel", founded in 1915, resumes its work in the city of Beziers. The organization will be located in the newly built University campus. The last 20 years the school was located in Servian. May 25, 2019 at the school "Ruffel" there was an open day. Currently, the school has about 200 students who are trained in the field of "Accounting", "Dietetics", "Secretary". 

Promoting of a multicultural community 

On May 30, 2019, a round table devoted to the formation of a multicultural community was organized in the sister city of Des Moines. The event was attended by representatives of major companies and organizations, as well as residents of the city. During the "round table" there was an exchange of experience in creating an environment with equal opportunities for all population, goals were defined for the further development of an inclusive community in the city of Des Moines. 

Children’s Day 

On May 26, 2019, in the Children’s Palace of the sister city of Zhenjiang, a number of festive events " Enlightening Children to Move forward with Happiness " were organized, dedicated to the Children's Day. The program included performances of children's vocal and dance groups, sports competitions in martial arts, instrumental music. Residents and guests of the city with interest visited the exhibition of drawings, as well as creative performances of young artists. 

Urban Council 

A new City-planning Council under the Mayor of the city has been established in Yerevan, the main task of which is the consideration and comprehensive study of the largest construction projects important for the city. Experienced architects will make decisions on the implementation of the project, taking into account the need to preserve the unique appearance of the capital of Armenia. Mayor of Yerevan noted that the work of the Council will promote the further development of the city. 

Sister cities Agreement signing 

On May 19, 2019, the official signing of the Agreement on the establishment of friendly relations with the city of Wyndham (Australia), which became the 28 sister city of Changzhou, took place in Changzhou. It is assumed that the twinning will contribute to the humanitarian and cultural cooperation and exchanges in the field of economy and tourism. The most developed industries of Wyndham are chemical production, metalworking and food industry.

24.05.19

Day of Pazardzhik celebrations 

As part of the celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik and the Day of Slavic writing, the “Spring salon” exhibition of members of the Union of artists was organized in the sister city. The exhibition presents about 60 works by 23 artists, made in various techniques and artistic genres from realism to abstraction. At the official opening, the Mayor congratulated the participants of the exhibition and presented memorable awards. 

City festival 

In the period from May 30 to June 01, 2019 the "Les Caritats" city festival, symbolizing the ancient holiday of mercy, will be held in Beziers. During the festival, citizens and visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the traditions and customs of the Middle Ages. Within the framework of the event program, reconstruction of knight tournaments, archery competitions will be organized. There will be master classes in the manufacture of pottery and leather goods, a performance with the participation of trained birds for hunting. Also, the artists and musicians will present interesting performances. 

Creative Youth Festival 

On May 19, Des Moines hosted the Creative Youth Festival, the initiators of which were the students of the sister city. The main purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for local musicians and aspiring artists to demonstrate their achievements, as well as to contribute to the further development of creativity among young people. The Festival included live music concerts, an exhibition of paintings, as well as performances of poets and actors. 

Fitness center construction

In the sister city of Zhenjiang, a large-scale project for the construction of a fitness center with a total area of 25,000 square meters is being implemented. the Project involves the construction of a stadium, a sports hall, a fitness trail, a football field, basketball, tennis, a children's play area, etc. the Center will become a multi-purpose sports unit that combines sports zones and commercial facilities.

Modernization of external lighting systems 

In the sister city of Yerevan in the framework of the Urban green lighting program the modernization of outdoor lighting systems is carried out. Within the framework of the program, modern energy-saving led lamps are installed. The modernization of outdoor lighting systems helps to reduce energy consumption, improve lighting and road safety. 

International Industrial Equipment Expo 

On the morning of May 18, the 7th Changzhou International Industrial Equipment Expo was opened at the West Taihu International Expo Center. The Exhibition presents about 600 well-known Chinese and international brands specializing in new technologies in the production of equipment. The exhibition presents the latest achievements in the field of industrial automation and robotics, laser cutting and welding equipment, architectural and construction products etc. The event promotes brands and expands business contacts. 


17.05.19

The celebration of the Day of Pazardzhik

The festive events, dedicated to the Day of Pazardzhik and the Days of Slavic Literature and Culture, will be held on May 21, 2019. A solemn mass will be held in the church of Saints Constantine and Helena. Mayor of Pazardzhik will take part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag on the Central Square named after Konstantin Velichkov. Various entertainment events and festive concerts will be organized. As part of the celebration, a festival of Balkan culture and cooking will also be held.

The international cultural event

The international cultural event "Night of the museums" will take place on May 18 of this year in Bezier. Citizens will be able to visit Bezier's museum, and also two museums of Fine Arts located in Fabrega and Fayette's estates. Within the action of a lecture of scientists-historians and an excursion accompanied by skilled guides will be organized. Besides the interactive dramatized representations, concerts of on-stage performance groups and soloists will be carried out. Pieces of music will be performed as on ancient, and modern tools

The Farmers Market

The opening of the new season of the Farmers Market was held on May 4, 2019 in Des Moines. Now, every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October, residents and guests of the sister-city will be able not only to purchase fresh products from more than 300 local producers, but also to take part in various recreational activities. The market covers nine blocks in the city center and is open to visitors in the early morning hours.

The cultural youth action

The international youth action “One Belt And One Road heart to heart" was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang on May 15, 2019. The event was attended by about 500 Chinese and foreign students from 45 foreign countries - Russia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, etc. A procession in national costumes was organized during the event, the participants demonstrated the cultural traditions and customs of various nations of the world.

The music festival

The 12th festival of music and art schools started in the sister city of Yerevan. The contest will be held in ten nominations - piano, strings, percussion, wind instruments, national instruments, vocals, an ensemble of classical music, solfege dictations and musical literature. The winners of the festival will be awarded with memorable prizes of Yerevan City Hall and will take part in the final gala concert.

The increase of tourist flow during the May holidays

There was a significant increase in tourist flow during the May Day holidays in Changzhou. The sister city was visited by over a million guests during the four weekends. Sights such as the Universal Dinosaur Town, Lake Tianma, Yancheng Recreation Area, Soltlake Resort, Tianning Temple, as well as amusement and recreation parks were especially popular.

08.05.19

National championship in ship modeling sport 

In the period fr om 04 to 05 of May 2019 the National championship in ship modeling among radio-controlled models was held in Harmanli (Republic of Bulgaria). During the competition, sportsmen of the sister city of Pazardzhik turned in a good score, winning six gold, seven silver and four bronze medals. This stage is preparatory for participation in the International championship in ship modeling, which will be held in June this year in Pazardzhik. 

Film production 

At the end of April this year a new detective film with the preliminary title "Crime in Ero" was shot in the sister city of Bezier. The filming was attended by residents of the city, who were selected during the casting. Through the efforts of the decorators, the old courthouse was transformed into the gendarmerie, wh ere the main action of the film takes place. The investigation on the film will be carried out between the three cities of the region: Beziers, Agde and Marseillan. The film is scheduled to be shown on French television in October 2019.

New medical equipment 

At the MercyOne Children's Hospital of the sister city of Des Moines the latest echocardiography machine has appeared thanks to the funding of the Principal Charity Classic. With the help of this modern medical device it is possible to provide a highly-detailed, 3D-color imaging of the heart. The equipment will be widely used in pediatrics for diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, as well as pediatric surgery.

Travel industry 

Because of several days off in China, timed to the May Day holidays, in the sister city of Zhenjiang there was an increased demand for tourist trips. In total the people of China made about 150 million trips around the country during these days. Nevertheless, every year tours abroad are becoming more and more popular. 

International Jazz Day 

The sister city of Yerevan celebrated the International Jazz Day. Festive events were held in the open air at the Cascade complex. Numerous local jazzmen performed the works of Armenian and foreign composers. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a four-time Grammy winner, also joined the concert. 

Development of automobile industry

The DORCEN Auto company of the sister city of Changzhou took part in the 18th International exhibition of the automobile industry (Auto Shanghai 2019) in Shanghai. The company presented modern models of fuel cell, new energy and commercial vehicles at the exhibition, receiving widespread attention of visitors. "DORCEN" is a new Chinese automobile brand. In 2019, the company expects to release innovative hybrid models of vehicles.

26.04.19

The Bulgarian-Turkish business forum

The Bulgarian-Turkish Business Forum was held in the city of Pazardzhik on April 24, 2019. The event was attended by the Governor of the Pazardzhik region, the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Plovdiv, the leadership of the Chambers of Commerce of Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as representatives of the business community. During the forum the issues of further socio-economic cooperation were discussed, the current positive dynamics of trade development in the sister city was noted.

The improvement of the city of Pazardzhik

The construction and repair work in the Maritsa district of the sister city of Pazardzhik were finished on April 24th, 2019. Financial resources for the improvement were allocated from the state budget, as well as provided by the European Regional Development Fund. The Mayor of the Community of Pazardzhik took part in the official opening ceremony of the district, thanked the architects for the quality work. 

The entrepreneurship development program

In order to promote the development of entrepreneurship the City Hall of Beziers is launching the Boutique Test program. The terms of participation are as follows: the concept of the project should be innovative and original, the outlet should emphasize the identity of the historical center, the wide range of goods should be different from those presented in other stores in the city. If the testing is successful, the mayor's office will assist in finding premises for a future store.

Implementation of new mobile service

In 2019 Verizon’s ultra-wideband mobile network 5G will be implemented in the sister city of Des Moines. It is expected that the use of mobile technologies of the new generation will contribute to better communication in schools, hospitals and enterprises, as well as improve the quality of services in electronic form, the level of service in transport and online stores. 

Youth action

As part of the events dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, as well as patriotic education of young people a flash mob "the most beautiful flag" was held in the city of Zhenjiang. Students of the sister city depicted the national flag, and then lined up the figure "70" at the city stadium. 

The reception of the French delegation

Mayor of Yerevan welcomed the official delegation of the city of Lyon (French Republic). The effectiveness of inter-municipal interaction and achieved results, in particular, the creation of an Armenian-French specialized training center, the construction of the “Park of Lyon” were noted during the meeting. The prospects of French entrepreneurs investment projects implementation in the capital of Armenia were discussed. Following the visit, interest in expanding cooperation in health care, higher education, culture and tourism was expressed. 

Educating program of Jiangsu Province

As part of the educating program for expats “Go Jiangsu”, a number of events were held in the sister city of Changzhou. Sightseeing tour was organized, a master class on the picking and preparation of a special variety of local green tea "Jintan Queshe", as well as tasting coffee of traditional Chinese recipes were held. Tourists also had an opportunity to visit the ancient book printing agency, to get acquainted with the secrets of paper carving, which is an intangible heritage of China. The program was attended by the winners of the photo contest of Jiangsu Province, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the policy of openness and reform in China.

19.04.19

The opening of an art exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

On April 23, 2019 the Pazardzhik Art Gallery named after Georgy Mashev will host a youth festival organized with the support of the Community of Artists of the sister city. Within the event the V exhibition of art schools in the sister city with an exhibition of more than 200 works of young art lovers will be opened. There will be performances of the novice musicians from the city of Pazardzhik.

The Week of Russian Culture

The Week of Russian Culture organized by the association "Russian-speaking Alliance in Beziers" will take place in the city of Beziers in the period from April 23 to April 27, 2019. The program of this event includes exhibitions of porcelain articles by Russian masters, paintings of Russian artists as well as books of Russian authors. A festival of Russian national cuisine will be held, performances by creative groups will take place.

The contest of the best project for economic development

Google announced a contest of the best idea for the further development of communities in the capital city of Iowa - the sister city of Des Moines. Non-profit organizations will be able to present their innovative projects to address a wide range of issues. Based on the decision of the jury, a grant will be awarded for the implementation of five projects. After the winners are announced, residents of the Iowa will select one winner by public vote, who will receive additional funding.

The green tea plucking season

The season of industrial plucking of Chinese green tea is open in the city of Zhenjiang with the beginning of spring. The workshops for foreign students studying at Jiangsu University were organized at tea plantations of the sister city. Experienced masters demonstrated the secrets of proper tea plucking, told about the methods and features of brewing traditional Chinese drink.

The financial education program

The project “My Finance Month” is being implemented in the sister city of Yerevan for six years with the assistance of the mayor's office and the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia. Within a special program students who receive education in the economic sphere, as well as any interested person, have the opportunity to visit the financial institutions of the capital and get acquainted with their activities. The Yerevan municipality, being a member of the Commission on the National Strategy for Improving Financial Literacy of the Republic of Armenia, has been actively involved in financial education programs for many years.

Participation in the international exhibition

The leaders of the Municipal People's Government of Changzhou and the districts regions of intensive economic growth of the sister city took part in the 13th China (Henglin) International Floor Expo (SNIEC), dedicated to innovative developments and achievements in the field of flooring. This year, the exhibition presented a number of upgraded versions of high-tech products and innovative floor heating systems. As a result of the exhibition, a number of agreements on the development of cooperation with relevant companies in this industry were reached. 

12.04.19

The environmental action in the city of Pazardzhik

The annual spring ecological action “Clean and Green Community of Pazardzhik”, organized by the mayor’s office of the sister-city will be held in the city of Pazardzhik on April 13, 2019. Residents of the city will have the opportunity to exchange paper, plastic and glass products, electronic equipment, old batteries for seedlings of trees and flowers. Similar exchange points will also operate in twenty cities of the Community. In total, within the framework of the action, the city hall of Pazardzhik will provide over 14 thousand seedlings.

The International Lyric Singing Contest

The International Lyrical Singing Competition will be held at the Municipal Theater of Beziers in the period from April 13 to 14, 2019. This contest will be held in Beziers for the 34th time:, the city was famous for its traditions of opera evenings in the XX century, to which first-rate stars were invited. The contest will be attended by 50 opera and operetta singers. The qualifying round will be on the first day of the contest, the final – the second day. Winners will receive valuable prizes.

The tutorial program

A solemn ceremony, dedicated to the completion of the “Unification of Society” program, developed by the Institute for Management Training was held in the Botanical Garden of the sister city of De Moines on April 8th, 2019. Twenty-nine program participants had the opportunity to meet with experienced leaders, to discuss participation in the life of the city since February, 2019. The program also included the personal qualities development and motivation. Graduates reaffirmed their intention to improve the quality of life of the people of Iowa.


The events, dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC

The events, dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC were organized in the sister city of Zhenjiang. In the form of flashmob on the shore of Jinshan Lake, the residents of the sister-city sang together patriotic songs. Tourists from Nanjing, Wuxi and other cities joined the choir.

The landscaping the city of Yerevan

A city-wide tree planting day will be held in the sister city of Yerevan on April 13th, 2019. About 7500 trees and shrubs will be planted in irrigated areas. A new approach is applied in the selection of planting material, preference is given to flowering species. It is also planned to develop vertical gardening in the capital of the Republic of Armenia. 

The completion of the largest investment project in China

It was announced on the 4th Changzhou Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. The organizer is the Municipal People’s Government of the sister city. The competition is held in three categories: large business, science and technology in medium and small enterprises, innovative enterprises. It is now presented more than 430 projects. After summing up the results the Municipal Science and Technology Bureau of the city of  Changzhou city will have the active support of the finalists in the implementation of the best projects.

05.04.19

The participation in the National judo championship

The Bulgarian national judo championship was held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from 30-31 March, 2019. The event was attended by over 500 athletes of the country. The young representatives of the sports school of the sister city of Pazardzhik had a great success. Participants won three gold and four bronze medals.

The work to improve the quality of life of people of the "third age"

In order to improve the quality of life for people of the “third age” the Beziers City Hall developed a number of actions. A personal page for the elderly will be opened on the official website of the City Hall, a sports ground with exercise equipment will be created, innovative traffic lights with sound signals will be installed, a special guide containing useful information will be published. The annual specialized Salon of the elderly with exhibitions, conferences, seminars is planned. In addition, in order to ensure leisure since September of this year Fresh newspapers, magazines and books will be delivered to Bezier retirees in their homes.

The theater season

In the framework of the new theatrical season 2019-2020, the non-profit organization «Des Moines Performing Arts», specializing in the organization of stage productions and musicals in the sister  city of Des Moines, announced more than thirty dramatic, humorous and musical performances. Theater and music lovers will be able to purchase four different preferential subscriptions.

The donor movement

The 17th volunteer campaign of hematopoietic stem cell youth donation took place in Zhenjiang City. About a hundred residents of the sister city donated blood samples for inclusion in the bone marrow bank of China. The action is held under the motto "Devotion, friendship and mutual assistance".

The transport system reform

The delegation of the mayor’s office of the city of Yerevan visited the Czech Republic in order to study the experience in reforming the transport industry. During the visit, the issues of organizing passenger transportation in Prague, the use of single tickets for all modes of transport, as well as social tariffs were discussed. Meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and famous automakers were also held.

The completion of the largest China investment project

The largest investment project in China was completed in the sister city of Changzhou. The plant of the company «Aguona Group», specializing in the production of sugar, starch, juice concentrate, fruit processing, was commissioned. Various jams, as well as ingredients for juices, fruit and vegetable mixes and sauces will be produced at the factory in Changzhou. The customers are global food manufacturers.

29.03.19

The opening of the exhibition in Pazardzhik

The exhibition devoted to the development of trade in the sister city will open on April 2, 2019 in the Regional Historical Museum of the city of Pazardzhik. Pazardzhik was founded as a trade center, “Pazar” in Bulgarian means the market.
Historical documents and photographs of Ottoman merchants, works of artists, as well as commercial equipment: scales, cash registers, etc. will be presented to visitors of the exhibition.

The providing of comfortable living conditions

200 apartments will be fully renovated in the center of Beziers as part of the state program “Act in the heart of the city”. The aim is to provide comfortable living conditions for citizens in the historic center. In this regard, the four town houses of the company “IN’LI” were sold by the city hall for renovation in accordance with modern standards. In the future, it is planned to rent apartments to employees of private enterprises.

The development of the insurance business

The sister cty of Des Moines is one of the largest centers of the US insurance business. In order to further develop of this industry, the launch of the new program “FMH Bridge” has been announced. Profiles of insurance agencies with information on development plans will be created on the basis of the web platform. Program participants will be able to establish direct contacts for further cooperation.

An clay sculpture exhibition

An clay sculpture exhibition of the famous master of pottery, Mr. Ge Zhizhong, took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang. This type of arts and crafts is included in the list of the intangible cultural heritage of Zhenjiang. The exhibition features more than 60 figurines on the subject of cooking national dishes "Zhenjiang noodle". Creation of exhibits carried out over four years.

The environmental action

The sister city of Yerevan will join the international environmental campaign "Earth Hour", organized by the World Wildlife Fund on March 30, this year. As part of the initiative, outdoor lighting on the main streets and buildings of the capital of the Republic of Armenia will be turned off for an hour. The goal of the action is to draw attention to the problems of global climate change, efficient use of resources.

The development of international trade

More than 30 companies of the sister city of Changzhou received certificates of authorized economic operators providing tax incentives, as well as a simplified system for monitoring activities as part of the development of international economic cooperation between China and countries of the European Union. Enterprises engaged in trading activities, importers and exporters, carriers, distributors, brokers, etc. take part in this program.

22.03.19

The schools conference

The Conference of the Envoys of the European Parliament in Bulgaria will be held in the city of Pazardzhik in the period from March 22-23, 2019. The forum is organized with the support of the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community. The conference will be attended by representatives of the European Union, public and educational organizations. As part of the event an exhibition-contest of themed posters, collages, drawings and photographs will be organized in the City hall of the sister city.

The flamenco festival

A flamenco festival, organized by the mayor’s office of the sister city takes place in Beziers in the period from March14-23, 2019. The current event is dedicated to the memory of its creator José Guillan. The program of events includes vocal evenings and concerts of professional dance groups. Performances of experienced dancers will be held in various areas of the city of Beziers, accompanied by vocals, to the accompaniment of guitars and castanets. The theatrical performance based on “Cinderella” tale with the elements of flamenco art will be offered to the attention of residents and guests of the city. The feature and documentaries films about a flamenco art are supposed to be shown in the cinemas of the city.

The charity run

The National Agri-Marketing Association Iowa Chapter announced a charity marathon to be held March 30, 2019 in the sister city of Des Moines. The main purpose of the event is to draw attention to the issues of providing food to low-income citizens. The income received from the payment of the registration fee will be used to organize hot meals of this category of citizens.

The tourist season

The high tourist season begins in the sister city of Zhenjiang with the beginning of spring. The most popular period is the flowering of magnolias. At this time the city turns into a garden. Tourists from all over the world come specially to take pictures with flowering trees.

The opening of the fountains

A work on preparing the opening of the capital's fountains and drinking fountains began in the sister city of Yerevan with the beginning of spring. The technical units, computer control systems are checked, the territories are cleaned. The fountain complex on the Republic Square has already been opened. More than 30 water facilities will be prepared by the beginning of the season. The opening will take place on April 7 - the Day of Motherhood and Beauty.

The work of the Creative Industry Park

The output value of Changzhou Creative Industries Park in the sister city of Changzhou was significantly increased. About 800 enterprises of such promising industries as software development, innovative medical devices, production of intelligent robots, cloud computing and e-commerce are located in the park. To improve the quality of work in the Park, it is planned to introduce the principle of priority service to leading companies.

15.03.19

Development of industry in Pazardzhik

The first stage of construction of the Ariete Logistic production base has been completed in Pazardzhik, the company works in the field of automotive industry and logistics. According to the project, the area of production facilities will be more than 40 thousand square meters. 
Also, construction and installation works are being completed in the new premises of the Kostal plant for the production of automobile spare parts opened in the sister city in August 2017. New productions in the sister city will promote about 1500 new jobs. 

Carnival procession

A theatrical procession dedicated to the annual Carnival will be held on March 16, 2019 in the city of Beziers. The event is organized by the Calandretas Besierencas Association and is traditionally attended by students of city schools. In accordance with the theme of the Carnival – "biodiversity under threat" students will be dressed in costumes of endangered animals, birds, and insects. Residents and guests of the city are also invited to participate in the carnival.  At the end of the festival it will be burning of Caramantran  scarecrow – the king of Carnival.

Awards in the field of agriculture

On March 12 of this year the Iowa Ministry of agriculture presented awards to the best companies and organizations contributing to the development of agriculture in the region. This year the winners are the Des Moines Farmers’ market, which supports the sale of local farmers’ products; Fareway grocery stores, cooperating with state producers; Foundation Analytical Laboratory, testing the products of food enterprises; Iowa Ag literature Foundation, promoting the latest materials and publications on agriculture to the public. 

Public initiative

With the spring beginning, public events on tree planting were held in the city of Zhenjiang. The initiative was attended by representatives of the municipal people's government of the sister city, as well as concerned citizens and volunteers. Trees were planted in memory of the honorable residents of Zhenjiang city. 

City development

As the spring starts, the work on the improvement of the city has been developed in the capital of the Republic of Armenia. It is the spring pruning of the branches and cutting down trees. According to the inventory carried out in autumn 2018, there are about 440 dried and damaged trees in Yerevan. Representatives from the Department of nature protection of Yerevan municipality told that new seedlings would be planted instead old trees. 

New University campus construction 

In the sister city of Changzhou, it was decided to build a new scientific campus of Hohai University. The total investment of the project will be 6 billion yuan. The Campus will unite the institutions of mechanical engineering, intellectual production, engineering, energy, finance, transport engineering, design and art, and etc. At the same time, it is expected to cooperate with world-famous universities and create Sino-French, Sino-German, Sino-Canadian and other joint schools and institutions.

07.03.19

International tournament on judo

Sportsmen of sister city Pazardzhik, who won prizes in the national championship of Bulgaria on judo, will take part in the international judo tournament. It will take place in March of this year in the city of Saint-Siprien (the French Republic). Representatives of other European countries will also take part in this prestigious international competition. 

Events devoted to the Women's day

In honor of the international Women's day "Salon for women" will be organized on March 8-9, 2019 in the sister city of Bezier. Within two days, residents and guests of the city will be able to attend conferences, seminars, exhibitions dedicated to women. The program includes master classes in classical yoga, phototherapy, relaxation, as well as the creation of jewelry with their own hands and the art of makeup.
Des Moines Social club 

Among the residents and guests of the sister city of De Moines diverse unique cultural programs presented by the Des Moines Social club are very popular. The Club is an innovative center of arts and entertainment, bringing together artists, musicians and poets.  This year the non-profit organization celebrates the tenth anniversary of its foundation and plays an important role in the social and cultural life of the community.

Ecological action

In early March, a public action to protect and preserve the ecological state of the Yangtze River was held on the Jinshan Lake of the sister city of Zhenjiang. More than 100 citizens of different ages took part in the action. In the course of initiatives more than 3,000 fish larvae was released in the water for recovery of the water protection zone of the lake and cleaning the water from algae.   

Development of art-management

At the initiative of Yerevan municipality, a five-day training on art management was organized for the staff of theaters and museums, within the framework of which the leading experts from different areas presented their experience. During meetings issues were discussed of mutually beneficial cooperation between art and the media, the need for proper advertising in social networks. Information about successful projects in the field of theatre and museum marketing was presented. It was noted that such initiatives will be long-term.

Development of economic cooperation

The closing ceremony of the 2019 Changzhou-Shanghai Economic and Trade Week was held in Shanghai. The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of the largest enterprises and companies in the field of industry, trade, finance, science and technology, consulting. During the reception, the mayor of the sister city Changzhou noted that regional integration and development of the Yangtze River delta region have become a national strategy. In the future, the region will become an international-class urban cluster with global competitiveness.

01.03.19

Events dedicated to the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke

In the city of Pazardzhik on March 03, 2019 there will be celebrations dedicated to the 141 anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke. The city leaders, residents and guests will take part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag in the Central Square named after Konstantin Velichkov and also lay flowers at the monuments of heroes who participated in the liberation of the country. The celebration program will end with a concert.

Urban spaces development

During 2019, in the sister city of Beziers on the initiative of the city hall there will be renovation of 7 urban areas, located both in the center and in the new quarters. Development of spaces, paving, installation of ramps, play and sports zones will be created, and a new fountain will be placed on one of the squares. Improvement of urban spaces is carried out to create a comfortable environment for residents and guests of Beziers. 

Tour arrangements

The sister city of De Moines is known as "the city of world festivals and events". Especially popular here are performances of Broadway musicals and concerts of famous artists and musical groups. The organization of tours is an expensive process and requires the involvement of many local professionals, which contributes to the additional income to the city budget. 

Strawberries growing

The Baitu town, located in the sister city of Zhenjiang, called "hometown of strawberries in China." The farm on more than 350 hectares formed a complex production, combining cultivation, processing and supply of fruit to the consumer. At present, the strawberry in the greenhouse entered maturity period. Visiting greenhouses is very popular among fans painting lovers of the sister city, who come to make colorful sketches. 

Metro reconstruction in Yerevan

In the sister city of Yerevan it is decided to reconstruct the metro system, taking into account that it is the most convenient, environmentally friendly, fast and safe transport. Currently, the possibility of a new metro station building without attracting public investment is being considered. The new business project also involves a new shopping center and renovation of housing in the area. 

Development of industry 

Thirty-three projects of the sister city of Changzhou are included in the Provincial Key Industrial Investment Project Plan of Jiangsu for 2019. Among them, there are 12 projects each with a total investment of over 3 billion yuan, and 8 projects each with an investment of 1 billion to 3 billion yuan. The Changzhou Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology announced that in 2019 the city will improve the level of industrial chain level and independent innovation capacity. The focus will be on key industries such as intelligent manufacturing, information technology, new energy vehicles and new materials.

22.02.19

Youth meeting with the Deputy Minister of education of the Republic of Bulgaria

 

On February 19, 2019, the Deputy Minister of education of the Republic of Bulgaria met with the youth of the sister city in Pazardzhik. The event was also attended by the Deputy Chairman of the education Committee of the e Republic of Bulgaria state council. The implementation of national and regional projects, as well as the main directions of development of the education system in Europe were discussed during the meeting.

 

One of the most popular school of Béziers

 

In March of this year in one of the most popular schools of the sister city of Bezier "CIME Art" there will be an open Day.  For three years in the educational institution you can get knowledge in the field of graphic concept of electronic games, as well as animation and 3D modeling of cinema. The opportunity to get a demanded specialty attracts students from other cities of France. Acronym-CIME means: C – creativity, I – inspiration, M – motivation, E-insistence. These concepts are the main for learning in school.

 

Outstanding club Award

 

Des Moines Golf and Country Club was awarded the prestigious "Distinguished club" by the popular the BoardRoom magazine. When preparing the rating, a specially developed evaluation system is used, which takes into account not only the quality of services provided, the level of management and training of staff, but also the opinion of club members about the events, club traditions, memorable events, as well as the achievements of the club.

 

End of Spring Festival

 

February 17 this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Lantern Festival was held, marking the end of the Spring Festival. Residents and guests of the city were able to take part in various entertainment events, see the performance of street artists, for children were organized folk games and competitions. Lantern festival is considered one of the most colorful holidays, as houses, shops and streets are decorated with usually red lanterns.

 

Meeting with the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Armenia

 

The Mayor of the sister city of Yerevan received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Brazil to Armenia. During the meeting the sides noted the long history of relations between Armenia and Brazil, expressed mutual interest in expanding connections in the field of science, culture and business, and outlined the prospects for further cooperation.

 

Development of twinning relations

 

The municipal people's government of the sister city of Changzhou has decided to establish friendly twinning relations with Wyndham, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Victoria state (Australia). The city has developed manufacturing industry and logistics. The leadership of Wyndham and Changzhou expressed interest in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation, expansion of contacts in the field of trade, education, culture and tourism.

15.02.19

The fiction translation contest

Currently, the National fiction translation contest organized by the City Hall of the sister city is being held in Pazardzhik. Reception of creative works finishes at the end of February, 2019. Summing up the contest will take place on March 07, this year in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky. Winners will be awarded with diplomas and cash prizes.

The specialized school’s work 

The specialized school “Study differently” created for children and adolescents with autism, Down's syndrome has been operating in the sister city of Bezier since 2004 year. The institution is private. Volunteers controlling order and security provide substantial support to its work. The main method of adaptation of special children to life in society in this school is friendly and benevolent communication. 

The participation in the national program

The sister city of Des Moines was selected as one of eight cities to participate in the program of technical advice developed by “World Education Services” according to the successful results achieved in the implementation of local programs and initiatives in the field of integration of immigrants into society. The program will include training webinars, trainings, conferences with the participation of experts on this issue. Cities will be able to share experience in solving problems, as well as innovative ideas to ensure the professional adaptation of immigrants.

The increase of passenger traffic

The municipal government of the sister city of Zhenjiang marked a significant increase in passenger traffic due to the completion of the traditional weekend, dedicated to the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The most popular is the railway transport. It is reported that about 1.2 million tourists are expected during the 40-day Spring Festival. The average daily passenger traffic will be 28 thousand people.

A visit to sports school

The mayor of the sister city of Yerevan visited the Children's and Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve in gymnastics named after Albert Azaryan, congratulated the legendary athlete, three-time Olympic champion on his 90th birthday. The school has a 55-year history and continues to hold high sporting honor at international competitions. Today, 170 athletes are the students of the school. In the anniversary year, assistance in the reconstruction of the sports school will be provided. 

The development of cooperation in the field of innovative technologies

The official delegation of the sister city of Changzhou, led by the deputy mayor, took part in the Chinese-Swiss business forum "Digitization stimulates innovation", which was held in Switzerland. The achievements of Changzhou in technological innovation were presented during the international event. According to the results of business negotiations an agreement on further cooperation was reached, a number of agreements between the High-tech region of Changzhou and Swiss companies were signed. 

08.02.19

The participation in a creative contest

Among the more than twenty cities of the Republic of Bulgaria, the sister city of Pazardzhik takes part in the creative competition "The Romantic capital of Bulgaria" from January 29 to February 10, 2019. Within the initiative anyone can devote quotes, poems or drawing on special sheets to nearest and dearest people. The city that submitted the longest letter will be awarded by the status of the “Romantic Capital of Bulgaria”.

The public safety work

A decrease in the crime rate in the sister city of Beziers was announced at the end of 2018 year. Success has been achieved thanks to an increase in the number of police officers, round-the-clock work of patrols and the implementation of the “Live Together” program, which involves the public in the fight against troublemakers. However, the mayor’s office of the city of Beziers does not stop there. It was decided in the next two years to significantly increase the number of urban security cameras.

The creation of a Small Business Resources Hub

It was decided to create a Small Business Resources Hub to support and develop small businesses grow in the sister city of Des Moines. The Hub provides a one-stop-shop for small businesses to find resources relating to legal, accounting, finance, marketing, networking, staffing and many other services. The creation of the center was the result of research and surveys that helped determine the most effective ways to support small businesses in the city of Des Moines.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year

The festive events commemorating the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival began in the sister city of Zhenjiang on February 5th of this year. Celebrations will last 15 days. New Year's Eve in China, as in many countries of the world, it is customary to spend in the family circle. Houses are decorated with red paper lanterns, colorful garlands and couplets with wishes of happiness, prosperity and good luck, colorful fireworks are arranged. Great importance is attached to the preparation of traditional national dishes.

A meeting with the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Armenia

A meeting with the trade representative of the Russian Federation in Armenia was held at the Mayor’s Office of the sister city of Yerevan, during which opportunities for the development of trade and economic ties between the capital of Armenia and Russia were discussed. The parties expressed readiness to promote the expansion of cooperation in various areas of the urban economy: ensuring the operation of public transport and recycling. The importance of active interaction with Russian cities was noted.

The First International Chinese Dance Tournament "Square-dance"

The first international Chinese dance tournament “Square Dance” was held in the sister city of Changzhou within the framework of the national program “Culture Illuminates Life”. About 200 Chinese and foreign dance fans from Russia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other countries took part in the competition. The performances of the contestants were evaluated by a professional jury in several nominations: modern, folk, street dance, etc. The winners were awarded prizes and awards.

01.02.19

The opening of a historical exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

The official opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Constituent Assembly and the adoption of the Tarnovo Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria was held in the exhibition hall of the Regional Historical Museum of Pazardzhik on January 28th, 2019. It is the first Constitution of the Bulgarian state, freed from Turkish slavery. The exhibition presents historical documents on the preparation of the Constitution, as well as biographical information on the participants of the Constituent Assembly. The exhibition is organized by the State Duma of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Association « Archives of Bulgaria». It is planned to present it in all regional districts of the country.

The preservation of ecology in the city of Beziers

A regional charter on reducing the use of pesticides in order to protect the environment was signed the municipality last year. Recently the city of Beziers was awarded by the sign “Without pesticides in cities and villages”, which will be placed on the stand at the entrance to the sister city. Preparations intended to combat plant diseases haven’t been applied on the territory of Beziers since 2016, except lawns in stadiums. The City Hall of the sister-city will continue to contribute to the complete rejection of municipal services from the use of herbicides in public places.

A book festival in the city of Des Moines

A book festival organized by "Greater Des Moines Partnership" of the sister-city will be held in the city of Des Moines on March 30, 2019. During the event, presentations of recently published books, meetings with famous authors are scheduled. Participation in the festival is free. Volunteers from the sister city are also invited to cooperation.

The reception of the delegation of the French Republic in Yerevan

As part of the development of international inter-municipal cooperation a reception of the official delegation of the regional council Ile-de-France was organized in the city of Yerevan. The prospects of infrastructure development, improvement and landscaping of the sister city were discussed during the meeting. The issues of the joint projects implementation in the field of culture were considered. It was proposed to pay special attention to the participation of students of music and art schools in the city of Yerevan in jointly implemented programs.

The industrial development of the city of Changzhou

An project investment agreement between the German company «MD Elektronik» and Jintan Economic Development Zone of the city of Changzhou was signed on January 24, 2019. The total investment will be more than 35 million euros. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2020. MD Elektronik, founded in 1989, is mainly engaged in the production of automotive information and communication components. Currently it has more than forty plants on three continents. The main customers of «MD Elektronik» are world-leading automobile producers such as BMW, Porsche. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. 

25.01.19

International musical festival in Pazardzhik

The 44rd traditional festival "Winter Musicales of the Prof. Ivan Spasov" takes place in the city of Pazardzhik in the period from January 24 to 27, 2019. Organizers of the event are the mayor's office of Pazardzhik and representatives of business community of the sister city. Within the festival the famous band directors and performers of classical music of the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign countries will perform concert programs; a thematic exhibition, organized by the International Federation of Photographic Art and the National Academy of Photography will take place. 

Festival of truffle in Bezier

On January 27, 2019 in the city of Bezier Festival of truffle takes place for the third time. Within the holiday the fair of truffles and local gastronomic goods, scientific and practical conferences devoted to cultural development of truffle cultivation are planned. The opening ceremony will be attended by the Mayor of Beziers, deputies of the Municipal Council, President of the Agricultural Chamber of the region Erau, as well as experts and specialists in the cultivation and collection of truffles.

The achievements in the field of economics

The Greater Des Moines Partnership summed up the results of work in 2018 year. The successful expansion of the activities of 26 existing companies and the creation of 10 new enterprises, as well as attracting investment, were noted. The main strategic priorities for the coming year are presented: optimization of traffic in the central part of the city, promotion of small business development.

The preparation for the celebration of the Chinese New Year

The municipal government of the sister city of Zhenjiang has developed a program of celebrations dedicated to the Chinese New Year. Residents and guests of the city will be able to take part in more than 160 different events and projects. There will be festivals dedicated to cultural customs and traditions, a show of paper lanterns and fireworks, performances based on folk epos, competitions of readers and many other.

The development of transport infrastructure in the city of Yerevan

A meeting of the mayor with the representative of the bus manufacturer «Daimler Buses» took place in the Yerevan City Hall. Production bases of the company are represented in many countries of the world, the main markets are Europe and South America. During the meeting the sides discussed the prospects for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation. Information on the company's activity, as well as the complete production process of buses, including working on liquefied gas, hybrid or electric were presented

The development of unmanned cargo transport

Mr Deng Jianjun, a resident of the sister city of Changzhou, was one of 50 candidates for the Craftsmen of China 2018, organized by the China Federation of Trade Unions and the Central Radio and Television Station. For 30 years of work, he has gone from working man to technical director of a large company «Changzhou’s Black Peony (Group) Co». Mr. Deng, as a highly qualified specialist, implemented more than 130 projects, took part in a large number of technological transformations.

18.01.19

Anniversary of the liberation from the Ottoman yoke

On January 14, 2019 the Pazardzhik public celebrated the 141 anniversary of the liberation of the city from the Ottoman yoke. As part of the celebration, flowers were laid to the monument of General N.P.Brock, who led the vanguard of Russian troops and liberated the city. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Pazardzhik, the Head of Pazardzhik region, deputies of the National and city Duma, guests of the city. Flowers were also laid to other monuments to the heroes of the Russian-Turkish war. A festive concert was held in the evening.

Local wine festival

On January 18, 2019 in the sister city a celebration dedicated to local wines and their producers, in which wineries of the region of Bezier will participate under the single trademark "Coteaux de Beziers" is organized. This event is significant for the city, because making wine is a constant brand of Bezier for centuries. Celebrations will be held on the Day of St. Vincent, the patron of winemaking. Participants of the festival will be able to taste wines of the Beziers region, local oysters, cheeses and baked goods.

Charity event

On January, 21 of this year on the territory of the Breton skating plaza of the city of Des Moines a charity event will be organized to collect warm clothes for the needy. For concerned residents and visitors of the sister city who wants to take part in the project free skating, food and entertainments will be organized. Collected coats, hats, scarves and gloves will be submitted to low-income citizens.

Organizations for celebration of the Chinese New Year

Entering the Chinese New Year celebration, which this year the people of China will celebrate on February 05, a number of city-wide events have been organized in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The event "Greeting the Spring Festival and presenting spring couplets" is held, residents of the city have written more than 300 wishes of good luck and happiness and more than 200 spring couplets. Also one of the main streets of the city is already decorated with festive Chinese red lanterns with best wishes.

Restoration and improvement of green zones

In the frame of development of green zones the municipality of Yerevan sister city decided to restore and improve in 2019 a park around the National Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Al. Spendiarov, built 80 years ago. Currently the building, considered a landmark of the capital of Armenia, is surrounded by public catering enterprises. They were suggested to continue business in other city districts more suitable for this purpose. According to the project, works on restoration of the former appearance of the park will begin in spring.

Grand Canal cultural and tourist development Fund

On January 04 of this year in Jiangsu province it was decided to establish Jiangsu Grand Canal cultural and tourist development Fund. The Grand Canal is an important symbol of China civilization and one of the most important attractions of Changzhou sister city. Financing at the first phase is 20 billion of Yuan. Support will be provided to various projects in key areas contributing to the development of the cultural belt of the Grand Canal.

11.01.19


Final of the Cup of Bulgaria in volleyball
In the period fr om 11 to 13 January 2019 in Pazardzhik with the assistance of the sister city municipality and the Bulgarian Republic volleyball Federation is held the final of the Cup of Bulgaria in volleyball. Eight teams will participate in the final sports competition, including the volleyball team of Pazardzhik, which is one of the favorites of the competition. At the end of the Cup there will be an awards ceremony of winners.

Monthly book fair
From January to November 2019, the Book alleys fair will be held every month on the territory of the Field Rike Alley of Bézier, wh ere a wide range of publications will be presented – from ancient folios to modern comics. Booksellers will provide the necessary information and assist in the selection of collectible and mass publications, scientific works and encyclopedias, educational literature and collections of journalism, magazines and guides, postcards and posters, as well as many others books.

Program for abroad travelers
On January 04, 2019, at the airport of the sister city of Des Moines, the registration of candidates for participation in the international program "Global Entry", which provides the opportunity of a simplified procedure for passport control and customs control for abroad travelers, started. Des Moines airport takes part in the international program for the third time.

Mass growing exotic flowers
For the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year in the sister city of Zhenjiang, a large-scale cultivation and packaging of phalaenopsis (orchids) flowers, which are very popular among local residents during holidays, are carried out at the production base. In specially equipped greenhouses with modern equipment exotic plants are under constant control in order to ensure flowering during the festive events. Now the order for more than 80 thousand flowers is already realized. 

Raising Yerevan's rating in the field of public finance
At the end of 2018, the international rating agency confirmed Yerevan's rating in the field of public finance at the level of "B+". Compared to 2017, the rating increased from stable to positive. This fact is seen as a positive change in the creditworthiness of the sister city of Yerevan. 

Development of unmanned cargo transport
At the end of 2018, in the sister city of Changzhou a techno-park for the study of unmanned trucks was created. The first road tests of commercial cargo transport were successfully carried out, during which an autonomous truck equipped with artificial intelligence and without a driver carried out safe movement at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour along the highway, detecting moving objects at a distance of 300 meters. In the near future the road tests of the unmanned cargo transport will be continued.


28.12.18

The improvement of the city of Pazardzhik

The Republic of Bulgaria together with five countries of the European Union is participating in the international project “Our Green European City”. Prospects and proposals for the improvement and landscaping of Pazardzhik, existing problems and ways to solve them were discussed at the meetings of the Mayor of the Pazardzhik Community, the Deputy Governor and the head of the education department of the Pazardzhik region with the youth activists of the sister city.

The implementation of the environmental project

Since November 2017 the City Hall of Beziers together with the organization «Don’t harm» is implementing a project aimed at making the municipal theater 
as an “environmentally responsible institution”. Within this project a selection of biologically pure seasonal products for a buffet from local producers are being carried out. Theater programs in Braille are posted on the websites of the City Hall and the theater, according to the audience survey the necessary measures are taken. During the second phase of the project, it is planned to work with employees of the theater on the need to save water, electricity, and rationally use paper. The project will be implemented before the end of 2019.

An investing in developing companies

Business meetings for potential investors «Best of the Midwest event» were organized in the sister city of Des Moines in the autumn of 2018. The purpose of these annual events is to provide information on the most promising areas of investment, familiarization with existing start-up projects, as well as enterprises with high growth potential. According to the results of 2018, nine developing companies received funding. The achieved results illustrate the favorable conditions for the development of business in the city of Des Moines.

The reconstruction of the transport highway

On December 25, 2018 the large-scale reconstruction of the Jiangbin road – the second most important in the city for organizing the main traffic flow – was completed in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Repair work on straightening the roadway was carried out for three months.

The development of a geographic information system

The base geographical information system of the capital of the Republic of Armenia and the project of cadastral zoning are being developed in the city of Yerevan. Within the framework of new programs using modern technologies, it is supposed to create a complete information base of real estate, as well as ground and underground communications in the city, which will contribute to ensuring transparency and improving the efficiency of the relevant departments and structures.

The development of health tourism

In recent years a large part of the population of China is motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so visiting the spa centers is becoming increasingly popular. In 2018 the sister city of Changzhou was included in the list of the best health local tourist destinations during the New Year holidays. Modern Changzhou offers opportunities not only to treat the hot springs, but also to get acquainted with numerous cultural and historical monuments as well as visiting modern entertainment centers.

21.12.18

The awards in the field of sports and science

On the eve of the New Year, the 4th awards ceremony for achievements in the field of sports, science and programming was held in Pazardzhik. The event was organized by the Association “Hope of the city of Pazardzhik”. Within the framework of the official ceremony, fourteen students of the sister city were awarded certificates and cash prizes.

The events dedicated to the celebration of Christmas and New Year

The citywide events, dedicated to the celebration of Christmas and New Year is being continued in the city of Beziers. Commercial pavilions offering confectionery and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations and various gifts to the residents and guests of the sister city have been opened. Theater performances have been prepared at city venues, fair chalets are located, and there is also an ice rink. More than 100 participants and 7 festively decorated moving platforms will pass through the streets in the framework of the Christmas parade. The new city light and music fountain will demonstrate a special Christmas program, a “mini-farm”, operating as a contact zoo is opened for children. 

A grant for the development of Des Moines transport infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an $11 million Transportation Grant for the Des Moines Transload Facility. The Transload Facility situated at a site in southeast of the sister city with access to three railroads that span the country, is needed to transfer raw goods from trucks to trains, which can ship goods at a lower cost. The logistics company is expected to be commissioned in 2019 year and will significantly expand the region’s international trade opportunities.

The transportation of asphalt to the cities of China

In order to support the construction of the northwest part of China freight trains from Zhenjiang loaded with "container asphalt" rushed to Xinjiang, Tibet. This new "asphalt cold transport technology" was officially put into operation in May 2018, achieved excellent socio-economic indicators and is the main project for the development of the transport infrastructure of the province.


Charity Christmas marathon in Yerevan

The annual charity marathon "new year's good run" will be organized in the Central streets of Yerevan on 23 December, 2018. The event is organized by the municipality of Yerevan jointly with "Yerevan half marathon" and "Triglav". Participants in Santa suits have to cover a distance of 5 kilometers. All proceeds for the participation in the marathon will be aimed at implementation of charitable programs.

The industrial development of Changzhou

Recently, the German specialty chemicals company Lanxess said that will invest up to 250 million Euros in the Asia-Pacific region in the next five years. In this regard in March 2018 in Changzhou, the company started the construction of a high-performance plastics compounding plant for the automotive sector and the electrical and electronics industries. The volume of investment in production is 20 million Euros.
It should be noted, that now the company has nine production sites, and nine centers for research and development as well as five sales offices including the headquarters in Shanghai. Currently, more than 1,900 employees are working for Lanxess in China, nearly three times as many as when the company started operating in the country in 2005.
During the 13 years since its establishment, the company has been recognized six times as "Top Employer China".

14.12.18

Awarding the artists of the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of the Community of Pazardzhik Todor Popov will participate in the annual solemn ceremony of awarding members of the Association of artists of Pazardzhik on December 19, 2018. Awards to representatives of art will be presented in the following categories: painting, drawing and sculpture. The famous artist of the city of Pazardzhik Boris Rezov, who made a great contribution to the development of the sister-city, will be awarded with a personal award.

The improvement of Beziers campus

In the city of Beziers the work on the reconstruction of a dormitory for students and young workers built in 1963 has begun. In accordance with the new requirements for residential premises, the area of rooms will be increased. It is planned to build 100 new premises with a total area of 2223 sq.m. Two new dormitory buildings will be constructed, it is expected the improvement of surrounding area. 

The annual corporate games in the city of Des Moines

The registration of companies for the participation in the IV Annual corporate games, organized under the "Iowa Games" program was started in the beginning of December this year in the city of Des Moines. The participation of 80 teams is expected, which will be able to prove themselves in different kinds of sports in June-July of the following year. It is assumed that the competition will contribute to team cohesion, attracting employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and go in for sports. Winners will be awarded the Corporate Cup of the Games during the annual Iowa Fair. 

The competition on scientific and technological modeling

The youth competition on scientific and technological modeling was held in the city of Zhenjiang on December 9, 2018. The event was attended by over 500 students of primary and secondary educational organizations of the sister city. The winners were awarded in the following nominations: "Aerospace model", "Vehicle model" and "Robotics".

The stay of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Armenia in the city of Yerevan

In early December of this year the mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan met with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Armenia. The mayor of the sister city congratulated the ambassador on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and noted that the capital of Latvia - Riga and Yerevan are sister cities that connect not only warm friendly relations, but also the implementation of joint programs and projects. The prospects for the further development of international inter-municipal cooperation between Yerevan and Riga were also discussed during the meeting. 

The expanding of pharmaceuticals production in the city of Changzhou

In order to expand the production of polysaccharides and enzymes drugs Changzhou Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. started construction of the phase two of pharmaceuticals production facility at Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND). The investments into creation a new production is 1 billion yuan. A major manufacturer of pancreatic kininogenase, heparin sodium and low molecular weight heparin, as well as compound digestive enzyme preparations and asparaginase, Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. manufactures products that meet international standards, sells them in more than 20 provinces and cities in China, as well as exports to foreign markets.

07.12.18

Awarding the best entrepreneurs of the year in Pazardzhik

On November 30 this year, an awarding ceremony of the best entrepreneurs of the year was held in the city of Pazardzhik. The event was organized by the Association of entrepreneurs of the sister city. The ceremony was attended by the Governor of Pazardzhik, Mayor of Pazardzhik and representatives of the business of Bulgaria. The awards were presented in the following categories: "Entrepreneur of the year", "High-developing company" and "Significant contribution to the development of Pazardzhik". 

Youth program 

Bézier city hall invited the youth of the city to participate in the program "La casa des Euros". The program is intended for young people aged 14 to 25 years. Participants of this program can place their projects for life improvement in the city on a dedicated page of the official website of the city hall. The winner, who will be determined by the residents of Beziers by voting, will receive 100,000 Euros for the implementation of his project. 

Training business meetings 

On December 7 this year De Moine hosted First Fridays training business meetings, organized by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Women's Business Center. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for first-time entrepreneurs and citizens to get acquainted with the experience of business owners who have made a certain contribution to the development of the sister city. During the talks, representatives of the business community, the creators of regional and national brands, heads of local firms and shop owners shared the secrets of success, answered the questions of the participants. 

Annual competition of couples

The final and official closing ceremony of the annual contest of married couples who have lived in marriage for more than a decade took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang on December 02. This year the competition was attended by more than 200 couples who celebrated the "gold" and "silver" wedding. As a result of the performances, the best couple of the year was chosen; the finalists were awarded with memorable prizes. 

Implementation of the energy efficiency program

The sister city of Yerevan is implementing the program "Yerevan-solar community". Within the framework of the program, it is planned to install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of 90 multi-apartment residential buildings, which will provide the generation of electricity necessary for the power supply of common premises (lighting of stairwells and yard areas, as well as elevators). The aim of the project is to reduce energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy sources and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in multi-apartment buildings in Yerevan.

Establishment of the research and development center 

On November 28 this year, the leading automotive company of the sister city of Changzhou "Dorcen Auto" and Shanghai Jiaotong University signed an agreement on the establishment of the research and development center. The new center of automotive technologies will be engaged in research in the field of mechanical engineering, testing of innovative developments, modernization of products, providing technical support. It will also become a practical basis for the training of young professionals.

30.11.18

The contest "The best sportsmen of the city of Pazardzhik"

A traditional contest of the best ten sportsmen of the city of Pazardzhik is held annually. Profiles of participants – representatives of sixteen city sports clubs will be reviewed by a competition commission consisting of experts and journalists working in the sports field. The individual achievements of the athlete, participation and awards in international, European and national competitions will be taken into account during summing up the results of the contest. The official award ceremony will be held on December 11, 2018.

The performance of the gymnasts

The tenth annual report performance of the athletes of the rhythmic gymnastics club of the city of Beziers «ASB Gym» will take place on December 1, 2018. This performance is very bright and has a great success with the audience: the last show was presented during a round trip to 25,000 people. 70 gymnasts will take part in the reporting performance of the club "ASB Gym" 

The first Book Festival

The first annual Book Festival «DSM Book Festival» will take place in the sister city of Des Moines in March 2019. A diverse program was prepared for visitors, meetings with famous authors, literary discussions in the Book Club, educational workshops for children and adults, performances of musicians will be organized. The festival is currently accepting applications for the participation of local authors, illustrators, publishers and non-profit organizations.

The measures on improving the security in educational institutions

The measures on improving the security in educational institutions are being implemented in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Representatives of the police conducted preventive discussions on combating terrorism and disturbing public order, met with teachers and students to observe safety precautions as well as organized training for security officers. Interactive safety education is being introduced in the city’s educational institutions. 

The postcard dedicated the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan

The ceremony of presentation the postcard "History of Armenia: 2800th anniversary of the founding of Yerevan" was held in Yerevan City Hall. Cards with 4 stamps were printed in a French printing house with a circulation of 15,000 copies. The postcard presents stamps with the plan of the city of Erebuni, Amiryan Street of the 1920s, as well as Yerevan Railway Station and the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Spendiaryan. In addition, modern night Yerevan at the background of Mount Ararat.

The construction of a new plant

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new BOMAG (Changzhou) Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. plant took place in the sister city of Changzhou.  BOMAG is the world's leading and largest manufacturer of road rollers.
The new 30,000-square-meter plant will be specialized in the production of compactors for asphalt, soil and waste, as well as machines for creating coatings from stabilized soil and restoring asphalt coatings. The opening of the new plant will contribute to the further development of the Changzhou economy.

23.11.18

Exhibition in Pazardzhik
22 November 2018 at the Boev Art gallery of Pazardzhik, the exhibition of the famous artist and sculptor, a native of sister-city Stephen Lyutakova was opened. The exhibition presents creative works which were not exhibited before -18 sculptures made of bronze, marble and wood, as well as 19 paintings. Today it is already organized thirty solo exhibitions of Stefan Lyutakov. 

Charitable aid to victims of floods 
In order to provide assistance and solidarity, representatives of the city of Beziers voted to collect money in favor of the flood victims on the Od River. The amount of 16,000 euros was transferred to the Association of mayors of French cities. Also the town hall of Béziers sent to the Trab Commune, victim of flooding, a group of workers to participate in elimination of results of natural disasters and humanitarian aid.

Implementation of the creative project
A new joint project "The Creative Economy Initiative" developed by the public organizations "Festival of arts De Moines" and "Bravo" is being implemented in the sister city of Des Moines. The project involves activities aimed at promoting professional development and career growth of representatives of various creative professions. The implementation of the project will also contribute to the expansion of opportunities for representatives of culture and art of the sister city to participate in the development of the city's economy and improve the quality of life of the population. 

Opening of a new grocery market 
On November 18, 2017, the opening of a new market of farm products was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The total area of the pavilions is 3,600 sq. m. the volume of investments is more than 15 RMB. Here buyers will be able to buy fresh meat and fish products of local producers, vegetables and fruits, semi-finished products and ready meals. The opening of the new market contributes to the formation of a more comfortable trading environment for the residents of the city. 

Program for the prevention of diseases 
The screening program "assessment of the efficiency of management of patients with impaired carbohydrate metabolism and high cardiovascular risks" was implemented for the first time on the initiative of Yerevan municipality. The aim of the project is early detection and prevention of diseases. More than 2000 citizens took part in the program during the year. Beneficiaries were also provided with special devices for measuring blood pressure and blood sugar, data from which were automatically transmitted online to doctors. In fact, citizens were under the round-the-clock supervision of specialists. The initiative is implemented jointly with the Yerevan urban endocrine dispensary and the Association of cardiologists of Armenia 

Competition to determine the best tourist destination 
In East China, a competition was held to determine the High-quality Popular Tourist Destinations, to participate in which the most picturesque places of the country were presented. The results of the competition were announced on November 9 this year at the Global Tourism Brand Innovation Development Summit. According to the results of on-line voting and expert evaluation of the jury the finalists included three tourist places of the sister city of Changzhou: Oriental Salt Lake City, Jiangnan Global Harbor and Yancheng Amusement Park.

16.11.18

The music contest in the city of Pazardzhik

In the period from November 09 to 11, 2018 the music contest “Note for Note” was held with the financial support of the Community of Pazardzhik. The jury consisted of famous Bulgarian musicians-teachers. The professional workshops, lessons on acting skills were also held for participants of the event. The main musical event and the creative outcome of the contest was the final gala concert.

The project on reconstruction building spaces to garages

In recent years an outflow of employable population from the city to the countryside has been observed in France. Most commonly representatives of the middle class have left the city - dynamic, family and financially reliable. In order to further development of trade and catering, the Beziers municipality is working out the project to return citizens to permanent residency in the city center. Whereas it is necessary to have cars garages in walking distance, one of the ways to solve the problem was a specially developed project on reconstruction residential and commercial spaces into garages. There is a subsidy for owners of vacant premises – 3,000 euros. The assistance in the free preparation of documentation will be provided. 

The opening of a medical clinic

The official opening of the new clinic of the medical center “Mercy Medical Center” in the sister city of Des Moines, specializing in labor protection was held on November 14th of this year. The health care institution provides comprehensive services for businesses on medical care for employees. There are opportunities to receive treatment for industrial injuries, to undergo a diagnostic examination or physical examination, testing the workplace hygiene standards, audiometry, x-rays and many others. The opening of the clinic, located in the central part of the city, will help preserve the health of the working social groups.

The sales day

November 11 in China and around the world is known as the day of the biggest sales, especially in online stores. So, in 2018 year the logistics company of the China Post in the sister city of Zhenjiang had to attract additional staff to sort the shipments during this period. More than 35,000 online purchases were made on 11th November of this year in the sister city. The peak of consumer activity was observed in the next three days too.

The meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan

An official meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Armenia took place in the City Hall of the sister city of Yerevan. The issues of the development of Armenian-Japanese cooperation were discussed during the reception. It was noted that, despite the fact that direct partnerships between Yerevan and the major cities of Japan have not yet been established, there are great opportunities for cooperation in various spheres of the urban economy. It was also noted that the Japanese tourist traffic to Armenia has recently increased.

Development of cooperation in the vehicle manufacturing industry

The general manager of China FAW Group Co., Ltd. which has leading positions in the Chinese vehicle manufacturing industry visited Changzhou on November 8th of this year. The prospects for cooperation in the vehicle manufacturing industry were discussed during the meetings with the leadership of the sister city. The achievements of Changzhou in the development of the machine-building industry, as well as the manufacture of components and repair parts were noted. Representatives of the company also noted favorable conditions for business in the city of Changzhou.

09.11.18

Development of Pazardzhik

In the sister city of Pazardzhik the Program of city development is successfully implemented, during which arrangement of territories with a total area more than 10 thousand sq.m. has been already completed. Within realization of this program on November 09 of this year the start is given to the new project "Development of city space in the Maritsa-Hospital area of Pazardzhik". The general financing of the program makes more than 3,5 million Euros  fr om means of the state budget and the European Regional Development Fund.

Reconstruction of Mediterranee stadium

The sister city of Bezier is going to welcome professional sport teams in 2019 for the first time in its history. That is why the full reconstruction of the stadium is planned, approximate cost of these works is 1,2 million Euros. The replacement of a lawn of Mediterranee stadium which had been in a bad condition because of numerous sports events the last season was carried out in the period from October 15 to October 25 of this year. 

New season of Brenton Skating Plaza

On November 16 of this year in the sister city of Des Moines the thirteenth season of the ice rink of "Brenton Skating Plaza" will be opened. This is the first facility in the Iowa State giving an opportunity for rest and sports to citizens on the fresh air everyday from November to March. During holidays visitors are  also able to participate in various interactive entertainment programs. 

Tourism development

Opening in October of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang of the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge promotes the further development of tourist branch and growth of consumer activity of the population. A wide choice of products and low prices attract tourists and visitors from China and other countries. Besides among Zhenjiang's youth trips to Japan and on Russian ski resorts enjoy the increasing popularity. 

New recreation areas 

In the sister city of Yerevan two new recreational parks are opened wh ere all necessary for the organization of good rest of inhabitants and guests of the capital have been created. Special attention at arrangement of parks is paid to use of the latest technologies and smart solutions: solar panels for day and night-time lighting are installed, artificial pools, modern playgrounds are built, and free Wi-Fi is provided. It is supposed to make use of positive experience of reconstruction further for equipment of city recreation areas. 
 
Autumn Canton Fair 2018

In the city of Guangzhou there was the largest Chinese fair of export and import of "Autumn Canton Fair 2018" in which about 250 exhibitors from Changzhou have participated. Stands in more than 40 areas have been presented: power and technical equipment, the latest technologies, auto parts, consumer electronics, construction materials, textiles, medicine, tourist services, sports, household goods, gardening, and many other things. Annually about 20000 sellers and 200000 buyers take part in it. Participation in this exhibition will promote positive image of the enterprises of Changzhou in China and abroad.

02.11.18

Day of national heroes 
Annually on November 1 in Bulgaria the national holiday of National Buditel – participants of liberation movement fr om an Ottoman yoke is celebrated. In the sister city of Pazardzhik there were festive events, torch processions, flower-laying to monuments of national heroes. Within this holiday the ceremony of opening of the monument to the famous Bulgarian revolutionary, writer Zachariy Stoyanov was held. Festive actions were ended with a concert of performance groups of the sister city. 

Actions devoted to the end of World War I 
On November 11, 2018 the actions devoted to century of the end of World War I will take place in the city of Bezier. The solemn procession of the veterans living in Bezier and citizens will pass across the central streets to the monument of memory of the dead wh ere the official ceremony and flower-laying to the monument will be organized. It is planned to open the bust of Frederik Pra, the poet, the native Bezier who has died in the war at the age of 20 years. Pupils of the city will honor memory of the poet with reading his verses. 

Educational program for the working population 
Since January, 2019 in the sister city of Des Moines the new training courses in the field of programming and graphic editors «Code DSM» for working adults begin to work. Need of the program is caused by demand of experts in the sphere of information technologies in labor market of the sister city. The curriculum is developed in the way to allow studying the course on the main job. Classes will be given within 15 weeks. 

Cultural events 
At the end of October of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of cultural events of national value was organized. The performance of an opera star of Mr. Li Zhengcheng with the known show transferring features of national opera art took place. Also the new picture of the famous artist Mr. Kang Shunwei "The collection of Zhenjiang scenic spots " created in the national manner which is non-material cultural heritage of China was presented to inhabitants and guests of the sister city. 

End of the VII season of the tourist program "Yerevan City Tour" 
The department of tourism of municipality of Yerevan summed up the results of the VII season of the official city tourist program "Yerevan City Tour". For March-October, 2018 about 6500 people took part in the program. Socially important programs for school students, students, elderly people and persons with limited opportunities were developed. The organization of excursions will be renewed in the spring of 2019.

China International small and medium enterprises fair 
Eleven companies of the sister city of Changzhou participated In the 15th China International small and medium enterprises fair "CISMEF", organized in the city of Guangzhou in October of this year. A main objective of the action is assistance to establishment business contacts, to trade and cooperate with small and medium enterprises of China and foreign countries. This year much attention was paid to issues of smart manufacturing and energy conservation. During the fair a number of forums, business meetings, seminars, presentations of foreign companies were organized. Enterprises signed significant business contracts. 

26.10.18

Russian culture promotion in the city of Pazardzhik
On October 24, 2018 within the European Capital of Culture program the meeting of Russian associates in the city of Pazardzhik has taken place. The organizer of the event is the "Union of Independent Creative Communication. During the meeting the issues of promoting of Russian language and literature, the importance of history and the culture of Russia studying were discussed. For participants culinary master classes in Russian cuisine were held. 

Ecological action
The mayor's office of the sister city of Bezier implements an action for drawing attention of citizens to inadmissibility of ejection of garbage out of specially allotted places and organization of unauthorized dumps. In addition to the appeals placed on banners on one of the central streets an evident installation. Now the penalty imposed by Bezier city administration on the persons leaving garbage in public places has increased up to 180 Euros. For organizers of unauthorized dumps by means of vehicles is up to 1500 Euros.

End of Farmers’ market 
On October 27 of this year the Farmers’ market will be closed in the sister city of Des Moines. Local producers will present 2018 harvest, fresh meat, dairy and bakery products. Gardeners will also be able to buy saplings of trees and bushes, seeds of plants and flowers. As the action is organized on the eve of Halloween pavilions will be decorated with thematic attributes of this holiday, competitions and games for children will take place.

International sister cities conference 
On October 23 of this year the Zhenjiang  International Sister Cities conference on low-carbon economy was organized in the sister city, in which the Chinese and international experts, representatives of the sister cities of Zhenjiang, including delegation of Stavropol took part. Within the program of the conference issues of development of the eco-industry and energy saving methods, implementation of environmentally safe innovations were considered. Exchange of experience of work in the sphere low-carbon productions took place. 

Festive events on the 2800 anniversary of Yerevan
On October 21 of this year in the sister city of Yerevan the festive events devoted to anniversary of the capital of Armenia were held. For inhabitants and guests of the city the rich program. "Yerevan: from a bronze age – to the capital from a pink tufa" exhibition was opened. Exhibits from archaeological collections of the museums and also the exhibits found during recent excavation were presented. The main part of rarities is presented to the public for the first time. Festive actions were ended with a gala concert and colorful fireworks. 

Annual international half marathon 
In the twin-city of Changzhou the international half marathon which annually unites more than 20 000 athletes from around the world has taken place. Within the competitions three different distances have been organized. The time result of the sportsmen- winners from Ethiopia and Kenya became the best for all history of existence of the Changzhou half marathon.

19.10.18

Sports achievements of the city of Pazardzhik
During the period from October 12 to October 14, 2018 in the city of Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) the XXVI International championship on karate "SKDUN" was held. More than 1800 athletes from thirty countries of the world, including Europe, Russia, India, the USA, Syria, Venezuela, Gabon, Dominican Republic, Nepal participated in  the event. During the competitions representatives of sports club "Tonus-Sport" of the city of Pazardzhik acted successfully. Participants of the sister city won two gold and one silver medals. 

 "Chocolate feriya" event
During the period from October 20 to October 21, 2018 in Congress Palace of the city of Bezier a city event "Chocolate feriya" will be organized. The art will be shown by chokolatiers and confectioners of the city and Ayrault region. About 80 exhibitions, displays, master classes will take place to make something of chocolate and right there to enjoy taste. Within the action the competition for citizens and city visitors on production of the best chocolate cake will be organized. Winners will win prizes.

New art project "Mental banquet: painting with lights"
In the sister city of Des Moines the new art project “Mental banquet: painting with lights” is implemented, it is based on use of 3D-mapping technology, creating effect of visual borders spreading. Within the project on a facade of buildings taking into account architectural features the animated images changing to the sound of music are projected. The innovative show will allow not only emphasizing architecture, transferring the atmosphere of the building, but also seeing its history. 

Autumn job fai
On October 17 of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang the autumn job fair for graduates of colleges and universities took place. About 300 enterprises participated in the action. About 3 000 jobs more than in dozen spheres were presented: finance, management, equipment, marketing, etc. The annual fair gives a unique opportunity for talented representatives of youth to find work with decent salaries. 

Run competition "The Yerevan marathon"
On October 21 of this year in the capital of Armenia the annual sport event "The Yerevan marathon" will be held. The run competition is a successor of the "Yerevan semi-marathon" organized in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The start will be given to a marathon in the center of Yerevan. The route will pass on beautiful central streets of the sister city, the gorge of the Hrazdan River and will return to the place of start. A large number of athletes and other fans of sport become participants of a sports running annually. 

Organization of the committee on standardization of robots and robotics 
In the sister city of Changzhou the committee on standardization of robots and robotics of the Province of Jiangsu will be created. In Changzhou in recent years a special attention is paid to researches in the field of robotics and to introduction of scientific developments with use of the latest technologies in manufacturing industry and by production of the equipment. Intellectual manufacturing industry became the landmark of the city.

12.10.18

Day of the Bulgarian communities in the city of Pazardzhik
On October 12, 2018 in the city of Pazardzhik celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian communities was held devoted to activity of local governments. During the ceremonial meeting of City Council the Mayor of Pazardzhik addressed inhabitants and guests of the sister city with a welcoming speech in which the important role of local authorities in ensuring activity of the city was noted. Deputies of the State Counsil and the Governor also participated in the meeting. 

Tours of St. Petersburg Theatre for Young Audience
During the period from October 24 to October 27, 2018 tours of known in Russia A.A. Bryantsev Theatre for Young Audience from St. Petersburg will take place in the city of Bezier. This theater exists since 1922, has more than 30 performances in the repertoire and is actively on tour in the cities of the different countries of the world and also participates in the international festivals, having invariable success.

Accelerator Global Insurance project
On October 02 of this year in the city of Atlanta the project of Des Moines Partnership «Accelerator Global Insurance» received a prestigious international award – the Silver prize of the International Economic Development Council. "Accelerator Global Insurance" is the program aimed at the development of business activity, introduction of innovations and support of startups in insurance industry. For its lifetime 26 companies of the city of Des Moines took part in the hundred-day program of the accelerator. 

Socially important actions 
Within the celebration of National Day of the People's Republic of China in the city of Zhenjiang a number of socially important actions are organized. Visit of the rehabilitation centers for elderly took place, culinary master classes in joint preparation of national dishes are held. Actions are prepared with active participation of volunteers and students of the sister city.

Summit of International Organization of Francophonie
In the sister city of Yerevan the 17th summit of the International Organization of Francophonie (IOF) took place. In honor of this significant event at Azatutyan Square the Town of Francophonie "Live and create together" has been opened with pavilions representing 38 member countries of MOF. Special pavilions are devoted to Armenia and Yerevan. Guests and residents have an opportunity to get acquainted with cultural and historical heritage, tourist sights of various countries of the world. The capital of Armenia is a member of the international association for thirty years within cooperation with it a number of large cultural and educational projects are implemented.

Project on delivery of fresh Yangcheng crabs 
On the Yangcheng Lake near the city of Changzhou one of the best productions of freshwater crabs which are delivered to more than 170 cities of China is located. For improvement of quality of production at the enterprise a number of actions are realized: production modernization is carried out, a new system of logistics is introduced, interaction at all stages - from cultivation and processing till realization in retail trade is provided. New approach will allow fresh crabs delivering to the buyer within 1-2 days.

05.10.18

Best municipal practice in the sphere of youth policy 
The joint project of Council of youth policy of the city of Pazardzhik and the mayor's office of Pazardzhik was among the best ten practice of Europe in the nomination “Public”. The organizer of a competition is "The European institute of innovations and policy". The official awards ceremony will be held in November in Vienna city administration (Austria). Cooperation between Council of youth policy and the mayor's office of Community Pazardzhik has been developing since 2016. For this period more than eighty youth actions, seminars and actions are organized. 

Preservation of historical heritage 
For preservation of historical and architectural heritage the city administration of Bezier has made the decision to redeem the house of family of Shapp, known in the city. The house built in 1890 which facade is decorated with the figures of caryatids and Atlases created by the famous sculptor Inzhalber has staid thrown within several decades. It is planned to restore the ancient building in the nearest future. 

Downtown Farmers’ Market 
In the sister city of Des Moines opening of the next Farmer market has taken place. Every Saturday of October there will be presented seasonal production of local producers: fresh vegetables and fruit, bakery and confectionery, landing material for garden and kitchen gardens. Annually about 300 farmers and businessmen from 50 cities of Iowa participate the market. On October 27 within closing of the Farmer market, the festive program for children devoted to Hallooing will be organized. 

Day of the People's Republic of China 
China has celebrated on October 1 the main public holiday - Day of the People's Republic of China. It was proclaimed on October 1, 1949. In honor of a celebration in the sister city of Zhenjiang festive actions have taken place, streets are decorated by national flags and fresh with flowers, there are colorful fireworks. Because of ling holidays many residents have an opportunity to visit the family and friends living in other cities. 

Celebration of the Teachers' Day 
In the capital of Armenia a number of the festive events devoted to the celebration of the Teachers' Day are organized. Leaders of the mayor’s office of the city have congratulated teachers on a professional holiday, having wished them good health, professional achievements and success. The awards ceremony to winners of a competition for the best director, teacher and tutor of year of Yerevan was held. All winners have been handed certificates of honor of the mayor of Yerevan and gifts.

Changzhou International Forum on Sci-Tech & Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation 
On September 28 of this year in Changzhou International Forum on Sci-Tech & Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation has been opened. In thirteen years of work within the forum agreements on realization more than 250 large programs are signed and more than 1200 projects in the sphere of construction and production are reached. In 2018 within the business program more than 60 actions, including exhibitions, seminars, and business meetings have taken place. The reached agreements contributes to social and economic development of the city of Changzhou 


28.09.18

Participation in the international competition on ceramics 
The sculptors of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the international competitions on ceramics "Fire Flowers", which took place in Yalta from 4 to 17 September this year. Teams from Russia, Bulgaria, India, Uzbekistan and Ukraine were represented in the competition. The best competitive works from ceramics are in Nikitsky botanical garden of the city-resort of Yalta. The Sculpture of participants from the city of Pazardzhik "Tree of Knowledge" based on biblical legends won a prestigious prize. 

City-developing plans 
The city administration of Bezier published plans for development of the city for the next three years. By 2021 in the downtown the new land parking on 300 places will be built. Builders promise to create the building which will become one of modern symbols of the city. Also there will appear a new hotel complex on 27 numbers, a campus which will unite four educational institutions and a hostel on 200 places and also a house for elderly people. The embankment near city port expects restoration. Besides, two "tourist" places of Bezier – the Southern channel and the Acropolis will be connected by an "easy sheaf". The system of elevators which provides access to historical and cultural monuments for all will be built. 

Manufacturing Day 
October 5, 2018 in the sister city of Des Moines a number of actions devoted to Manufacturing Day will be organized. The main objective is to attract attention of the population to manufacturing profession, to inform on the possible prospects of career development at the industrial enterprises. The organization of presentations of large plants and companies, excursions with demonstration of hi-tech production, professional focused master classes is supposed. Large manufacturing enterprises will open their doors for pupils of schools and students of professional and higher educational institutions. 

Holiday of the middle fall 
On September 24 in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Holiday of the middle fall (Lunar festival) took place, it promotes maintaining traditions of national culture. Public organizations of the sister city prepared the charity events directed to involvement of physically disabled people. Within the holiday culinary master classes in production of the Chinese cookies traditionally prepared during the Lunar festival were held. 

Acquaintance with the Smart City program 
From September 10 to September 16 the official delegation of the Republic of Armenia with the representative of Centre of management technologies of Erevan in it visited the city of Hangzhu, People's Republic of China. The visit purpose was the acquaintance with the modern decisions of the concept Smart City developed by the Dahua Technologies Company. Representatives of the Armenian delegation visited production of the company, the centers of the municipal government in which the systems created by the company function and got acquainted with the principles of their work. The agreement on implementation of pilot projects in Yerevan in certain directions of the Smart City program was reached. 

Participation in the National trade fair of agricultural production and technologies 
There was the National trade fair of agricultural production and technologies in the city of Nanjing in September, 2018. Twelve enterprises of the sister city of Changzhou participated in it. In exhibition halls more than 30 types of the food of the highest standards to qualities and made according to modern technologies in the city of Changzhou were presented. Production of the companies of the sister city was in great demand. Participation promoted public awareness of local producers, sales market expansion and also establishment of business contacts.

21.09.18

Victory in the Majorette Sport World Cup
On September 11, 2018 the press conference devoted to a victory of representatives of Misteriya club of the sister city in the Majorette Sport World Cup was organized in the mayor's office of Community Pazardzhik. The international competitions took place during the period from August 21 to August 25 in the city of Prague (the Czech Republic). The mayor of Pazardzhik congratulated participants on a deserved victory and noted the work and achievements of youth of the sister city. 

Pictures - optical illusions on Bezier's streets
For attraction of tourists and for decoration of the city 14 anamorphosis drawings are placed in the territory of Bezier. These optical illusions located on pavements, sidewalks and squares are drawn in such a way that creates illusory prospect and also draws special attention of inhabitants and tourists. Anamorphosis is created by on-stage performance group from the city of Montpellier. Creation of the drawings borrows the master artist from one to two days.

Projects on offenses prevention 
On September 17 of this year in the art gallery of the sister city of Des Moines public hearings at which programs and projects on prevention of violence and improvement of interaction with law enforcement agencies were submitted for discussion of the public. Participants of the event had an opportunity to discuss each idea, express the opinion and choose the best. The Bridging the Gap project assuming an integrated approach to the solution of problems at interaction of the management of the city, representatives of business community and the public was submitted. The projects with the maximum number of votes will be submitted for consideration of Des Moines City Council.

Military trainings at the universities 
Since the beginning of the academic year the program for military training of freshmen has started at the universities of the sister city of Zhenjiang. Studies will be continued within two weeks. During this time students will get acquainted with many aspects of military science and issues of national defense, will be engaged in sports trainings. Participation in actions will promote integration of pupils in public life of the university. 

Anniversary festival "Rural Life and Traditions" 
In the capital of Armenia there has taken place the 5th anniversary festival "Rural Life and Traditions". Within the program of actions the wide range of farmer products of more than 200 local and foreign producers has been presented to inhabitants and guests of Yerevan. This year representatives of Georgia, Iran, Lebanon participated in the festival. The "Organic Armenia" pavilions presenting organic agriculture of Armenia were of particular interest. The festival promoted not only new business contacts and exchange of work experience, but also further development of tourism.

Visit of students from South Korea
Since 1999 twinning relations of the cities of Namyangdzhu, South Korea, and Changzhou in the sphere of economy, trade, culture and education have been successfully developing. Interaction in the sphere of youth educational exchanges is effectively carried out. In September of this year Changzhou was visited by group of 16 pupils of the city of Namyangdzhu. Within the visit school students have examined educational process in educational institutions, have participated in a flag raising ceremony, master classes in calligraphy and national dishes cooking, and have visited local sights and the museums. The leaders of the sister city of Changzhou paid special attention to the importance of establishment of friendly contacts among younger generation as future messengers of friendship.

14.09.18

Large ecological action

On September 15 of this year the ecological action in collecting of garbage "Clean Bulgaria together" started in the sister city of Pazardzhik. It is one of the largest volunteer projects in Bulgaria directed to improvement of an ecological situation in the country. Just in the region of Pazardzhik 80 objects for cleaning are defined: historical and cultural monuments, forest territories, stadiums, resort areas, squares, playgrounds, etc. 

European days of historical heritage

In the sister city of Bezier the European days of historical heritage will take place from September 15 to September 16, 2018. In this regard free visit of public historical buildings, parks, theaters, museums, libraries is provided. The eventful program of city actions is planned including meetings with the famous writers, artists and sculptors, and thematic conferences. In cathedrals and churches excursions, concerts of classical music and church singing, a photo exhibit will be organized. 

Junior Olympic Games of the Union of amateur athletes

In the sister city of Des Moines the Junior Olympic Games-2018 organized by the Union of amateur athletes came to the end. This year about 14000 young athletes from all the USA took part in fifteen sports competitions: track and field athletics, rope jumping, fight, swimming, field hockey, tae kwon do, karate, etc. Competitions were followed by a multidimensional entertainment program. The action is organized in the capital of the State of Iowa for the fifth time and enjoys interest of inhabitants, and city visitors.

Celebration of the Teachers' Day

September 10 of this year in China is traditionally celebrated in honor of all educators. As the public holiday the Teachers' Day was recognized in 1985. In Zhenjiang festive events were held, awards ceremonies of the best representatives of this profession were organized. Pupils thanked teachers and prepared creative congratulations. the most interesting was  "The most beautiful teacher" competition with its winner Zhenjiang pupils took pictures with pleasure.

Photo exhibition "Yerevan from the eyes of residents" 

At the beginning of September of this year in the foyer of the mayor's office of the sister city of Yerevan the photo exhibition "Yerevan from the eyes of residents" devoted to 2800-year anniversary of foundation of the capital of Armenia was opened. At a ceremony of opening there were city leaders and famous artists, photographers and the invited guests. The pictures of Yerevan taken at different times are presented at an exhibition. 

Best demonstration platforms of production services

The commission on development and reforms of the Province of Jiangsu announced the best demonstration platforms of production services which had included four industrial parks of the city of Changzhou. On the basis of innovative industrial zones the continuous process  with various production phases and further product sales including design, testing, certification, research and development, production, management, financing, logistics, sale and also training of professionals is created. More than one thousand companies of various fields of activity are involved in clusters.

07.09.18

Exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

In Nicol Furnadzhiyev regional library of the sister city of Pazardzhik there was an opening of the exhibition devoted to the 85 anniversary of the famous Bulgarian historian, the Honorable Pazardzhik Citizen Alexander Arnaudov at which scientific works and articles of the author were presented. Throughout a long time the local historian worked in the Regional historical museum, researched cultural heritage of the region. A. Arnaudov is a coauthor of the encyclopedia "Pazardzhik", awarded with the order of Kirill and Mefodiy of Republic of Bulgaria.

Events of "Avenues of Associations of the City of Bezier"

The annual city-wide campaign of "Avenues of associations of the city of Bezier" will take place on September 8 of this year on Paul's Avenues Rick. This year representatives of 270 associations of the city of Bezier will show the achievements in the welfare sphere and also in the field of environment protection. In the program of actions there will be the speech of the mayor Bezier, acquaintance with information placed at stands of associations and also various performances and the presentations. Also in the city hall "Zinga Zanga" a concert of orchestra of John Seyntbor will be held. 

Graduation Walk program

In the sister city of Des Moines the socially oriented program "Graduation Walk" directed to motivation of graduates of schools and pupils who dropped schools to receiving further education is implemented. During the project meetings with members of Des Moines City council, representatives of municipality and business communities with pupils of middle and high school are organized within which they will discuss need of further education and possible ways of support, for example, granting soft loans on training. Also about 300 volunteers and 150 pupils of Des Moines public schools will visit families of students for holding preventive talks.

"Great Process" photo exhibition

At the end of August of this year in the main library of the sister city of Zhenjiang the photo exhibition "Great Process" devoted to the 40 anniversary of reforms and openness in People's Republic of China was opened. On the exposition there are achievements of China, in economy and culture, public affairs for the last forty years. Special attention is paid to the prospects of further development and also influence of reforms on the Chinese society.  

Events devoted to the beginning of school year 

On Knowledge Day at all municipal schools of the sister city of Yerevan festive actions were organized. On the occasion of the 1st of September the mayor's office of Yerevan prepared an excursion on sights of the capital of Armenia. there was also an entertainment music and sport program.
  
Participation in the competition "WorldSkills"

At the end of August of this year in the sister city of Changzhou two colleges were selected as national educational bases for preparation for 45 World Championship on professional skill "WorldSkills". Only 7 students from Changzhou are in National training team of China. In Changzhou Technician College the industrial machinery assembly project will be made. On the basis of Jiangsu Urban and Rural Construction College concrete construction projects will be developed. The international competition in which young professionals from around the world participate will take place in Kazan in 2019.

31.08.18

The sports achievements of the sister city of Pazardzhik

The World Championship on majorettes sport took place in the period from 21 to 25 August, 2018 in the city of Prague (Czech Republic). Representatives from Bulgaria, Russia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland and other countries took part in the competition. More than a thousand numbers of the contest program were presented to the jury. The performance of the sportsmen of the club "Mystery" of the city of Pazardzhik was at the very high level. Despite the great competition the representatives of the sister city became world champions on majorettes sport. The winners of the competitions were awarded with diplomas and memorable souvenirs.

Cultural and sport events in Beziers

The sport and cultural life of the sister city of Beziers is dynamic and diverse.
The famous group of bikers "Brescoudos" will visit the city and perform with a motor show on the Alleys of Paul Riquet on September 1, 2018.
The exhibition of the artist Henri Tevio will open in Beziers in the period from 03 to 15 September during which the artist will present his own concept of creativity.

The implementation of the project on creation safe, comfortable living environment

The project «Connect Downtown East Grand Avenue Pilot Project» aimed at creating a safer, more comfortable and affordable living environment is being implemented on the initiative of the City Hall of the sister city of Des Moines. The main objectives of the project are optimization the routes for all kind of transport, improving roads and sidewalks, creating new parking spaces. A special attention is paid to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians as well as to the reduction of transit time through the city center.

The measures on evacuation abandoned vehicles

A number of measures on solving important for China problem of abandoned vehicles which hamper traffic, clutter streets and parking spaces, impair the ecology and image of the city were realized in the sister city of Zhenjiang. To solve this problem in Zhenjiang the evacuation of unclaimed cars from traffic areas was organized and parking spaces were inspected. Some cars will be sold at auction.

The gift of the Japanese artist on the occasion of 2800th anniversary of Yerevan 

According to the request of the representatives of Yerevan a well-known Japanese professor, artist Kunito Nagaoka, who arrived on the occasion of the 2800th anniversary of the capital of Armenia, made a copy of the Urartian cuneiform. This cuneiform is a "passport" of Yerevan and is kept in the historical and archaeological museum "Erebuni". A copy of one of the ancient khachkars (a stone stela with a carved cross image) which are kept in the museum of the history of Yerevan was also made with the use of traditional Chinese techniques, in addition to cuneiform. The Japanese art critic noted that the ancient values of Yerevan are unique works of art. The professor presented copies of cuneiform and khachkar to the Yerevan history museum and the historical and archaeological museum "Erebuni".

The Harvest Festival

The Chinese government announced the Harvest Festival, which will be held on the Day of Autumn Equinox (September 23). A lot of events and exhibitions will be organized in the sister city of Changzhou within the framework of which it is planned to demonstrate the harvest of agricultural products, the last achievements in the field of agriculture as well as the creativity of modern farmers. It is expected that the agricultural event will attract great attention to the conduct of agricultural work, accelerate the implementation of the strategy of agricultural development in China and will contribute to strengthening the viability of rural areas.

24.08.18

Music festival in Pazardzhik

With the financial support of the municipality of the Pazardzhik Community in the period from September 7 to September 9, 2018  the V music festival "Plus Festival" will be held in the sister city, in which famous musicians of Bulgaria will take part. During the existence of the festival more than 100 foreign and Bulgarian performers participated in it. 250 volunteers took part in the preparation and organization. Concerts were attended by more than 20 thousand residents and guests of the sister city.

Festive events devoted to Bezier's freedom from fascist troops

In the city of Bezier the festive events devoted to freedom of the city from fascist troops in the years of the II World War were organized on August 22, 2018. In the city park "Plateau of Poets" there was a wreath-laying ceremony to the stele to the civil victims of war. For inhabitants and city visitors festivities were organized. There were salutes in the evening sky.

International Food and Music Festival 

During the period from September 14 to September 16, 2018 in the sister city of Des Moines there will be the XIV annual international festival which unites producers of food and musicians from 25 countries of the world and regions of the country. More than 50 suppliers of food products will participate in an action. Shows of the famous musicians and also concerts of the popular local groups and ensembles presenting authentic music will take place. Within the charity event participants of the festival will prepare more than 60 000 sets of products to be transferred to the families in difficult life situations.

Reconstruction of educational institutions 

In the sister city of Zhenjiang large-scale reconstruction of educational institutions is carried out. The territory of elementary and high schools is improved. Much attention is paid to gardening, arrangement of sports grounds and stadiums, re-equipment of creative workshops. Also office buildings and educational classes are repaired. All repair work is planned to finish by September, 2018. 

The Best Sports Family competition 2018

In the sister city of Yerevan at the main stadium of Tsakhkadzorsky Olympic sport center the Best Sports Family competition 2018 was held, in which victory was won the seventh year in a row by team of the capital of Armenia. When summing up competitions the importance of participation of athletes with limited capacities was emphasized. Participants of competitions from the different cities of the country were awarded by certificates of honor and souvenirs. The cup of the winner was transferred to storage to the museum of history of Yerevan.

"Root Seeking" Summer Camp 

In the sister city of Changzhou the 11-day-long "Root Seeking" Summer Camp came to the end. A main objective of the project is attraction to national culture as the basis of education of younger generation in China. For the last eight years the international summer camp has accepted more than 600 foreign teenagers of the Chinese origin. Participants of the program get acquainted with history of the people and cultural traditions, visit local sights, the museums, exhibitions and theaters.

17.08.18


International Badminton Tournament

In the period from 09 to 12 August of this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik the 11th International Badminton Tournament was held. The organizers of the event were the municipality of the Pazardzhik Community, the National Badminton Federation and the sister city badminton sports club. More than 160 athletes from twenty-five countries took part in the competition. The greatest number of medals was won by athletes from Russia.

Sunday organ concerts

‘Friends of Organ Music’ Association of the sister city of Beziers organized weekly Sunday organ concerts in the cathedral of Saint Nazaire. Famous French organists from Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier and Bézier are taking part in the concerts of this event. They have proved themselves at the national and international levels. Organ compositions will be accompanied by a clarinet and a trumpet.

Farm Market Week
 
In order to develop small business in the city of Des Moines, the traditional opening of the "week of farming markets" took place. This event allows the novice entrepreneurs to establish connection with farms, and the farm owners to find new suppliers for the sale of products. The increase in demand for products of this type of production allows supporting more than 165 thousand small and medium-sized farms throughout the country.

Road route Guangtan reconstruction is over

In the sister city of Zhenjiang, the reconstruction of the road route of Guangtan, connecting the cities of Shanghai and Zhenjiang, is completed. The length of the route about 5 km and it has eight lanes in both directions. The design of the road does not provide for the establishment of traffic lights what and the traffic is high-speed. In order to safely move in the dark, the roadside is brightly lit.

International Youth Day celebration

Within the framework of the program "Yerevan Summer 2018" in the sister city of Yerevan, the International Youth Day was celebrated. The City Hall administration organized a disco "Young Yerevan", as well as a contest-festival in which famous pop singers and dance ensembles from Georgia, Russia and Iran took part. For spectators who took part in the event games there were offered some tours to famous resorts of Armenia.

Innovative technology introduction

In order to ensure safety in the sister city of Changzhou, an innovative face recognition system was installed at railway stations. This advanced system allows police units to receive alerts about wanted persons within 10 minutes after they hit the camera lens. Innovative technology significantly contributes to the work of local authorities, as well as the police.

10.08.18

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

03.08.18

European Championship in ship modeling


In the period from 23 to 29, June of this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik the 20th European Championship in ship modeling was held. Representatives of the countries of the near abroad and Europe, including the countries of Russia, Germany, Hungary, England, Armenia, Ukraine, Switzerland took part in the competition. The official grand opening ceremony was held in the city park "Svoboda" on July 24 of 2018. Ship models of Russian and Bulgarian participants showed high results, developing speed up to 270 km / h. The winners of the championship were the representatives of Russia. They set world record and won gold and silver medals in several nominations.


 Light and music fountain


 As a result of large-scale restoration works on the square of Jean Jaures, the light and music fountain was placed in the sister city of Beziers. This construction is equipped with the latest equipment and is capable of demonstrating various water figures which are painted in different colors with help of the spotlights. Water mirror with an area of ​​350 square meters is animated by fifty water jets, rising to a height of 6 meters. In combination with the speakers this design demonstrates a spectacular show for residents and visitors of the city in the evening.

 

Construction of a specialized clinic

 

The Council of State Medical Institutions approved a project for the construction of the first clinic for patients with mental disorders in the sister city of Des Moines. The new institution will help people of all age categories. The treatment will be aimed at stabilizing the mental state of patients for their further transfer to specialized medical institutions or home environment. Work on 100-bed freestanding behavioral health hospital is scheduled for April 2019.


 Ecotourism development


In order to develop rural ecotourism, Zhenjiang sister city organized a "weekend" program. For outdoor recreation, people from nearby cities come to the foot of the Maoshan Mountain on the outskirts of the city of Zhenjiang. The program of entertainment of various games in the open air, gathering of grapes, a meal on farmer sites. Recently, when this weekend program is gaining popularity among tourists.


 Holding a city sport festival


Yerevan City Hall summarized the results of the city sports festival "Healthy generation is a protected motherland". To participate in the event, thanks to the cooperation of the Yerevan Municipality with the Paralympic Committee of Armenia and the Union of Disabled People of Armenia "Pyunik", a team of hockey players with physical disabilities was formed, the demonstration competitions of which took place at the sports school of figure skating. The winners were awarded with the Yerevan Mayor's Cup. Within the framework of the programme "Yerevan Summer 2018" the city administration attaches particular importance to the participation in sports competitions of persons with disabilities.


 Ecologically dangerous zones


The Government of Jiangsu Province announced protection of the ecologically dangerous "red" zones, nine of which are in the sister city of Changzhou. These areas are the most environmentally vulnerable and require special conditions for environment preservation. The most critical problems in such areas are water and soil pollution, which indicates an urgent task of protecting their ecological status. According to the decision of the State Council of China, the plan to clean up the zones of the increased level of the country's territory should be developed by the end of 2020.


27.07.18

Participation in the International Children's Festival "Poseidonia"

With the financial support of the municipality of the Pazardzhik Community in the period from 18 to 21, July of this year "Chudesia" ensemble of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the International Children's Festival "Poseidonia" in Greece. The event was attended by creative teams from Bulgaria, China, India, Brazil, Israel, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia and Greece. The ensemble members of the sister city took the first place of the event and represented their country at high level. 

City light show

In the period from July 6 to August 26 of this year in the sister city of  Beziers, traditional "Sound and Light" show beloved by citizens and tourists is continuing its work. This year the innovative part of the show devoted to various historical periods of the city is live actors. Shooting with the participation of people was conducted on a monophonic green background and subsequently were "applied" on the displayed "pictures". With help of spectacular lighting effects in 4D format, using the latest video display technologies, the facade of Madeleine Church will become a "screen" three times a week.

Opening of Chamness Biodegradables Company

In the sister city of Des Moines there is an opening of Chamness Biodegradables company, involved in the production of utensils, which are completely biodegradable. The company, which is one of the best in the world market, announced the dislocation to Iowa state. In this connection, jobs will be created in the city of Des Moines, allowing research and the latest developments in the field of biodegradable material to help in environmental conservation. The change of location will also entail an increase in the volume of production and product marketing. That will have a positive impact on the sister city economy.

Aviation science classes

In order to strengthen the interaction with local residents, as well as to familiarize students of educational institutions with unmanned aerial vehicles in the sister city of Zhenjiang, a free course in aviation will be held. Students from the Jiangsu Provincial Aviation Technology Institute organized the first meeting with students and teachers interested in this topic. In the future, it is planned to organize classes every weekend for several months for everyone willing to attend.

Traditional watermelon festival

Within the framework of the Yerevan Mayor's three-month programme "Yerevan Summer 2018" on the territory of the Swan Lake, the traditional watermelon festival was held. This year it was dedicated to the 2800th anniversary of the founding of Armenia capital. In pavilions of the administrative districts, carving specialists presented interesting options for watermelon design. Also quiz games were organized, the winners of which received gifts from Yerevan municipality and partner organizations. The festival was accompanied by a concert program with the participation of well-known performers.

South Railway Road

The new railway route of Jiangsu Province will connect the sister city of Changzhou with the cities of Nanjing, Jianmin, and Zhenjiang. The feasibility study of the Southern Railway project, which allows the train to speed up to 350 km / h, was approved by the relevant authorities. Construction work is planned for early September and will last for four years. This process will significantly shorten the time spent on movement.

20.07.18

Participation in the International Folklore Festival

In the period fr om 09 to 15, July of this year a team of the dance ensemble "Childhood" of the sister city of Pazardzhik participated in the International Folklore Festival, which took place in Podgorica (Montenegro). In total, fourteen creative teams from Europe participated in the event. The ensemble of the sister city was awarded with a special prize in terms of  presenting the jury traditional dances of all regions of Bulgaria. Representatives of Pazardzhik city also took part in official meetings with the city leadership and the head of the European Uni on delegation.

Electric minibus

In the period from 01 to 15, July of this year in the sister city of Beziers a minibus for passenger transportation created using the latest technology will run along a short route. The basis of the work of this vehicle with a capacity of 12 passengers is an electrical supply with automatic control. The minibus is provided to the sister city by "CarPostal"  company for testing, during which the presence of an operator is needed. Such environmentally friendly transport is the future of the city.

Release of the regional music album

In order to promote the development of young talents, as well as the presentation of a wide variety of musical trends in the sister city of Des Moines, the selection of musical compositions by local groups and artists for the fourth Iowa regional album was completed. The choice was made in the following order: originality of lyrical compositions, quality of performance, public activity of musicians in the local community. For the albums, 13 compositions were selected, which will be presented at the city events, including the forthcoming annual Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Annual Convention of Des Moines.

Competition of "intelligent cars"

In the sports exhibition complex of the sister city of Zhenjiang, a demonstration of "intelligent cars" took place. More than a thousand of students from colleges of the eastern part of the country took part in the competition. It consisted of three stages: test, preliminary and final, wh ere the participants presented their works in several nominations. This event allowed to get acquainted with the device of the "intelligent car", and also to sel ect the best participants to promote the development of young talents.

Exhibition "Visit Yerevan-2800"

Within the framework of the program of events dedicated to the celebration of the 2800th anniversary of the sister city of Yerevan, the opening ceremony of "Visit Yerevan-2800" exhibition was held in the central library and the art center of American city of Glendale, California. The main aim of this event is to provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the development of the ancient city, as well as to invite those wishing to celebrate the anniversary of the Yerevan founding. The exposition presented 50 photographs of the city of Armenia from 19th to 20th century, as well as modern images of the city. Specially for the exhibition, copies of past centuries photographs which were kept in the Yerevan History Museum were made.

Innovative pharmaceutical project

In the sister city of Changzhou, the development of an innovative pharmaceutical project is completed. It is planned to be created in the city industrial park "Life and Health". According to the production program total investment of the project is 3 billion of yuan. These funds will be used in the development, production and sale of biological and chemical products. Also the leadership of the city is developing about 20 municipal projects for urban development.

13.07.18

Archaeological excavations

In the period from July 11 to August 20 of this year with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Regional Historical Museum of Pazardzhik and the Association "Balkan Heritage" there will be conducted archaeological excavations of the ancient burial on the territory of one of the unique historical sites located in the sister city of Pazardzhik. In the course of previous studies on the territory of this European heritage monument, samples of processed gold dating from 4,600 BC were found. That indicates the early extraction of gold and copper on the territory of Bulgaria. In addition, for the first time volunteers from cities of foreign countries will also take part in excavations.

Performance of children's choirs

From 8 to 10, July of this year in the sister city of Beziers there arrived 19 children's choruses of France with a total of 450 people. Children were on the way to Barcelona to participate in the international festival of children's choirs "Little Singers". Young singers took part in three free concerts for residents and visitors of the city of Beziers, held in the cathedral of Saint Nazaire, as well as in the open air. The performance of the children's choirs was a great success.

Competition for the creation of a short film

For further participation in the International Film Competition, the regional stage of the competition of cinema lovers will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. Within 48 hours participants need to make a film with 4-7 minutes duration on a certain topic in accordance with the genre and characters indicated. The best short film will be presented at the international stage of the contest, 12 winners of which will take part in the Cannes Film Festival.

Charity events

In order to conduct research and practical training on the territory of professional college for the practice of aviation specialists, in the sister city of Zhenjiang there was completed the installation of a Boeing 737-300 airplane simulator. Special attention has been paid to the use of large-sized aircraft for the preparation of students and qualified specialists since the foundation of the college.

Celebration of the Vardavar holiday 

On July the 8th of this year within the framework of the national holiday Vardavar, known for its custom of mutual water spilling, the mayor's office of the sister city of Yerevan organized a number of events on the Swan Lake. By tradition, the necessary equipment for water games and competitions were created, also a parade of watering machines was held. The residents and guests of the capital became the immediate participants of the Vardavar celebration. The events were accompanied by rhythmic music, which provided a festive atmosphere.

Participation in the Fourth China-Israel Investment Summit

Representatives of the sister city of Changzhou took part in the Fourth China-Israel Investment Summit, which took place in early July in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, South China. More than 2000 Chinese and Israeli companies were represented at the forum. Taking into account that the first experimental zone for cooperation was created by the governments of the two countries in Changzhou - the Israel Innovation Park in Changzhou, participation in joint seminars and meetings provided an opportunity to establish business contacts and discuss topical issues in the field of intellectual production, digital economy, biomedicine, Smart City creation and intellectual property rights.

06.07.18

The opening of photos exhibition in Pazardzhik

The city of Pazardzhik takes an active part in the International photography festival. As part of the event the official opening ceremony of the exhibition "XIII inspiration" of the famous Bulgarian photographer Vili Todorova was held in the art gallery "Boev" of the sister city on July 4 this year. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the municipality of the Community Pazardzhik, chairman of the National Academy of Photography of Republic of Bulgaria, residents and guests of the sister city.

Decoration of Beziers streets

The project on decoration e the streets of Beziers with colorful umbrellas, which was first realized in 2016, was changed by city designers. Now the central streets of Bezier, become favorite places among tourists, will be decorated with bright colored lampshades. In the evening the lampshades will bright, creating more cozy atmosphere. A significant change is shops on the streets with lampshades will be open once a week until 23 hours, which will increase the flow of customers.

The project on city economic development «Bridge District»

A project on city economic development city was launched in the sister city of Des Moines. The aim of the "Bridge District" project is to increase living space and create job places. After the project realization more than 10 thousand people will be able to purchase housing and have employment opportunities in the new part of the city. The implementation of this project includes buildings for large-scale celebrations, meetings, an improvement in the infrastructure of the near districts 
of the city

The construction the bridge across Yangtze River

The construction of bridge «Ufengshan» across Yangtze River takes place currently in the sister city of Zhenjiang. It is the first in China and in the world suspension bridge of dual purpose for operation in high-speed mode and under high load. The length of the bridge is 6.4 km. A two-way eight-lane highway will be built at the upper level, a calculated speed is 100 km/h, 4-track high-speed railway will be at the lower level, a calculated speed is 250 km/h. The bridge will be put into operation in 2020.

The implementation of Yerevan development programs

Currently the city of Yerevan is preparing to celebrate the 2800th anniversary, which will be held in September this year. Works on complete repairs of yards and playgrounds, improvement of streets as well as repairing of multi-apartment residential buildings are carrying out. According to the approved schedule the renovation of the Center for children and youth creativity, the construction of a new park as well as of the territory near the historical-archeological museum-reserve "Erebuni" is carrying out in the Erebuni district. It also should be noted that in the framework of three-month program "Yerevan summer-2018", started in June, July and August will be full of sports and cultural events.

The opening of Center for industrial innovations and cooperation

The Sino-German center for industrial innovation and cooperation with area 200 thousand square meters was opened in the sister city of Changzhou. About 150 German enterprises have invested in various industries in Changzhou, such as engineering, electronics, textiles. The main aim of the center is to represent the city of Changzhou as a platform for international scientific and technical developments, increase the volume of foreign investment.

29.06.18

Regional Council for the Development of the South Central District of the Republic of Bulgaria

On June 28 of this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik a meeting of the Regional Council for the Development of the South Central Economic Region of the Republic of Bulgaria was held. The event was attended by representatives of the ministries and departments of the Republic, municipalities, mayors of the Communities that are part of the districts, as well as representatives of the governing bodies of non-governmental organizations. Within the framework of the meeting, issues of social and economic development of the territories were discussed, and a report on the implementation of the Regional Development Plan for the South Central Economic Region for 2014-2020 was presented. Over 80 projects are implemented on the territory of the region with a total investment of 25 million euros. Also the region takes the second place in the country in terms of economic growth.

Restoration of the historic center of the city of Beziers

On June 30 of this year in the sister city of Beziers there will be a gala concert dedicated to the completion of large-scale works on the restoration of the historic center of the city. During the works on the Madeleine Square, sidewalks were expanded, olive trees were planted, tiling was performed, and the facade of the city theater was renovated. In the lower part of the alleys of Paul Riquet there is a 32-meter-high ferris wheel, where one can see the bright colors of the national flag in the evening. In addition, the reconstruction of Jean Jaures Square was completed, on which there is a water mirror measuring 350 sq. m., as well as a spectacular musical fountain equipped with the latest ecological equipment.

"Student to employer" program

In the sister city of Des Moines, a new "student to employer" program has come into effect, allowing students to gain experience through internships, as well as other kinds of professional activities: working practice, job fairs. Representatives of various companies participating in this program can invite an appropriate employee to work, guided by the requirements of the company and the presence of certain professional qualities of the student. The long-term goal of the program is to establish and develop cooperation between students and employers.

Painting of the "city cultural wall"

Within the framework of the international day against drug addiction in the sister city of Zhenjiang, a 10-meter "city cultural wall" was decorated with schoolchildren and students. The purpose of this event is to disseminate information about the consequences of drug dependence, the possibilities of preventing it, organizing preventive works, and drawing attention of the citizens to this problem.

Expansion of tourist potential

Within the framework of the Days of St. Petersburg held in the sister city of Yerevan, a round table on the topic "Yerevan-Saint Petersburg: Prospects for the Development of Urban Tourism" was organized. During the event, where the members of the official service of St. Petersburg took part, the possibilities of expanding the tourist potential of sister cities, the exchange of social advertising, the development of medical tourism and the development of other programs were discussed. In order to support the Armenian-Russian projects, there were also presented the investment opportunities of the city of Yerevan and the materials of the Center for the Development and Support of Entrepreneurship of the city of St. Petersburg .

Development of industrial robotics

In the sister city of Changzhou, the second phase of the project for the development of robotics was put into operation. In this regard, the production of industrial robots was expanded. The annual capacity of the plant in Changzhou is estimated to increase by 18 thousand units by preliminary calculations. "Yaskawa (China) Robotics Co., Ltd" is a leading Chinese company in the field of industrial robotics and mechatronics development. This project will allow the company to produce a 30,000th model of the robot for the Chinese market in July of this year, as well as to increase the total amount of investments to 45 thousand US dollars.

22.06.18

Concert in the city of Pazardzhik

At the invitation of the Pazardzhik Municipality on May 19, 2018, a concert of the famous American musician Craig Bailey took place in the sister city. Craig Bailey is one of the most famous musicians of New York, also a music director, an arranger, a saxophonist and a flutist leader of the famous Ray Charles orchestra. The musician was accompanied by a Bulgarian jazz trio: piano, bass and percussion instruments.
 
Music Festival

On June 21, 2018 the city of Beziers hosted the citywide event "Music Festival". In the framework of this event, concerts of classical music were organized at various venues of the city, as well as performances of modern musical groups in the style of rock, folk, hip-hop. A lot of attention of residents and visitors of the city was attracted by the theatrical procession with the performance of Latin American dances. The results of the contest called "Opening" were also summed up, the winners received cash prizes.

"Zero Waste" programme

For several years, within the framework of the Festival of Arts in the sister city of Des Moines, the "Zero Waste" initiative is being held. In 2018, the aim of the programme is to create the most effective utilization of waste during the festival. There are organized 17 garbage collection stations where groups of volunteers participate and disposable utensils made of compostable and recyclable materials are used. All necessary printing is carried out on the recycled paper, also the registration of participants and the work of the jury passes exclusively online. In 2017 the Festival of Arts was awarded as the most ambitious event, successfully realizing this initiative.

Charity events

On June 17 of this year residents of the sister city of Zhenjiang together with the  volunteers of the University of Science and Technology of Jiangsu organized an action aimed at attracting the younger generation to participate in charity. There were held joint master classes on preparation of traditional national dumplings, which were then handed over to people with disabilities and pensioners.

Opening of  the "Fresco"international festival 

Within the framework of the three-month program of the Yerevan Mayor city council "Yerevan Summer 2018" in the capital of Armenia there will be the opening of the fifth international festival of contemporary art and spiritual films "Fresco". To participate in the festival, which is going this year under the motto "Fresco Humanitarian Messages to the World", out of a thousand applications, 28 films were selected from 13 countries. During the event, the audience will also have the opportunity to meet film directors and cinematographers, to take part in watching and discussing films and to attend concert programs and master classes.

All-China State Entrance Examination to Higher Educational Institutions

In early June of this year more than 16,500 students of the sister city of Changzhou passed the all-China state entrance examination to higher educational institutions (gaokao). The exam is conducted for two to three days, students take three compulsory subjects: Chinese, mathematics, a foreign language, and additional. In addition to traditional occupations this year students will be able to choose training in more than 2,300 new specialties, many of which are focused on high technology production, the use of artificial intelligence, and the security of cyberspace. The examination is an integral part of the selection policy for talented young people, which has been carried out in China for more than 40 years.

15.06.18

Holding a mini-football tournament in the city of Pazardzhik

In the period from 9 to 10 of June, 2018 a mini-football tournament "Support the World Cup in Russia" was held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The organizer of the sporting event is the Bulgarian Mini-Football Association. Winners of competitions were awarded with trophies and monetary prizes.

Improvement of the city of Pazardzhik

The municipality of Pazardzhik community invites sculptors of the sister city to take part in the VII architectural project "Contemporary City Art". The purpose of the event is the improvement of urban areas. Within the framework of the project, the works of the three winners will be financed. In recent years 13 projects of local masters have been implemented.

Rose wine holiday

On the 15th of June, 2018 in the sister city of Beziers an annual celebration of rose wine was held, which is a success among residents and visitors of the city. In the wine cellars of Paul Riquet there were conducted excursions during which participants got acquainted with the history and technology of producing a popular beverage. Tasting of local wines and a buffet table were also organized.

Paralympic competition in rugby

On the 13th of June, 2018 in the framework of the World Rugby Championship among juniors, Beziers hosted the team of Paralympic athletes of the city of Montpellier. The performance of wheelchair athletes took place in the Alley of Paul Rick. The team demonstrated the game in various formats: "Quad Rugby" and "Rugby for seven seats."

Two-day show "Laser synaesthesia"

Within the framework of the eleventh annual Festival of Arts, which will be held on June 22-24, there will be organized a two-day laser show in the sister city of Des Moines. It is based on the effect of "synaesthesia" and combines light and sound. The show presents a compilation of music and abstract laser images with the use of innovative sensor technologies. Thousands of spectators, including numerous guests of the festival, will take part in the unusual festival.

International Conference on the Production of Food Vinegar

On the 10th of June, 2018 in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Second International Conference on production and technology of food vinegar manufacture was held. This is one of the most significant events in the vinegar industry, bringing together experts from the Chinese Engineering Academy, more than 20 international scientists from the United States and Italy, representatives of 30 research institutes, the three largest producers of vinegar, and more than 50 Chinese and foreign entrepreneurs. Within the framework of the forum issues of transformation and modernization of the vinegar production industry, introduction of new technologies, as well as the use of vinegar in healthy nutrition and its impact on health were discussed.

Gastronomic festival of national dishes

Within the framework of the "Yerevan Summer 2018" program Yerevan hosted the National Traditional Food Festival "Yerevan with taste". This year all events are held under the motto "Let's celebrate together" and are devoted to the 2800th anniversary of the capital of Armenia, so the festival was presented by 28 pavilions with the participation of restaurants, culinary schools, colleges, public organizations, as well as the Yerevan History Museum, the Historical and Archaeological Museum Erebuni's scholar and the Megeryan Karpet Museum. Residents and guests of the capital got an opportunity to get acquainted with the traditions of Armenian cuisine, as well as with national holidays and culture. Within the framework of the festival a competition for "The most beautifully designed", "The most delicious" and "The most hospitable" pavilions was held, and a new dish dedicated to the anniversary of Yerevan was prepared.

Presentation of a new van for a family holiday

In early June of this year in the sister city of Changzhou, a presentation of a new comfortable luxury class house on wheels designed by the German designer Luigi Kolani took place. The van has a total area of 40 square meters, a 16-meter length and is designed to accommodate 10 people. The car is equipped with air conditioning, digital cinema, sofa and massage chairs, and a modern kitchen. The roof can be converted into a terrace. Over 300 engineers from the Kolani Institute of Design, located in Changzhou, had been working on the trailer development for more than five years. All car parts were also produced in China.

09.06.18

Contest-festival of majorettes in the city of Pazardzhik

In the period from 8 to 9 of June, 2018 in the sister city of Pazardzhik the 8th 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 girls from seventeen cities of the Republic of Bulgaria. The competition was held in several age categories. The European Majorette Championship will also be held in the city of Pazardzhik.

The victory in French championship in volleyball

For the first time in the history of Beziers Les Angels" women's volleyball city team " won the strong team of the city of Cannes during the game in Paris and became the champion of France. Residents of Beziers arranged a triumphant meeting for the athletes. This victory is the result of the hard work of the whole team, as well as the coherent and competent work of the coaches. Next year the team of Beziers will take part in the fight for the European Cup in volleyball.

Opening of the rehabilitation center

In the sister city of Des Moines was an opening of the Mercy rehabilitation center for patients undergoing recovery therapy after traumas of the brain and spinal cord, neurological diseases and stroke. This center is the first Iowa autonomous institution to provide rehabilitation services using the latest technology and specialized equipment that allows patients to receive necessary help without leaving the state.

Action on granting of a free taxi

In the sister city of Zhenjiang a charitable action "Free taxi for students to the entrance exams of the National College" was launched. This service can be used by students of the low-income families, as well as those living in remote areas of the city. More than 100 taxis take part in this programme. The action has been working for 16 years, and during this time more than 10 thousand students took advantage of the free transportation.

Implementation of the programme on use of renewed energy sources

A working meeting on the plan development of implementation of the programme “The EU for Yerevan: The Solar Community” was held in Yerevan's sister city administration. Within the framework of the programme it is planned to expand the use of renewable energy in the apartment buildings. That will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The funding will be provided by the European Union grant.

Competition in public-speaking skills for foreigners

In the Jiangnan University of the sister city of Changzhou the results of the public-speaking skills competition for foreigners "We share joy in Jiangsu" took place. 20 foreign students from 18 countries of the world took part in the competition, including the United States of America, Italy, Yemen, Japan, India, etc. Participants presented audio-visual performances, told about their life in China, demonstrated knowledge of Chinese language and culture. Winners will take part in the regional competition which will be held in June of this year in the capital of Jiangsu Province, the city of Nanjing.

01.06.18

International Tournament in Rhythmic Gymnastics

In the period from 26 to 27 May of this year in the city of Pazardzhik the 5th International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament took place. The organizers of the event are the mayor's office of the sister city and the Bulgarian Federation in rhythmic gymnastics. The tournament was attended by over 300 sportsmen from Bulgaria and foreign countries. Representatives of the sports club "Dilyana Prima" properly represented the sister city of Pazardzhik in international competitions and won medals in various age categories.

Opening of the Art Festival in the sister city of Pazardzhik

On 1-7 of June 2018 in the sister city of Pazardzhik will be held the 7th annual Art Festival "Art Idea – Art Alley", organized by the Municipality of Pazardzhik Community. During the festival there will be concerts, exhibitions, theater performances, film screenings, as well as meetings with famous cultural and art figures.

Rugby World Cup among juniors

Within the period from May 30 to June 17 of this year the sister city of Beziers will hold the Rugby World Cup among juniors. This is a landmark event, as well as recognition of the merits of the city, whose team has been remaining the champion of France in this sport for many years. Teams from Switzerland, Italy, Georgia, Argentina, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Wales and France have already arrived to participate in matches in the city of Beziers. All the Cup games will be held at the city stadium "Mediterranee".

Development of the wind energy project

In the sister city of Des Moines, MidAmerican Energy has started developing an innovative project in the field of power generation in wind power plants. It is expected that at the end of the project, which is planned to be completed in 2020, the city will be able to fully meet the needs of consumers in electricity using only renewable sources. The project is implemented with the active participation of investors.

On the 14th Chinese Children's Television Song Contest


On May 27 of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang, the final of the 14th China Children's Television Song Contest was held. Music competition, held since 1995, provides an opportunity for the younger generation to show their vocal talent and performance skills. Annually more than 100 thousand children take part in it. The contest is held in 10 different age categories. The winners of each nomination will present their creative performance at the Song Contest of Jiangsu Province.

Activity programme "Yerevan summer - 2018"

In the sister city of Yerevan the activity programme "Yerevan Summer 2018"was developed. This year it is dedicated to the 2800th anniversary of the capital of Armenia. During the summer period, various festivals, exhibitions, concerts, sports competitions, as well as thematic meetings devoted to festive dates will be organized for guests and residents of the sister city. A significant increase in the number of participants is expected this year. It is assumed that a diverse cultural programme will also promote the development of local and international tourism.

Visit of representatives of foreign media

In May of 2018 a delegation of representatives of more than 20 foreign media visited the sister city of Changzhou. Correspondents of news agencies in America, Germany, Japan and other countries of the world met with the leadership of the city, got acquainted with cultural and historical heritage of Changzhou, visited innovative industrial enterprises and a modern media center, took part in press conferences. Foreign journalists noted the favorable impression made by the city, expressing confidence that they will be able to represent Changzhou to the residents of the whole world.

25.05.18

Celebration of the Day of the Pazardzhik city and the Days of Slavic Writing and Culture

In the sister city of Pazardzhik, there were  held festive events dedicated to the Day of the Pazardzhik city and to the Days of Slavic Writing and Culture. On May 21 of this year at the Central Square the solemn opening of the City Day took place, in which students and teachers of the 25th  gymnasium of the city of Stavropol took part. For residents and guests of the sister city various entertainment events and a festive concert were organized. During the solemn procession on May 24 of this year the leadership of the region and Pazardzhik community laid flowers to the monument of Cyril and Methodius.

"Vigilant Neighbours" society in the city of Beziers

The City Hall of the sister city of Béziers urges the citizens to take an active part in the work of the "Vigilant Neighbours" society. This is the way of city blocks joining this society to confirm that those living in their neighbourhood are indifferent and attentive people who care about what is happening nearby. It is known that in those neighbourhoods of the city that have become members of the "Vigilant Neighbors" society, level of crime has decreased by 40%. Participation of residents in the protection of public order will improve the work of police patrols and make life in the city more safe.

Ending of Youth Leadership Initiative Program 2018

Youth training program on leadership development has been summed up in the sister city of Des Moines. The aim of the 2018 program is to create favorable conditions for personal growth in the urban community. In the process of training activists took part in the development of the Children's and Family Health Movement, also in volunteer activities helping the poor, as well as the activities of the charity organizations of Des Moines in creation of shelters for animals. Upon completion of the training about 40 students of senior classes of private and public schools were awarded with certificates.

Fundraiser in Zhenjiang

In recent years special popularity among young people in China is gaining the Day of Love celebrated annually on May 20th , as in Chinese the date of this holiday is consonant with the phrase "I love you". On this day, it is popular to hold weddings, and it is also customary to show your care and love to family and friends. In the sister city of Zhenjiang, a number of charity events were organized within the framework of this holiday. The income from sale of more than 10 thousand items of goods was sent to charity organizations. Also there was conducted free medical care for the needy population.

Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia

At the end of this year’s May some concert, cultural and sports programs timed to the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia were held in all administrative districts of the sister city of Yerevan. In the framework of celebration memorial visits, also literary, musical and entertainment events in the parks and cultural centers of the city are planned.

The 13th China Exhibition of Achievements in the Field of Advanced Production Technologies

In the sister city of Changzhou, the opening of the 13th China Exhibition of Achievements in the Field of Advanced Production Technologies was held at Changzhou University. The main topic of the forum is innovative achievements and entrepreneurial activity. This year for the visitors' acquaintance there will be presented "Changzhou Model" which involves the interaction of leading industries, educational institutions and research centers in order to achieve better results in the development and application of new technologies. Within the framework of the forum business program more than 100 events for business enterprises and scientific community are planned.

18.05.18

Opening of the production of machine-building equipment components in the sister city of Pazardzhik

On May 17, 2018 in the sister city of Pazardzhik was held the official opening of the production of the leading Bulgarian company "RAIS", which involves the manufacture of components for machine-building equipment. The President of Japanese industrial company FANUC Corporation, the Ambassador of Japan in the Republic of Bulgaria, the Governor of Pazardzhik region, the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community, the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria, representatives of the business community of Europe took part in the event. The area of production, in which two shops are located, an exhibition area, an administrative complex takes 3800 sq.m. The total investment amount is more than 4 million euros.

Festival of Contemporary Art in the city of Beziers

In the period from May 18 to May 21, 2018, the festival of contemporary art "L'Art deboite" will be held for the third time in the city of Beziers. The event will be attended by painters, sculptors, creators of art installations and collages, masters working in various techniques, living in France and beyond. To emphasize the originality of creative works exhibition displays are housed in large marine multicolored containers which will be installed in the center of the city of Beziers - in the Alleys of Paul Riquet. Residents and guests of the sister city will be able to get acquainted with the trends of contemporary art for free.

Training program in the field of accelerated development of agriculture

In the sister city of Des Moines the Iowa Agro-Cultural Center announced the selection of applicants for participation in the educational program in the field of accelerated development of agriculture. In the framework of training, which will be held in the period from May 29 to August 30 this year, lectures by experts and specialists in the field of agriculture, field visits to investors, presentations of modern agricultural technologies and innovative solutions, as well as practical exercises are planned. The winner of the program will be provided with $ 40,000 as a seed funding for starting his own business.

Opening of a new sports center in the city of Zhenjiang
 
On May 16 of this year a new sports complex, equipped with modern facilities, was opened in the sister city of Zhenjiang in order to popularize a healthy lifestyle, as well as to engage the citizens in various sports. It is expected that more than 20,000 residents of the nearby districts of the city will be able to study at the sports center. The total area of the complex is more than 16 thousand sq.m.

Expansion of cultural cooperation between Yerevan and Moscow

Within the framework of the program on expansion of cultural cooperation between Yerevan and Moscow for 2018-2021 the delegation of the Moscow interregional charitable public fund "New Names" named after I.N. Voronova visited the capital of Armenia. Within the framework of the visit, master classes of Russian artists, as well as auditions of students of municipal music and art schools from 6 to 15 years old took place, following which the winners received personal scholarships, as well as the opportunity to continue cooperation with the fund.

First China Conference on Intellectual Property on the Internet

 On May 15 of this year in the sister city of Changzhou, the First China Conference on Intellectual Property on the Internet took place. Within the framework of the forum issues of integration of mobile Internet, security of cloud computing, as well as interaction of Internet technologies and modern production were discussed. The exchange of work experience in innovative spheres such as e-commerce, application of artificial intelligence, Internet management, protection and sharing of IP-technologies took place. As a result of the conference, the Resolution on the need of promoting IP culture and Internet services was signed.

11.05.18

Popularization of literature in the sister-city of Pazardzhik

A cultural event called "The month of reading" organized by the city hall of Pazardzhik Community, the Council of Youth Policy of the sister city and the Czech Cultural Center will take place in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The main goal is the popularization of classical and contemporary literature of European countries. In the course of creative meetings citizens and guests of the sister city will be presented with excerpts of famous literary works, as well as creative works of young poets. This initiative is being implemented in the cities of not only Bulgaria, but also many other European countries.

Festival “Le Caritats” in the city of Beziers

On May 10, 2018 the city of Beziers hosted the public festival "Les Caritats", symbolizing an ancient holiday of mercy. During the festival citizens and guests of the city had an opportunity to get acquainted with traditions and customs of the Middle Ages. Within the program of the event there was organized the reconstruction of knight tournaments and archery competition. Master classes were also held on the manufacture of pottery, metal, leather items, wax aromatized candles, as well as compiling herbarium fr om medicinal plants known in the Middle Ages. Actors and musicians also presented interesting performances for participants.

Training event of the Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute of the city of Des Moines announced that the training event on the development of leadership qualities called "Activate" is to be held on May 15, 2018. The event involves the participation of leaders and members of local organizations, Institute alumni, as well as all interested city residents. Participants will share accomplishments of successfully organized city projects, personal and team experience in developing of leadership skills. Presentations of new projects of partner organizations will also take place.

International Marathon "Jurong"

International Marathon "Jurong" started on May 6, 2018 in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Within the framework of the sporting event, three races for different distances took place: the main marathon, a half marathon and a 5 km mini marathon. About 10,000 athletes including 75 foreign participants took part in the competition. The first prizes among men and women in the main marathon were won by the sportsmen from Kenya, in a half-marathon – by the sportsmen from Ethiopia.

Official website on the 2800th anniversary of the founding of Yerevan

According to the celebration of the 2800th anniversary of the founding of Yerevan city, called "Yerevan 2800", the cultural fund has launched an official website www.yerevan2800.am, wh ere all announcements of the events and news materials related to the anniversary of the capital establishment will be posted, as well as the interviews with famous Yerevan residents, interesting stories and essays on Yerevan. Yerevan2800.am will be available in 4 languages - Armenian, Russian, English and French.

International Seminar on Environmental Technologies

On May 7, 2018 there was held the International Workshop on Environmental Technologies in the sister city of Changzhou. It was attended by representatives of local authorities and business communities of the city of Changzhou and the state of Illinois (USA). The discussion covered the prospects for cooperation in this area, innovative methods of protecting the environment, as well as successful work and best practices of five environmental enterprises in the state of Illinois and fifteen enterprises in the city of Changzhou.


04.05.18

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

28.04.18

Photo exhibition in Pazardzhik

On April 26 this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky was held the opening of the exhibition "Choice". The exposition presents the best works of the Fourth International Photo Contest, where about 400 photographers from 52 countries took part. The creative work of Bulgarian photographers won 9 prizes. The photos are presented in 6 nominations.

Restoration of the organ in the city of Beziers

In the sister city of Bézier was carried out restoration work of the organ which was created in the 17th century by the Flemish master Guillaume Ponchet and installed in the cathedral of Saint Nazaire. This musical instrument is included in the register of historical objects and protected by law. The organ was created in 1623. After restoration of the instrument in the XIX century in the city of Beziers, there was held a memorable concert of the great composer Camille Saint-Saens. Restoration work was financed jointly by the Beziers City Hall and the government of the Hérault region in the amount of over 134,000 euros.

Day of Combating Malaria

In the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of educational events took place on April 26 this year within the framework of the Eleventh National Day Against Malaria. The Public Health Center and the City Health Service organized free consultations on the topic "Elimination of malaria: beware of infection" and distributed information leaflets, also answered the questions of city residents about possible remedies, symptoms and treatment of the infectious disease.

Development of cooperation between Yerevan and Lyon

In order to develop further cooperation between Yerevan and the French city of Lyon, a direct Yerevan-Lyon-Yerevan flight was launched in the capital of Armenia. Passenger transportation will be carried out by the airline "Armenia" twice a week. Considering that 2018 is the 26-th year of cooperation between these cities, direct air communication will deepen bilateral cultural and economic ties and development of tourism.

Changzhou City Sports Games


In the sister city of Changzhou the Fifteenth Sports Games has started on April 22 this year. At the opening ceremony in the Olympic Sports Center the Party Secretary Wang Quan and Mayor of City Din Chun addressed the participants and spectators with a welcoming speech. Large-scale wilderness orienteering, competitions in more than 100 disciplines, also a sports carnival, as well as exhibitions, master classes and other interesting events will take place within the framework of the Sports Games. Fifteenth City Sports Games will last from April to November.

20.04.18

National Meeting of Architects of Bulgarian Communities
 

In the period from April 18 to 20, 2018, the Seventh National Meeting of Architects of the Bulgarian Communities, organized by the City Mayor's Office and the National Association of Bulgarian Communities, took place in the sister city of Pazardzhik. More than 100 major architects participated in the discussion of topical issues in the field of territorial organization, planning and management of construction and investment processes. Within the framework of business programs, acquaintance with architectural and cultural objects was also held.


Showroom of old and rare books in the city of Bezier


On April 21 this year the Showroom of ancient and rare books will take place for the first time in the hall of Bezier Theatre. The event will be attended by the eight most famous book collectors of the South of France from Nice to Perpignan. Several hundred pieces of collectible novels, essays, scientific works, as well as other rare editions will be presented at the stands.


Brenton Skating Plaza of the city of Des Moines


One of the most popular places of the sister city of Des Moines for organizing concerts, business meetings, corporate parties and weddings is the Brenton Skating Plaza, located in the downtown. Residents and guests of Des Moines note the convenience of the location of the building, magnificent view of the city, as well as the nice atmosphere of this popular venue. For the beginning of the spring-summer season, a unique 50-meter canopy has been put with aim of helding events in any weather from early May to mid-October.


Tea Culture Festival in Zhenjiang


In the sister city of Zhenjiang the Tea Culture Festival was held on April 15 of this year. Within the framework of the event presentations of tea varieties, acquaintance with Chinese tea traditions, performances of creative and vocal groups were organized. During the Festival the best tea was selected. The festival aroused great interest among residents and visitors of the city.


Events dedicated to the International Day of Monuments and Historical Sites in Yerevan


Within the framework of celebration of the International Day of Monuments and Historical Places a new exhibition called "Archaeological Heritage for Generations: Knowing, Valuing, Preserving" was held in the Erebuni Municipal Historical and Archaeological Preserve-Museum of the sister city of Yerevan. The purpose of the event is to introduce the younger generation to the study of cultural and historical values. For visitors there was the performance of the Autumn voices Choir by the Association of mature Yerevan residents and also an educational excursion around the preserve-museum prepared by the students of the Young archaeologist’s school.


Chinese Import and Export Fair in Changzhou


In the sister city of Changzhou there was a great opening of the 123rd Canton Fair of Chinese imports and exports on April 15 of this year. The Canton is the largest exhibition with the biggest business turnover. Many products are presented here, including power and construction equipment, auto parts, consumer electronics, building materials, household goods, men's and women's clothing, healthcare, gardening, sports and tourism products and much more. Annually more than 20,000 sellers and about 100,000 buyers take part in the event.


13.04.18

Initiative of personal development of youth

In the sister city of Pazardzhik the new initiative aimed at the personal development and professional orientation of younger generation is implemented. For career guidance the youth meeting with representatives of various professions will take place on April 17 of this year. Within it lectures will be organized and questions of interest will be discussed.

Reorganization of museums of the city of Bezier

The municipality of Bezier decided to make essential changes of the organization of the sister city’s museums.
Only one from three museums of Bezier, Fayette's museum, will be kept in its previous form. The Fabrega museum will be reconstructed and it will be the main storage and the place of display of various collections. The museum of the region of Bezier will become a spare storage for museum collections.
It is also planned to create a new modern museum by 2026 meeting all requirements of safety for objects of old times.

Farmers’ market in Des Moines

In the sister city of Des Moines the 43rd Farmers’ market will be opened at the beginning of May, it will work until the end of October.
Goods of 300 farmers, local producers and handicraftsmen from more than 50 districts of Iowa will be presented at the market. Annually the action attracts a large number of visitors, allowing not only to get fresh products, but also to participate in various entertaining events for all family.  
This year a sponsor of the Farmers’ market is the UnityPoint Health which plans to organize for visitors of the market a number of training meetings in the sphere of strengthening of health, consultations of nutritionists and also medical examinations every Saturday.

New technologies in pest control


In the sister city of Zhenjiang the Agricultural Distribution Company organized the presentation devoted to introduction of new technologies to the sphere of pest control on rice plantations. 100 representatives of farms have participated in the action. It is supposed to use modern remote-piloted vehicles for pest control. According to developers drones will be able to improve significantly the situation in this area that in turn will lead to increase in productivity of rice.

Festive actions in Yerevan devoted to the International day of dance and the International day of jazz

A number of the actions devoted to the International day of dance on April 28th and to the International day of jazz on April 30th will take place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the festivals colorful performances of song and dance ensembles and famous actors, musical competitions and meetings, and also contests devoted to national traditions are planned. These holidays are celebrated several years in Yerevan and are popular not only among citizens, but also tourists visiting the capital.

Qingming Holiday in China

This year the sister city of Changzhou, despite rainy and cold weather, within the Qingming Holiday was visited by 500 thousand tourists that is 12.69% more, than last year. The Qingming Holiday (or Festival of pure light) has very ancient history. It was considered that it’s the last day in a year to begin agricultural work. Today it is a family three-day holiday when relatives gather and carry out a ceremony of commemoration of ancestors. Picnics with singing and dances, and walks in the fresh air are also very popular.

06.04.18

International youth theater festival in the city of Pazardzhik
In the city of Pazardzhik the International youth theater festival "Ocean of Love" was held during the period from March 30 to April 3, 2018. Within the program of the event there were performances of more than 15 art groups of Bulgaria and Macedonia, "round tables", and meetings with the famous theater actors of Bulgaria.

Honorary reward of the Youth Home of the city of Pazardzhik
Voting on receiving the "The gold sign" honorary reward for the significant contribution to activity of the Youth Home of the city of Pazardzhik took place from March 26 to April 4, 2018. Winners were determined by the following nominations: the best artist or teacher of arts school, the most skilled teacher of the Youth Home and journalists who are most actively covering events of the organization.

Participation in the national competition "We Set to Work"
School students of the city of Bezier won the first place following the results of the national competition "We Set to Work" held since 1996 by group of the French scientists with a Nobel laureate on physics Georges Sharpak. Pupils of Olivye School already became winners of this prestigious competition for the fifth time. The winning project was devoted to clockworks and devices for time measurement from ancient times up to now. The award was presented in the French Academy of Sciences.


Construction and Career Exhibition in Des Moines
In April the Construction and Career Expo – 2018 will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. Within the event students, pupils, consultants for career and parents will be able to get acquainted with the existing opportunities for career development in the construction industry. All range of construction works from conceptual design to finishing will be presented at the exhibition. 10-12 master classes in practical demonstration of the works usually made on building sites will be organized in each section. Visitors of the exhibition can discuss interesting issues with professionals and define what education they need in this or that branch.


Visit of a group of students from Canada to Zhenjiang
Within development of the international educational exchanges the sister city of Zhenjiang was visited by a group of students from Canada. Within the program of stay they got acquainted with the system of teaching and educational process at the Zhenjiang Chongshi Girl's School and also national arts of China. The Canadian school students participated in master classes in calligraphy, art of paper cutting, clay figures and tea ceremony. For cultural events the group of students also visited Zhenjiang's sights.

Season of francophonie at music and art schools of Yerevan
For acquaintance of younger generation with the French culture the Season of francophonie is organized at municipal music art schools of the sister city of Yerevan. Within the event introductory lessons about famous artists of France and the French-speaking countries, their works and influence on the world cultural heritage, concert programs of French classical and modern writers and also an art exhibition devoted to Paris and French architecture are planned.

Visit of delegation of Denmark to the city of Changzhou

At the end of March of this year the headed by the mayor delegation of Randers, sixth in size city of Denmark, visited Changzhou. Since 2014 the cities develop fruitful cooperation in such area as economy and trade, education and culture, and tourism.
During the visit they discussed issues of further interaction in various spheres of social and economic cooperation and also expansion of partner communications between Institute of technology of Changzhou and University College of Denmark. Special attention is paid to the international distance training programs in preschool education. Near 100 students from Denmark have already participated in them.

30.03.18

Reconstruction of the city of Pazardzhik
In the sister city of Pazardzhik implementation of large projects was started on March 28 of this year for improvement of two residential areas. Development of the city is one the priority activities of the mayor's office. The cost of repair work is more than 3.5 million Euros; financing is made from funds of the European Union. Only for the last 8 years more than 40 million Euros were allocated for works in the sphere of city improvement.

Reconstruction of the Arena of the city of Bezier
Since 1897 the Arena of the city of Bezier – the venue of bullfights and other events, is one of the symbols of the city which are permanently attracting tourists. Due to the celebration of fifty-year anniversary of the Feriya festival in 2018 the decision on restoration works on this object has been made. It is supposed that it will be financed by Society of Arenas of Bezier into which consists of representatives of owners’ families and also municipality of the city of Bezier, and will make about 300000 Euros.

Mayor's Annual Ride and Run in Des Moines
In April the charitable Mayor's Annual Ride on 37 km and Run on 5 km will be held in the sister city of Des Moines. The funds from registration fees will go for completion of construction of the trail which will connect Cownie Baseball Complex to Easter Lake Park. This road is of great importance for convenience of movement of inhabitants and city visitors.

International educational game on robotics in Zhenjiang
At the end of March of this year the First international educational game on robotics "Information age" was organized in the Sport exhibition center of the sister city of Zhenjiang. More than 2800 pupils aged from 8 up to 18 years acted as engineers, experts in telecommunications, analysts of data, network and information administrators of safety. It was necessary to create the software, to use innovative communication technologies, to develop applications and to protect network safety. The competition lasted for two days; winners will participate in the international tournaments on robotics.

Charity program "The mayor's office of Yerevan - to children of Yerevan"
In the center of children's development and rehabilitation of "Erazi Tong" (House of a dream) the fifth season of a charity program "the Mayor's office of Yerevan - to children of Yerevan", realized together with public organization Armenian mothers. Beneficiaries of the program are children with a cerebral palsy and being under the care of single mothers. In the center of children's development and rehabilitation this year a complex course of therapy will be organized with the logopedists and the psychologists for children, psychological consultations for parents.

Visit of delegation of Brazil-China Trade center
In March of this year the sister city of Changzhou was visited by the delegation of Brazil-China Trade center. During the meetings with representatives of the municipal national government of Changzhou issues of economic and trade cooperation, scientific and cultural exchange between Brazil and China werediscussed. Special attention was paid to the program of football coaches for exchange of experience and the organization of football tours. It was hoped for further development of interaction in this sphere.

23.03.18

Theater performances in the city of Pazardzhik

Now the March theater performances, organized by the House of youth of the sister city, are hosted in Pazardzhik. Creative projects of young actors of the Republic of Bulgaria are submitted to inhabitants and city visitors within the program. The XIII International youth theater festival "Ocean of Love" which will be held during the period from March 30 to April 3 of this year will also become a significant event of cultural life of the city.  

Archeological finds in Bezier  

The numerous archeological finds made in recent years in the city of Bezier and its suburbs allow scientists to claim that Bezier, but not Marseille as was considered earlier, is the most ancient city of France. Archeologists have come to such conclusion, investigating artifacts found at excavations. On conclusions of experts the settlement near the city of Bezier was founded by the Greek colonists in 625 B.C. It is expected that this discovery will influence increase in tourists and, as a result, social and economic development of the city of Bezier.

Downtown Banner Program in Des Moines

In the sister city of Des Moines the Downtown Banner Program regulating street advertizing is implemented. According to this program the spaces are provided in a priority to noncommercial associations. Banners of the commercial organizations are placed only just in front of the property owned by the company. An exception is organizations celebrating anniversaries. In the downtown 250 points of placement of the advertizing structures are provided, their design is approved by the Des Moines City Council.   

Day of the Vernal Equinox in Zhenjiang

On March 21 in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Vernal Equinox was celebrated. The history of this holiday is more than 3000 years. This holiday enters the so-called cycle of twenty four seasons to which Chinese people follow from antiquity to this day. It is possible to refer to its features such traditions as walks in the fresh air, admiring fresh flowers and also national games. In Zhenjiang for maintaining national traditions and culture at elementary schools and kindergartens children participated in events devoted to this holiday.

Youth volunteer program "I am a Guide of the City" in Erevan

In the sister city of Yerevan the final stage of the youth volunteer program "I am a Guide of the City" started, it was initiated by the department of tourism of municipality of Yerevan. For promotion of spring tourism in the capital young volunteers participated in various actions for providing information support to the tourists arrived in Yerevan. From March 21st to March 23rd they gave maps of the city in two languages, answered questions and told about sights of Yerevan in the popular places, interesting for tourists.

Photo exhibition "Window of Mexico" in Changzhou

Within the celebration of the 46th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico in March of this year the art Photo exhibition "Window of Mexico" took place in Changzhou Museum. The Consul general of the United Mexican States in Shanghai and the vice-mayor of Changzhou took part in a ceremonial opening. The exhibition purpose is to give an opportunity to the general public to get acquainted with cultural sights, historical heritage and magnificent landscapes of Mexico. Works are presented at an exhibition in two sections: "Magical Mexico" and "Struggle and Thought".

16.03.18

Sporting event in the city of Pazardzhik

Now the first more than 5 thousand meters race is organized in the city of Pazardzhik. The sporting event will be held on March 24, 2018. With assistance of the Bulgarian federation on track and field athletics and Council of youth policy of the sister-city the mayor's office of Pazardzhik and the movement "Pazardzhik engages in sports" are the organizers. Everyone, irrespective of age and professional standard will be able to participate in the running. Participants will be awarded with souvenirs.

Flamenco festival in the city of Bezier
 

During the period from March 09 to March 24, 2018 a flamenco festival will be organized in Bezier by city administration. In the program sings and concerts of professional dancing groups. The shows of professional dancers will take place on various squares of the city of Bezier accompanied by vocals, accompaniment of guitars and castanets. Also the scientific conference about ancient history of dance, master classes in training of flamenco, production of guitars and painting of the Spanish fans will take place. At city cinemas it is supposed art and documentary films about flamenco.

Courses on training of talented youth in Des Moines

In the sister city of Des Moines intake of listeners starts for training at municipal courses for pupils of high school and graduates of schools. The program of courses assumes acquaintance with bases of business and successful career guidance in modern society, motivation of development of leadership skills and increase in a self-assessment. Main aim is to involve talented youth to active participation in all spheres of activity of Des Moines.

National suits show at the Jiangsu University

For development of friendly communications among the studying youth and also acquaintance with culture of the people of the countries of the world an unusual fashion show took place at the Jiangsu University of the sister city of Zhenjiang. Female teachers and foreign students participated in the show and showed national suits. Students with interest got acquainted with features of national clothes, traditions and customs of foreign countries.

Visit of the official delegation of Lyon to Yerevan  

The mayor of Lyon (the French Republic) paid an official visit to the capital of Armenia. During meetings with leaders of Yerevan possibilities of cooperation and implementation of joint projects, prospects of development of tourism were discussed. The model of management of the information tourist center which will be open in Yerevan was presented to the French partner. Members of delegation also visited the Center of creative technologies “Tumo” in Yerevan and Lyon Park in Erebuni which was opened in 2011.

“Green” producers of the city of Changzhou

The ministry of the industry and information technologies of China (MIIT) announced the List of the most environmentally friendly producers. The list had included five companies of the sister city of Changzhou: Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd., Changzhou Xurong Knitting Printing And Dyeing Co., Ltd., Yadong (Changzhou) Technology Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Zealink Electrical Technology Co., Ltd., Zenith Steel Group Co., Ltd.
Development of environmentally friendly industries is an important part of the national program of China "Made in China 2025" (MIIT). Since 2017 MIIT renders assistance to implementation of the "green" projects directed to creation of environmentally friendly production and preservation of the environment.

02.03.18

Festive events devoted to liberation of Bulgaria from an Ottoman yoke

In Pazardzhik the festive events devoted to the 140 anniversary of liberation of Bulgaria from an Ottoman yoke will take place on March 03, 2018. Within the celebrations leadrs of the city, inhabitants and guests will participate in an official ceremony of national flag raising on the Central square of Konstantin Velichkov, a flower-laying to monuments of the national heroes participating in release of the country. In the Regional historical museum of the sister city the "Weapon of the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878." exhibition will open. In end the gala concert will be held.

Reconstruction of ancient quarters of the city of Bezier  

One of priorities of Bezier city administration is further promotion of ancient quarters of the city. Now large-scale works on updating and reconstruction of Madeleine Square at which there is a medieval cathedral of the same name are carried out.
Considering that this area is one of the most popular places of citizens and city visitors, the decision to place emphasis on simplification of the movement of pedestrians is made: sidewalks will be expanded and the carriageway is raised. Works on paving of the area (1850 sq.m.) with the sandstone delivered from Burgundy are planned. Flowerpots with new young olive trees are supposed. Placement of a cafe and reconstruction of the existing fountains are provided.

Creation of favorable and comfortable environment in Des Moines

For creation of favorable and comfortable environment in Des Moines the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District has been created for improvements of quality of life of the population, safe environment, sanitary standards, planting of flowers. By results of poll following 2017,  the majority of  inhabitants and guests of the sister city of Des Moines have given a positive assessment to work, having especially noted timely cleaning of garbage, washing of sidewalks and safety in the downtown.

Preparation for a fishing season in Zhenjiang

For maintaining ecological and biological equilibrium of the environment during the period from March 1 to June 30, 2018 a ban on fishing in the Yangtze River is imposed in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Considering that the forthcoming four months are the most important period of reproduction of fish in the river, imposing of the fishing moratorium will promote preservation of whitebaits and replenishment of fishing resources.

Youth championship of Yerevan on chess

In Yerevan the Youth championship in chess was ended. This year about 500 athletes participated in competitions. Leaders of the sister city visited the closing ceremony, prizes and medals were handed by the mayor of Yerevan. Winners of the competition also acquired the right for participation in a semi-final of the youth championship of Armenia.

Rewarding of the demonstration project of the city of Changzhou with the Jiangsu Habitat Award

In February the Jiangsu Habitat Award in the sphere of preservation and development of the living environment took place. Among nine winners there was the Building energy efficiency and green building demonstration project of Jiangsu Urban and Rural Construction College from the sister city of Changzhou. The purpose of the project is creation of the "green" campus.  
The college of construction for several years carries out work on improvement of and development of their territory. Within the project introduction of new technologies and achievements in the sphere of improvement of energy saving, recycling and also energy efficiency of buildings is supposed.

22.02.18

Festive events devoted to liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke

On February 19, 2018 the festive events devoted to memory of one of the most famous fighters for liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke Vasil Levski were held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. Leaders of the city and the region, representatives of public organizations and political parties, citizens and city visitors paid tribute to the hero’s memory and participated in a solemn flower-laying to Vasil Levski's monument. Also the gala concert prepared by pupils of Pazardzhik was organized.

About work of the Operational center of observation of municipal police of the city of Bezier  

25 employees of the Operational center of observation of municipal police of the city of Bezier carry out work in the round-the-clock mode. Video surveillance is the valuable tool for city security forces on prevention of many crimes.
More than 2500 requests for help in search actions from various services (representatives of municipal and national police, gendarmerie, and educational organizations) were sent to the Operational center of observation of the city of Bezier in 2017.
Now video surveillance in the city is carried out by means of 70 cameras. By 2020 it is planned to bring their quantity to 110 units.

Ivy Women in Business Award in Des Moines

In March of this year a rewarding ceremony of winners of the annual Ivy Women in Business Award will take place in the sister city of Des Moines.
The award is given for progress in business development and business. The award is organized for development of small business and also promotion of business activity of female population.

Collections of post stamps in China

Two sets of post stamps with the image of a symbol of the Chinese New year are released in the People's Republic of China. Collections are issued since 1980 and annually present that zodiac sign which patronizes the coming year. The famous 99-year-old artist Zhou Lingzhao became the creator of sets. Inhabitants and guests of the sister city of Zhenjiang will be able to get stamps in post offices and special sales locations.

 Day of books gifting in Yerevan

On February 19 in the sister city of Yerevan there were actions, devoted to the Day of books gifting. The holiday is celebrated since 2008. Inhabitants and guests of the capital with invariable interest participate in various literary meetings, book evenings and other thematic actions organized in libraries and bookstores of the city. On the occasion of Day books gifting, pupils of capital schools visited the mayor's office of Yerevan and presented books to the Mayor. Having thanked school students, the Mayor of Yerevan emphasized the important role of the book in education and development of generations.

"Trina Solar" of the city of Changzhou was included into the list of 50 best brands of the Province of Jiangsu

In the city of Nanjing the conference on questions of economic development took place within which 50 best companies shown excellent indicators on positioning of brands in the national and international market were announced.  
The list included the Trina Solar Limited company of the city of Changzhou. Many  companies showed enlargement of offices, increased in investments and excellent quality of production and execution of social obligations.

16.02.18

Participation in the international tournament on swimming

During the period from February 10 to February 11 of this year the international swimming tournament "Gladiator" was held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria). More than 300 athletes of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia participated in the competition. Representatives of Champion sports club of Pazardzhik had successful results. They won one gold, three silver and six bronze medals. The famous Brazilian swimmer Nelson Silva presented an exhibition performance during the opening ceremony of the tournament.

New rules of auto parking in Bezier

New rules of transport parking were developed in Bezier to increase effective management of parking and to provide more intensive rotation of cars.
Now it is simpler to leave the private vehicles as time for the free parking is entered in the city: it is completely free of charge on weekends, and every day from 12:30 till 14:00 for places on land parking. In the rest of the time parking spaces in Bezier will cost 4-6 Euros depending on the district of the city. New rules involve also increase in the size of penalties for violators of the parking. Now in Bezier there are 6520 parking spaces for transport, from them 4900 – land and 1620 – underground.

Annual events in Des Moines

In 2017 the record number of visitors participated in the international actions which are annually organized in the city of Des Moines. According to Census Bureau more than 1 million people attended two major events of the city: shows and exhibitions of the Arts Festival gained the international recognition and the Downtown Farmers’ market allowed about 300 family farms, handicraftsmen and representatives of arts to present their production and works to inhabitants and city visitors. Near 1450 volunteers took part in organization of events. The growth of consumer activity and increase in the number of tourists is an indicator of dynamic development of the city.

Celebration of the Chinese New year

On February 16 of this year in China the festive events devoted to the Chinese New year or the Spring Festival have begun. Celebrations will last two weeks. According to east calendar a patron of this year is the Yellow Earth Dog - a symbol of fidelity, honesty and virtue. Residents of China honor traditions; they surely visit relatives and friends these days. Special attention is paid to preparation of traditional dishes. So national pastries, the Chinese pies and puffs are produced according to ancient recipes at one of the oldest pastry factories of Zhenjiang. Most of confectioners, whose age about 70 years, follow culinary traditions and hope to transfer them to the younger generation.  

Visit of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria

The President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev who is on the state visit in the Republic of Armenia visited the Yerevan school N131 of Peyo Yavorov. At school the President of Bulgaria got acquainted with exhibits of the museum named after the Bulgarian poet, writer, journalist and publicist Peyo Yavorov and also visited the interactive educational office equipped with the modern equipment opened with assistance of the Republic of Bulgaria. In the end of the visit the President Rumen Radev made entry in the book of honorable guests of the school.

Out-of-class events for students in Changzhou

For organization of leisure of the studying youth on winter vacation the Civilization Office and the Education Bureau of municipal people’s government of the sister city of Changzhou has prepared the Colorful Winter activities dated for celebration of the Chinese New year and the Spring Festival. Within the versatile program 144 actions for students, including thematic meetings, sports competitions and fitness classes, literary gatherings, etc. are planned.

09.02.18

European sports orientation on skis championship

During the period from February 03 to February 08, 2018 the European sports orientation on skis championship was held in Kurtovo of Pazardzhik region. More than 300 athletes from nineteen countries of Europe took part in it. This competition is the second stage before the International cup on sports orientation among youth and already passes in the Republic of Bulgaria for the third time (previous were in 1977 and 1986).

Weekly meetings of the leaders of Bezier with citizens

In the city of Bezier weekly meetings of the mayor Robert Menar with citizens are organized during which issues of social and economic development of the city are discussed.
For further improvement of work of city administration of Bezier and quick response to needs of citizens, monthly meetings of deputies of Municipal council of the city with citizens are organized since the beginning of February, 2018. During the meetings Bezier's inhabitants can share problems with representatives of the city authorities, make offers on improvement of life quality.

Sports and recreational events in Des Moines

During February of this year in Des Moines a number of sport and recreational events "Fit & Fabulous Health Series" are organized within which residents are able to undergo medical examination and massage courses, to attend fitness classes and to get advice on health nutrition. All actions are organized on a free basis.

Swimming competitions in Zhenjiang

On February 04 of this year in Zhenjiang the swimming competitions were held dated for the celebration of the Spring Festival. About 300 athletes aged from 4 up to 67 years from the cities of Zhenjiang, Yangzhou and Taizhou of the Province of Jiangsu participated in friendly sports events.

Reform of public transport in Yerevan

In the mayor's office of Yerevan a press conferences was held on issues of public transport reform during which the main features of the developed project were presented. In new transport network there are 939 buses and 111 trolleybuses which will provide full service of passengers along 42 routes on all capital of Armenia. The main feature of the project is introduction of one ticket to a final point of a route that isn't dependent on change of transports.

New plant of the Dutch firm "AkzoNobel" in Changzhou

The large Dutch company on production of paints and coverings "AkzoNobel" owning many known brands: Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka, opens a new plant on production of powder coverings in Changzhou. The company is presented in nearly 80 countries of the world and plans to continue active investments into economy of China.

02.02.18

Sport achievements of the city of Pazardzhik

The National judo championship was held on January 27, 2018 in Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria). Representatives of Kodokan sports club of the sister city of Pazardzhik successfully acted in competitions and won four gold and one bronze medal. The European cup on judo in which participation of athletes is also planned will take place on February 03-04 of this year in the city of Sofia.

Participation of the women's national team on volleyball of the city of Bezier in the France championship

The women's national team on volleyball of the city of Bezier is in the lead in the championship of France. After the convincing victory in Cannes the Beziers Angels team holds the top place with fine results: 18 victories and one defeat. On February 16, 2018 another game of the National championship on volleyball will take place at a stadium of the city of Bezier in which the team of the sister city of Bezier meets volleyball players of Camper.

Winter games in Des Moines


Citizens and visitors of Des Moines are able to participate in Winter games which will take place on February 9-10 in honor of opening of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Within a holiday participants can take part in various competitions, visit the special children's town equipped for doing winter sports, look at a fascinating show of fireworks, presentations of professional carvers of ice and also the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on the big screen.

New demonstration pavilion in Zhenjiang


In the sister city of Zhenjiang the ceremonial opening of the new demonstration pavilion "Smart City Experience Pavilion" with the total area of more than 2400 sq.m. was held on January 31 of this year. The best achievements in the sphere of "smart city" development will be shown in the Pavilion. The space is divided into three halls uniting an exhibition, a data center and also a virtual show.   

Exhibition of the school works devoted to Ayvazovsky's 200th  anniversary

At the initiative of the mayor's office of Yerevan, within the anniversary actions devoted to Ivan Ayvazovsky's 200th anniversary in the national gallery of Armenia the exhibition of school drawings was organized. By results of the competition prize-winners were awarded with certificates of honor of the mayor of Yerevan and the illustrated book "Ayvazovsky". Within the action school students got acquainted with the exhibition devoted to I. Ayvazovsky.

Visit of delegation of the Chinese-African Fund of development to Changzhou


At the end of January a delegation of experts of the Chinese-African Fund of development visited the city of Changzhou. During a meeting in the city administration issues of development of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed. The Chinese-African Fund of development, most often known as CAD Fund, is the Chinese fund of private investments. The purpose of fund is to stimulate investments of Chinese companies into electricity production, development of natural resources, transport infrastructure and industry of Africa.

26.01.18

International musical festival in  Pazardzhik

On January 25 in the city of Pazardzhik the 43rd traditional festival "Winter Musicales of the Prof. Ivan Spasov" was opened. Organizers of the event are the mayor's office of Pazardzhik and representatives of business community of the  sister city. Within the festival the famous band directors and performers of classical music of the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign countries will perform concert programs; a thematic exhibition will take place.

Festival of truffle in Bezier

On January 27 in the city of Bezier Festival of truffle takes place for the second time.  Within the holiday the fair of truffles and local gastronomic goods, scientific and practical conferences devoted to cultural development of truffle cultivation in Spain and Italy and also show "hunting" for truffles by means of specially trained animals are planned. The mayor of Bezier, the president of Agricultural chamber of the region Erau and also the president of the Spanish national federation of producers of truffles will participate in festive events.

Seminars on small business development in Des Moines

For assistance to development of small business and support of the beginning businessmen seminars concerning attraction of investments will take place in Des Moines. Within the Capital For Your Business Seminar information on opportunities of bank credits and grants will be provided. Target audience is the companies which are engaged in trade and medical services, restaurants, private production.
The Raising Capital seminar will allow the beginning businessmen to get acquainted with opportunities of involvement of investors for participation in "start-up" projects in the sphere of the software, new technologies, artificial intelligence, etc.

Minimally invasive hip replacement operation in Zhenjiang

The minimally invasive hip replacement operation was successfully made in the First People’s Hospital of Zhenjiang. The feature of this operation is the age of the patient. He is 103 years old. In the present it is an age record in this type of surgery about the country.

Construction of the rehabilitation center for the military personnel in Yerevan

In Yerevan a new rehabilitation center for the military personnel who has got cerebro-cranial and vertebral injuries on duty has been building. Construction of the center is carried out at the initiative of OO "Assistance to the Wounded Military Personnel and Military Personnel with Disability" with assistance of the leaders of the Republic of Armenia and also the mayor's office of Yerevan and numerous patrons. The rehabilitation center will be equipped with the latest specialized equipment.

Chinese Forum on the mobile Internet in Changzhou


In January the Chinese forum on the development of mobile Internet was organized within which the prospects of development of technologies for "the clever city", intellectual production, the mobile Internet, the international electronic trading were discussed. Such large Internet companies as Tencent, Baidu, Jingdong, eBay, Qunar and CAXA participated in the forum. In end a rewarding of winners of the Changzhou Award on information technologies-2017 took place.

19.01.18

Celebration of the 140 anniversary of liberation of the city of Pazardzhik

On January 14, 2018 citizens and guests of Pazardzhik celebrated the 140th anniversary of liberation of the sister-city from an Ottoman yoke. Within the framework of the celebration flowers were laid at monument of the general N. P. Brock, commander of the avant-garde of the Russian troops, who took part in the liberation of the city of Pazardzhik. Creative teams of the sister-city presented a bright concert program.

The international contest of bandleaders in the city of Pazardzhik

Recently an international contest of bandleaders was held in the city of Pazardzhik. The organizers of the event are the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in the city of Milan (Italy) as well as the management of the Symphony Orchestra of the sister-city. More than 250 representatives of seventy countries took part in the contest. 70 best bandleaders from Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Canada, USA, Australia, etc. were selected during the qualifying stage. The winner will perform concert programs in the cities of Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra.

Construction of student campus in the city of Beziers

It is planned to build a new student campus with a total area of 3000 square meters on the bank of the South Canal of Beziers. The educational buildings and dormitories for students will be located there. It is assumed that three new schools will be opened on the basis of the campus. Students will chose among the following modern specialties: space design, graphic design, web design, video games, medicine, and tax optimization. It is planned that student campus will be opened in September 2018.

The innovative projects in the city of Des Moines

A monthly meeting of representatives of the business community of Des Moines "Startup Stories", during which entrepreneurs and potential investors had the opportunity to get acquainted with new projects, discuss issues of interest was held on January 10, 2018. Meetings are held in the "presentation – answers to questions" format. The participants of this meeting considered an innovative approach that allows to increase the yield of corn by more than 20%.

The preparation for the celebration of the Chinese New Year

An active organizational work on preparing for the celebration of the Chinese New Year is caring out in the city of Zhenjiang. In the beginning of January foreign students, studying in the sister city, organized in educational organizations the creative workshops on making paper decorations, reflecting the national characteristics of various countries around the world. The traditional national dishes are being prepared in China on the first day of the lunar twelfth month.

The International chess tournament in Yerevan

The VIII International chess tournament, dedicated to the memory of the Prime Minister of Armenia Andranik Margaryan, was held in Yerevan in the period from 09 to 17 January. 2018. About 750 chess players from Armenia, Russia and Turkmenia took part in the competition. The event was attended by the mayor of Yerevan, the chairman of the Chess Federation of the sister-city Taron Margaryan.

The awarding of the city of Changzhou

Recently the Ceremony for the WIPO-SIPO Award for Chinese Outstanding Patented Invention & Industrial Design was held in Beijing. Five patents from Changzhou city, playing a leading role in the following spheres: photovoltaic, new materials, new medicine, smart technologies and new energy vehicles, were awarded during the event. It should be also noted that in 2017 year the number of invention patents filed per 10,000 people reached 28 in the sister-city.

29.12.17

Arena football tournament in Pazardzhik

The XVIII Christmas arena football tournament, organized by the City Hall of Pazardzhik, was finished on December 25, 2017. More than 30 teams of the Republic of Bulgaria of various age categories participated in the event. More than 50 games were played within the tournament. The winner of the tournament is the team of Patalenica of the Pazardzhik Community. All winners of the competition were awarded with cups and valuable prizes.

The gastronomic evenings in Beziers

Since the beginning of December 2017, the gastronomic evenings «Nocturne des Halles», devoted to tasting local wines and food products, have been weekly organized in the restored old building of the trade and market complex of Beziers. Residents and guests of the sister-city have an opportunity to taste the products from smoked meat, traditional Spanish snacks, cheeses, wines of the Beziers region. The program of events includes also performances of local music groups.

The meetings with business women of the city of Des Moines

The meetings with women living in the region and working in various business areas have been organized in the city of Des Moines within the Iowa Business Women's Program. These meetings allow participants to get acquainted with the intricacies of entrepreneurship "at first hand", the basics of conducting a successful business and get efficient advice from specialists of the sphere.

The charity action in Zhenjiang

A charity program is implementing in Zhenjiang currently. The government organizations and volunteers of the sister-city take part in it. So, for example, last week clothes and other necessary manufactured goods were donated to the families in need.

The New Year marathon in Yerevan

A charitable marathon "New Year good marathon" was held in Yerevan within the preparations to the New Year and Christmas. The organizers of the event are the City Hall in cooperation with public organizations. The participants in Santa Claus costumes overcame 5 kilometers on the central streets of Yerevan. Representatives of the municipality also took an active part in the marathon. Contributions of the participants of the marathon were aimed at financing the program of assistance to the Armenians of Syria.

The industrial achievements of Changzhou

The results of the national rating of the best industrial districts and areas of China, initiated by the China Academy of Information and Communications, were summed up on December 14, 2017. According to the results 2017 year, the Wujin district of the sister-city of Changzhou took the IV place in the list «Top 100 districts in industrial development». There are 134,000 companies registered in the district, including nearly 1,600 industrial enterprises above designated scale. From January to November of this year, the industrial output of enterprises reached 434.5 billion yuan, up 14% over the same period of last year.

22.12.17

The solemn concert in the city of Pazardzhik

The solemn concert dedicated to the 240 anniversary of the city of Stavropol was held in the city of Pazardzhik on December 19, 2017. The event was organized by the educational partner-organization – the secondary school of general education "G. Bregov" of Pazardzhik. Within the concert a film about Stavropol was presented, Russian and Bulgarian songs, poems of Russian poets were performed. Students of "G. Bregov" school of Pazardzhik shared with the participants their impressions about the trip to Stavropol in September of this year. The greeting and congratulations of the mayor of Pazardzhik Community Todor Popov were send to the participants of the concert.

Participation in the tournament on majorettes sport

Recently the International majorettes sport tournament «Roma Christmas Magic» was held in the city of Frascati (Italy). More than 250 majorettes of Europe participated in the event. The representatives of Mystery sports club of the sister-city Pazardzhik successfully acted and won two gold and one bronze medals.

The festive events in the sister-city of Beziers

The citywide events, dedicated to the upcoming Christmas and New Year, are being continued in the city of Beziers. Trade pavilions offering confectionery and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations as well as various gifts are opened for residents and guests of the sister-city as part of the preparation to the Christmas holidays. Theatrical performances, fairground pavilions, ice rink are opened at various city venues. A mini-farm, working as a contact zoo, workshops on preparing hand-made gifts, decorations from fresh flowers are opened for children. There is an opportunity to take pictures with the popular characters of cartoons, one of them are the favorite heroes of Russian children – Masha and the Bear.

The sociological survey in the sister-city


About 2,600 residents of the city of Des Moines participated in a sociological survey organized in December 2017 by «Human Capital Survey», created by business partnership «Greater Des Moines» in cooperation with Drake University. This company is engaged in studying the opinions and experiences of the city's residents on the issues of relations with the local community and the possibility of succeeding in Des Moines. According to the survey 90% of the participants believe that the city of Des Moines is a favorable place to create a family, 87% think that their colleagues treat their job duties, 89% are ready to recommend the city of Des Moines to another.

The celebration of the Winter Solstice Day

The Winter Solstice Day, one of the traditional Chinese festivals, was held in the city of Zhenjiang on December 22, 2017 year. It annually falls on December 21st , 22nd or 23rd. On the eve of the celebration residents of Chinese cities prepare various traditional dishes, gather as a family. So, for example, the traditional dish in the sister-city of Zhenjiang is “Tangyuan” – kind of balls made of glutinous rice flour and filled with chopped vegetable and meet or with sugar, walnuts, sesame, rose petals or marmalade.

The opening ceremony of the New Year tree in Yerevan

The solemn opening ceremony of the New Year tree was held on the central square of Yerevan on December 19, 2017. The mayor of the city, representatives of the municipality as well as students of music and art schools, students – winners of international contests and young athletes took part in the ceremony. The opening ceremony of the New Year tree was accompanied with a festive concert and was ended with fireworks. It should be noted that the festive decoration of Yerevan in this year became one of the most successful examples of cooperation between the city administration and business community.

Satakunta delegation visited Changzhou

The delegation of Satakunta (Finland), headed by the mayor of the region, visited the sister-city of Changzhou on December 12, 2017. The official delegation included also heads of the City Hall, representatives of higher education institutions and business community of Satakunta. The members of the delegation were welcomed by the vice mayor of the sister-city Mr. Fang Guoqiang. During the meeting the sides discussed further prospects of development of friendly sister-city relations, issues of socio-economic and humanitarian cooperation.

15.12.17

The charitable exhibition-fair in the city of Pazardzhik

The charitable exhibition-fair "Christmas dreams ", organized by Pazardzhik City Hall will take place in the sister-city in the period from 18 to 22 December, 2017 year. Pre-school and secondary educational organizations of the Pazardzhik Community will participate in the event. The proceeds will be transferred to the treatment of children. A creative program will also be presented within the framework of the exhibition.

The guest performance of the Moscow Circus on ice in Beziers

28 artists of the Moscow Circus on ice arrive to Beziers with guest performance. The performance will take place on December 20, 2017 in the concert hall «Zinga Zanga» of the sister-city. The plastic and air acrobats, jugglers, gymnasts on uneven bars, skaters on stilts, ballet dancers on the ice and clowns will show their skills to residents and guests of the city during the performance. The show "Traditional Russian matryoshka" will hold.

The annual corporate games in the city of Des Moines

The registration of companies for the participation in the third annual corporate games – 2018, organized under the "Iowa Games" program was started in the beginning of December this year in the city of Des Moines. The participation of 75 teams is expected, which will be able to prove themselves in 26 kinds of sports in June-July of the following year. The aims of the competitions are strengthening the corporate spirit, team cohesion as well as attracting employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and go in for sports. Winners will be awarded the Corporate Cup of the Games during the annual Iowa Fair.

The program on separate waste collection

A program on attracting primary school students to separate collection of domestic waste was launched in Zhenjiang. A creative program dedicated to environmental problems was presented to students within the framework of the event, an exhibition of crafts made of used materials was organized. The municipality presented schools more than 100 garbage containers for separate waste collection.

The preparation to the New Year and Christmas

On the eve of the New Year and Christmas the City Hall of Yerevan is carrying out work on the festive decoration of the capital of Armenia, installing parade lighting systems and LED decorations. The XIII season of the ice rink "Swan Lake" was opened for fans of active recreation and winter sports. The annual Christmas Fair which features New Year's and Christmas souvenirs, festive decorations and a wide range of food products was opened for citizens and visitors of the city.

The meeting with a delegation of representatives of French universities

The Mayor of Changzhou met with a delegation of representatives of French universities Lille и IMT Lille Douai. During the meeting the issues of development of cooperation in the field of education and youth exchanges as well as further implementation of the bilateral program on improving the level of education between the University of Chaohai in Changzhou and French universities were discussed. The prospects for the establishment of the Sino-French institute as well as opening of a campus of the Confucius University and the Water University of Hohai in France were considered.

08.12.17

Rewarding of the best businessmen of the year in Pazardzhik

On December 4 of this year in the city of Pazardzhik the ceremony of rewarding of the best businessmen of the year was held. The Association of businessmen of the city of Pazardzhik was the organizer of the event. The mayor of Pazardzhik addressed with a welcoming speech to participants, the Deputy Governor of the region sent words of Governor’s congratulations. Awards were presented in the following nominations: "Businessman of year", "Innovations and technologies", "The fast-growing company", "Successful investments", "The socially responsible enterprise". Within the action the charity event – fund raising for talented children was also organized. There was a bright creative show in end of the ceremony.


Release of the elderly citizen’s card in Bezier

Near 76000 people live in the city of Bezier, 20000 citizens are aged more senior than 60 years. For rendering social support to the population of the senior age group the “elderly citizen’s card” is issued, that allows taking privileges and advantages at purchasing various goods, fee of public service establishments, medical and cultural institutions. Any resident of the city and agglomerations at the age of 60 years and more senior can receive the elderly citizen’s card. The service is provided free of charge.


Public Policy Issue Forum on the topic of immigration reform in Des Moines

In the city of Des Moines the Public Policy Issue Forum on the topic of immigration reform took place on December 07 of this year. Issues of immigration, the state reform and also possible consequences of its implementation in Des Moines were discussed at the meeting. The forum is organized within the new national "iMarch" event which will unite representatives of business, religion, industry, and mass media for the solution of problems of immigration. During the action the real stories of inhabitants of 50 states will be presented for the general public proving need of reforms for this sphere.


Agreement on investment cooperation in the sphere of aircraft industry

In Zhenjiang the agreement on investment cooperation between Slovenia's bat aircraft manufacturing company and the general aviation aircraft manufacturing in Zhenjiang is signed at the beginning of December. The agreement supposes production of new airplanes in the city of Zhenjiang. Special attention is paid to development of electro-and hybrid models.


Exhibition of creative works of physically disabled people in Erevan


During the period from December 05 to December 08, 2017 in Erevan city administration the exhibition of creative works of physically disabled people is organized within the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. During the ceremonial opening organizers and participants of the exhibition and also paralympic athletes were awarded by thanksgiving diplomas of the mayor of Erevan.


New park of financial innovations in Changzhou

Changzhou has started creation of a new park of financial innovations specializing on interactive approach to industry and financial sector development.  Working-out of a new model of interaction of the industry, the financial industry and the city is planned. It is supposed to implement direct investments, financial control, production incubator and also additional education in the field of business for development of strategically important branches: innovative and intellectual production, medicine, energy saving, environmental protection, creation of new materials. The park will be located in the National Hi-tech Zone in the Changzhou center.


01.12.17

Tournament on majorettes sport in the city of Pazardzhik

In the city of Pazardzhik the majorettes sport tournament "Europe the Grand Prix of 2018" will be held in June, 2018. The decision to hold this sport competition was made on the General meeting of the International federation of majorettes sport in August, 2017. The seminar concerning the tournament organization was organized in which more than 25 heads of on-stage performance groups of the cities of Bulgaria took part. All-sided assistance and support are promised by the Mayor of Pazardzhik.

Five-a-side tournament in Pazardzhik

In the city of Pazardzhik preparatory work was organized on a traditional Christmas five-a-side tournament on 23-25 December. Participation of more than 30 teams of various age categories is expected. Winners of a tournament will be awarded with memorable and valuable prizes of the mayor's office of Pazardzhik.

Sports show in Bezier

On December 02, 2017 in the concert hall of the city of Bezier the "Geometrix" sports show will be organized in which 70 sportswomen of the city club on rhythmic and rhythmic gymnastics "ASB Gym" will participate. More than 200 suits are used in the show; colorful performances of gymnasts will be followed by various musical compositions.

Program for improvement of education level of the working population

In Des Moines essential results were achieved within the realized program the Education Drives our Greater Economy. According to the latest data more than 61,7% of the working population of the city have education beyond high school or have completed advanced training courses. It is 10,4% higher, than in 2008. The age group from 25 to 64 years has the necessary diplomas, certificates and other documents confirming existence of knowledge demanded by employers now. This program promotes career development of talented youth and also preservation of skilled workers in the region.

Construction of the high-speed railroad

The first box girder of the high-speed railroad Zhenjiang- Lianyungang (the large seaside city in the east part of the PRC) was collected in Zhenjiang. The carcass was established on the bridge of the 11th meter height. Construction of the high-speed railroad will be finished in 2019 and opening is planned in 2020. The new transport way will promote increase goods and passenger traffics to promote economic growth of the cities.

Participation in a business forum on tourism development

On the occasion of the 25 anniversary of establishment of the friendly relations the delegation of the mayor's office of Yerevan paid an official visit to the city of Marseille (France) and participated in the business forum organized by the Armenian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseille. Within the forum issues of tourism development in the context of event tourism, creation of infrastructures and implementation of investment programs were discussed. The Memorandum of cooperation between Erevan and Marseille was signed for development of tourism also further exchange of experience.


Visit of delegation of Sri Lanka

For development of cooperation in economic and social spheres the official delegation headed by the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in China visited the city of Changzhou. During the meeting with the Mayor of Changzhou issues of expansion of interaction in the sphere of trade, culture and tourism were discussed. Representatives of delegation of Sri Lanka hoped to adopt the model of development of agriculture in Changzhou and also to get acquainted with the best city practices.

24.11.17

Day of Christian family

Annually the Day of Christian family is celebrated on November 21 in Bulgaria. During this holiday it is supposed to take children to church, to tell about belief and bible events, bringing up Christian values. Within the festive actions in the city of Pazardzhik the concert was organized with assistance of the mayor's office at which artistic groups of the twin-city participated, and the exhibition of drawings was opened.

Tournament on swimming

During the period from November 18 to November 19 the ІV swimming tournament "Sprint" took place in the city of Plovdiv (Republic of Bulgaria). More than 450 swimmers from forty sports clubs of the country participated in it. Representatives of "Champion" sports club of Pazardzhik won gold and two silver medals and also a cup of the best swimmer.

A new fountain construction on Jeanne Jores Squareof Bezier
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Large-scale works on improvement of Jeanne Jores Square are carried out in the city of Beziers. By June, 2018 it is planned to place on the square the big musical fountain with a water mirror of 350 m3 and the channel. Now engineering works on installation and debugging of the underground equipment are carried out. It is expected that after opening of the fountain Jeanne Jores Square will become one of favorite vacation places of citizens and Bezier's guests.

Winter farmers’ market

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Winter farmers’ market is opened in Des Moines at which food products of more than 130 local producers will be presented: meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, smoked and bakery products, honey, jams, wine and also products from greenhouses. Besides, buyers are able to get everything for decoration of the house and a holiday table. The farms presented at the Winter market also take active part in charity, having offered food for the needing population more than for 146 250 dollars.

Social programs for elderly in Zhenjiang

The municipal national government of Zhenjiang organizes a number of social programs on involvement of the elderly population to cultural life of the city. Inhabitants of the senior age can visit free of charge various creative dancing and vocal presentations, dressed-up opera statements. Many actors perform on streets or in parks; programs enjoy popularity and attract a keen interest of citizens.

Festival of outdoor advertizing

The Second festival of outdoor advertizing takes place in Erevan in which work representatives of the international largest advertizing agencies take part. The main objective of the festival is development of the sphere of outdoor advertizing by means of introduction of the international experience. Within the action there will be a number of master classes of representatives of the world famous companies, the creative competition of the best advertizing, winners will have an opportunity to realize the ideas. Awards will be presented in 7 nominations: creative approach, the best advertizing campaign, the best social advertizing, the best advertizing carrier, the best design of the advertizing carrier, unrealized advertizing company and the best adaptation.

Exhibition of the Chinese artist Liu Haisu


The Drops in the Ocean exhibition will take place in Beijing. It is devoted to magnificent landscapes of the Huangshan mountain chain, a UNESCO world heritage site, poets and artists have been admiring its beauty during many hundreds of years. 28 pictures of the native of the city of Changzhou the known Chinese artist Liu Haisu (1896-1994) are also presented at the exhibition. These mountains inspired the outstanding artist, tens of times he represented them on his pictures, combining classical Chinese traditions of painting with the European achievements and techniques.

17.11.17

Competitive selection of the best athletes of the city of Pazardzhik

The annual traditional selection of ten best athletes of the city takes place in Pazardzhik. Questionnaires of participants – representatives of twenty five sports clubs of the city will be considered by the contest committee consisting of experts and journalists in the field of sport. When summing up individual achievements of the athlete, his participation and awards in the international, European and national competitions will be considered. Winners will be marked out by diplomas and gift money. Also the best trainer of the twin-city following the results of 2017 will be defined.

International tournament on rhythmic gymnastics

During the period from November 11 to November 12 of this year the VІІІ international tournament on rhythmic gymnastics took place in the city of Pazardzhik. Competitions are held since 2004, the organizer is the mayor's office of Pazardzhik. This year twenty sports clubs of Bulgaria and Italy participated in this tournament. The representatives of Dilyana sports club of the sister city successfully acted and won nine gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.

An exhibition of a sculpture of Rodin "Thinker" in Bezier

In the hall of city administration of Bezier Rodin's sculpture "Thinker" is exposed for a public attention. This authentic work, acquired by Bezier's mayor's office in 1900, has been created in studio of the world famous sculptor and carries a personal brand of Rodin.

Long time the sculpture was in school of the fine arts of the city of Bezier and served as a model to the beginning artists. "Thinker" has 71 cm in height. For comparison: the well-known sculpture in Rodin's museum in Paris has 90 cm in height.

Fifth annual forum on problems of variety and social equality

In Des Moines the Fifth annual forum devoted to issues of variety and social equality took place on November 16 this year. Within the forum problems of integration of inhabitants of the region, granting equal opportunities for adaptation in the society of various representatives of the population, business starting and also career development of talented youth were considered. Discussion of ways of involvement of organizations and institutions to the solution of problems in this sphere became the key moment.

City festival of folk arts and crafts

In Zhenjiang the annual city festival of folk arts and crafts was held. Within the festival the audience could estimate the best programs of amateur collectives. 29 musical and 24 dancing numbers, 27 theatrical performances were submitted on city stages in the largest parks and Zhenjiang's squares.

New shopping center in Erevan

In Yerevan a new shopping center "RIO" was opened entering into the largest Russian network of shopping centers of the same name. At a ceremony there was a President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan. The cost of the investment program for construction of three-storey shopping center with a total area of 24000 sq.m. made 40 million US dollars. In the RIO center about 500 jobs will be created.

Joint aminoglycoside antibiotics research laboratory

In November FangYuan pharmaceutical company and Shanghai Jiaotong university signed the Agreement on creation in of Changzhou of a joint research laboratory on aminoglycoside antibiotics which are widely used in treatment. The laboratory will specialize on creation of new forms of drugs and carrying out basic researches. FangYuan company spends 8-10% of annual profit for development of the latest medical medicines of new generation.

10.11.17

Participation in the International tournament on swimming "PHILIPPIA"

During the period from November 04 to 05, 2017, the international tournament on swimming “PHILIPPIA’ was held in the city of Kavala (Greece). More than 400 children aged from 8 up to 11 years participated in the competitions. Representatives of sports club “Champion” of the city of Pazardzhik had a great success. Young swimmers won nine prizes: three gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Representatives of sports club “Champion” of the sister city will also take part in the National championship of Bulgaria in swimming which will take place at the end of November this year.

Educational programs at Institute of technology of Bezier


The institute of technology of the city of Bezier as a part of a network of educational institutions of the university of Montpellier realizes among other the training programs for the innovative directions “Multimedia and Internet” and also “Telecommunication networks”. In the nearest future at the institute an opening of “the hall of virtual reality” is supposed which will allow various scientific researches.
Training at Institute of technology of Bezier is carried out by an original technique other than classical education. This technique allows students to establish close interaction with manufacturing enterprises from first years of training and further significantly facilitates their employment after obtaining diplomas

Innovative medical clinic in physical therapy in Des Moines

An innovative medical clinic of a leading company in the sphere of physical therapy “ATI Physical Therapy” was opened in Des Moines. The clinic specializes in providing medical services in the sphere of physical therapy, therapeutic exercises and recovery medicine. The personal plans of treatment assuming manual therapy, therapeutic treatment, sports occupations, adaptation of cardiovascular system, and treatment by ultrasound and electrical stimulation will be developed for patients. The ATI Physical Therapy company is known for the high rates and exclusive results on health recovery of patients.

The 15th city sports game in Zhenjiang

Zhenjiang municipal national city government attaches particular importance to development of mass sport and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The official opening of the 15th city sports game was held on November, 05 this year. The mayor of Zhenjiang Mr. Zhang Yefei addressed to participants with a welcoming speech. The competitions are held on several sports for professional teams. Inhabitants and city visitors participate with pleasure in games and encourage sportsmen.

Meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in the Republic of Armenia

A welcome meeting of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in the Republic of Armenia Johnathan Lakot was organized in city administration of Yerevan. The mayor of Erevan congratulated the ambassador on the beginning of diplomatic mission in Armenia and expressed confidence in further expansion of friendly intermunisipal relations. In his speech of response Johnathan Lakot expressed gratitude for congratulations and readiness for cooperation and promotion of all programs and initiatives of strengthening and deepening of bilateral ties.

Taiwan youth forum in Changzhou

The Taiwan youth forum on support of innovations and business activity took place in Changzhou. Within the forum agreements on many-sided cooperation between Changzhou's universities and higher educational institutions of the island of Taiwan were signed. It was noted that more than 100 young Taiwan businessmen worked in the city of Changzhou and there were more than 50 Taiwan enterprises. Confidence in expansion of cooperation in education, cultures and talent pool to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results was expressed during the forum.

03.11.17

Celebration of the Day of national enlighteners

Annually on November 1 in Bulgaria the Day of national enlighteners – participants of liberation movement from an Ottoman yoke is celebrated.
This day with the assistance of Pazardzhik city administration festive events were held. The torch procession was organized, participants carried portraits of the Bulgarian national heroes on the main streets of the sister city, laid flowers at a monument of the writer and historian, social and political, state and diplomatic figure Konstantin Velichkov. In end the gala concert was held.

National award in the sphere of development of the downtown of the cities of France


In October, 2017 the city of Bezier received the national award "for implementation of the construction project and updating of city heritage" in the downtown. This award for the best practices in the field of development of the central parts of the cities of France is presented by the competent juries consisting of experts in the field of town planning, representatives of local governments and recognized press.
Today citizens and Bezier's guests note carefully restored facades of buildings and city spaces, thought carefully over and updated public transport stops, many new shops.

Ranking the Best Place for Business and Careers


According to the information and analytical magazine "Forbes" Des Moines takes the fifth place as the best place for development of business and careers (October, 2017). 200 largest cities of the USA are compared on 14 indicators of business climate, such as employment rate of the population, necessary capitals for business starting, growth in incomes, quality of life, and education level of the working population.

Zhenjiang Youth Robot competition

Zhenjiang Youth Robot competition was organized by Zhenjiang municipal national government. More than 650 pupils of primary classes participated in the competition, projects were presented in several categories. Winners will take part in the World Cup in robotics among youth.




Yerevan development program for 2018-2022.

During the regular meeting of the Council of Elders of Yerevan the five-year program of Erevan development for 2018-2022 was approved. The main objective of the program is ensuring sustainable development of the capital of Armenia.
In the program particular importance is attached to providing the well-planned and convenient city environment both for residents of Yerevan, and for guests of the capital. In particular they discussed issues of creation of recreation grounds, increase in green areas, improvement domestic territories, external design of buildings, ensuring convenient and safe movement.

Visit of delegation of the Netherlands

In October of this year the city of Changzhou welcomed a delegation of the sister city of Tilburg, Netherlands. This year the cities celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning relations between Changzhou and Tilburg. Cooperation of the cities successfully develops in the sphere of economy, trade, cultures, tourism, logistics and other areas. The joint Aviation Science and Technology park China-Netherlands, opened in Changzhou in 2014, successfully works.
During stay members of the delegation examined work of local mass media, visited television and radio stations and also the government service center of Changzhou.

27.10.17

Historical exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

Within the celebration of the Day of Bulgarian enlighteners the Maintaining Cultural Values exhibition will be opened in the Regional historical museum of the city of Pazardzhik on November 01, 2017. Citizens of the sister city will be able to enjoy cultural and historical heritage of the Republic of Bulgaria, including pictures and icons, household items, jewelry, coins and weapon.

Sport achievements of the city of Pazardzhik

National competitions in rhythmic gymnastics were held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) during the period from October 21 to October 22 this year. More than 500 sportswomen participated in the event. Representatives of sports club "Dilyana Pryma" of the sister city of Pazardzhik were on a hot streak. Participants won six prize-winning medals: four gold, silver and bronze.

Days of a bullfight in Bezier

During the period from October 27 to October 29, 2017, Days of a bullfight will take place for the 35th time in the city of Bezier. Scientific and practical conferences, exhibitions of suits and weapon of the famous toreadors, concerts of dancers of flamenco are supposed in the program. In conclusion, within the city Feriya festival, "Bezier Queen" will be elected and the ceremony of an awarding the prizes to the participants of a bullfight among adults and juniors will be held.

Educational summit

The Educational summit devoted to the latest developments and introduction of the best practices in the pedagogical sphere will take place in Des Moines in November this year. Representatives of local authorities, public organizations and business communities, teachers and scientists will participate in the conference. During the forum issues of innovative approach to interaction of representatives of business communities and the educational sphere, involvement of employers to training, assistance to talented youth, and ensuring equality at education will be considered.




Holiday of Two Nine

Citizens of Zhenjiang are preparing for a traditional autumn Holiday of Two Nine which is celebrated in the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese traditional calendar. This day Chinese traditionally eat the five-layer pies decorated with the tag symbolizing a cornel and drink chrysanthemum tea (a cornel and a chrysanthemum are considered as the cleaning plants), esteem the olds. Special attention is paid to assistance to the senior generation. For this purpose the municipal national government of the sister city with volunteer organizations and educational institutions have developed a number of programs for social support of the elderly people assuming rendering medical, hairdresser's and other services.

Implementation of the strategic program "Yerevan — the Clever City"


The mayor's office of Yerevan, the VivaCell-MTS company and the Union of employers of information and communication technologies signed the tripartite memorandum of cooperation in implementation of the strategic program "Yerevan — the Clever City", according to which the mayor's office of Yerevan expressed readiness to promote development of hi-tech decisions in all spheres of urban governance and also to creation of innovative infrastructures with application information and telecommunication technologies.

Ninth China flower exhibition

The floristic companies of the city of Changzhou took prizes at the Ninth China flower exhibition in Yinchuan, Ningxia. The special prize and eight gold awards were awarded in the nominations: a bonsai, plant arrangements and potted flowers.
The first China flower exhibition was in 1987, at the moment it is one of the largest and most prestigious national events in the sphere of floristic and planting of China.

20.10.17

Opening of Pazardzhik’ art exhibition

The annual traditional exhibition of professional artists was opened in Pazardzhik’ Art gallery of G.Maschew on October 18, 2017. During the ceremony the mayor's office of Pazardzhik Community and representative office of Bulgaria artists union presented awards to authors for vigorous creative activity. It should be noted that date of opening of the exhibition is chosen not casually. October 18 is the day of remembrance of the Saint Apostle and Evangelist Luke, the first Christian icon painter.

Holiday of young wine in the city of Beziers

The holiday of young wine will be celebrated on October 22, 2017 in the sister-city of Beziers. It symbolizes the end of the vintage season. As part of the program of events, the city associations will hold a traditional carnival procession. The solemn ceremony of presenting grape bunches as a gift to the city authorities, as well as the festive mass and the blessing of the young wine in the cathedral of San Nazaire will be held. Representatives of the municipality of Beziers organize a tasting of new crop of this drink for residents and visitors of the city.

The forum in Des Moines

The business association "Greater Des Moines Partnership" announced a forum on public policy in the area of housing affordability on November 07. Representatives of the financial authorities of the state of Iowa, housing funds, universities and business circles and the public will participate in the event. Problems of affordable housing, as well as issues of mental health will be discussed at the forum.

Fair of agricultural products

A Fair of agricultural products of Jiangsu province was held from 15 to 17 October in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. More than 1,500 manufacturing companies, processing enterprises, agricultural cooperatives and farmers participated in the fair. The event aroused great interest of the residents and guests of the city who were able to see the wide assortment of products, and acquired the necessary at an affordable price.

International half marathon in Yerevan

A running competition – the international "Europe marathon" was held on 16 October with the assistance of Yerevan municipality and the Foundation "Repat Armenia". The purpose of the event is promotion of healthy lifestyle and promotion of sports tourism in the capital of Armenia. About 2,000 runners from 33 countries participated in the half marathon. Distance 5 km and 10 km were provided for beginners and runners with disabilities, and 1 km - for children. The experienced participants had to overcome the whole distance - 21.1 km

30th anniversary of sister city relations Changzhou and Takatsuki


A reception of the official delegation of the sister-city took place with regard to celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of sister city relations between the cities of Changzhou and Takatsuki (Japan). During the meeting the sides noted fruitful cooperation in the socio-cultural, educational, tourism and health spheres. They expressed mutual desire to strengthen economic and humanitarian cooperation in the framework of twinning between two cities, as well as joint implementation of some projects. Planting of trees was organized in the International garden of friendship of Changzhou in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of friendly relations with the Japanese city.

13.10.17

Karate competitions

The International Shotokan Karate Championship was held from 04 to 08 October 2017 in the city of Eger (Hungary). Athletes from 45 countries of the world participated in competitions. During the championship, the Pazardzhik’ Tonus-Sport club karatekas won several awards.

Concert of mandolin ensembles in the city of Pazardzhik

The concert "Slavic meeting with a mandolin" was held on October, 9 in Pazardzhik. The City Hall organized and financially supported the event. Bulgaria mandolin ensembles and foreign countries, including the folklore group "Subboteya" of the city of Zheleznogorsk (Russian Federation) participated in the creative event.

Achievements of the soccer team of the city of Bezie

Bezie’ combined team "AS" having won the Red Star team of Paris, now is one of leaders of the taking place soccer championship of France within league "National". After an unsuccessful series of games of last season the sports club management of "AS" for 80% updated team's line-up and also invited the noy goalkeeper – the skilled Brazilian football player Masedo Novaes. Trainers to hope for successful play of the team in the future matches.
Completion of work of the farmer market in Des Moines
The annual Des Moines farmer market working since May, 2017 will be closed on October, 28. During all the time various production more than 300 farms, producers and handicraftsmen of 58 of Iowa districts presented here. Besides, exhibitions of local artists, culinary master classes, musical representations and entertainments were organized for visitors. The closing coincides with the national holiday Halloween in this connection the relevant fancy-dress activities are planned.

Implementation of projects to improve water quality

Zhenjiang’ water system-city includes one lakes and nine rivers. The city's leadership for a number of years, paying special attention to the improvement of water quality. More than 20 projects to improve the ecological state of the environment with the use of innovative technologies, as well as upgrading the infrastructure and drainage of the lake being implemented in this year. The total investment amounted to 900 million yuan.

Opening of a children's town of professions in Yerevan

The opening ceremony of the children's town of professions "CityZen" was held in the sister city of Yerevan. It is designed for children from 4 to 14 years. The interactive project has streets and institutions, such as the police, the rescue service ande the chocolate factory. The children's town offers unique opportunities for the diversified development of the child: developing classes for toddlers, group educational programs for schoolchildren, unusual scenarios of outreach activities, holidays and shows. All classes are carried out in a game form, so the process of obtaining new knowledge about working life becomes interesting.

The day of the PRC

Festive events dedicated to the main public holiday in China - the Day of the founding of the people's Republic took place in the sister-city Changzhou in the period from 01 to 07 Oct. "Golden week" (so-called celebrations in the nation) coincided with the Autumn festival, therefore many excursions and leisure activities were conducted. According to the National tourism department data in 2017 the number of trips in these days increased by 15% compared to last year and amounted to 705 million trips. Providing free use of wireless high-speed roads during the "Golden week" contributed to this. It is noted that the bicycle used in these days more and this was due to the reduction of carbon emissions by 78 metric tons.

06.10.17

Part of the creative team of Pazardzhik in the festival of dances

Festival of dances "Spinning dance, spinning" was recently held in Reus (Spain). The Pazardzhik’ ensemble of folk dances "Chudesie" took part in it. The creative team of sister city participated with the financial support of the city hall. The mayor of the Spanish city highly appreciated the ensemble’s creative program. The team also visited the Bulgarian Sunday school "St. Sedmochislenici", located in the city of Reus.

Restoration of the building and creation of the area in the city of Bezier

The Bezier city administration continues a work on improvement of the city, considering careful preservation of historical heritage. Restoration of the building on the ancient Shodronye Street and also creation of the new area is planned. When visiting sights it is possible to get acquainted with the ruins of an ancient theater found during archeological excavations. The theater was included in the list of UNESCO historical monuments in 2015. Works are co-financed by the National agency of renovation of France cities and the regional culture directorate. The object taking in to use is supposed in the first quarter of 2019.

The Day of the PRC


The Day of foundation of People's Republic of China is the most important public holiday of China and it was held on October, 01 in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. According to tradition during the holiday citizens visit their relatives, parks and participate in recreational activities. This important day for the country's residents has a great significance for patriotic upbringing of the younger generation. The weekend is from 01 to 08 October.

Implementation of the program " Yerevan - Love City "

Celebration of the Day of Yerevan "Erebuni 2799" will be held on October, 14. The program of assistance and support of various social groups of the population has being implemented for the fourth year as part of the "Yerevan - Love City" events timed to the founding of the sister-city. Within ten days, 2,799 families will receive gifts in accordance with their wishes, including necessary household appliances.

The opening of the exhibition in Yerevan

An exhibition of old Armenian carpets-mosaics "Wishapagorg" was opened in the sister-city on September, 27. These carpets picture a popular character in the Armenian mythology and folklore - a dragon-wishap. Items are made of colored and semiprecious stones, including marble, granite, azurite, tuff-Sandstone, etc. It is noteworthy that the design of one of the elements was copied from the original dragon carpets of the XVI century, located in the London history Museum.




The interim results of the development of solar energy

For the purposes of the rejection of coal-fired power industry China is rapidly developing the alternative energy in recent years, uses advanced technology and involves the best workforce. So in 2012, the Changzhou company "Trina Solar" invited to cooperate the Belgian-Australian engineer Pierre Verlinden. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of products for the solar industry. Successful collaboration contributed to the world achievements in energy conversion. Thanks to the continuous work of the last decade, the China is a market leader in the production and sale of photovoltaic products. 60% solar cells of the manufactured products in the world is produced in the provinces Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

29.09.17

The development of sport industry in Pazardzhik

A press conference of the mayor of the Community Pazardzhik Todor Popov was held on September 27, 2017. Particular attention was paid to the organization of leisure for young people and the development of a sport industry in the sister-city. The famous Bulgarian athlete in rhythmic gymnastics, the head of the Association "Pazardzhik in sport" Reneta Kamberova will coordinate the implementation of programs in the sports field. Currently the concept of long-term development of physical culture and sport in the sister-city is being prepared.

The opening of the National Exhibition of Graphic Art

On September 28, 2017 the opening of the National Exhibition of Graphic Art, organized with the financial support of the City Hall of the sister city was held in the city of Pazardzhik. The works by more than 50 artists from the Republic of Bulgaria are presented on thе exhibition.

The restoration of an ancient statue in the city of Beziers

In agreement with the principal architect of France a significant work on the restoration of the ancient statue of the Virgin Mary, located in the city of Beziers was carried out. The metal statue was processed with modern anticorrosive means, then it was gilded – 24 carats. Beziers municipal services installed additional lighting, emphasizing the beauty of the statue at any time of the day.

Meeting for beginners in the city of Des Moins


As part of the organization of seminars for beginning entrepreneurs, the meeting with the founder of "HomeDittyTM" will be held in October in the sister-city of Des Moins. The main goal of the meeting is to assist in launching a business based on its own experience of creating software, marketing and implementing ideas. The company holding mini-concerts across the country with the involvement of as many creative groups as possible and applies new Internet technologies.

International forum on low carbon economy
International forum on low carbon economy was held in the sister-city of Zhenjiang on September 26-28. About 500 experts participated in it. Under the program, the participants discussed the issues of development of new energy sources, outer space, using the latest intelligent technology. The strategically important cooperation agreements, including with the development Programme of the United Nations and the Chinese-American project on energy cooperation in the field of low-carbon energy, coahran environmental and low-carbon urban development were signed.

Festival-Fair of Armenian Goods

Within the framework of the program of cooperation between the Yerevan municipality and the Moscow government, the traditional festival-fair of Armenian goods "Golden Pomegranate" was held in the Russian capital from September 14 to 17. The conference "Prospects for the development of trade, economic and cultural ties between Moscow and Yerevan" was held within the framework of the festival. Traditional Armenian food products, handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, etc. were also presented. The event was accompanied by a concert program.

The visit of the Governor of the state of Illinois (USA)


With the aim of strengthening and development of Chinese-American relations, Governor of Illinois (USA) visited China on an official visit in September. The result of a collaboration of the state's cities and Chinese provinces cities has become a stable, multi-vector cooperation in trade-economic and socio-cultural fields, including the implementation of cultural and educational exchanges. Friendly twinning relations in education and business are dynamically developing between the cities of Changzhou and Rockford (Illinois, USA).


22.09.17

Competition for young poets in Pazardzhik

Pazardzhik city hall announced the holding of the IV National young poets contest named Dimitar Boyadzhiev - a Bulgarian poet of the XIX century, left a significant mark in the national literature. The authors up to 30 years can participate in the event and will have to send to the jury five unpublished poems. Summarizing will take place on the Day of poetry of the Republic of Bulgaria – on October, 01. The publishing rights to the collection of poems will be given to the winners.

Exhibition in Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky

The National exhibition in the field of graphic art will open in art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky thanks to support of Pazardzhik city administration in the nearest future. Due to the holding an action the catalog was prepared in which about 100 works more than 50 participants were presented.

Improvement of Parking lots

Within three years of the service of Béziers municipality worked on improving the organization of Parking lots. The goal was to make Parking cheaper, easier and cleaner. Since early September, new rules came into force. Currently, Beziers motorists are entitled to half hour free Parking in all districts of the city on weekdays, while weekend Parking is free throughout the day. A new app for smartphones that allows Beziers residents and visitors to know about the availability of Parking spaces in the city in on-line mode will be released in 2018.

Participation in the international competition

The evaluation of the effectiveness of mobile applications "Skywalk DSM" the sister city's municipality of De Moin decided to take part in the international competition "Leadership and Management". The application is aimed at ensuring the interaction of local authorities and residents in order to improve urban life. An authoritative contest is held by the International Association of Cities and annually attracts a large number of participants from all over the world. The effectiveness of the application was confirmed through the use of the program platform not only at the city level, but also at the national level in preparation for various activities.

Conference on aerospace problems

The conference of the Space Research Institute, dedicated to the problems of aerospace space, was held on September 18 in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. The 10 largest urban space enterprises participated in the event and presented their latest developments. Exchange of work experience, establishment of business contacts were held with a view to further development of the space industry.

Activities in the socio-cultural sphere

During the period from September 15 to September 18, various social and cultural events were organized in the city of Yerevan. The II international chess tournament "Yerevan Open", organized according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds, took place. About 150 chess players from 13 countries, including 20 international grandmasters and 25 FIDE masters participated in it.
The 4th annual "Festival of Rural Life and Traditions" started. The farmers of Armenia had an opportunity to demonstrate their products not only to residents and guests of the city, but also to representatives of embassies of different countries and international organizations, which in turn promotes the development of foreign economic relations of the Republic.

Appreciation of quality of tea production of the sister-city of Chandzhou

Following the results of the international fair of tea which took place in Hong Kong, white tea of the Province of Jiangsu under the name "Tyanmu" was recognized as the best in its category. The products are grown in the ecological resort of Changjou City - Tyanmu Lake, where there are 600 hectares of bamboo forests and tea plantations. White tea is made from minimally processed leaves and is characterized by a lighter taste cofmpared to green or black. More than 200 representatives of foreign countries and regions demonstrated tea supplies and products during the fair.


15.09.17

Art exhibition in Pazardzhik

Art exhibition of Nikola Maneva opened in the Pazardzhik’ art gallery "Boev" on 12 Sep 2017. About 80 works of the author were presented at the exhibition and most of which for the first time. It should be noted that in 1962 the artist went to study at the Academy of fine arts and after graduation he left to live in France. More than 130 exhibitions of the artist were organized all the time and about three thousand works are in public and private collections in 30 countries around the world.

European days of historical heritage

European days of historical heritage will be held from 16 to 17 September 2017 in the sister-city of Beziers. Free of charge visits to the public historic buildings, parks, museums, a rich program of city events and meetings with famous writers and photographers will be organized. Tours, concerts of organ music and church music, the photo exhibition will be held in cathedrals and churches. Also the citizens and guests of the city will be able to participate in conferences on literary and historical issues.

XIII International festival of national cuisines and music

The XIII International festival of national cuisines and music will be held to the period from September 15 to September 17 in the sister-city of Des Moines. Representatives of 25 countries participate in it. Traditional national cuisines of various people, pavilions with exotic fruit, spices and chocolate are presented on platforms of the project. Informative performances, presentations and other actions are organized. Visitors will get acquainted with different cultures of the world during the festival.

Park of Culture and Leisure named after Perl Buck

Park of Culture and Leisure named after writer Pearl Bak "Zhenjiang Pearl Buck Cultural Park" was opened last week in Zhenjiang. Pearl Buck is an American writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 "For the multifaceted, truly epic description of the life of Chinese peasants and for biographical masterpieces." She lived for 18 years in Zhenjiang, which became her home. Pearl Buck's works opened to the West people the culture, traditions and features of the life of ordinary Chinese.



Meeting with the American delegation

In order to develop international cooperation, the Mayor of Yerevan met with the delegation of the city of Pasadena (USA), which was attended by representatives of the Armenian community. The guests got acquainted with the historical and cultural heritage and sights of the capital of Armenia and noted the high level of development of the city. The American side emphasized the significant role and contribution of the Armenian Diaspora in the development of the city of Pasadena, they exchanged experience on the local government work. The mutual desire to carry out cooperation in the sphere of municipal economy was expressed by the results of the visit.

International forum in Changzhou

The annual international scientific, technological, trade and economic forum "Creating benefits for the new Changzhou" will be held in the end of September in Changzhou. Recent achievements of the sister city in the field of international economic cooperation, introduction of new technologies, industrial modernization problems will be considered during the event. Presentations of the investment climate and industrial parks in Changzhou will be held. Conferences, seminars, meetings on the development of international partnership, contributing to the international ranking of the sister city in the world market will be held.

08.09.17

Celebration of Reunification Day of Bulgaria

The celebration of the 132 anniversary from the date of Reunification of Bulgaria was held on September 06 in the city of Pazardzhik. Within the program of events the gala concert with participation of Pazardzhik creative collectives was held on the Central square named after K. Velichkov. Duriing this day, residents and guests of the city could visit the Regional historical museum free of charge.

The organization of a commercial action in Bezier

The commercial action "Le Grand Bazar" will take place on September 15-16 in the city of Bezier. Representatives of 140 outlets will participate in it. The city administration together with regional Chamber of commerce and city trade association will organize the action. For holding the action Bezier's center will be festively decorated, concerts, festive processions, free tasting of local production and wines will be held. The quest for youth will take place there; winners of the quest will receive coupons on purchases.

Implementation of the youth training project in Des Moines

In the sister-city of Des Moines special attention is paid to involvement of youth in public life, increase civil liability and organization of their interaction with local governments. The local organization "Youth Leadership" starts implementation of the annual training project within which the younger generation will be able to take part in process of municipal government and also to develop their personal and professional skills. This organization exists more than 15 years, during this time more than 450 people have attended the training.

New measures of social support in Zhenjiang

The new form of social support was developed for assistance to the residents of the sister-city of Zhengjiang who are in a difficult life situation. It involves establishing direct contacts with the needy. Residents of the city received information cards containing data from representatives of local authorities, whom they could contact if necessary.

The Days of Yerevan in Saint Petersburg

Within the official visit to the northern capital of Russia the Yerevan delegation took part in the program of actions "Days of Yerevan in St. Petersburg" in the period from 06 to 08 September. During the visit, several meetings were held; issues of cooperation in the socio-economic field were discussed. The photo exhibition "Yerevan. The city and the people" representing the capital of Armenia in different historical eras was opened.

Creation of a unified bicycle rental system

The company "Youon" of the sister city of Changzhou is developing successfully on the international level. For many years, the company has been supporting the implementation of projects on rent bicycles in many cities of China that greatly increases the speed of movement of people and reduces the traffic load in cities. In the current year, the company promotes the expansion of passenger traffic between the cities of Heihe and Blagoveshchensk, supplying the Russian market about 20 thousand bicycles and combining them with a common rental system.


01.09.17


International festival of arts "Morning star"

XXI international festival of arts "Morning star" was held in Sveti Vlas (Bulgaria) in the period from 20 to 28 August 2017. During the event, representatives from the city of Pazardzhik competed and won three prizes in different categories. Mandolin orchestra city took first place in the nomination "Instrumental performers and ensembles", the young artist Cristian Pavlov took the first place among the soloists, as well as first place in the duet. The winners were awarded with diplomas and memorable gifts.



The annual citywide event

The annual citywide event "The Alley of Béziers associations" will be held in the alleys of the Field Rica on September 9. A progress report will be presented at the event. This year the representatives of the 250 associations Béziers will demonstrate their achievements in the socio-cultural sphere, and also in the field of environmental protection. Speech of Béziers mayor, acquaintance with the information on the stands of the associations, a variety of performances and presentations will take place in the programme of action.


Measures to reduce unemployment

According to national studies the 3.7 million immigrants who received education in foreign universities, lives in the USA, however 26% of them are unemployed. For the effective use of labour resources and the reduction of unemployment the event titled "Maximizing international talent" will be held on 27 September in the city of Des Moines. Association of business "Greater Des Moines Partnership" together with the Institute of migration policy will be organize the event, during which participants will explore the process of hiring foreign workers, to get acquainted with successful examples of the use of skilled labor.


International programme on engineering

Joint program in China, Japan and South Korea in engineering was implemented in the University city Jiangsu Zhenjiang in the period from 17 to 27 August. The main theme in this year is robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as high-tech equipment used for the older generation. More than 100 students from 30 universities participated in the project and presented their best products, exchanged experiences and ideas.


The reception of the Chinese delegation

30 August the mayor of the sister city of Yerevan Taron Margaryan met with a delegation from the Chinese city of Qingdao. The basic directions of strategy of development of the capital of Armenia, a cooperation program with 50 cities and 10 international organizations was presented to the guests. A Memorandum of intent was signed during the meeting. The parties agreed to form a working group to develop proposals concerning the interaction between the two cities.


Cixi's holiday

On August 28 in China celebrated the feast Cixi, which is similar to Valentine's Day. Fairs on the streets were organized, inhabitants decorated the yards with garlands, lanterns and flowers. Young girls participated in divination. The Cixi first holiday was celebrated in 206 BC. Over the centuries, it remains one of the most favorite for Chinese. However, it should be noted that now the younger generation practically don't observe traditions and badly knows holiday history


25.08.17

The table tennis tournament

Open international table tennis tournament "conquest of the 2017 ITTF World Tour-Bulgaria Asarel Open" with a prize Fund of $130 thousand was held in the period 15 to 20 August 2017 in the town of Panagyurishte in the Pazardzhik region. More than 170 athletes from 28 countries participated in the competition. A native of Bulgaria Dimitri Ovcharov became the champion among men, and among women – Kenta Matsudaira (Japan). The regional Governor of Pazardzhik presented awards and prizes.

The action of tasting in Beziers

With the assistance of the mayoralty campaign "Les jeudis de Beziers" is held in Beziers weekly in the evening. Manufacturers in the region offer to taste, buy local wines and accompanying food. The event is held on the embankment of the river Orb, and in the alleys of the Field Rica. Songs in French and Languedoc languages, dancers, jazz and ukulele will be organized in the course of events for guests and residents. The campaign will last until the end of August.


Company of the city of des Moines received an international prize

10 August, during the XIV Annual International meeting in the field of business achievements the company "Shade Tree Auto" vehicle repairs the sister city of des Moines recognized as the winner of the Bronze Stevie award in the nomination "company of the year. Small business". Bronze Stevie is a world leader in business awards thanks to the effective involvement of society in the evaluation of companies and enterprises. This year, about 4000 organizations of different ownership forms from over 60 countries submitted their applications to participate in this contest.


The use of the Internet 

In the twin city Zhenjiang special attention is paid to the extension of information networks, introduction of IT-technologies and creation of favorable conditions for users in the field. By the end of 2016, the use of the Internet population has grown by 3.8%, average time spent on the network was 28.6 hours per week. Currently mobile Internet in the city uses 3,14 million people, including 2,15 million users of 4G network.


Beer festival in Yerevan

Traditional annual beer Festival was held on 19 August within the framework of the municipal program "Yerevan summer". The best samples of this drink made in accordance with the traditions of brewing and modern technology have been demonstrated in the pavilions of the leading Armenian companies. Presentations on three thousand years of history of beer making were also presented. The event was accompanied by concert show program, performances of vocal and dance groups. Competitions were organized for visitors. The winners received prizes of the municipality and the organizations-participants.


The successful performance of high-tech zones

According to the rating "National and provincial high-tech zone 2016" drawn up by the Centre for the development of the technology industry together with the Ministry of science and technology of China, national high-tech industrial zone Wujin city Changzhou occupied 54th place out of 157 national zones and the 1st place among the zones in Jiangsu province. For the first half of the results of the work of this zone: GDP growth of 12.6%, and the volume of high-tech production is 11.5% more than the same period last year. It should be noted that in order to achieve success at the national level by 2020, the project of building an independent demonstration Sunan industrial Park planned for the industrial zone of Wujin. It is expected that the establishment of the Park will accelerate innovation and improve the competitiveness of products .


18.08.17

The Art Route DSM project

In Des Moines the country's first art project "Art Route" is started within which the numerous crosswalks and intersections of the city leading to 87 objects of art will be decorated by thermoplastic paint. Bright colored circles painted on the sidewalks connect the route and Downtown intersections are painted with artistic designs by Canadian street artist Peter Gibson, also known as “Roadsworth.” The route is laid from the Capitol building in the east to Meredith Corporation in the west of the city.

The best agricultural farms 

Seven enterprises of the city of Changzhou were selected into the Top 100 Creative Farms of Jiangsu by the Provincial Committee of Agriculture.  The indices of the evaluation include the development of creative products, innovative themes, functional characteristics, cultural connotation, processing technology, traditional techniques, science and education, etc.

The share car project 

To provide enough share cars in the city of Zhenjiang more than 60 rental centers with more than 200 share cars are created. Rent and payment of service is carried out by means of a special software application. Cost is about 0,5 RMB per minute. The project is highly appreciated by residents.

The platform of public interaction on transport reform 

The new website transport.yerevan.am which is the electronic platform of public interaction concerning transport reform is presented to the mayor's offices of Yerevan. Information on the versions of problems solution in the sphere of transport offered by the international consulting company WYG, reports, meetings of the working group and the discussed issues is posted on the official site. The electronic platform will give an opportunity by means of vote to study opinions of residents concerning the issues connected with process of reforms of transport network.

Promotion of historical and cultural heritage of Bezier

Now already nine frescos - the optical illusions created by A. Fresco decorate facades of buildings in the center of Bezier. Frescos popularize historical and cultural heritage of the city, presenting to attention of tourists, famous natives of Bezier, cultural events connected with creation of great literary and music: the play "Love Disappointment" by Moliere, and operas of Deyanir and Arleziank by the composer Kamil Saint-Saens; fragments of history of Bezier: the revolt of wine-growers of 1907, construction of nine locks Fonseran headed by the engineer Pierre-Paul Rick during an era of the king Louis XIV and many other things. The developed new tourist route uniting acquaintance with frescos and historical heritage of the city is one of the most popular in Bezier.

Reward to the Pazardzhik Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky 

It is known that the Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky of the city of Pazardzhik is noted by an award “ProKultura” for a contribution to cultural development of the country. The award ceremony was held on August 12, 2017 in the city of Bansko (Republic of Bulgaria) within the conference on the results of the "Access for Young People to Culture" national company. The Art gallery of the sister city got this award for successful implementation of the Gold Spiral project devoted to support of the youth working in the field of fine and applied arts, advertizing, music, and photo. During the conference issues of development of innovative culture, involvement of youth and also cooperation between cultural organizations and IT industry were discussed.

11.08.17

Zhenjiang Business Service Platform

The new project "Zhenjiang Business Service Platform" is started within which businessmen will be able to receive by means of the Internet or telephone all necessary information on business start-up, promotion and management, interaction communication. Besides, within the project there are three centers: international investment improvement center, companies “invest out” service center, and database center


Project on construction of the sub-lake tunnel

 Changzhou has started implementation of the largest project in the sphere of infrastructure for construction of a huge tunnel under the lake Taihu. The road will unite the largest highways of China. The project assumes optimization of transport network, traffic reduction of the highway Shanghai-Nanjing. The tunnel which length will be 43,9 km  also contributes to the development of tourism, having facilitated access to the most beautiful natural sights of China.


Project on optimization of the movement in the center of Des Moines

In Des Moines the East Grand Pilot Project on optimization of the movement in the downtown which main object is improvement of availability of the urban environment and safety of the movement is implemented. Within the project two travel lanes, on-street parking and protected bike lanes will be organized. It is designed to slow down traffic without significantly reducing commute times, create parking and make the area more walkable and easier to navigate for inhabitants and visitors who are going on foot, by bicycles, cars or public transport.


Modernization of the advertisement sphere

In Yerevan work on modernization of the advertisement sphere is conducted within which advertizing passports are provided to 60 buildings which are of cultural and historical heritage. Advertizing passports mean preliminary definition of the place for advertizing on the building, its sizes and a look according to that the architectural appearance of the building won't be disturbed.

 

Musical festival in Pazardzhik

The municipality of Pazardzhik has started preparation of musical event "Plus Festival" which will take place during the period from September 1 to September 3, 2017. This remarkable event in city life unites representatives of creative youth from all Bulgaria. The festival is held for the fourth time. The Romanian performer Karina Ghita will perform as the invited guest.


Annual Feria holiday

During the period from August 11 to August 15, 2017 in the city of Bezier the traditional holiday Feria will take place. In the program there are dramatized, musical and horse performances, parades of brass bands and folklore collectives. During this holiday thematic days are supposed: Day of children, Day of a bull, Day of the southern spirit within which attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of the famous people, driving on carriages, taming of young bull-calves by young toreadors, traditional bullfights will be organized. On numerous platforms of the holiday concerts of the French and foreign stars, horse representations will be organized with jugglers and fiery shows. For inhabitants of Bezier and city visitors the festival of flamenco and traditional national dances will be held.

04.08.17

Fact-finding programs for history studying in  Zhenjiang

For acquaintance of students and pupils with history and culture the Zhenjiang Historical museum has prepared a number of the fact-finding programs assuming visits to the museums, historical sites, meetings with outstanding residents. The studying youth takes active part in events, getting acquainted with historical and cultural heritage of Zhenjiang.


Laboratory on industrial testing of robots

In the city of Changzhou the first industrial robot test laboratory has received certificates of state standards. Testing is made on 14 key technical indicators. Considering that one of the main directions of the city industry Changzhou is the knowledge-intensive production, work of laboratory will contribute to the further development of this branch and production of more high-quality equipment. 

  

Market of agricultural products in Des Moines

During the period from August 6 to August 12 the Market of agricultural products organized by the Farmers Market Coalition will take place in Des Moines. Food products of more than 300 producers will be presented at the fair: vegetables and fruits, meat, dairy and bakery products. It is supposed that on the weekend the market will be attended by more than 25 thousand people who will be able not only to buy food, but also to participate in various entertaining actions.


 The  third festival "Yerevan TARAZFEST"

On August 5, 2017 the third year within the program of three-months actions "The Yerevan summer of 2017" a festival of the Armenian national clothes "Yerevan TARAZFEST" will take place in Yerevan. Every year the action attracts a lot of tourists to the capital. This year in the festival participation of national and cultural communities and also accredited in Armenia diplomatic missions is supposed. The festival consists of presentation of collections of designers and sales exhibition of clothes.


Opening of the plant on production of automobile spare parts

On August 1 in the city of Pazardzhik the new plant of the “Kostal” holding on production of automobile spare parts was opened, which provided 1300 new jobs. It was already the third “Kostal” plant in Bulgaria, investments into which construction had made 32 million Euros. Representatives of the company expressed gratitude to  Pazardzhik city municipality.


Victory in the Swimming World Cup

The hope of the French sport, the native of Bezier Osean Kassinyol became the world champion in swimming as a member of the national team of France. The World Cup was held in Hungary on the Balaton Lake. The women's team of France won mixed freestyle relay on 5 km. This results were was extremely significant for sports life of Bezier.

28.07.17

Sudomodelny sport World Cup

The sudomodelny sport World Cup for high-speed models takes place in the city of Pazardzhik C 22 till July 30. Athletes from Bulgaria, Russia, France, England, Germany, Ukraine, Armenia and др participate in the championship. On the artificial water area of the city park the best sudomodelist of Europe fight for awards in classes high-speed the kordovykh of the models gathering speed to 280 kilometers per hour. Now representatives of the Russian Federation dostiglt of great success. Farid Ishmetov has set up a world record, his model with the electric motor has reached phenomenal speed - 273.556 km/h and. Among juniors up to 18 years the sportswoman Alice Dolgikh has won first place.

Resumption of work of Nine locks Fonseran in Bezier

In the twin-city of Bezie Nine locks Fonseran open after reconstruction. They the vkhodyakh in the system of the Southern canal which is built in the 17th century on the project of the native Bezier of Pierre Paul Rick and is included in the list of objects of world historical heritage of UNESCO. Nine locks Fonseran have also been announced in 1996 by historical property and are one of symbolical places for residents of Bezier. They reflect greatness of a technical thought of an era of the king Louis XIV. As a result of reconstruction more than 400 parking spaces for citizens and city visitors are created, points of public catering, booths for sale of promotional products are constructed, a pedestrian planked footway is equipped and allows to estimate beautiful views of water flows during the work of locks and also the movement of pleasure crafts is organized.

Actions for businessmen in the twin-city of Des Moines

The network action devoted to development of business will take place at the beginning of September of this year in the twin-city of Des Moines. Heads of the local and national companies, investors and also representatives of the public are invited to participate in a meeting. The presentation about subjects of the real sector of economy, representation of successful examples of attraction of the capital and also an opportunity for establishment of business contacts are planned during the action for the beginning businessmen.

Implementation of the project on repair of houses

The implementation of the municipal project for the renovation of residential houses is nearing completion in the twin city of Zhenjiang. More than 1,500 low-income families participate in the project and need to restore their homes. Soon repair work 15 more buildings will be made. During the work, the facades and the roof of the buildings will be reconstructed. Total area of works covers 160,000 m2.

The celebration of Vardavar holiday in Yerevan 

The citywide event devoted to one of the most favorite holidays in honor of the Transfiguration (Vardavar) took place on 23 of July, a Holiday known for its tradition of mutual dousing with water. The parade of trucks, concerts, water games, and various treats were organized for residents and guests at various venues in the capital of Armenia. Events were held in all administrative districts the tourists acquainted with the history of the holiday.

Receiving the delegation of Maine (USA) in Changzhou 

Receiving the delegation of the Center for Chinese language and culture of Maine (USA) was organized in the city of Changzhou in development cooperation. During the meeting with representatives of the Department of foreign Affairs sister city members of the delegation got acquainted with the socio-economic situation of the city, the experience of the implementation of international exchanges. The us side submitted a letter of intent about establishing friendly relations between the city Bangaram and Changzhou, as well as handed over the symbolic key to the city. In the framework of the visit of representatives of Maine visited the main objects of the social sphere of the city.


14.07.17

The record of the natives of the sister city Pazardzhik

It became known that a young hairdresser - a native of the sister city of Pazardzhik Vanya Ivanova set a new Guinness record. On December 4, 2016 in the hall. Vasila Levski of Pazardzhik a young girl made 330 hairstyles in 8 hours, thus outstripping the past record holder with a result of 315 hairstyles in 12 hours.

Award in the field of food industry-city of Béziers


The Alaryk brewery opened in May, 2016 by the native Bezier received one of the most honorary awards in the world in the field of brewing – "Fourquet d’or". The creator and the head of brewery Sebastian Alyari demonstrates that beer of his production is already on sale in France. Export of production to China and the United States of America will be organized in the near future. Commodity turnover of brewery is planned to be tripled by November. It is supposed that drink will be produced completely from local raw materials by 2018.

The new project "Search Engine of Containers" in Des Moines

The new project under the name "Search Engine of Containers" started in the sister-city of Des Moines for development of business and implementation of effective commodity turnover. It allows to the companies of the State of Iowa to simplify process of transportation of goods. A main objective of the program is tracking of the empty containers left in the capital of the state after delivery for the subsequent use by customers with application of more economic tariffs of transportation. As a result of the company senders cut transportation costs, primary consignors increase the income and receive containers back, and the final user receives the low cost of delivery of goods.

The rating of the best enterprises of 2016 year

The committee on economy and information technologies of the Province of Jiangsu presented the rating of the best enterprises of 2016 year with a turn more than 10 billion yuans. Seven companies of the city of Zhenjiang were included into the list. Also four private firms of the sister-city were included in the List of 100 best private enterprises of the province on indicators of efficiency of activity.

International Film Festival "Gold Apricot"


The XIV International Film Festival "Gold Apricot" takes place in the sister-city during the period from July 09 to July, 2017. The representatives of 96 countries who have submitted more than 1000 requests participate in competitive and out-of-competition programs of a film festival. 47 movies will lay claim to the best in the following nominations: international game, international documentary and "The Armenian panorama". Film screenings under the open sky and also concert programs with participation of various jazz bands are organized within the highly topical program of actions for inhabitants and city visitors on city platforms.

Implementation of projects of the Bosch company on the territory of China


According to Federal statistical office of Germany in 2016 trade volumes with China reached 170 billion Euros, thereby having ahead of the main partners – the USA and France. The great demand of the Chinese representatives on products in the field of shipbuilding, the industrial roboequipment and other hi-tech goods promoted growth of trade interaction. For the purpose of further development of cooperation the German company "Bosch" plans implementation of several projects in China: the enterprise in Chongqing on creation of control systems of gasoline engines, the plant of automobile electronics to Changzhou and the plant of electric tools in Chengdu. In the last year the Bosch company invested 4,9 billion yuans in China.

07.07.17

Seminar in the sister-city of Pazardzhik 

The seminar has taken place "Recreation centers and their role in preservation of cultural heritage of the Bulgarian nation" in the Regional historical museum of the city of Pazardzhik on June 30, 2017. The Bulgarian information center "Recreation centres", department of cultural heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Regional historical museum of the sister-city were organizers of the event. Mayors of communities and settlements, secretaries of Recreation centers of the area Pazardzhik, specialists of the museums, representatives of public organizations participated in the meeting. During the seminar they considered issues of preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Bulgaria, have noted their special importance and relevance.

Victory of the team of the sister-city of Bezier in the Championship of France

The team of the sister-city of Bezier "ASB Gym" has won in the rhythmic gymnastics Championship of France. Persistent daily trenirovok of team became result of a great achievement for sports community of the city. Girls from 12 to 22 years join the team. The speech of gymnasts lasting 150 seconds has at once subdued judges. Earlier Bezier's team also won regional and zone competitions.

Annual city award 

Association of business "Greater Des Moines Partnership" collects applications for participation in the annual "Business and economy Impact  ". The event is aimed at promoting business with the aim for public recognition of their role in the urban community. The results on the best practices of companies in various fields, such as: participation in social activities, creating a favourable working environment, including the creation of new jobs, as well as the use of various innovations in the conduct of business, will be announced in November.

Competition of business projects among student's youth

The results of the competition "Businessman of Year" on the best project among student's youth for opening of business will be summed up in the middle of July in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. Winners of a competition will receive a grant on development of own business. Now 248 projects are presented to the fields of introduction of new information technologies, artificial intelligence, energy saving, environmental protection, biomedicine, agriculture, tourism and culture.

Reception of the Polish delegation in the twin-city of Yerevan 

The mayor of the sister-city of Yerevan Taron Margaryan met members of the delegation headed by the mayor Bialystok (Poland) Tadeusz Truskolaski. During the visit members of delegation got acquainted with the main directions of the strategy of development for the capital of Armenia and programs of cooperation with the international organizations promoting updating and development of infrastructures in various spheres of municipal economy, to considerable improvement of quality of services and exchange of experience. Representatives of business community of the Polish city studied programs and the offer in the field of investments, and also the main directions of tourism in the sister-city of Yerevan.


The world conference in Chandzhou

The world conference on innovative application of a decanter took place for effective international exchange, and also development of technological process on July 06-07 in the sister-city of Chandzhou. More than 500 representatives of business, the power and educational institutions of various countries of the world participated in an action. Grafen - revolutionary material of 21 centuries, the strongest, easy and electroconductive option of carbon connection. During the action the exhibition of products and a technological seminar were organized. It should be noted that the first research institute of a decanter was created in September, 2011 in Changzhou. The scientific and Technological industrial park of Chandzhou on production of a decanter reached a gross product of 2 billion yuans in 2016.

30.06.17

II festival of folk art 

The II festival of folk art was held during the period from June 29 to June 30, 2017 in the resort area "St. Konstantin" of the Pazardzhik region. More than eighty on-stage performance groups participated in the following directions: choreography, vocal, tool folklore. Competent jury – experts and the famous performers in the field of the Bulgarian folklore defined winners.

City holiday

The city holiday devoted to the 150 anniversary of the Plateau of poets will take place on July 01, 2017 in Bezier's city. The oldest city park is created on the project of brothers Byuler. The Plateau of poets was open for visit of public in the 19th century which is called "Golden Age" of Bezier. In 2017 infrastructure of the park has been completely updated. Recitation, the dramatized processions, performances of music bands, fireworks will plan in the program of a holiday.

Work of the food market "City of Farmers"

The festive actions dated for the Independence Day of the USA start in the sister-city of Des Moines. The seasonal market under the name "City of Farmers" is located in the downtown and occupies the space in several quarters. The market will begin to work for inhabitants and city visitors on July 01 of this year. Besides a wide choice of the food products presented by more than 300 producers of the State of Iowa for visitors entertaining and charitable actions, work of attractions, and also rendering of services of nutritionists will be organized.

Socially focused actions in the sister-city of Zhenjiang

Last decade of June the government of the sister-city of Zhenjiang organized a number of socially oriented actions. Competitions in a vocal, sports meets, and also a show of talents have been held within a youth carnival. The dancing competition has attracted particular interest - more than 200 people participated in a carnival. Most of participants are pensioners, for them dances not only a hobby, but also an opportunity to communicate with each other.

Results of the international competition "I Draw St. Petersburg"

On June 22 of this year the Yerevan school students who were won the international competition "I Draw St. Petersburg" met the governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko. In a competition more than one thousand school students from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Moldova participated. 38 school students, 14 of which pupils of the Yerevan municipal centers of culture won a competition. During the meeting young artists noted the importance of holding the action which allowed to learn more about the Northern Capital of the Russian Federation, and also to make friends with peers from other countries. Mementoes have been handed to school students within the visit, and also the extensive cultural program was organized. 

Visit of representatives of youth of Slovenia to the twin-city of Chandzhou

Opening of the international student's cultural camp "Slovenia-Jiangsu 2017" took place on June 22 in the special administrative region People's Republic of China Makao. More than 80 teachers from universities of two countries promote development of effective cross-cultural dialogue. Participants of the camp visited the modern media center and the museum of the twin-city of Chandzhou, examined process of creation of cinema, and also centuries-old history of the Chinese city. It should be noted that now between Chandzhou and Slovenia social and economic and humanitarian and cultural cooperation dynamically develops, especially exchanges of groups of youth.

23.06.17

The national fair-exhibition of museum souvenirs

The 1st National Fair-exhibition of museum souvenirs took place in the architectural and ethnographic complex "Etyr" of the Republic of Bulgaria in the period from 16 to 18 June this year. The organizers of the event are the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, as well as the Association "Bulgarian Museums". At the exhibition, which has had a great success among residents and guests of Bulgaria, the exhibition of the Regional Historical Museum of the sister city Pazardzhik was also shown.

Participation in European Cheerleading Championship

Representatives of cheerleading ensemble «Mystery» of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the 12th European Cheerleading Championships in Crikvenica (the Republic of Croatia), which was held in the period from June 17 to 18, 2017. A successful performance allows the collective to take part in the International Cheerleading Championships in August this year. More than 700 cheerleaders from seven countries of the world also took part in the championship.


Performance of Bezier brass band

The brass band of the sister city "Bezier Lyre" has presentably  performed at the European festival of brass bands which was held in the city the Condom (France). The 3rd place in the general competition was won,  "A gold pipe" award (the 1 place in the competition "Music Value") and "Bandas et Penas" prizes were received  . The oldest music band of  Herault department "Lira Bezier" has been founded in 1867. In due time the great composer Kamil Saint-Saens was one of its leaders. Since the beginning of the 80th years of the last century the brass band of the city of Bezier is for the first time marked out by awards of so eminent competition.

Implementation of the Youth Leadership Program


The third year in the State of Iowa the Youth Leadership Program has been implemented. Partners of the program are Association of a business community "Greater Des Moines Partnership", district Des Moines and municipal college of the city of Des Moines. The program purpose is to  integrate  refugees and immigrants arriving in the USA, and also help to them at employment. Now more than 40 young people interested in development of leadership and professional skills take part in the program.


Visit of the European delegation to Zhenjiang


The delegation of the political and public leaders representing 26 countries of Europe organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China visited Zhenjiang with a fact-finding visit. Within several days members of delegation visited the large companies and organizations, got acquainted with city sights. During conversations agreements on further cooperation in various areas are reached.

The opening of "Soft Construct" company office in the city of Yerevan

The opening of "Soft Construct" company office, working in the field of information technology, in particular, multi-profile programming was held on  June 17, 2017 in the city of Yerevan. The company "Soft Construct", founded in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, currently has offices in 14 countries and more than 500 partners. The President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan participated in the official opening ceremony. During the event the President of the Republic got acquainted with the implemented investment projects, development programs of the company, the created workplaces and offered services.

The best industrial companies on the results of 2016

The commission on economy and information technologies of the Province of Jiangsu published the list of the best industrial companies with a turn more than 10 billion RMB following the results of 2016. There are 14 Changzhou companies among 125 enterprises. By results of this rating the city took the fourth place on the level of industrial development following Suzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing.

16.06.17

The Forum of sister cities of Russia and Bulgaria

The Forum of sister cities of Russia and Bulgaria was held in the city of Varna (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from 8 to 9 June this year. The event was attended by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria, the director of the Association «Union of Bulgarian Communities», representatives of the sister cities of Russia and Bulgaria. Representatives of the sister city of Pazardzhik were also among the participants. The prospects of further development of sister cities relations were discussed during the meeting, exchange of experience of local self-government bodies took place. Agreements on establishment friendly sister relations between the cities of Russia and Bulgaria have been signed. At the end of the Forum a concert of the Russian group "Lube" took place.

The International Folklore Festival

The International Folklore Festival will be held in Pazardzhik in the period from June 23 to 25, 2017. Representatives of Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Nepal, Algeria, Ghana, India, Egypt, Georgia will take part in the event. The festival will begin with a demonstration of creative teams along the central street of the sister city. Concert performances will be held in parks and on various venues. The participants of the festival will be awarded with sculptures making by the sculptor of Pazardzhik prof. Stefan Lutakov.

The paintings’ restoration


The restoration of two paintings dating from the 17th century was organized with the assistance of Beziers City Hall. 28,000 Euros were spent on two-year restoration works of paintings. Experts believe that the authorship of these works belongs to the painter Jacques Stella (1596 - 1657), a close friend of the famous artist Nicolas Poussin. Pictures reproducing the stories of ancient myths are called "Triumph of Bacchus" and "Dream of Silenus". Picturesque paintings will be presented in the museums of Beziers.

Program for development of agricultural enterprises in Des Moines

For effective development of agricultural branch in the sister city of Des Moines special programs for the beginning businessmen will be organized in the regional organization Iowa AgriTech Accelerator  during the period from July 10 to October 20, 2017. During training the participants will have an opportunity to cooperate with mentors, investors and leaders of branch from all the country. Support of $40 000 will be provided to the most perspective companies for initial financing, maintenance at all stages of development, assistance in the organization of interaction with investors, information and propaganda activity, etc.

Bridge of Lianyugang Zhenjiang Railway construction across the Grand Canal

Construction of the first railway bridge in the sister city of Zhenjiang across the Grand Canal has entered the last stage. The end of this large-scale project is planned for October of this year. The bridge will become the important transport artery connecting the South and North Jiangsu Province.

Celebration of the 45 anniversary from the date of foundation of the Museum of Modern Art of Yerevan

The municipal Museum of Modern Art of the sister city of Yerevan noted the 45 anniversary from the date of establishment. Within the event the exhibition and the presentation of the album book published in Russian and English and prepared many years ago by the founder of the museum Heinrich Igityan were organized. It is already the second book in its way giving an opportunity to get acquainted with the modern art of the Armenian artists and sculptors of the 80th years.

Day of culture and natural heritage

On June 10 of this year the Day of culture and natural heritage initiated by the Ministry of Culture was carried out in China. The action devoted to issues of inheritance of non-material cultural legacy is demonstration of achievements on conservation in this area. Over all country more than 1700 events were held, including the opening of the museum "Grand Canal" which is the only object of the World heritage of UNESCO in Changzhou. The museum occupies more than 900 square meters and is divided into five sections devoted to history.

09.06.17

Festival competition a mazhoretok in Pazardzhik 

During the period from June 09 to June 10, 2017 in the sister-city of Pazardzhik the VII festival competition a mazhoretok "Solar Besapara" will be held. More than 500 mazhoretok of all age categories from fourteen cities of the Republic of Bulgaria will participate in a festival. The city of Pazardzhik will be presented by 94 mazhoretka of Mystery ensemble. The participants who have taken prizes and also winners in the nominations "The Most Charming Mazhoretka" and "Original Choreography" will be awarded by diplomas and mementoes. The first prize – a cup "Solar Besapara".

Mobile museum  

Now the mobile museum of universal tauromachy shows the expositions in Bezier city. In the expositions "A legendary travel to sources of culture of the Mediterranean" the 84 panels reflecting communication of the person and a bull since rock paintings (the 23rd millennium B.C.), up to our days are presented. The exposition allows to get acquainted with features of tauromachy - the most ancient and durable culture on the earth. The exhibition purpose is to open history of this culture in the countries of the Mediterranean, to show her modifications: hunting for a bull, pagan rituals and games, bullfights, and also the bullfight which is one of the most popular shows in the south of France and, in particular, in the city the sworn brother Bezier.

Public hearings in the city of Des Moines

The Des Moines city administration together with institute of city lands carried out public hearings concerning possible implementation of town-planning and transport projects. During the meetings representatives of local governments, the public and professionals in the field of construction considered plans of modernization of the downtown and adjacent territories for creation of safer, comfortable and convenient urban environment for full activity of citizens. The submitted analysis was developed together with experts in various areas of city life with the opinion of inhabitants.

Entrance examinations in the colleges of the sister-city

Over 10 thousand senior high schools students of Zhenjiang finished their education in this year, 1thousand less than last year. In the period from 7 to 9 June this year entrance examinations take place in the colleges of Zhenjiang. To provide examinees a quiet environment, the local government asked the construction plants near the exam sites to suspend work for 3 days.

Festival of the Armenian dishes

On June 10 of this year within the Yerevan Summer of 2017 program an annual festival of the Armenian dishes "Yerevan with taste and a smell" will take place. The action purpose is to unite the leading experts representing culinary skills and also to acquaint erevanets and guests of the capital with ethnic Armenian cuisine. The festival will be followed by the concert program, the interactive presentations from history of the ethnic cuisine. For the first time within the action the Yerevan dish of year will be defined from the presented culinary masterpieces. It should be noted that event tourism is one of the strategic directions of the city hall of Yerevan.

Results of the international rating

According to data of the report of the international organization "We Will Save Children" which is engaged in protection of the rights of children worldwide China wins first place among the Asian countries of the  most comfortable for children. When summarizing indicators were taken into account: providing appropriate care for infants, development of systems of education, health and security.  A number of the laws and regulations promoting improvement of quality of life of children is adopted in China for the last decade. According to the National Bureau of statistics the number of child welfare institutions increased from 335 in 2010 to 478 in 2015, the infant mortality rate in China declined over the period from 1.31% to 0.81%.

02.06.17

Opening of a festival of arts in the city of Pazardzhik 

During the period from June 02 to June 08, 2017 in the city of Pazardzhik will take place the VI annual festival of arts "The art idea – the art avenue". The organizer of the event is the Pazardzhik city hall. During the festival concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances will be held, display of movies will be organize.

Holding "Meetings of disabled people"

On May 30 of this year the city administration of Bezier with the assistance of associations of the city has held a city annual event of "A meeting of disabled people". The mayor Bezier, members of City council, champions of France and the world in different types of sport, paralympic athletes, cultural figures health workers and many others participated in actions for the subject "Talents and Disability". The conference, "round tables" concerning assistance of successful self-realization of physically disabled people have taken place.

The training actions for small and medium business 

Association of a business community "Greater Des Moines Partnership" declared start of the program for small and medium business "Five tactics on attraction of talents". The program provides presentations on the issues of promoting entrepreneurship and addressing pressing issues, as well as lectures and workshops in the field of providing legal, informational, marketing, accounting and other services. Interactive actions during which will be considered in practice of business strategy of the large companies in the conditions of small enterprise will be carried out.

Dragon of boats festival

In the sister-city of Zhenjiang the actions devoted to Duanyu's holiday or "the double five" as it falls on the fifth day of the fifth month according to a lunar calendar took place. Duanyu - is one of three major national celebrations and the dragon of boats is usually translated as a holiday. Competitions in rowing by the boats representing dragons is the most widespread ceremonial and entertaining scenario.

International Children's Day

The sports and cultural holiday "Healthy Yerevan" in the children's park of the sister-city was started. Within an action holiday, devoted to the International Children's Day and included in the program of three-months actions "The Yerevan summer of 2017" were carried out. The kids who were born on June 1 received the first gifts. In the central parks of areas, cultural and educational institutions concert programs with participation of heroes of fairy tales and animated films, display of the Armenian short animated films were organized.

Visit of the Austrian delegation to the city of Chandzhou 

On May 18 of this year the vice-mayor Chandzhou has accepted official delegation of the city of Wyndham (the State of Victoria, Australia). This city differs in well developed chemical, metallurgical and food industry, and also the power, most widespread in the country, – solar. The State of Victoria and the Province of Jiangsu are sworn brothers for 38 years. In 2016 in the territory of Chandzhou's sister-city more the 190th Australian the enterprises has been registered with a total amount of foreign investments of of $806 million. Within cooperation and for development of friendly communications of the party we intend to promote interaction in the sphere of economy, science, education, culture and health care.

26.05.17

Celebration of the City Day Pazardzhik and Days of Slavic writing and culture

The celebration of the City Day Pazardzhik and Days of Slavic writing and culture was in the sister-city during the period from May 21 to May 24, 2017. Inhabitants and city visitors participated in a solemn divine service of Saints Konstantin and Elena. Then within a cultural part of the program festive events on the central city square were held, a concert in which participated the school student of Stavropol gymnasium No. 25 took place. Flowers were laid at St. Kirill and Mefodiy's monument – founders of the Slavic alphabet. Celebrations have come to the end with a festive salute.

Carnival in the city of Pazardzhik

On June 01, 2017 in the city of Pazardzhik the children's literary carnival which organizers are the city hall of the sister-city, department of education of the area Pazardzhik and Regional library of N. Furnadzhiyev will take place. The children aged from three up to ten years dressed in suits of favorite literary heroes will take part in the carnival. Owners of the most original suits will be awarded by diplomas and mementoes.

“Les Caritats” festival

On May 25, 2017 in Bezier's the festival "Les Caritats" during which citizens and city visitors got acquainted with traditions and customs of the Middle Ages was held. Within the program of an action the spectacular show with participation of bird trainers of prey was held. Reconstruction of knightly tournaments, competitions in archery were organized. Also actors, musicians, storytellers of national fairy tales of Languedoc addressed participants. Master classes in production of potter's, metal products, calligraphies, to drawing up a herbarium of herbs took place.

Summer training in the city of Des Moines

Association of a business community "Greater Des Moines Partnership" will organize the program of a summer training "Occupy the city" during the period from May 31 to August 02. The program intended for the young working specialists, interns and students of the city of Des Moines. Representatives of business, public figures and many other persons who will present various resources for possible professional development of young employees in a number of areas are involved in holding the planned meetings.

The forum "Ecology Tour" in the sister-city of Zhenjiang

On May 21 the delegation of high-ranking officials – participants of the summit "Development of the Province of Jiangsu" visited the sister-city of Zhenjiang and participated in the forum "Ecology Tour". Within work of an action members of delegation discussed the prospects of development of the city and issues of environmental protection. Readiness to promote progress in the sphere of economy, tourism and culture was expressed.

Cooperation in the sphere of investment programs implementation 

On May 24 of this year the meeting of representatives of Yerevan city hall and “Initiatives of Armenia Development” fund took place. During its issues of activization and development of the investment environment in the capital of Armenia were discussed. Packages of investment offers of Yerevan city hall, and also investment programs developed by fund aimed at the tourism development were considered: construction of the new ropeway in Yerevan, reconstruction of the Akhtanak park, and also restoration of historical and archaeological memorial estate "Erebuni". Participants of a meeting agreed about development of interaction at implementation of investment projects.

Construction of automobile plant 

In the city of Minsk (Republic of Belarus) the Chinese auto maker of "Geely" construction of automobile plant approaches end. This project is of great importance for development of Belarus economy and Europe in general, and also for the Chinese initiative "One belt and one way" uniting the "Economic Belt of the Silk Way" and "Sea Silk Way of the 21st Century" projects. 400 employees of the plant from whom 30% Chinese (an indispensable condition of the contract), including 100 people – professionals in the field from the sister-city of Chandzhou take part in implementation of the project.

19.05.17

The stock "Night of the Museums" in the city of Pazardzhik

In the night of May 21, 2017 the Republic of Bulgaria will participate in the European stock "Night of the Museums". It is one of the main cultural events of year around the world. Evening of a young talents meeting will take place in Pazardzhik’ art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky of during whom pupils of schools will submit the creative program. The necessary stock will be provided for drawing for all comers in gallery halls.

The stock "Night of the Museums" in Bezier's twin-city

The international cultural event "Night of the museums" will take place on May 20 of this year in Bezier's city. Citizens will be able to visit Bezier's museum, and also two museums of Fine Arts located in Fabrega and Fayette's estates. Within the action of a lecture of scientists-historians and an excursion accompanied by skilled guides will be organized. Besides the interactive dramatized representations, concerts of on-stage performance groups and soloists will be carried out. Pieces of music will be performed as on ancient, and modern tools, and also tasting of local wines will be organized.

The results of the national rating

According to research by the prestigious national Internet portal "Growella" city of des Moines took first place in the rating "the Best city in the Midwest for life "millennial" a" and fourth "Best city in the USA for life "millennial"". When assessing cities of more than 70 public resources and indicators were taken into account: the number and quality of jobs, time in commuting, public transportation, quality of organization of free time of citizens and the living wage.

The establishment of twinning 

In the period from 15 to 17 may, an official delegation led by the mayor of Vaasa (Finland), visited the sister city of Zhenjiang. The agreement on establishing friendly relations was signed during the visit, a joint Chinese-Finnish conference on the development of innovative materials using the latest technology was held. It is the first city in Northern Europe with which Zhenjiang hopes to establish friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

International Museum day in the city of Yerevan

A number of cultural and educational events organized in the twin city Yerevan on 18 may this year in the framework of the International day of museums. At the initiative of the International Council of museums in this year's festival was held under the motto "Museums and controversial history: talking about the complicated". Residents and guests of the Armenian capital free visited the municipal offices, attended exhibitions, graphic works of art, documentaries, and discussed books about historical events. In addition, at the initiative of Yerevan municipality mobile app in three languages was developed for the implementation of the virtual excursions to the city museums.

Chinese-German cooperation 

The industrial innovative platform has opened on May 12, 2017 in the territory of the Chinese-German innovative park started in 2013 in the twin-city of Chandzhou. This platform is base for development cross-border scientific техниченского fund, exchange of experience in area of technological innovations and modernization of the industry. Highly qualified personnel from Germany will be attracted for participation in implementation of joint innovative projects.

12.05.17

Initiative "Night of literature" in the sister-city

On May 10 of this year the city of Pazardzhik participated in a national initiative "Night of literature". This day from 18 to 22 o'clock the famous residents read fragments of various literary works in the city hall, Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky, and also in various art cafes and reader's clubs of the sister-city. Organizers of an annual action are city administration of Pazardzhik, Council of youth policy and the Czech center of culture. Such cities as Sofia, Burgas, Varna, Plovdiv, It is big Tjrnovo and others participated in an initiative besides Pazzhardzhik.

Creation of establishment for elderly people in Bezier's sister-city 

Work with elderly people is one of priority activities of the city hall of Bezier. In this regard "The office of elderly people" was opened in the city. It is supposed that the organization will become the place of reception and interaction of people of the third age. Among main objectives there are creations of Office – prophylaxis of loneliness, ensuring availability of leaving, respect for the civil rights. Besides, establishment has powers to confer various privileges for elderly people, and also has "a uniform window" of the general information and a workarrangement for these persons, their families and trustees.
A victory of the organization of the sister-city of Des Moines in a national award

Victory of association of a business community of "Greater Des Moines Partnership" in a national award

On May 9 of this year association of a business community "Greater Des Moines Partnership" became the winner of the national award "TOP-10 the Organizations in the field of Economic Development" which is carried out by authoritative American magazine. The organization has gained most of all points in the following categories: the number of projects – 36, the total amount of investments – $569 million, number of the provided jobs within the realized projects – more than 1800 places. Since 1999, association has given help to more than 500 projects, including regional that is the proof of effective collaboration of authorities of various level and business of the sister-city.

About implementation of the Gold Roof project in the sister-city of Zhenjiang

The socially oriented energy efficient project "Gold Roof" is implemented in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. The project is subsidized with the government of the country and local authorities. The last years the photovoltaic roofs transforming energy of the sun to electricity are determined in houses of needy families. Participants of the program can sell the energy of the state electronetwork corporation of China received in surplus for the sum about 3000 yuans.

Updating of complete sets in municipal authorities

 Events for updating of material and technical resources are held in institutions of the social sphere of the twin-city of Yerevan. So, for creation of comfortable conditions for visitors of city libraries the city administration of Yerevan has filled up book fund. 16 000 volumes 400 of names of new literature are presented to libraries, and also special literature for music schools has been acquired. Also municipal sports schools were replenished with new modern stock: new bicycles, exercise machines and the special face equipment with limited opportunities, and also other necessary objects have been acquired.

XII International festival of culture and art of "Croisements"

It became known, the XII International festival of culture and art of "Croisements" will be held in 29 cities of France and China, including Chandzhou in May. Annually for 12 years during the festival symbolizing firm friendship of both countries, joint projects in the sphere of culture and art are implemented. More than 4 million people became audience of a festival in 2016.

05.05.17

Meeting with cultural figures and arts of the sister-city of Pazardzhik

Within the project “Famous People of the City of Pazardzhik” realized for 1.5 years in Pazardzhik’ Regional library of N. Furnadzhiyev meetings with representatives of the public, culture and art are held. Next meeting will be held on 9 may a meeting with the Director, actor, owner of a large number of national and international awards – Alexandra by Bratoeva. It should be noted that the artist pays great attention to the development of theatrical art among the youth, being the artistic Director of the youth theatre "Friends" of the youth House of Pazardzhik. 

The festival competition “Let always will be the sun” 
In the city of Velingrad of the area Pazardzhik the regional stage of a national festival competition of the Russian dance, a song and poetry "Let always will be the sun". Organizers of the event are the Velingrad city administration and "Russophiles of Bulgaria". More than 200 educational organizations pupils of the Pazardzhik region participated the festival. The final of a competition and its results will be summed up in September of this year.

Implementation projects on lighting of ancient buildings of the sister-city of Bezier

In order to increase the interest of citizens and tourists to the architectural heritage of the city on the initiative of mayor in Beziers, a project for the artistic lighting of historic buildings is implemented. So, recently the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the city of Bezier has found the new "night" esthetic shape. Also special attention is paid to promoting of a municipal coat of Bezier arms which has appeared in antique times. Images of the coat of arms decorate a pavement in three places of the central part of the city and are brightly highlighted days in the evening.

The Labor Day in the sister-city of Zhenjiang

On May 1 of this year inhabitants and guests of the sister-city of Zhenjiang celebrated the Labor Day. On the eve of a holiday the municipal national government organized free providing medical services. Within the stock everyone had an opportunity to receive references on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and also prophylaxis of many diseases.

Days of St. Petersburg in Yerevan

During the period from May 4 to May 5 in the sister-city of Yerevan there were held Days of St. Petersburg. Within realization of a cultural event the meetings with participation of representatives of both parties concerning development of multidimensional cooperation, master classes and consultations of the St. Petersburg experts of health care took place. During the held meetings exchange of experience in the field of tourism, education, museum business were carried out, exhibitions and other cultural events were organized. Signing of the cooperation agreement between schools of Yerevan and St. Petersburg took place. On completion of the action on the area of Severny Avenue a concert of the St. Petersburg jazz group "Billy's Band" was organized.

Forum in the city of Chandzhou

In the sister-city of Chandzhou the forum "Development and Innovations in the field of Production of the Province of Jiangsu — 2017" took place. In an action of regional level, organized University Nianjing and the partner organizations, more than 300 authorities and business participated. Within work of sections participants of a forum discussed issues of integration of intellectual technologies into production, corporate methods of management of finance, and also mechanisms of introduction of innovations. The ceremonial opening of office of Association of directors of the enterprises of the Province of Jiangsu in the city of Chandzhou was held.

28.04.17

"Geographical festival" in Pazardzhik 

During the period from April 21 to April 23 of this year in the sister-city of Pazardzhik the "Geographical festival" is held. Its organized by the city hall of the municipality together with the Bulgarian geographical society and the national magazine. During the action the seminars, lectures, photo exhibitions and specialized literature on geography, etc. is planned. The national competition in five nominations including an assessment presented by pupils, students, teachers and fans of geography video topics and photos will take place.

Week of the Russian culture in Bezier 

During the period from April 24 to April 29, 2017 in Bezier's city the Week of the Russian culture organized by "Russian-language Alliance in Bezier" association will take place. Within the program of this action the conferences devoted to Russian Nobel Prize laureates, art exhibitions of the Russian artists, books of the Russian authors will be organized. The performance of the popular Russian A-Dessa group will take place. Also during a Week holding a festival of the Russian ethnic cuisine is provided. In the closing ceremony of Week of the Russian culture participation of the Consul general of the Russian Federation in the city of Marseille is supposed.

Program implementation of bicycle rental in the sister-city of Zhenjiang

The cycling gains the increasing popularity in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. Now in the municipality the program for granting bicycles for rent on the special automated parking is implemented. All points are united by the general electronic system tracing usage time and the amount of payment. This program is popular among inhabitants as many use bicycles to reach for work, and also for walks around the city.

Submission of the new program in the Yerevan history museum

On April 18 of this year in the Yerevan history museum the presentation of the new program under the name "Cultural Heritage and Steady Tourism" devoted to the International day of monuments and historical places has taken place. Within the project, by means of an interactive excursion, a number of the ceremonies accepted in life of erevanets at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century is represented to visitors. Feature of the program is production dialogue with illumination of the exhibits entering a rich collection of the museum. The program is directed to increase in attendance of the museum and submitted in three languages: Armenian, Russian and English.

Organization of a job fair for university and colleges graduates of the city of Chandzhou 

Recently in the city of Chandzhou the job fair Jiangsu – 2016" has taken place/ More than 300 enterprises and the organizations have taken part in it. More than 6000 jobs at the enterprises of the country in the following fields of activity were offered to graduates of 65 higher education institutions and colleges: intellectual production of the equipment, information technologies, marketing, new energy and new materials, management, petrochemical and biological medicine, textile and clothing industry, mass media, etc.


07.04.17

Meeting of youth councils and parliaments of the Republic of Bulgaria in the town of Pazardzhik

XVII national meeting of youth councils and parliaments of the Republic of Bulgaria "Skills. Development. Success" will be held in Sofia from 7 to 9 April . The mayor and Council of youth policy of the city are the organizers of the event. Representatives of youth structures of more than 20 Bulgarian cities will participate and will deliver a report on the work done in 2016. It is worth noting that a similar event is held for the second time in sister city.
 
Contest "The Queen Of Beziers"

The mayor of beziers, announced the acceptance of applications for participation in the citywide contest "Queen of Beziers". French women aged 18 to 24 years are invited to participate in this contest. A prerequisite for contestants it's great to know the history of beziers and reside in its territory. Girl by results of competition will be awarded the title of "Queen of Beziers" for two years, will officially represent the city at both the regional and national levels.

Organization of Program youth initiatives

Program youth initiatives will work for student sister city des Moines in the period from may to August. The goal of the Program is to uncover the leadership potential, motivation for achieving success in public life, encouraging activists, youth engagement in urban governance. Lectures on the socio-economic development of urban agglomerations will also be organized for the participants.

Holiday net light

In China, the national holiday of pure light or Day has long been celebrated on April 4. Residents of the sister city of Zhenjiang on this day put in order the graves of their ancestors and national heroes and lay flowers as a sign of respect to the memory of the dead. Currently, the country is usually a spring outing, outdoor games and picnics with family and friends organized. In this connection the festival has another name — the Day of the first walk on the grass.

Interim results of the implementation of social support programs for Armenian families from Syria

City hall-city of Yerevan podvedena intermediate results in the implementation of social support programs for Armenian families from Syria living in the capital of Armenia, for the period from January to March of 2017. Support was provided to 235 families in need, and another 26 families included in various social programs, about 500 children from Syria enrolled in schools of the capital, more than 100 children of preschool age attends for free municipal kindergartens. The children of Armenian families from Syria are also active in various cultural events.

A record number of planned projects

According to the Commission on development and reform of city County Sintang the sister city of Changzhou in 2017 on the territory of the County 250 projects with a total investment of 122,83 billion yuan will be implemented, 27 of which with an investment of 1 billion yuan. This year is a record number of projects, investment and growth of the industrial sector in the County Sintang. The implementation is planned in the sphere of production (91%), provision of services and agriculture.


31.03.17

Sporting achievements of the town of Pazardzhik

The mayor of the municipality of Pazardzhik Todor Paper thanked and awarded gold medals volleyball sports club "Gebyr" sister city, won first place in the high volleyball League Bulgaria. The following year, the city team will participate in the super League Bulgaria volleyball. It should be noted that in connection with the revival the interest in the city for this sport, victory sports club is very important for the Pazardzhik. 

Development of a new concept of nutrition of schoolchildren

In order to improve the quality of food in educational institutions of the municipality of Beziers, in cooperation with the Association of restaurateurs "Occitane de restauration" developing a new concept of menu students. This concept will be based on the principles of forming in children the habit of balanced nutrition, taking into account their tastes and wishes. The test will be conducted in school canteens, which will be attended by the main chef Beziers, Pierre Age. The audit professionals will provide recommendations for improving the quality of the dishes offered in the educational institutions.

Farmer market

The annual farmer market will work during the period from May 6 to October 28, 2017 in the twin-city of Des Moines. The market covers nine city quarters and in it various trade production more than 300 farmers, producers and handicraftsmen from 58 districts of the State of Iowa will be presented. Besides, for visitors work of nutritionists, point of medical examination, attractions and entertainment programs will be organized. For the first time the seasonal market has opened in 1976 with participation of only 15 suppliers. Today the market is recognized at the national level and has support of investors, the city hall and noncommercial associations.

Conference of the managerial personnel

The conference of the managerial personnel has taken place in the municipal government of the twin-city of Zhenjiang. Topical organizational issues have been considered, and also the announcement of personnel shifts and appointment of the new secretary general of committee of the Communist Party Zhenjiang has taken place.

The opening of the exhibition of paintings 

The opening ceremony of the photo exhibition and presentation of the eponymous book "Restart: Achievements of Armenian immigrants from Syria in entrepreneurship" took place in Yerevan history Museum. The event was organized with the assistance of the German society for international cooperation in the Republic of Armenia and Yerevan municipality. Representatives of the municipality-city, the extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Germany in Armenia, Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic in Armenia and other dignitaries participated in the event.

The fair "5.18"

In preparation for the fair, "5.18. Chinese exhibition of achievements in the field of high technologies Changzhou" "round table" on development of cooperation between universities and colleges was organized on 16th March by the city hall of the city. Representatives of some 70 educational institutions across the country participated in the event at the national level. It is known that the main sectors of the economy, investment presentations, seminars and more will be presented in the program of the fair, "5.18".

24.03.17

Organization of exhibitions in Pazardzhik

On March 20, exhibitions of drawings and poetry by Konstantin Atanasov and Eli Damyanov in the city's Art Gallery named after Georgy Mashev opened in Pazardzhik. In addition, the first independent exhibition of the photographer, musician and host Alexander Angelov "Nostalgia" was opened. It featured forty works in the genre of portrait, landscape and astrophotography.

Cultural event in Pazardzhik 

Lessons of folk dances called "Bulgarian dances" will be organized in the stores "BILLA Bulgaria" in the period from 25 March to 30 April 2017. This national campaign is held in 25 cities of the country in the framework of the campaign "We love Bulgaria". The purpose of the event, organized in conjunction with the dance schools of the cities, is preservation and popularization of Bulgarian folklore to future generations.

The creation of an alternative private school in Beziers

 Opening an alternative private school "Cours Gustave Fayet", is scheduled for the beginning of the school year 2017-2018 in Beziers. This institution was created in order to provide a more comfortable learning in a public school for students. The ability to completely change the atmosphere and environment will be provided at the new school students experiencing difficulties in "regular" school, or having for objective reasons, a number of outstanding subjects. Individual approach and support for learning will be provided to students and is especially valuable for children who are not successful in the educational process.

The event for entrepreneurs in the sister city of Des Moines

A networking event will be held on 9 April in the sister city des Moines. It is dedicated to the development of entrepreneurship in the field of logistics. Leaders of local and national companies, investors, and members of the public are invited to participate in the meeting. Presentations on the subjects of the real sector of the economy, successful examples of companies using mobile technologies to improve the quality of services as well as search for partners and personnel issues scheduled during the event.

Greening the city of Zhenjiang

Public action aimed at the greening of urban areas took place in the sister city in Zhenjiang. Employees of companies, public institutions, pupils, and also residents took part in planting more than 1,200 trees in parks and on the streets.

The conduct of tourist events in Yerevan

A number of cultural events to encourage seasonal tourism is held in the sister city Yerevan In the period from 20 to 30 March. The event is aimed at attracting tourists from Iran. This is due to the celebration of Novruz - the new year holiday according to astronomical solar calendar from Iranian and Turkic peoples. Thus, in the framework of special guided tours in Persian language for tourists are held in the Yerevan history Museum an exhibition dedicated to the cultural heritage of Iran under the name "Dialogue of cultures" will be opened. Also city maps and brochures about the capital's attractions in English and Persian languages will be provided to tourists on sites of Yerevan, which are of tourist interest.

A branch of Bosch

Bosch will build a new manufacturing facilities in China, including in the city of Changzhou. This is due to a steadily growing demand for high-tech products and services. In 2016, the investment of Bosch in China amounted to about 5.4 billion yuan, including the creation of two research centers, and the sale of products increased by 3.5% and amounted to 73,1 billion Euro. Currently, the investment project for the production of automotive electrical appliances is being developed. Implementation of projects in the areas of mobile telephony and smart technologies are planned in the long term.


17.03.17

Conducting a national competition of books

Electronic voting is held for residents of the sister city in the period from March 13 to 19, 2017. The winner of the national contest "My Favorite Book - 2016" will be determined by the results of the voting. The national center of the book of the Republic of Bulgaria is the organizer of the event. 335 books were presented in the first stage of the competition, first published in 2016. According to the results of the qualifying vote, 21 books of the final reached, half of which were written by Bulgarian authors in the genres of poetry, contemporary fiction, the female novel, thriller and crime, historical novel, fiction, non-fiction.

Improvement of the architectural appearance of Beziers

The City Hall of Beziers has launched a project to carry out facade works designed for a two-year period. The aim of the project is to create the city of Beziers with a worthy architectural look, which contributes to the development of tourist and economic attractiveness. A complete renovation and restoration of the facades of buildings is planned, located in the central part of Beziers. This project will be implemented in partnership with the owners of buildings. The municipality of Beziers compensates each participant of the project with 20% of the cost of renovating the facades.

Creation of a business incubator in the city of Des Moines

The business incubator has earned in the sister city of De Moin and is focused on the development of start-ups in the agricultural area. A distinctive feature of this mechanism is the support of entrepreneurial activities in addition to the provision of consulting services at the stage of the idea's appearance, the protection of intellectual property, is to stimulate the creation and promotion of innovations in the field of agricultural technology. The possibility of establishing direct contacts with representatives of the business community is provided for participants of the business incubator in order to develop a mutually beneficial partnership.

Rewarding of the companies and entrepreneurs 

The annual awards ceremony for achievements in the sphere of economy of "Zhenjiang Annual Economic Grand Ceremony" took place on March 12 in the city of Zhenjiang. Representatives of local business community and the large companies participated in an action. They discussed questions of further development of the entities, and also possibilities of stimulation of growth of economy. During the ceremony the best entrepreneurs and leaders of the companies were awarded following the results of 2016.

The development of international cooperation of sister cities

In the development of inter-municipal cooperation the reception of the official delegation of the commune of Draguignan (France) held on 16 March in the sister city Yerevan. In 2012 there was signed a Memorandum on cooperation. During the meeting the issues of development of cooperation in various spheres of urban economy, in particular in the sphere of tourism were discussed. Examples of successful cooperation with the cities of France presented by the Armenian side, the high level of Armenian-French relations have been marked. In order to implement new joint projects, the parties agreed to intensify bilateral visits.

Measures to attract international investment 

In order to attract investment and the development of comprehensive international cooperation the mayor of the sister city of Changzhou organized an international exhibition-fair of production of producers in Germany, Portugal and Italy. During the events forum for economic, trade and cultural cooperation was organized, as well as suggestions for further optimization of the investment climate and business projects for investment and information on socio-economic development of Changzhou was considered. Representatives of the Sino-German economic and cultural Association "Bavaria", the German Association of small and medium business and investors, sister cities participated in the fair.

10.03.17

The training sessions in the city of Pazardzhik

In the period from March 10 to 12, 2017 the educational lectures for young people on the theme "Organize! Plan it! Advertise!» will be held in the city of Pazardzhik.
The organizers of the event are the municipality of the Pazardjik Community in cooperation with the Council of youth policy of the sister city and the National Youth Forum of Bulgaria. The purpose of the training is the development of organizational skills in carrying out events and actions. The youth asset of the city will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the ways of resource and partners search, identify target audiences as well as methods of advertising impact. 

The development of mobile applications in Beziers

The mobile app will be introduced in the sister city in order to improve the quality of service provision. Information about shops, retail outlets, restaurants and cafes included in the app. Map e-guides, through which the residents and guests of the Bezier will be able to order food, to buy the necessary goods, etc will be presented in the application. The developers of the service, bearing the humorous title "Croutons" (rump), has planned the extension of its activities throughout France.

Measures to stimulate business partnerships

City hall Des Moines informed the subjects of the real sector of the economy about the possibility of including them in the directory of Iowa in order to stimulate the business climate. The economic development authority Iowa has developed this Handbook and posted it on a special web page created as a platform for business cooperation at the national and international levels. The Internet resource includes information about projects and investment companies, start-ups, partners, etc.

The Day of Lei Feng in the sister city in Zhenjiang

Lei Feng, the national hero, famous for his unselfish help of the older generation and the needy people. Day Lei Feng was held on March 5, in China, in which the variety of events were arranged. Free medical care, cleaning of the city with the participation of volunteers, planting by trees in public places was held In the sister city in Zhenjiang .

The celebration of International women's day in Yerevan

A number of festive events dedicated to the International women's day was held on the initiative of Yerevan municipality. A musical performance was organized in the framework of the program on one of the stations of Yerevan metro. In areas of the city event held, during which the flowers and cards given to women on behalf of the mayor. In addition, a pleasant surprise in the field of extreme sports – bike ride for direct participation of organized women of the city Freedom square.

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The tourist events in the city of Yerevan


The program of events aimed to stimulate seasonal tourism in Yerevan are being prepared due to the significant growth of the tourist flow to the sister-city from Iran. The Yerevan City Tour tourist program and events in the Yerevan History Museum dedicated to the cultural heritage of Iran are planned.


The development of graphene production

According to the report of the research Institute of Changzhou by September 2016, the number of patent applications in the field of application of graphene exceeded 50 000 worldwide. China is the first according to the number of applications for patents for inventions, industrial samples and useful models, ahead of the United States, South Korea and Japan. Since 2009, the country has a huge potential in the development of graphene, high-quality research base and a high level of applications to the State intellectual property office. Through the plan of development of the economy "Made in China 2025" in 2025 the country will reach an annual volume of industrial production in the production of graphene worth up to 100 billion yuan.



03.03.17

Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman yoke 

On March 3, 2017 Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman yoke will be celebrated in Pazardjik. A memorial service for those who died for Bulgaria's freedom and prayer service for the health and welfare of citizens will be organized in the church of Saints Constantine and Helena. Flowers will be laid at the monument to the heroes participated in the liberation of the country. In the framework of the initiative "Remember the history of Bulgaria" map of Bulgaria dated from the time of the signing of the San Stefano Peace Treaty will be placed in the front of Pazardzhik Historical Museum. Mayor of Pazardjik Todor Popov will take part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag on the central Konstantin Velichkov square.The program will be ended with the celebration concert. 

Art exhibition in the town of Pazardzhik

Exhibition of Bulgarian painter, a native of sister-city Georgi Jamalski, opened on February 24, 2017 in Pazardzhik’s Art gallery "Stanislav Dospevski". The paintings of the famous artist winner of numerous professional awards were presented in many exhibitions. His works are in private collections in USA, France, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and Austria.

The modernization of urban space 

Work to increase the Parking area on the station site and Beziers is currently being implemented in the sister city. Modulating steel elevated structure such as "decking" will be used and will allow to further expand parking. Work is scheduled for completion in March 2017. According to the results of construction works, the total number of Parking spaces will reach 320. The project for improvement is implemented attracting investments in the amount of 1.8 million euros.

Achievements in sport

Following the results of series of selection competitions the women's volleyball team of the city of Bezier "Les Angels" has reached a cup-final of France on this sport. In March of this year the volleyball player of the sister city will meet in Clermont-Ferrand team of the city Ex-Venel.

Literary festival in Des Moines

Large-scale cultural events – literary festival "Miracle word" will be held in April in the city of Des Moines. Modern writers, representatives of the municipality-city, the public and all interested persons will participate in the event at the national level. Presentations, autograph sessions, master classes, entertainment for children and adults will be held. During the work of the literary festival printed editions of famous authors will be sold.

Implementation of projects to improve city infrastructure

The city of Zhenjiang pays special attention to modernization of the complex sectors of the economy. Currently more than 350 projects to improve urban infrastructure with a total investment of 78.2 billion yuan is realized in the sister city. These projects involve the extension of roads, the reconstruction of housing in urban areas, system upgrade, water harvesting and more.

Culture week Changzhou in Berlin 

"Week of culture Changzhou" began on 24 February in Berlin (Germany). It takes place in the framework of the events dedicated to the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and the people's Republic of China. China's Ambassador to Germany, Director of the China cultural center in Berlin, Vice-mayor of Changzhou and members of the public of sister cities participated in the opening ceremony. The exhibition was organized during cultural events. The making of Royal crests, custom embroidery, green bamboo carving and the art of carving Sintang paper was presented at the exhibitions.

22.02.17

The festive events devoted to Vasil Levski's memory

The actions devoted to memory of one of the most famous fighters for liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke of Vasil Levski took place on February 19th, 2017 in Pazardzhik. The solemn procession and a flower-laying to a monument of the historical figure took place in honor of memory of the hero. A city management, many citizens and guests of Pazardzhik participated in festive events.

Creation of an educational orchard

The educational orchard is created near Bezier's city in the settlement of Gargayan. The garden is created by representatives of service "Gardens and Parks" of city administration with assistance of the local commune. It is located in the former wine-growing nurseries and occupies an area of 1.5 hectares. 40 trees were planted , each of which is provided with a plate with explanatory information. Availability of training will allow a relevant field lessons, excursions to acquaint the schoolchildren with the natural cycle of plants, train them to care for trees and protect nature.

Meetings for the beginning entrepreneurs

Within the organization of seminars for the beginning entrepreneurs devoted to business opening bases, the meeting with Kelly Marki, the founder and the chief executive of "Dorothy's House" will take place in March, 2017. A main objective of a meeting – rendering assistance to young entrepreneurs in opening of business on the basis of an own experience of investment attraction, conducting marketing and business activity.

Job fair in the city of Zhenjiang

The job fair took place on February 19 in Zhenjiang in which more than 60 companies took part. More than 1200 workplaces were provided to job seekers. Holding two more job fairs for students and graduates of the highest and average educational institutions, and also other residents interested in job search are planned.

Programs of social support to the Armenian families from Syria

The Yerevan city hall continues to give various social support to the Armenian families from Syria living in the capital. The number of migrants from Syria to Armenia has made about 22 000 people from whom 90-95% live in the Yerevan. Programs for social support are aimed at providing prime needs of the Syrian Armenians, providing the social help, an opportunity for training of children, and also their integration into public and cultural life.

Construction of the plant on water purification in Chandzhou

Construction of the first stage of the plant on water purification of "Changdanghu" with a total amount of investments of 700 million yuans, it is planned to finish in June, 2017. It is one of the largest projects of the province, start to which it was given in October, 2015. The project will be of 135 000 sq.m with capacity of water supply of 300 thousand tons daily. Now construction of waterworks is complete, engineers started installation of the equipment and testing of capacities. After putting into operation the plant will provide water supply of the area Dzhintane.


17.02.17

Meeting with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria
On February 17, 2017 the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria A.A. Makarov paid a visit to the city of Pazardjik. The mayor of Pazardjik, representatives of the municipality and the embassy took part in the meeting.
The mayor of  Pazardjik acquainted representatives of the embassy with social and economic development of the city of Pazardjik. Much attention during the meeting was paid to the issues of development of friendly sister relations of the cities of Stavropol and Pazardjik which have more than 45-year history. The ambassador of the Russian Federation highly appreciated a long-term cooperation of sister cities. At the meeting it was offered to develop interaction between Russia and Bulgaria, in particular in the sphere of economy and tourism.

Opening of an art exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

The exhibition will be open at the beginning of March, 2017 in Art gallery of the city of Pazardzhik. It will be devoted to the 130 anniversary since the birth of the famous artist of the sister city Georgi Maschew. Works of collections of National gallery of Bulgaria, the National ethnographic museum of Bulgaria, the National military and historical museum of Bulgaria, art salons of Bulgaria will be a will be presented at an exhibition. Within the action with assistance of city administration Pazardzhik the release of the catalog of creative works of the artist is planned.

Title of honor appointment to the city of Bezier
The Ministry of Culture of the French Republic appointed Bezier the "City of Art and History" rank. This title is given to the cities in which consecutive work on preserving, recovery and promoting of the historical heritage is conducted. 
 In the world more than 180 cities and countries have this honor title. In Bezier there are 32 historical, cultural, natural and architectural significant objects, and also rich intangible heritage.
Award of the "City of Art and History" rank promotes increase in a tourist flow and, as a result, development of city economy.
 
Rewarding of active citizens of Des Moines
The ceremony of delivery of awards of the award " Juice and the Young Professionals Connection— 2016" to citizens for an active civic stand was held on February 9 in the sister city of Des Moines. 12 finalists in several categories were marked out for a big contribution to development and improvement of Des Moines in various city’s spheres. Young specialists, representatives of a business community and the public participated in the ceremony.

The 4th Selection Activities of Top 100 Virtue Students in Zhenjiang
February 13th is the first day of Zhenjiang 300 thousands students going back to school from their winter vacation. This day the 4th Selection Activities of Top 100 Virtue Students also starts. The head of Educational bureau of Zhenjiang municipal government said that to know being good and helping each other is the first class that all the students need to learn.

Meeting with the representative of Corporation on network energy services
The mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan met the chairman of the board of Corporation on network energy services (NES) Ghaith of Madi. The company performing activities in the international market is a world leader in the sphere of energy saving. The Armenian side provided programs of a cooperation with various international organizations, and also successful examples of projects implementation on increase in energy efficiency. By results of a meeting the agreement on creation of a working group for a further cooperation was reached.
 
Visit to the scientific-industrial zone in Wujin district of the city of Changzhou
On February 14 this year the delegation of Hong Kong and Macau leaders and specialists of foreign countries participated in the 1st Session of the 14th Changzhou Municipal Committee of CPPCC, and also visited the scientific and industrial zone in Wujin district of the city of Changzhou. Members of delegation examined achievements of the China-Israel Innovation Park and modern expo halls. They highly appreciated the economic and social development that Changzhou reached in recent years.

10.02.17

The IV National meeting of experts in the field of education

The IV National meeting of experts in the field of education was held in the sister city of Pazardzhik during the period from February 8 to February 10. The city hall of the sister city together with National association of the Bulgarian communities organized this action. About 200 teachers of the Republic of Bulgaria participated in the National meeting. They discussed the main priority questions of development of education in Bulgaria, and also exchanged experience of the practical solution of problems.

Works on improvement of urban areas of Bezier

The Bezier city administration pays much attention to questions of improvement of the city. Works in the territory adjacent to the Les Halles mall were begun. Creation modern parking spaces, increase in level of the carriageway is provided, installation of a tiled covering and curbstone will be created following the results of works. These measures will allow to create the safety pedestrian zone around the building of the city, significant for historical heritage. Further this urban area will be used for holding city actions, and also installation of trade tents.

Seminar for entrepreneurs in the city of Des Moines

The seminar concerning business development will be held in March of this year in the sister city of Des Moines. Consolidation of a business community "Greater Des Moines Partnership" together with consulting and law companies of the city will be organized by actions. The purpose of the workshop is to help budding entrepreneurs, Iowa as quickly as possible to be realized in the market of goods and services by attracting investors and equity capital. The issues of forming a business strategy, efficient use of resources and implementation of equity participation in companies etc. will be discussed at the seminar.

Achievements of the sister city of Chzhentszyan

On January 28, 2017, in the first day of the Chinese New year, the team of the sister city of Chzhentszyan won the VI Ping-Pong World Cup which was held in London (Great Britain). The Chinese team is not professional that attracted unprecedented interest in success of team both in Zhenjiang, and in the country. On return athletes met in a festive atmosphere.

Municipal-private partnership of the sister city of Yerevan

On February 4, the representatives of the municipality of Yerevan visited the construction site of the sports club "Reebok". The facility is being built in accordance with international standards and on the basis of a franchising agreement signed with the world famous trade mark Reebok. The cost of the project is 23 million euros, of which at the moment invested about € 19.5 million. The opening of the sports club is scheduled for April 2017. About 300 new jobs will be created on the basis of the facility for 3 years.

Construction of a production object in Chandzhou's sister city

The ceremony of laying of the base of the project on production of polymeric composite materials with a total amount of investments of 5 billion yuans took place on February 4 of this year in the city County Liyan of the sister city of Chandzhou. Products intended for electromobile accumulators will be issued on the basis of the Japanese technology. Entering of an object in operation is planned for the I quarter 2019 with an expected annual sales return to 7.2 billion yuans.

03.02.17

Conference for young people in Pazardzhik

Conference "Aim at success" will be held in Pazardzhik, in the period from 4 to 5 February 2017. "The Council of youth policy" and students of the sister city organizers of the event. During the conference, youth activists of the city will discuss the development of information technology and graphic design, the important role of motivation in achieving goals. Thematic lectures also will be held.


A favorable "business climate" of the city of Beziers

In recent years, more innovative small and large firms, and various businesses choose the city of Beziers for the placement of production facilities. Among them, firms that lead the construction and development of industrial and social spheres. Plant for the manufacture of food products and packaging were opened and are successfully working now. The nuclear medicine centre is also under construction.


Achievements of the city of Des Moines in the economic sphere

The annual reception for representatives of business community was held on January 24 in an adopt town Des Moines. Consolidation of a business community "Greater Des Moines Partnership" is the organizer of the event. During the action the activities results of this organization for 2016 were summed up, in the context of joint operation they discussed achievements. Among achievements: investment attraction on the amount of $569 million, opening of 12 new companies, and also implementation of 24 business projects. Strategic directions in a business environment in 2017 are considered.


Celebration of the Chinese New year 

On January 28, 2017 residents of the sister city of Chzhentszyan celebrated the Chinese New year. According to the Chinese philosophy every year has the designation depending on zodiac signs and five elements of elements. The come year became a fiery rooster. According to Chinese in the first day of New year the spring begins and there is an awakening of the nature therefore the second name of the Chinese new year – the Spring festival. The meeting of New year begins with a family dinner. In Zhenjiang the set of festive actions is dated for New year: show of lamps, start of fireworks, carnival processions. As it is considered that the holiday will be louder, the more happily and more joyfully there will pass year.


Meeting with representatives of the Oracle company

On February 02 of this year the mayor of an adopt town Taron Margaryan met representatives of Oracle. The company is the largest American corporation on development of the software for the organizations. During the meeting the Armenian side provided the planned projects and the available results in the sphere of electronic control. The arrangement on creation of a working group became a meeting result. The group will develop the acceptable directions of a possible cooperation in case of implementation in Yerevan of the concept "Smart city".


Achievements of an adopt town of Chandzhou in the field of innovative development 

According to the report on the innovative development of the Province of Jiangsu prepared by scientific and technical institute of a strategic development of the province it became known that the "100 best high-technology entities of Jiangsu of 2016" list included 12 companies of an adopt town of Chandzhou. Among them - the entity of the energy industry overworking automobile, etc. The list is created on the basis of information on use of advanced technologies of production and the latest raw materials for production.


27.01.17

The international festival in the sister city of Pazardzhik

During the period from January 26 to January 29, 2017 the traditional international festival "Winter Musicales of the Prof. Ivan Spasov" will be held in the Pazardzhik’ Maestro Georgi Atanasoff hall. The famous musicians of France and Greece, young Bulgarian performers will participate in the festival organized by the city hall of the sister city. The exhibition of theme "Classical Music on a Record Player Plate" will work within the action. Works of symphonic orchestra of the sister city will sound for inhabitants and guests of Pazardzhik.

The fair "Book Avenues"

From February to December, 2017 in the territory of Paul's Avenues Ric of Bezier the fair "Book Avenues" which will include a wide range of editions – from ancient volumes to modern comics will be monthly held. An opportunity to choose magazines, collections of journalism, collection and popular editions, novels, the essay, scientific works, books on art, entertainments, encyclopedias, educational literature, guides, and also cards and posters will be provided to inhabitants and guests of sister city. Sellers of printed materials and bibliopoles will provide necessary information, give help in the choice of books.

Celebration of the Chinese New year

The Chinese New year - traditionally family holiday which can be celebrated in a circle of the family. In this regard on the eve of New Year's holidays the temporary migration when many Chinese come home to spend days together with a family is observed. This year from January to February about three billion moving will suppose. Nearly 1/10 part of trips are carried out by railway transport.

Visit of Yerevan delegation to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

During the period since January 19 and 20 the delegation headed by the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan was in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) on an official visit. During stay the meetings with the president and the prime minister of NKR, and also the mayor of Stepanakert took place. During the meeting questions about implementation of a cooperation program between republics capitals, multidimensional interaction at the regional and local levels were discussed, the perspective directions of a further cooperation were planned. Within the visit members of delegation visited organizations of the social sphere of Stepanakert. Meetings of heads of administrative areas of Yerevan with heads of areas and cities of Artsakh (NKR) took place.

Preparation for celebration of the Chinese New year

On the eve of the Chinese New year more than 150 guests from 23 countries and regions of Europe, SA and South-East Asia arrived in our sister city of Changzhou to participate in the celebrations. Many city-wide holiday events organized in Changzhou: the concert of the famous youth Chinese orchestra was held, VII "Show Lantern" was opened. The show includes seven themed zones with thousands of lanterns and covers an area of over 200 thousand sq. m.

20.01.17

Art exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik 

The exhibition of the famous artist, the founder Sodruzhestva of artists of the city Boris Rezov opened on January 20, 2017 in Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky of the city of Pazardzhik. More than 50 pictures painted in 2016 were presented at the exhibition. It should be noted that fifteen personal exhibitions took place at the artist earlier. His works are in private collections of Bulgaria and various countries of the world. More than 120 works performed in a genre painting, plasticity and a sculpture were property of Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky.

The opening of the exhibition in the Regional historical Museum of Pazardzhik

24 January 2017 the exhibition will be opened in the Regional historical Museum of Pazardzhik. It is dedicated to honorary citizen of the city Ivan Batakliev, who was the famous Bulgarian scientist, author of many scientific papers in the field of geography, Ethnography, geopolitics, geography of settlements. Historical materials, academic manuscripts, photographs, attesting to the research and teaching activities, as well as scientist awards will be presented at the exhibition.

Festival of truffles in Bezier's city

"The festival of truffle" will take place for the first time on January 22 on Paul's Avenues Ric Bezier's cities. The sound of a hunting horn will inform on the beginning of an action then the fair will be solemnly open. Truffles and local gastronomic products it will be provided. More than 10 producers of the region will participate. Visitors of a fair will be able to taste the truffle dish called in the people by "food of the gods" and also to purchase all necessary for their preparation. Restaurants of the city will provide for gourmets the updated menu on the basis of this product of French cuisine. Also demonstration performances of collectors of the truffles working with specially trained animals on search of mushrooms will be held during the fair.

Approval of the Action plan on steady energy development of the city of Yerevan

The joint research center in case of the European Commission approved the Action plan on sustainable energy development of Yerevan. The relevant activities directed to energy saving, an energy efficiency and application of the recovered power in such sectors as transport, street lighting, public services and also in residential and public buildings are included in the project. Accomplishment of these measures will allow to reduce emission of carbon dioxide at least, than by 20% till 2020.

Acceptance of delegation of the province Satakunta (Finland) in Chandzhou  

Within implementation of the Agreement on establishment of friendly twinning communications on January 9 of this year of the vice-mayor Chandzhou mister Fang Guoqiang met members of official delegation of the city of Satakunta (Finland). For the purpose of development of a cooperation in the social sphere the Finnish guests visited pensioner's houses and public organizations. They studied experience of provision of support and senior care by people, questions of the organization of medical attendance of the unprotected segments of the population. During stay of Satakunt official delegation the decision on carrying out "Weeks of Chandzhou" in 2017 was accepted.

13.01.17


Celebration of the 139 anniversary of release of the city of Pazardzhik

On January 14, 2017 inhabitants and city visitors Pazardzhik will celebrate the 139 anniversary of release of the sister city by the Russian troops from an Ottoman yoke. This day flowers be laid at monument of the general N. P. Brock. He was a commander of vanguard of the Russian troops which were taking part in release of the city of Pazardzhik. The exhibition devoted to a historical event will open in the Regional historical museum. Residents Pazardzhik will submit documents, photos, historical materials and household items.

Fund raising for restoration works

Due to the expensive restoration works planned in Bezier, the city hall announced fund raising. Works will be carried out on the fountain of the Titan – the best creation of the famous sculptor Inzhalber, and also on the plateau of Poets. Fund raising on the charitable purposes Bezier's city hall is practiced not for the first time. So, in 2015 residents of Bezier raised more than a half of funds for creation of a monument to the mayor of sister city Kazimir Pere.

Urban consumer fair

In the framework of the festive Christmas events the 5th urban consumer fair dedicated to the Chinese new year took place in early January. A wide variety of consumer goods were presented at the fair. Residents had the opportunity to acquire the necessary food, and other merchandise at reasonable prices and good quality.

Cultural events in the sister city Yerevan

For the first time from 2 to 5 January, the museums were open for free visits by citizens and guests of the Armenian capital. It was held on the occasion of New year and Christmas and in the framework of the program of events "New year in Yerevan 2017". Tourists from Russia, China, EU countries and CIS countries visited the Museum of history of Yerevan city historical and archeological Museum-reserve "Erebuni" and the Museum of modern art. The students of border villages also visited museums.

The Chinese-Finnish forum in the city of Chandzhou 

For the purpose of development of the international multidimensional interaction the I Chinese-Finnish forum concerning development of a cooperation in the field of education was held on January 8, 2017 in Chandzhou. A management of Chandzhou’s bureau of municipal education and bureau of foreign affairs, representatives of China’s various universities, and also the mayor of Chandzhou’s sister city - Satakunta (Finland) participated in an action. The main activities in the field of education, questions of implementation of the international exchange are considered in a forum work progress. Training opportunities students of sister cities was discussed. 

30.12.16

The Christmas football tournament in Pazardzhik

XVII traditional Christmas football tournament was organized by the municipality of the Community of Pazardjik in the period from 24 to 26 December. Thirty-nine teams of the Republic of Bulgaria participated in the event. Representatives of local authorities, residents and guests of the city attended the tournament. During the competition, the team of Bratsigovo, Pazardzhik province took the first place. Rewarding the best players in various categories was held as a result of the tournament.

The creative contest in the sister city

City Hall and Children's complex of the sister city Pazardzhik organized contest "Make Good on Christmas", in which children in the age from 7 to 18 took part. More than 500 postcards, pictures, Christmas gifts were represented to the organizing committee. On December 22, 2016 during the closing ceremony of the event the Mayor of Pazardzhik Community Todor Popov congratulated the winners and participants.

The restoration works in Beziers

The Acropolis, on the territory of which in the past were the bishops Palace, a prison, a Cathedral, a monastery, at present is the most important part of the historical heritage of beziers. In this regard, the city administration adopted a decision on restoration of the Acropolis with the purpose of placing in its ancient buildings the modern hotel complex class "Lux", and the religious art Museum. Hotel, SPA with wine therapy, wine cellar and a restaurant will be part of the hotel complex.

Forum of young entrepreneurs - 2016 

On December 27 this year the Forum of young entrepreneurs - 2016 was held in the city of Zhenjiang, more than 10 000 people took part in its work. The young  businessmen had an opportunity to discuss the prospects of development of business activity, to make business contacts, to exchange experience in the sphere of business.

New Year’s festivities

In spite of the fact that the celebration of Christian Christmas and New Year on December 31 is considered to be the European tradition, the city of Zhenjiang was prepared for these loved by all holidays. New Year trees are set and decorated, bright festive illumination is hanged out, various events for children are organized at schools and kindergartens. Citizens and guests of the sister city participate with pleasure in all festive events.

Charity Christmas marathon in Yerevan

25 December 2016 the municipality of Yerevan jointly with "Yerevan half marathon" and "Triglav" organized in the Central streets of Yerevan annual charity marathon "new year's good run". Participants in Santa suits had to cover a distance of 5 kilometers. After the event participants were treated. All proceeds for the participation in the marathon aimed at implementation of charitable programs.

The development of international cooperation of the sister city of Changzhou

27 December China-Africa international conference was held in Changzhou. According to the results of the last conference decided on the construction of an international industrial Park. Officials of Guinea, Egypt and China attended the event and presented more than 80 investment projects in industry, energy, water, health etc. an Agreement on establishing sister city relationship between the city district Changzhou - Tanninen and the city of Kindia (Guinea) was signed in the framework of the conference.

23.12.16

Competition in the construction sphere

The competition "Building of 2016" took place in the city of Pazardzhik. A competition is held since 2008 and organized by the city’s Association of builders. The chief architect of Pazardzhik, and also representatives of the city administration and the public participated in an action. Following the results of a competition, winners in the following nominations were rewarding: "Housing buildings" and "Industrial buildings".

Organization of festive actions 

The city actions dated for celebration coming Christmas and New year continue in Bezier's city. The theatrical performance "Princesses", fair pavilions, a skating rink were organized for guests and residents on city platforms. The Christmas farm «Sessenon» working in the mode of a contact zoo opened for children. For persons interested to prepare a special gift to the relatives the service "Photo with Father Frost" is provided.

The development of agro-tourism in Zhenjiang

In order to improve the leisure activities of residents and guests of the city of Zhenjiang in the winter time, the Chinese Government allocated financial support for the development of agro-tourism in the sister city. Thanks to these measures, the 10 greenhouses growing strawberries and care of the berries were built. In addition, when visiting the agricultural complex provides a variety of services and entertainment.

Philatelic exhibition in Yerevan 

International philatelic exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia's independence was held in Yerevan from 13 to 16 December. Stamp collection from Artsakh and the United States were represented at the event. Also during the ceremony, the best philatelists who submitted the best stamp collection were awarded with diplomas and medals.

Commissioning of a chess school in Yerevan

Junior chess school in the administrative district of Kanaker-Zeytun was officially opened in Yerevan. Mayor Taron Margaryan and other officials attended the opening ceremony. The building was built in accordance with modern requirements and equipped with everything necessary. From 1 January 2017 the facility will be able to take up to 400 children.

International seminar

Within development of international cooperation the Chinese-Israeli seminar on processing industry took place on December 15 in the city of Chandzhou. The seminar was organized by the municipal national government of sister city together with Department of Economic Affairs of Israel. The purpose of the event is to assist in the creation of favorable conditions for attracting foreign investors. More than 200 representatives of authorities of various levels and the industrial industry of both countries participated in a seminar.

16.12.16

50th Anniversary of Pazardzhik Art Gallery 

Art Gallery of Stanislav Dospevski of sister city is 50 years old. In this regard, the exposition of art works will open on 17 December. It will feature 8 information panels, accompanied by photos. Materials exhibition will allow to get acquainted with the history of the gallery and the gallery stages of transformation into a major cultural center. "Book reviews" will be exhibited in a separate exposition.

The literary project in Bezier's city

The Book Box project was started by the Bezier city administration together with Lion's Doyen club on December 1, 2016. The action purpose - providing free access to reading adults and children, and also formation at younger generation of interest in books. Within the project capacious boxes were established in various districts of the city from which it is possible to take the pleasant book, and also to put in them already read.

Archaeological exhibition in the city of Zhenjiang 

30 years ago the State Council of China has included the city of Zhenjiang in the list of "the historical and cultural cities of the country". Due to celebration of this date the historical museum of the sister city organized an archaeological exhibition. Here are antiquarian products from porcelain, various metals, stones, etc. are presented. Visitors can get acquainted with exhibits of more than 2500-year within several months.

The admission Director of the Russian Hermitage Museum 

12 December the mayor of sister city Taron Margaryan met with the Director of the state Russian Museum "the Hermitage" Michael Piotrovsky. He is the son of a scientist, academician of Academy of Sciences SSR and Armenian SSR, Boris Piotrovsky, which was born in Yerevan. During the meeting the Armenian side expressed its gratitude for the great contribution of academician of the view of the Urartu period of Armenian history. In this regard, the opening ceremony of a memorial plaque perpetuating the memory of the outstanding scientist Boris Piotrovsky took place in the city of Yerevan. A visit to the Museum-reserve "Erebuni" , "round table" on issues of conducting joint excavations in the reserve Karmir blur were organized for the Director of "Hermitage".

Results of a competition of chrysanthemums

The XXII Chinese exhibition competition of chrysanthemums took place in the city of Jingmen of the Province of Hubei (People's Republic of China) on December 5. Municipal management on gardening and gardening of the sister city of Chandzhou presented on the action the model of a traditional garden from more than 8000 plants of 300 grades of chrysanthemums. Following the results of a national exhibition competition the municipal service of gardening won a significant amount of awards.

New world record in the field of culture

The new world record of Gines on a number of people at the same time playing a national reed wind instrument of Hulusa was set up in Chandzhou's adopt town on December 03. 2 525 people of different age groupes gathered from 5 to 81 years on the city square. The former record of Gines is set up with the participation of 2 204 persons.

09.12.16

Organization "Christmas festival" 

On December 09, 2016 n the eve of Christmas and New year the "Christmas festival" was organized with the support of city administration and the Center of youth policy of the sister city. Opening ceremony of a 15-meter Christmas tree held in the framework of the event. The mayor of the municipality of Pazardzhik Todor Popov, as well as famous artists of Bulgaria participated in it. Entertainment for children, concerts, Christmas fairs is planned in the program of the festival.

National contest of agricultural machinery

II national contest of intelligent agricultural technology among students was held in University of Jiangsu city of Zhenjiang on 4 December. About 40 representatives of colleges and universities from across the country participated in the event. Mini enterprises, equipment, three-dimensional structures for the cultivation of fruit trees, plants and strawberries developed by students were presented during the competition.

Forum of the Armenian-French cooperation

The III Forum of the Armenian-French decentralized cooperation took place in sister city of Yerevan. The authorities of Armenia and France, as well as more than a dozen French cities participated in the event. The meeting-discussion on the topics of education and Francophonie, urbanism and urban infrastructure, tourism and agriculture held in the framework of the forum. Prospects for cooperation between the local authorities of the two countries, as well as increasing interest in the French language by means of new technologies considered in the working groups. 

Achievements in the field of tourism 

City County Liyang city Changzhou was awarded the title of "the Most beautiful Chinese resort" during the conference "a New era of tourism in China in 2016" (Shanghai). The decision of the organizing Committee of the conference was based on the results of special surveys and online voting about the level of meet the needs of tourists, as well as comprehensive resource analysis. Liyang is recognized as the national outstanding tourist destination with a rich history and culture, unique natural resources and geographical position and developed industry of tourism.  

02.12.16


The holding of business forum in Pazardzhik

Business forum "European funding for business" held in Pazardzhik on 1 December 2016. The Bulgarian members of the European Parliament, representatives of the real sector of the economy of city and region, various experts took part in the event. During the forum, they discussed the possible financing of the Bulgarian business in the framework of European programs.

Participation in the national fencing tournament

National fencing tournament "Chocolate" for children aged 11 to 15 years held in Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) on 27 November. Representatives of sports club "Pentathlon" the sister city of Pazardzhik worthy performed in the course of the competition. They are awarded on the results of the silver medals.

Preparation for Christmas holidays in Bezier's city

Within work on preparation for Christmas holidays in six various regions of sister city of Bezier trade pavilions were opened. There it is possible to purchase a candy store and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations, and also various gifts. The charitable Christmas running on city streets with a general extent of 8 km will be held on December 16. The raised funds will be allocated for the help to the Syrian sister city – Maaloula.

Visit of the Stavropol group of pupils and teachers to the sister city of Zhenjiang 

during the period from December 01 to December 03, 2016 within implementation of the Agreement on establishment of friendly twinning communications the group of pupils and teachers of a gymnasium No. 24 of Stavropol visited the sister city of Zhenjiang. The Stavropol school students took part in lessons and master classes of calligraphy of Zhenjiang high school No. 3. Meeting with representatives of the Department of international relations of Zhenjiang municipality were organized. The extensive excursion program for acquaintance with culture and sights of China is organized.

Achievements of the city of Yerevan in the field of design 

Professional competition of National Association of surveyors and designers for the best innovative project in 2016 held in Moscow on November 18. About 200 applications were submitted, including a plan of educational and sports complex of JSC "Yerevanproject" of Yerevan municipality. The site plan took 1st place in the nominations "the Best project of the multifunctional complex" and "the Best project of the object in the field of education". President of National Association of surveyors and designers, people's architect of Russia's Mikhail Posokhin presented the prizes and diplomas to the representatives of JSC "Yerevanproject".

Holding charity events in the sister city Changzhou

For the purpose of improving the living standards of elderly people living alone in the sister city the charity event was held. It is organized by TV and radio station of Changzhou. Within the action a walk took place, representatives of local government bodies and business, and also inhabitants and city visitors participated in it. Following the results of the share more than 155 thousand yuans for persons of old age were succeeded to collect.  It is worth noting that in the past year thanks to such measures about 700 persons in this category received assistance.

25.11.16

The program of the holiday events in the city of Pazardzhik

During the press conference, the mayor of the sister city of Pazardzhik Todor Popov presented the developed program of pre-holiday events "Christmas in Pazardzhik". The opening of the city Christmas tree, concerts, performances, activities and entertainment for children will be organized in the framework of the program. The Council of youth initiatives of the city of Pazardzhik assists in the implementation of the program.

Creation of fund in sister city Pazardzhik

The Entrepreneur Association of sister city of Pazardzhik created special fund of a financial support of exceptional children for achievements in the science, culture and sport fields. The fund accepts requests for receipt of a grant both from individuals, and from various associations and collectives. By results of consideration Council of fund awards young people for progress at the regional, national or international levels. Cash bonuses will constitute from 500 to 2000 Bulgarian levas.

Cultural action in Bezier

During the period from November 14 to November 26 the XXI Orb Salon is organized by the art association of the same name and is carried out in the House of associations of the sister city of Bezier. Painting, a sculpture, art photos are presented to expositions of Salon. At the end of the event participants in various categories will be awarded prizes.

International exhibition in the sister city of Zhenjiang

In the period from 28 to 29 November 2016 municipal people's government of Zhenjiang organizes Forum on new low-carbon economy and the First international trade fair of low-carbon technologies "Tech Expo – 2016". Sessions concerning creation of the environmentally safe city, seminars, meetings of experts groups, the projects presentations, technologies and products exhibitions will take place within the actions. Discussion of development of the low-carbon industry, and also promotion of technologies and products in this industry is supposed. Participation representatives of foreign countries and also heads of national and foreign industry companies is planned.

"Yerevan festival of external advertizing 2016" 

At the initiative of Yerevan city administration the "Yerevan festival of external advertizing 2016" for the first time was held during the period from November 20 to November 25, 2016. The action purpose - to promote development of an advertizing industry in the region, and also to implementation of the best international experiment in this direction. Representatives of world advertizing agencies, the leading foreign experts, and also the best specialists in the field of external advertizing participated in a festival. The conference, master classes, and also a forum with participation of representatives of telecommunication and bank spheres were held during the action. Modern approaches to creation of marketing materials, innovations in outdoor advertizing, and also a creativity role in public lighting were discussed. Within the ceremony of closing of a festival rewarding of the best models of advertizing in various nominations took place.

Assessment of service industry in Chandzhou

According to researches of Jiangsu Provincial Quality Supervision Bureau and comprehensive index of public satisfaction, Changzhou ranked second in the «Top-10 of the best cities on service industry development - 2016». The analysis took into account the quality of services: home improvement, elderly care, socio-economic sphere, etc. Among them, Changzhou’s kindergarten education satisfaction rating ranked first in Jiangsu.




18.11.16

The preservation of the historical heritage of the city of Beziers

In order to preserve the historical heritage Bezier city administration bought the building the ancient chapel of "Bon Pasteur". The chapel was built in 1860 and is of particular importance for the history of the city: the part played by well known sculptor Antonin Injalbert, a native of Beziers. This is exam work when it arrives at the Paris fine arts school. For a long time the building was used as school hall.

The establishment of twinning 

8 November the Vice mayor Fang Guoqiang city Changzhou met with the Chairman of the Committee on Commerce and consumer protection city of Johor Bahru (Malaysia). They signed Agreements on trade-economic and socio-cultural cooperation. A Malaysian city is the third largest in the country and plays an important role in ensuring the economic well-being of the population of the entire state. The sides discussed priority directions of twinning relations development and they are ready for mutually beneficial cooperation.

International cooperation

In the framework of the program of cooperation between Yerevan and Lyon (France), as well as to exchange experience in the sphere of municipal economy, an official delegation of the sister city visited the French city from 7 to 14 November. For representatives of local authorities of the Armenian capital meetings and visits to urban sites were organised. Guests considered questions of work planning on Lyon gardening, the strategy of investment attraction, system of transport, management of objects of the world heritage. Also members of delegation participated in the military parade organized on the occasion of the holiday symbolizing the end of World War I.

Creation of a science and technology Park

In the first decade of November the representatives of local authorities met with leaders of the cultural and scientific centre of the district Cinco, youth and the Internet community of Zhenjiang. During the meeting the parties considered issues of education and culture, the prospects of innovative development with the involvement of youth, the problems of cultural heritage preservation and development and measures to support small and medium businesses. It was as a result decided to create the scientific and technological Park with assistance of representatives of real economy sector. Implementation of the latest projects in the sphere of virtual reality, use of innovative technologies, and also assistance to employment of perspective youth of the city is planned on base of science and technology park.

Global entrepreneurship week in the sister city Pazardzhik 

In the period from 14 to 20 November 2016 global entrepreneurship week is held in Pazardzhik. This large-scale international project, in which representatives of 160 countries will take part. The project aims at the development of entrepreneurial potential of young people. In the framework of the project November 17 campaign "Manager for a day". Sixteen students of the sister city held the positions of Mayor, Deputy, Secretary hall, as well as responsible positions in the State archival Agency, the United Bulgarian Bank, the Center for career orientation. One participant took up a leadership position in the Central office of "Siemens" in Sofia. Lectures and practical classes on the theme "My place in the world of professions" will also be organized in the framework of global entrepreneurship week.

11.11.16

 The results of the contest "Fashion Week Bulgaria"

National fashion House of the Republic of Bulgaria organized the contest "Fashion Week Bulgaria". About 50 experts on photography from all over the country participated in the event. A talented photographer, a resident of the sister city of Pazardzhik, Maria Barakova-Radeva won first place in the nomination "Fashion photographer". The results of the competition the city of Pazardzhik was awarded the diploma "The Most stylish city in Bulgaria".

The improvement of the city of Beziers

In Bezier's city works on improvement are continued. After reconstruction of the upper part of Avenues of Paul Ric the downtown became more well-groomed. The pedestrian area was paved with limestone and porphyry, stone vases for flowers installed, a ramp and multi-level transition were created. Besides, on November 09 the restored Lafayette Galleries were opened in the central part of Bezier. Galleries are one of the first shopping centers established in France in the nineteenth century. Thanks to the efforts of Beziers’ municipality, an ancient building of the Galleries have managed to retain in municipal ownership.

Results of the Tourism forum

Tourism forum and awards ceremony of the contest "Most beautiful China - 2016" was held in Guizhou (China). According to the results of Zhenjiang city recognized as the best in the nomination "The Most Beautiful Tourist Destination in China-2016." More than 300 tourist companies, investors and tourist representatives took part in event and talked about how to promote China’s tourist industry and service.

 Days of St. Petersburg in Yerevan

Due to the carrying out on November 10 and 11 "Days of St. Petersburg in Yerevan" the delegation headed by the vice governor of St. Petersburg arrived to the capital of Armenia. The forum concerning a bilateral cooperation took place within implementation of a cultural event, exhibitions and other cultural events were organized. Investment opportunities of sister cities are provided during the "a round table" concerning a trade and economic cooperation.

Celebration of the 85 anniversary of the history museum in Yerevan

The mayor Taron Margaryan participated in the ceremony dated for the 85 anniversary of the museum of history of the city of Yerevan and the 15 anniversary of the museum of Karen Demirchyan. The short films devoted to creation and activity of the museums were presented during the action. The collection of scientific articles "Yerevan 4" presented. Within the ceremony several employees of institutions were awarded diplomas for significant contribution to the development of museums. The Yerevan history museum was awarded by the commemorative medal "Arms of Yerevan" which will find the place of honor in the museum and will become 96700 exhibit.

 Аrt fair in Changzhou

The 2nd International Art Fair was opened in Changzhou in which more than 260 art’ entities and organizations from the different world countries participated in it. Traditional and modern crafts of the different people were presented at the exhibition. Numerous exhibits are placed on the area about 15 thousand sq.m. Active policy of Changzhou municipal people's government in the culture field helped to increase GDP in this sector to 5.8%. Sister city occupies a worthy place among the main cities of China.

03.11.16

Events dedicated to the Day of the Bulgarian enlighteners
Events dedicated to the Day of the Bulgarian enlighteners held under the auspices of the municipality of Pazardzhik. A torchlight procession was organized. It began near the monument of the famous Bulgarian revolutionaries Vasil Levski and Hristo Botev, supported the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke. The participants carried portraits of Bulgarian revolutionaries and flowers along the main street of Pazardzhik, laid flowers to the monument of SV. Cyril and Methodius. The actors of the city performed the words of the famous Bulgarian figures. A festive concert was held at the city hall of Georgi Atanasov.

Gastronomic actions in Bezier's city

During the period from November, 2016 to June of next year the gastronomic evenings of "Nocturne des Halles" devoted to wine tasting and foodstuff of last summer will be organized weekly in a market complex of the city of Bezier. Local products, the Iberian products from smoked meat, traditional Spanish snack, wine of the region of Bezier will be provided to citizens and guests of sister city. The program of actions includes musical representations.

Zhenjiang Chrysanthemum Show
The chrysanthemum festival opened in the sister city and will run for one month in one of the recreational areas of Zhenjiang - in Beigu Mountain Scenic area. Visitors to the event will see over 70 world-renowned data varieties of flowers grown chief gardener of the city, Mr. Yu Xuelong.

Achievements in the field of protection of intellectual property rights
In 2016, Zhenjiang City was recognized as the best in providing services for the protection of intellectual property rights. In this regard, a seminar to promote good practices of sister cities took place on November 2nd. The event was attended by more than 200 representatives of authorities and business community of the cities of China.

The Days of Moscow in Yerevan
On 28-29 October, the official delegation of the city of Moscow arrived in the Armenian capital in the framework of the initiative "Days of Moscow in Yerevan". During the meeting the representatives of the Government, Duma and the branch departments of the partner cities with the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan discussed prospects of cooperation between the capitals, noted the cordial friendly relations between two peoples, as well as a willingness to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations. The extensive program of events included a forum of business cooperation to government and business representatives in Moscow and Yerevan, "round table" on the development of tourism between the partner cities. Gala concert with the participation of the Moscow groups, children and youth all-round game, judo and chess, which was attended by Russian and Armenian teams were organized in the course of implementation of the initiative "Days of Moscow in Yerevan."

New project in the health sector in Changzhou
Sister city Changzhou was one of the first pilot cities to establish a medical center for processing and the effective use of specialized information "Big data healthcare." In accordance with modern trends in the development of technology this project is an information platform and designed to modernize the health sector through integration of all subjects-participants: national, provincial, municipal and other medical institutions. The project will include a support system of doctors and pharmacists (clinical solutions, disease diagnosis, drug development), resources for telemedicine and medical equipment development, etc.



28.10.16

Conference on youth employment
Conference on the implementation of the project "New opportunity for youth employment", funded by the EU program "Human resources development 2014 – 2020" was held in Pazardzhik on October 27. The aim of the conference is the establishment of direct contacts between young people in the job search, and representatives of the business community of the region. Meetings with the Minister of education of the Republic of Bulgaria Miglena Kuneva, heads of vocational schools and representatives of business circles were organized. They discussed issues of further improving the quality of education and prospects of business cooperation.

Celebration of the Day of People's adherents
Annually on November 1 Bulgaria marks the Day of People's adherents – the liberation movement against the Ottoman yoke. Lecture topic: "The Leaders of the Renaissance and the personality of Stanislav Dospevski" will be organized on this day. Also in the House-Museum and art gallery named St. Depovski exposure will take place on relevant topics.

Cooperation in the field of use of renewable energy resources
The municipality of Béziers and the company "Quadran" entered into a mutually beneficial agreement. In accordance with the terms the company placed 30 of the photovoltaic elements in the parking of city sports facility. Placement of solar batteries by representatives of private business allowed to provide production of "green" energy in the amount sufficient for consumption more than 5 thousand residents. Also it provide to create a roofing covering for this object which was reconstructed recently. The volume of company investment into the project constituted more than 7,7 million euro. Also annually during the term of the agreement (22 years) payments of the company in the amount of 10 thousand euro will arrive in the local authority budget.

International conference in the sister city of Zhenjiang
The international conference application of innovative technologies in the field of physics was held from October 23 to 25 in Jiangsu University. Program activity  included sessions and reporting to participants. The conference was attended by more than 300 experts from Switzerland, Singapore and France and other countries. Discussed the scientific achievements and directions of development in this sphere.

Reception of science representatives in the Yerevan city hall
Within holding a scientific conference the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan met  the director of the Joint Institute of Nuclear Researches Victor Matveev and the world famous Armenian scientist Yury Oganesyan. During the meeting they discussed the latest technologies in the field of physics, and also an essential role of institute at the international level. Have noted the considerable scientific capacity of the organization: on the basis of institute six head elements were opened. Besides, the famous scientist and the employee of institute Yury Oganesyan made a significant contribution to the discovery of the 118th element of the table of Mendeleyev - "Oganesson" named in honor of the scientist. The name element will be officially appropriated on November 8, 2016.

Development of an interregional cooperation of the city-pobratma of Chandzhou
Following the results of signing the Memorandum of understanding between the Jiangsu Province and Macau (People's Republic of China) – the former Portuguese colony, the decision on created of the Park cooperation in the city of Chandzhou was made on October 21. The object oriented to development of a multidimensional interregional cooperation, including maintenance and support of business projects of Macau in the territory of sister city. In addition, on the basis of the Park the retraining and practice of government employees will be organized.

21.10.16

The construction of the reservoir in Pazardzhik region
The construction of the reservoir "Luda Yana" will be begun on October 25, 2016 in order to provide uninterrupted supply of drinking water to residents of Pazardzhik region. Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria Lilyana Pavlova took part ft the opening of the construction. The reservoir with volume of 20 million of cubic meter will provide drinking water to more than 45 thousand people. In addition the reservoir will help to protect against floods and will have a beneficial effect on the climate of the region. The construction period is around 900 days.

The athletic race in the city of Pazardzhik
With financial support from the City Hall of Community Pazardzhik the traditional athletic race "Golden Autumn" was held in the park "Svoboda" of the sister city on October 20, 2016. The event was attended by students of 5-12 grades of Pazardzhik schools. The winners were awarded with medals and cups, diplomas and valuable prizes.

The creation of frescoes in Beziers
Frescoes-optical illusions created by Patrick Kommesi, enliven Béziers city center. In addition to the fact that they popularize historical heritage of the city and look very realistic frescoes, placed on the facades of buildings, became the reason for the creation of new tourist route through the streets of the sister city.
Three frescoes, dedicated to the memory of the famous sculptor Antonin Inzhalbera, a native of Beziers, winegrowers uprising of 1907, as well as the famous composer Camille Saint-Saëns will appear in the city in this year.
Also new frescoes, dedicated to famous citizens as well as history of Béziers will appear in 2017 year.

The World Food Day in Zhenjiang
On October 16, 2016 in the framework of celebration of 36th “World Food Day” Mr. Hu Yongxin, the president of Jiangsu Yongyou Grain and Oil Group, as well as an alumnus of Jiangsu University of Science and Technology donated RMB 10 million ( about 1.5 million USD) to building an Institute of Food. A cooperative agreement, which involved in ways of cooperation, school scale, philosophy of schooling, personnel training and students employment was signed.

The International Marathon in Zhenjiang
On October 16? 2016 the International Marathon started in New Area of  Zhenjiang. Dozens of international runners from Russia, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, US, Germany, UAE, Australia and Swiss participated in the event. It should be noted, that it is the second Marathon in Zhenjiang, participants increased from 10 thousands to 15 thousands.

The delegation of the sister city of Yerevan visited Riga
Yerevan official delegation headed by the Mayor of the sister city Taron Margaryan visited the city of Riga (Republic of Latvia). During the visit the delegation met with the Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov, representatives of the local Armenian community and discussed the prospects of further development of friendly relations between the cities and expansion of cooperation programs. Also members of the official delegation took part in the opening ceremony of the park "Yerevan", equipped with a modern children’s and sports grounds.

The delegation from Pori (Finland) visited Changzhou
Within the framework of the Agreement on establishment of friendly sister cities relations on October 14 this year Vice Mayor Fang Guoqiang met with the delegation headed by Aino-Maija, Mayor of Pori, Satakunta, Finland. The prospects of mutual humanitarian cooperation between Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and Changzhou University, as well as programs of international summer camps, cultural exchanges in 2017 year were discussed during the reception.

14.10.16

The celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian community in Pazardzhik
The celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian community dedicated to the activities of local authorities was held in Pazardzhik on October 12, 2016. During the solemn meeting of the City Duma Mayor of the Community Pazardjik Todor Popov made a welcoming speech to citizens and guests of the sister-city and noted the important role of local authorities in ensuring the city life. Representatives of political parties also sent congratulations to the citizens of the sister city.

The cultural life in the sister city of Beziers
The cultural life of the sister city of Beziers is dynamic and diverse.
A concert of very popular German music group «Greogorian», performing pop and rock songs in a style imitating Gregorian melodies will be held on October 19, 2016 in the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire.
A concert «Lo Grand Balèti del Camèl» which will bring together performances of creative dance groups of Languedoc folklore will be held on October 21, 2016.

The celebration of the National Day of the People's Republic of China
The celebration of the National Day of the People's Republic of China was held in the city of Zhenjiang in the period from 01 to 07 of October, 2016. Series of events, exhibitions, concerts were organized on different venues of the city. More than 1 million tourists visited Zhenjiang during the holiday.

The celebration of the Day of Yerevan
The celebration of the 2798th anniversary of sister city Yerevan was held on October 8, 2016. A lot of interesting activities under the slogan "Sun City – Yerevan" were organized for residents and guests of the capital. The exhibition "Standard - Made in Armenia", which presented samples of products of Yerevan of Soviet times - the products of light and food industries were opened at the History Museum of Yerevan as part of the celebration. The exhibition of retro cars with more than three dozen different brands of cars and production dates were opened on Shaumyan square of the sister city. Several cars are winners of international competitions. Festive events dedicated to the 2798 anniversary of Yerevan, ended with fireworks.

Establishment of friendly sister cities relations
Recently Jintan District of Changzhou (PRC, Jiangsu Province) signed a Friendship City Agreement with Shepperton (Australia, Victoria). The sides agreed about mutually beneficial cooperation in photovoltaic, agriculture, tourism. The project of co-constructing a photovoltaic power station in Australia were discussed. It should be noted that prior to this, Jintan has established sister-city relationships with Cuijk (Netherlands), Saint-Georges (France) and Fauquier (United States).

07.10.16

The National Reading Week in the city of Pazardzhik
The National Reading Week, organized with the support of City Hall of Community Pazardzhik, Municipal Theatre named after K. Velichkov and Regional Library named after N. Furnadzhiev will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the period from October 10 to 14, 2016. The various events with participation of pupils and students of the Community Pazardjik, writers, poets, journalists and creative people are planned within the Reading Week.

The tango festival in the city of Béziers
The tango festival will be held in the period from 14 to 16 October this year in Beziers. According to the program of the festival master classes on dancing tango, instrumental concert programs performed by Argentine and French soloists and ensembles, performances by famous dancers will be organized in the concert halls and on the city’s venues. Appetizers will be organized for the festival audience.

The international chess tournament in Yerevan
The sister city of Yerevan hosted the opening ceremony of the international chess tournament "Yerevan Open", which was attended by the President of the Republic of Armenia, the chairman of the Armenian Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan, Mayor of Yerevan, the chairman of the Yerevan Chess Federation Taron Margaryan and President of the European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili. The tournament will be held in the period from October 01 to 10, 2016. Participants of the event will be representatives from more than 10 countries.

Development of China-Israel cooperation
The official delegation headed by Ambassador of Israel to China Matan Vilnai visited Changzhou. A working meeting with the secretary of the Communist Party of China Mr. Yan Li was held during the visit. It was noted that next year is the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Israel
The sides discussed the latest developments in the China-Israel Changzhou Innovation Park, as well as issues of further international cooperation in the field of medical devices, agriculture and new materials. Members of the delegation visited the Park’s companies, met with representatives of business community.

30.09.16

Scientific conference in Pazardzhik
The III National scientific conference "The City and memory" in the Regional historical Museum in the sister city of Pazardzhik, dedicated to the April national liberation uprising will be held in the period from 06 to 07 October 2016. The event will be attended by prominent Bulgarian historians, writers and cultural figures, who devoted their works to the historical event.

Activities of the National Week of Older Persons in Beziers
In the period from 02 to October 8, 2016 the Municipality of Beziers will organize a series events dedicated to the "National Week of Older Persons". Week program includes lectures on health promotion in old age, excursions to the main city’ tourist places, plays and various animations in homes for the elderly, the competition in the game of Belote, dance evenings with buffet. Also, a cruise on the Southern channel will be organized for senior citizens.

Development of strategic cooperation
China State Shipbuilding Company (CSSC) and Jiangsu University of Science and Tech. (JUST) signed the strategic cooperation agreement on 22 September, 2016. As a leading company of shipbuilding industry in China, CSSC is at the cutting edge of marine equipment manufacture industry. The Corporation consists of 60 leading Chinese shipbuilding and ship-repair enterprises, research institutes, manufacturers of marine equipment and spare parts, foreign trade companies. Their win-win cooperation will make contributions to innovation and transformation of national shipbuilding industry.

Social support in the sister city
In the run-up to the celebration Erebuni-Yerevan 2798 the city administration of the sister city holds a number of events in the social sphere. So about 3000 families, including families of workers of the scientific, welfare sphere, families of Armenians from Syria, to the large and young families, families of participants of Artsakhsky war, and also the azatamartik which have fallen in Artsakhe, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, having at the same time 2 servicemen will be handed various valuable presents. This social support is dated for the City Day of Yerevan and will be carried out within 8 days.

International forum in the sister city of Changzhou
On September 28th, the 2016 China Changzhou International Forum on Science and Technology & Economic and Foreign Trade and was held in Changzhou. During the event, the prospects of 10 key chains of production development and modern service industry, the problems of introducing new projects and technologies were discussed. Fairs, presentations, conferences and seminars were held. Issues  about fund-raising, promotion of technologies and investment projects, business transformation and upgrading of the industry were discussed. Areas of work for the development of international cooperation in accordance with existing agreements, as well as the increase of the international sister city rankings on the world market were planned.

23.09.16

The Celebration of the Day independence of Bulgaria
The celebration of the Day independence of Bulgaria was held in Pazardzhik on 22 September 2016. The mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov took part in the ceremony of raising the national flag in the Central square of K. Velichkov, and also appealed to the residents and guests of the city with a welcoming speech. The program of celebration ended a concert with participation of the best creative collectives of Pazardzhik.

Environmental measures in Beziers
In honor of Day civil liability on environmental issues the municipality of Beziers together with the city associations will organize cleaning debris of the Southern  Canal on 24 September. All interested persons are invited to attend the event.

Organization dance courses for children
The municipality of Béziers organizes the work of dance groups for physical development of young children and strengthening family ties. These groups are intended for children under 3 years and their parents.

Cooperation in the field of finance  
Yerevan Municipality and the leading global agency “Fitch Ratings” engaged in credit status and analytical studies signed the cooperation agreement. According to this document, the Agency will assess the quality of public finance management and professional risk, as well as a rank the city's financial stability. Within a short time the cooperation will be put into practice.
It should be noted that as a result of the complete implementation of the process of getting the international status in the field of public finances Yerevan with its international status will be visible for those who make use of the global financial map, which will make it possible for interested structures and organizations to get clear idea of the present level of the financial management system of the capital and the city economy.

International Animation Art Festival
The 13th China International Animation Art Festival will be held in Changzhou International Exhibition Center from September 27th to October 3rd. During the one-week festival the forum on the main theme “Cross-cultural integration and cross-industry cooperation”, digital industry exhibition, cartoons and animation game carnivals, etc.  There will be internationally renowned animation and creative companies like Disney, Marvel, Sony, as well as representatives of different university.

16.09.16

European Heritage Days in the sister city of Pazardzhik
In the period from 15 to 18 September, 2016 the Regional Historical Museum of Pazardzhik will participate in the action "European Heritage Days – 2016". The
annual event provides an opportunity to get acquainted with culture and history of the Old continent. The organizers of the initiative are the Council of Europe and the European Commission. In the framework of the action citizens and guests of the city will have an opportunity to visit the museum for free.

Meetings with famous people
The Council of Youth Policy of Pazardzhik in cooperation with the mayor of the sister city organize meetings with famous people. The meeting with graphic designer Patso Dimitrov took place on September 16, 2016. He was involved in the design of sports uniforms for the National basketball Association of the United States.

Restoration of Bezier school
Due to increased number of pupils in educational institutions Bezier City Hall restores the ancient building of elementary school Budar. The beginning of restoration is planned on October 01, 2016. Five educational classes, multipurpose hall, library and administration will be opened in repaired building. Opening of the school will take place in 2017 by the beginning of academic year.

Participation in the traditional Italian holiday
In the period from August 26 to 28, 2016 the Yerevan delegation visited Carrara (Italy) and participated in the traditional holiday "Septemberfest". The Italian city is the first sister city of Yerevan since 1973, but prerequisites to cooperation were earlier: in 1960 the hachkar-spring presented by Yerevan was established in Carrara and the marble monument "A friendship hand" was established in Yerevan. The sister city has also a street named after the capital of Armenia.

Minden youth delegation visited Changzhou
In the period from August 18 to September 7, 2016 Minden Youth Delegation, headed by Michael Jäcke, Mayor of Minden, visited Changzhou. During the first youth visit members of delegation got acquainted with historical and cultural heritage of the city and participated in many interactive activities with teachers and students of Changzhou №3. Middle School. For three weeks the representatives of Minden learned Chinese, calligraphy, pottery, weaving Chinese knot, Chinese martial arts.

09.09.16

The participants of the Olympic Games were awarded
Mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov thanked and awarded certificates and cash prizes to athletes of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). It should be noted that participants of the games Reneta Kamberova won a bronze medal in rhythmic gymnastics, Nicholas Bairakov ranked fifth in Greco-Roman wrestling and Dimitar Krystev reached the final in the modern pentathlon.

Days of historical heritage
In the period from 17 to 18 September, 2016 the European Days of historical heritage will be held in the sister city of Beziers. In this regard a rich program of city events: workshops in painting, watercolor painting, making mosaics, wood and leather products as well as meetings with famous writers and photographers will be organized. Tours, concerts of organ music and church music, photo exhibition will be organized in cathedrals and churches. Exhibition of ancient and modern painting, sculpture, porcelain will be held in the municipal museums. Also citizens and guests of the city will have an opportunity to take part in literary and historical conferences.

Participation in the International Forum of Mayors of the Silk Road Cities
On September 7, 2016 the representatives of Yerevan Mayor's Office participated in the XI International Forum of Mayors of the Silk Road Cities. During the Forum they discussed the role of the cities, including Yerevan, in development of the program and possibility of joint programs implementation. Participants considered the issues concerning the activities under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the cities of Yerevan and Qazvin (Iran) in 2014. During the visit to Iran meetings with representatives of the World Citizens Organization (WCO), as well as education, investment and tourist organizations of cities-participants were organized. During the meeting sides discussed the possibility of establishing of mutually beneficial cooperation.

Changzhou International Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing Technology Seminar 2016

Due to the accelerated construction of the national intellectual production and innovative centers in the city of Changzhou the International Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing Technology Seminar 2016 will be held on September 27, 2016. The issues of development of robotics and intelligent equipment will be discussed during the seminar. Representatives of national and foreign governments, industry associations, research institutions, experts, etc. will participate in the event. The aim of the event is to define the prospects of development, promote the advanced technologies, monitor of trends in the field of robotics.


02.09.16

The National Day of Bulgaria's Reunion
The celebration of the National Day of Bulgaria's Reunion will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik on September 6, 2016. The mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov will participate in the ceremony of raising the national flag on the Central square of Constantine Velichkov and will make a welcoming speech to citizens and guests of the city. The official program will be finished with a festive concert.

The concert dedicated to the memory of famous rock-musician
On September 5, 2016 Pazardzhik will celebrate the birthday of British singer, songwriter and vocalist of the rock band "Queen" Freddie Mercury. The concert dedicated to the memory of famous rock-musician will take place near the Youth House. It should be noted that members of "Queen" founded the Association "The Mercury Phoenix Trust” engaged in charity work and raising funds against AIDS.

A citywide campaign in Beziers
A citywide event "Alley of Beziers associations" will take place on September 10, 2016 on the alleys Paul Riquet. The report about work will be held during the event. In this year representatives of 250 associations of Beziers will present their achievements in the socio-cultural sphere as well as environment protection. Mayor of Beziers will make a speech, visitors will get acquainted with the information posted on the associations stands, performances and presentations will take place. The concert of the famous orchestra Paul Selmer will be organized in the end of the event.

Changzhou establishes sister-city relationship with Minden, Germany
On August 19, 2016 the opening ceremony of the monument dedicated to establishment of sister cities relationship between Changzhou and Minden (Germany) was held. Mayor of Changzhou Fei Gaoyun and Mayor of Minden Michael Jäcke participated in the festive event. In the framework of the agreement the sides intend to develop multilateral cooperation. The prospects of interaction in the field of economy, education, health, culture, tourism were discussed.

The visit of Yerevan official delegation to Kharkov (Ukraine)

Recently Yerevan official delegation, led by the heads of Nor-Nork and Avan administrative districts, visited the city of Kharkov (Ukraine). The members of the delegation participated in the festive events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's independence and foundation of Kharkov. During the visit the members of the delegation met with the city leadership, presented a welcoming address of the mayor of Yerevan, as well as visited the memorial “Eternal glory” and laid flowers to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


26.08.16

Participation in the International folk music championship
With the assistance of the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO in the period from August 19 to 21, 2016 the cities of Nessebar, Burgas, Obzor and Sveti Vlas (Bulgaria) hosted the VI International folk music championship "World Folk". The City Hall of Pazardzhik Community assisted in the participation of creative collectives. The event was attended by more than 100 creative teams and more than 2000 singers. Folk Ensemble "Hadzhiliyka" of the village Yunatsite of Pazardzhik Community won the gold medal.

The festival of youth music in the sister city

The festival of youth music "Festival Plus" will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the period from September 02 to 04, 2016. The most famous pop bands of Bulgaria, Great Britain, Romania and Macedonia will participate in the event.

Exhibitions in Beziers
Beziers has a rich cultural life. Currently, the Museum of Fine Arts and Fayette mansion opened the exhibition of works of the famous artist, a native of Béziers, Gustave Fayette "Imaginary Landscapes". This exhibition reflects the changes in the painting of the artist in the period from 1908 to 1925.
The exhibition "Art of Recovery", whose members created an interesting composition, dedicated to the art of Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Chagall will be opened on September 5, 2016 in Beziers House of associations.

Changzhou holds the first international ballroom dance competition
On August 17, 2016 the First China Changzhou International Ballroom Dance Competition & 17th CBDF (China International Ballroom Dance Federation) Junior Championship was held in Changzhou. Vice mayor Fang Guoqiang attended the opening ceremony. This event attracted top-class dancers from China, the United States, Russia, Britain, Denmark, Slovenia and other countries.

The photos exhibition in the sister city of Yerevan
The Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan participated in the solemn opening ceremony of the photos exhibition "New independent State of Armenia", dedicated to the upcoming 25th anniversary of Armenia's independence. The exhibition includes documentaries, archive and artistic materials about the most important cultural, scientific, political, social and economic events that occurred in the Republic of Armenia in the period from 1990 to 2016. The exhibition "New independent State of Armenia" is open until September 5, 2016. After that it will be presented in New York and Glendale (United States), Paris (France) and Moscow.

19.08.16

Cultural events in Beziers
The exhibition devoted to 350-year anniversary of the Southern channel creation will be presented in the period from August 19 to August 21, 2016 in Beziers. It connected the waters of the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. The famous canal was included to the catalog of UNESCO world heritage. Guests and citizens will have an opportunity to see the exhibition of "Eaux Édit'" on Board the barge "Naiad" moored in the port of Beziers.

The Arts exhibition in Zhenjiang
Exhibition of 82-year-old native of the city of Zhenjiang, artist, art historian, author of works on contemporary art of East and West Shao Dajani was held in Beijing (China). 20 last works in the technique of ink painting were presented at the event. It is worth noting that it is already the second exhibition, the first one was held in 2004 on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the artist.

The musical achievements
Students of the music school named after Tigran chukhajyan of administrative district Kentron of Yerevan took part in the international competition-festival "Rimini Fest 2016", which was held in Rimini, Italy. Among 450 participants from the different countries the children from of sister city received two first places in different age categories as well as won the Grand Prix of the international festival.

Changzhou Film & TV Industry Forum
On August 4, 2016 the first Changzhou Film & TV Industry Forum was held in Changzhou and gathered representatives of the authorities and nearly 200 scriptwriters, director, producers, and film, television and media experts from the country. The participants discussed the issues of development of this industry. Changzhou positive experience in creation necessary conditions for prosperity of cultural branch were noted, namely: national demonstration bases of digital entertainment industry, International Animation Art Weeks and national animation festivals. It should be noted that this industry became one of the important in the sister city.

12.08.16

Awards in mathematics
During the International Congress on mathematical education on 30 July, 2016 in Hamburg (Germany) the honorary citizen of Pazardzhik, academician Petr Kenderov received the award of "Paul Erdös". The International Federation of national mathematical competitions gives this award for the contribution of scientists to the mathematics development. Academician was born on April 5, 1943 in the sister city and he is Chairman of the Bulgarian Union mathematicians.

Training abroad

Talented fifteen-year-old student Hristina Nikolova from the sister city Pazardjik won a scholarship to study at Fudan University Shanghai (China). Christina is studying foreign languages since childhood and has good linguistic abilities. Currently she is studying at the French Gymnasium Antoine de Saint-Ekzyupiri, speaks perfect English and studying Chinese. Students from Peru, Chile, Morocco, Kenya, Korea, Australia, Russia and European countries will take part in an international training program.

The entertainment event in
Beziers
Daily evening shows of equestrians amateur troupe will be organized on the city square for citizens and guests on the eve of Feriya. The program, prepared for 80 minutes, includes Voltigeurs performances, aerial acrobats and stunt performers of Spanish dances, cowboy show. The performances will be accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects. The performances will be attended by well-known stunt and members of the French national team in equestrian sports.

Development of international sister-city academic exchanges
According to the planned increase of the number of private airlines in Jiangsu it is necessary to increase a human capacity in the field of aviation and space available. In the sister city of Zhenjiang special attention is paid to specialists training. In this regard, the reception of the President of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Jiangsu Aviation Technical College was organized in Zhenjiang. Following the meeting with the leadership of the college the readiness to cooperate and planned implementation of joint programs of academic exchanges in this field - training of pilots, air traffic controllers and flight engineer were confirmed.The program also provided training on management of unmanned aircraft systems.

The prospects of international cooperation
The official delegation of Harbin (China) visited Yerevan. During the reception the members of delegation got acquainted with a history, development strategy and governance model of Yerevan for coming years. The Armenian side informed about existing positive results of cooperation with China in the field of transport, and also confirmed the readiness for cooperation and implementation of joint programs in various spheres of urban economy. In addition, members of the delegation learned about the construction of the Embassy of China in Yerevan. Following the meeting the sides agreed to consider establishing mutually beneficial cooperation and delegations exchanges.

Opening of new production
On August 1, 2016 the opening ceremony of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) project of Jiangsu Lide Plastic Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was held in Liyang Shanghuang Science and Technology Park. It covers an area of 4.7 hectares. This project is one of Liyang’s major projects and integrates into development of Changzhou and conduct industrial transfer. It plays a leading role in the green development of new material industry. It is reported that the project investment is 300 million yuan, and the equipment investment is 100 million yuan. It is expected that the annual output of recycled PET will be 200,000 tons. The products will be exported to southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.

05.08.16

Archaeological excavations in the sister city
With a support of the Regional historical museum of Pazardjik, the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, the Foundation "Legacy of the Balkans" the review of the mound in the village Yunatsite located near Pazardjik is being continued. According to the results of archaeological excavations this property has important historical significance and refers to the copper-stone age. Interesting household items including the golden pearl, whose age according to scientists more than 6500 years were found.

The European championship on ship modeling sport
The European championship on ship modeling sport among speed models is carried out in the sister city of Pazardzhik. Athletes from Bulgaria, Russia, Armenia, etc. participate in competitions. The athlete of the city of Varna (Republic of Bulgaria) reached the speed of 268 km/h and achieved the leading position in B-1 group. In other groups athletes from Russia and Ukraine – 247 km/h and 176 km/h respectively took the leading positions.

The traditional festival in the sister city
The traditional holiday “Feriya” will take place in Beziers in the period from August 11 to August 15, 2016. Annually about 300000 tourists arrive to participate in this holiday, which received not only the city, but also regional value. The theatrical and horse-musical processions, parades of orchestras and folklore collectives, moto and bicycle cross in memorable places of the city, traditional bullfight are planned in the program. The concerts with French and foreign stars will be held at numerous venues. Festival flamenco and traditional folk dances will be organized for the citizens and guests of Béziers.

The interaction of Diaspora communities
The winners of the sports tournament between the students, organized at the initiative of the Armenian community of Odessa with the assistance of the charity Fund "Rainbow" were awarded a week-long tourist trip to Armenia. During the visit to Yerevan students and teachers got acquainted with historical and cultural heritage and attractions of the city. City sightseeing tour, visit to Yerevan History Museum were organized. Students and teachers met with the Director of the Museum. Works of the famous Ukrainian historian Yaroslav Dashkevych "Armenians in Ukraine" were presented. The series of meetings, cultural and sports events were held during the stay of the Ukrainian delegation.

The delegation of Marche (Italy) visited Changzhou
In order to expand the economic cooperation and friendly exchanges the delegation of Marche Region (Italy) visited Changzhou on July 26, 2016. During the meeting with deputy director of Changzhou Foreign Affairs Office, members of delegation received a brief information on economic and social development of Changzhou. The Italian side informed about the industry in the region and the promising areas of cooperation in various fields. During the visit they got acquainted with the main areas of urban policy, as well as visited the objects of the sister city.

29.07.16

The visit of German artist to Pazardzhik
In order to review the life and work of Bulgarian painter of the Renaissance -  Stanislav Dospevski, German painter Mark Krause will visit Pazardjik in the period from August 01 to 15, 2016. During the staying in the city artist will create the following pictures: "House-museum of Stanislav Dospevski", "Portraits", "Landscapes of Pazardzhik". It is planned that part of the works will be donated to the Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevski.

The foreign job training

Expert for natural Sciences and ecology, an employee of Education Department of Pazardzhik Community Vesela Todorova participated in the international job training program at the European organization for nuclear research, the world's largest laboratory for high energy physics (CERN). During the training various meetings including with the Nobel prize winners in physics Jack Steinberger and Samuel Ting were held. The program was attended by over 45 teachers of the world. It should be noted that Vesela Todorova is the only one representative of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Security during the festival "Feria"

The meeting of the mayor of Beziers and the Prefect of the Hérault region (France) took place on July 25, 2016 in the framework of preparation to the annual city-wide festival "Feria". In the course of negotiations they agreed to take additional measures to ensure the safety of residents and guests during the festival. State authorities as well as the mayor of sister city will take the necessary measures to ensure security during the celebrations.

Development of tourist industry in the sister city Zhenjiang
According to Zhenjiang Municipal Commission of Tourism in the first 6 months of 2016 the total revenue generated by tourism reached 36 billion, an increase of 15.8% over the same period of last year. The following events are the most popular among tourists: Jiangsu-Taiwan Lantern Festival, cultural festival of village tourism, vinegar cultural festival and so on. Some major tourism programs will be realized in the second half of this year.

Development of the international cooperation of the sister city
Within the development of intermunicipal interaction the reception of Treviso official delegation (Italy) was organized on 27 July, 2016 in the sister city. The issues of cooperation in the field of education, including friendly relations between the educational institutions of two cities were discussed during the meeting. The Armenian side presented the implemented projects and programs within the framework of existing partnership relations between Yerevan and Italy cities, as well as various examples of successful inter-municipal cooperation with foreign cities.

Development of new direction of the industrial park

For sustainable economic development of the sister city of Changzhou
an agreement on the launch of AVIC Jiangsu Yuanqi Big Health Industrial Park was signed on July 20, 2016. The project will be located in Tianning Economic Development Zone with a total investment of 3.0 billion yuan. It will be a comprehensive health industrial park containing health equipment, health food, health services and so on. The area will cover 2 sq km. After putting into operation, it is expected to achieve an annual production of 500,000 sets of oxygen chambers with the output value of 10 billion yuan.

22.07.16

The regional meeting on innovative development
The regional meeting, devoted to discussion of Innovative strategy of intellectual development for 2014-2020 was held in Pazardzhik City Hall on July 19, 2016. It was developed by Council of ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. The aim of this document is development of modern technologies, improvement of education quality and creation of necessary scientific and innovative infrastructure. Representatives of the Ministry of Economic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, regional administrations of the Southern Central economic region of Bulgaria, Pazardzhik communities and also representatives of business-community participated in the meeting.

Recovery of a monument in an sister city
The works on a monument to the famous historical figure, the fighter for democracy, to the former mayor Beziers Casimir Pere were complete in the city. The bronze statue has been erected in 1907 on the project of the famous sculptor Enzhalber, however in the years of World War II it was stolen. In 2015 the municipality has declared a subscription to an object reconstruction. At the moment the statue is recovered on donations of the citizens and the entities and also financing of Fund of historical heritage of the city and Beziers City Hall.

The prospects of innovation development
On July 19, 2016 the signing ceremony of agreements on cooperative between Nanjing University and Jurong Innovation & Entrepreneurship Demonstration Park was held in Jurong. The President of Nanjing University and Party Secretary of Zhenjiang attended the event. The Park will be a multipurpose base for innovation talents cultivation, commercialization of technological and research achievements, creative cultural industries and big data research & development.

The international semi-marathon in Yerevan
It became known that with the ssistance of Yerevan City Hall and “Repat Armenia Fund” the competition in run of the international "Yerevan semi-marathon" will take place on October 16, 2016. The aim of the event is promotion a healthy lifestyle and popularization of sports tourism in the capital of Armenia. Athletes from Russia, the USA, Georgia and countries of Europe will take active part in the event. The distance in 5 and 10 km is developed for beginners and for children - 1 km. The experienced participants of the marathon will have to overcome all distance - 21,1 km. The semi-marathon has received the international status following the results of measurement of the line by International Association of Marathons and Run.

The Arts exhibition

In order to present history and culture of Changzhou  in the period from July 12 to 14,, 2016 the ‘Elegance Changzhou’ Cultural and Art Exhibition was held in the hall of the memorial "Federal Hall" in New York City. The event was organized by the Publicity Department of CPC Changzhou Municipal Committee, Changzhou International Culture Association, and the New York-based Asian American Business Development Center. More than 90 outstanding works of local artists of Chinese paper-cut folk art, embroidery, brush calligraphy, Chinese painting, and so on were presented during the exhibition. The online sale also took place during the exhibition.

15.07.16

The plan of the city park development
On July 14, 2016 an Open Day at the Municipal Service Center was held with the assistance of Des Moines Parks and Recreation. During the event, which was attended by representatives of Des Moines City Hall and the citizens of the city the updated plan «Gray's Lake Park» as well as projects to upgrade and repair works at the object were considered. It should be noted that in 2001, at the end of the first implementation of such plan, «Gray's Lake Park» has become the most visited place in Des Moines and was recognized by the American Association of planning as the most visited place in the country in 2011.

Arts festival in Zhenjiang
In order to support and create a favorable social environment for people with disabilities the first Art festival was held in the sister city. The event was organized by the Federation of disabled people in the city of Zhenjiang. The organizing Committee received more than 100 works. Also within the Art festival the work on feature motion picture dedicated to the talented people among the disabled was began. The first night of the movie is expected on TV by the end of this year.

Summing up the results of Armenian-French archaeological expedition
The results of 8 years excavation of the Armenian-French archaeological expedition were summed up in Yerevan historical and archaeological reserve museum "Erebuni". Representatives of the municipality of Yerevan, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and the deputy ambassador of France in Armenia Nicholas Fey participated in the event. The summing up of cooperation for 2008-2016 took place, the importance of archeological excavations as main aspect of scientific recognition of the status of the reserve, preserving of excavation as well as implementation of restoration works were noted. It is supposed that on the end of reconstruction of the fortress, the historical place will promote further tourism development in the capital of Armenia.

The first electric bus in Changzhou
On July 6, 2016 the city first electric bus and the first charging station were officially put into operation. This kind of public transport of the sister city has unique technical characteristics, including environmentally friendly, silent operation, powerful and fast-battery capacity for 150 km. 14 buses with the routes about 10 km will be put into operation in the near future. Five charging stations will be put into operation by the end of 2016.

08.07.16

Arts exhibition of the famous Bulgarian artists
The exhibition of more than fifty works of the famous Bulgarian artists opens in National Art gallery of Bulgaria in the city of Sofia. There are four works of the artist Dimitr Kazakov-Neron. They are "Youth", "April days", "Legend", "In entrenchments". It is the property of Pazardzhik Art Gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky. It should be noted that pictures of the famous artist were presented in the cities of the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign countries.

The environmental action in the sister city
For the purpose of further improvement and landscaping of Pazardzhik an environmental tree-planting action will take place on July 09, 2016. The event will be attended by members of Council's youth policy, as well as representatives of the municipality.

The celebration of the 95th anniversary of the founding of China Communist party
On July 01, 2016 the local choirs performed in the theatre of the sister city of Zhenjiang in the framework of the celebration of the 95th anniversary of the founding of China Communist party. The songs, performed during the event, dedicated to the reorganization, history and development of the Chinese nation.

The Water festival in the city of Yerevan
The city action, devoted to one of the most favorite national holidays – the Water festival (Vardavar) took place on July 03, 2016. The parade of water cars, the mobile theatrical performance, concert programs, water games and various entertainments were organized for citizens and guests on different city playgrounds. The festival was heal in all administrative districts, the necessary equipment were provided to persons interested to take part in water games.

Changzhou holds Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fair for Overseas Talents
On June 29, 2016 the 13th Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fair for Overseas Talents in Changzhou was opened. Over 60 high-level professionals from 20 countries and regions attended the event. 76 projects in the areas of intelligent equipment, the Internet and electronic information, new energy, new medicine, etc were presented in the framework of the Fair. The establishment of direct business contacts and discussion of possible cooperation of professionals with industrial parks, incubators and private enterprises took place.

01.07.16

Participation in the national project on studying the Bulgarian language

It became known that several pre-school educational institution of the sister city with the support of the municipality of Pazardzhik Community will participate in the project "Workshop of children’s wishes" of Bulgarian Association "Resource center for European cooperation" financed by the Ministry of Education of Bulgaria and the European Union. The lessons of Bulgarian as a foreign language will be organized for children in the framework of the project.

The leisure activity in the city of Des Moines
In order to improve the leisure activity of citizens during the summer period the Des Moines Parks and Recreation plans the city action "Month in parks", which will be held in the period from 01 to 31 July, 2016. Everyone will be able to use developed and posted on the sister-city official website hiking tours and excursions in the city parks.

Zhenjiang Chorus Competition
The first Zhenjiang Jin Hill Chorus Competition was held in Zhenjiang Technician College within 20 days. Chorus teams were sent by various local organizations, including municipal cultural center, Chongshi Girls’ High School, municipal university for the elderly. 16 local chorus teams reached the final and were awarded prizes.

The prospects of cooperation between Yerevan and the provinces of Anhui

In order to expand the Armenian-Chinese relations the reception of the official delegation headed by the Deputy Secretary of the Communist party of Anhui province of China Li Goin took place in Yerevan City Hall. The guests were acquainted with the positive experience of multilateral cooperation between the capitals of China and Armenia. The sides expressed the intention to establish partnership relations between Yerevan and Anhui province as well as to promote the development of mutually beneficial relations.

The conference in Changzhou
On June 16, 2016 Changzhou held the Conference for Promotion of Intelligent CNC and Robotics Industry. The issue of modern trends and the latest scientific advances in this field were discussed in the framework of the event. The conference aims to promote robotics development and wide application of intelligent equipment in industrial production. Following the meeting Changzhou Municipal People's Government decided to support 11 major projects aimed at modernization of key enterprises with total investment of 5.7 billion yuan.

24.06.16

Participation in the national championship in ship modeling sport
The first stage of the national championship in ship modeling sport among high-speed models was held in Pazardzhik in the period from June 18 to June 19, 2016. It is qualifying round before the European superiority which will take place in August of this year. Athletes from Varna, Plovdiv, Sofia and Pazardzhik participated in the competitions. It should be noted that, despite weather conditions and small amount of participants the maximum speed – 263.54 km/h was achieved during the competitions.

Participation in a musical festival
The children musical festival “Euro Kids” was held in the city of Mayori (Italy).  Representatives from Bulgaria, Russia, Italy and Romania participated in the event. During the festival the 11-year-old singer of the sister city of Pazardzhik Kristiyan Pavlov won in the following nominations "Original Song" and "Popular Song".

Participation in the international majorettes festival
The XIV International majorettes festival "A gold pompon" was held in the city of Albena (Republic of Bulgaria) in the period from June 18 to June 19, 2016. Majorette ensembles "Mega" and "Peak" of the sister city won a large number of gold and silver medals as well as prizes and special awards. At the end of the festival trainers of creative teams thanked the mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov for financial support.

The city show in Beziers
The city show "Sound and color", dedicated to different historical periods of the city will be held in Beziers this summer three times a week. During this show intended for public of all age, the main attention pays to special effects. With 4D light effects, the latest technology of video screening the facades of buildings located on the Paul Riquet alleys will turn into a fantastic picture, combining sound, image and color. The slide show "Sound and Color" will be held in the city of Beziers until July 31.

The International Yoga Day in Zhenjiang
The public event dedicated to the celebration of the International Yoga Day was held in the Zhejiang sports-exhibition center. Over 1000 citizens and guests of the city attended the event The Vice mayor of Zhenjiang Mr. Wang Changsheng attended the event and made a welcoming speech to the participants. It should be noted that idea of an International Yoga Day was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and supported by the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014. Such public actions were held in many southern cities of China.

International film festival "Golden apricot"
In the period from 10 to 17 July, 2016 the XIII international film festival "Golden apricot" dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia's Independence will be held in the sister city. The representatives of Yerevan City Hall, prominent filmmakers and other distinguished guests will attend this event. The participant of the festival will have an opportunity to learn three thousand years history and culture of the city. Within the various program of activities days of French, German, and Polish cinema, musical performances and a mobile cinema on city grounds will be organized for citizens and guests of the city. In the framework of "Golden apricot" the ceremony of laying three name stars of famous Armenian film-makers will take place.

The memorable events in Changzhou
The academic actions "Mountains Beyond Mountains" devoted to celebration of the 120th anniversary of birth of the famous Chinese artist and the teacher Liu Haisu was held in the West Taihu Art Gallery in Wujin district of Changzhou on June 17, 2016. Representatives of field-oriented universities as well as the daughter of Liu Haisu made a speech during the event. In the framework of memorable events an exhibition of the Chinese painting of the last student of Liu Haisu – Liu Zhaojun who has donated more than 50 works, including 16 works of the famous artists will be hold.

17.06.16

Photo exhibition in the sister city of Pazardzhik
The photo exhibition "The Armenian relics on both sides of Ararat" dedicated to 25 anniversary of independence of the Republic of Armenia  will be opened in Stanislav Dospevski Art Gallery of Pazardzhik on June 22, 2016. The organizer of the event is the Armenian cultural and information center of the city of Plovdiv (Republic of Bulgaria). The collection of the Сonsul of Armenia Ekhiyazar Uzunyan – the special guest of the opening ceremony – will be presented at the exhibition. It should be noted that during the exhibition visitors will have an opportunity to see the photos of the rock monastery “Geghard”, awarded the Golden Cup of the international exhibition in Beijing (People's Republic Of China) in 2014.

A victory at the festival competition a mazhoretok in Pazardzhik
It become known that the ensemble “Mystery” of Pazardzhik won ten first places during the VI Festival of majorettes "Solar Besapara", which took place in the period from June 10 to 11, 2016 in the sister city. Participants of the ensemble received a cup of festival and an award for original choreography.

Decoration of Bezier
Works on street design were actively carried out in the sister city at the end of May 2016. Several city streets were decorated with multi-colored umbrellas which were located at the upper floors of buildings. Decorative elements created a original color line along the most popular direction for tourists – a way to an ancient city cathedral Seng Nazer. More than 2000 umbrellas were used for decoration of the city streets. Specialists noted that according to statistic visits to "multi-colored" streets of cities increased for 67%, it promoted trade development.

Zhenjiang attends the US-China Climate Leaders Summit
The 2nd US-China Climate Leaders Summit was held in Beijing in the period from June 7 to 8, 2016. Zhenjiang delegation headed by Madam Zhu Xiaoming, the Mayor of Zhenjinag, attended the event. The Memorandum of Understanding on tackling climate changes and promoting low-carbon city development with Boston (USA) was signed. The achievements and experience of the city of Zhenjiang in this field were noted during the Summit.

Opening of a festival in the sister city
Within the implementation of the program «Yerevan Summer-2016» the VIII festival of Armenian dishes "Bread in Mountains" was solemnly opened on June 11, 2016. The aim of the event is a revival and preservation of culinary traditions and ancient recipes of Armenian cuisine, combining enterprises of catering in order to promote national dishes. The concert program, performances of vocal and dancing collectives were held during the event. In conclusion organizations participated in the festival received grateful letters from the Yerevan city administration.

The development of sister city cooperation with Israel

The official delegation of Israeli Consulate General in Shanghai headed by Amikam Levy, Consul General visited Changzhou. During the official reception the special attention was paid to development of the joint project – the innovation Park, "China-Israel Changzhou". The Consul intends to attract a lot of Israeli companies to invest in Changzhou. In the framework of the visit members of the delegation took part in the opening of the Changzhou-Israel Culture Club, as well as submittal of the international network of consulting firms «Sheng BDO».

10.06.16

The Festival of majorettes in Pazardzhik
In the period from June 10 to 11, 2016 the VI Festival of majorettes "Solar Besapara" will take place in the sister city of Pazardzhik. The Mayor of Pazardzhik Todor Popov, the Pazardzhik city administration and Pazardzhik Children's complex are organizers of the event. More than 400 majorettes from twelve cities of the Republic of Bulgaria will participate in the festival. 94 majorettes of all age categories of ensemble “Mystery” will present the sister city.

An exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the April uprising
An exhibition of children's drawings – students of the Art School of sister city Youth House was opened in Pazardzhik on June 01, 2016. The exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the April uprising and represented in the Museum of Konstantin Velichkov - the participant of the historical event.

Creation of new trade brand
With the support of City Hall and the Trade union on the promotion of wines of  Béziers region, winemakers of agglomeration created a new trade brand "Coteaux de Beziers". In order to promote the products of local winemakers as well as strengthening the tourism appeal the shop "House of wines" will be opened. It is supposed that a brief information about history and geography of wines of the region, tasting drinks and food of Bezier producers will be organized for visitors.

Participation of Zhenjiang in the Conference on Clean Energy
The 7th Ministerial Conference on Clean Energy was held in San Francisco in the period from June 1 to 2, 2016. In accordance with the invitation of the State Government of California, Zhenjiang delegation, headed by Mr. Zhang Hongshui, Vice Mayor of Zhenjiang, participated in the conference. Ministers of Energy from 20 countries and representatives of China regions attended the event. The head of Chinese delegation presented achievements and experience of the sister city in development low-carbon industry.

Opening of a chess school in the sister city
The children and youth chess sports school was opened in the administrative region Nubarashen of Yerevan. Representatives of Yerevan city administration, Armenia Chess Federation and participants of the 16th Europe chess championship among veterans participated in the festive events. About 130 children will have free chess training. The material and technical resources of school allows to create comfortable conditions for educational process. It should be noted that two similar institutions are being built now. 12 free chess schools will work in the sister city under realization of program on development this kind of sport.

China-Russia Science and Technology Forum in Changzhou
On May 28, 2016 the China-Russia Science and Technology Forum was held in Wujin District. The Deputy Minister of Science and Education of Russia, Vice Mayor of Changzhou and other officials attended the event. The China-Russia Science and Technology Industrial Park – the first platform for the implementation of cooperation between the parties in Jiangsu Province – was opened in the framework of the forum. It provides for workshops, business service center, services for transfer of technologies and etc. Also general agreements on strategic cooperation between Wujin District, the Ministry of Science and Education of Russia, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine were signed.


03.06.16

The International Children's Day in the sister city
The celebration of the International Children's Day was organized in Pazardjik park «Svoboda» on June 01, 2016. During the event Bulgarian children wrote the 50-meter letter with wishes and put in the sky more than 1000 balls with letters. The rich musical program was presented for citizens and guests of the sister city.

National championship on ship and auto model sports

The National championship on ship and auto model sports was organized n the city of Pazardjik in the period from June 03 to June 05, 2016. The organizer of the event is yacht-club «Model» of the sister city. Representatives of different regions of the Republic of Bulgaria will participate in the championship.

The Mouvart festival in Bezier
The Mouvart festival is held in Bezier in the period from June 01 to June 05, 2016. Mayor of the sister city Robert Menard made a speech during the opening ceremony. The program of event includes exhibitions of works executed in various painting techniques, theatrical performances of on-stage performance groups. Also the concerts of opera art, professional dancing groups, performances, etc. will be organized within a framework of festival. Visitors of the festival have an opportunity to buy works of the modern art.

The seasonal leisure activities in Des Moines
According to the report of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department free classes of yoga are planned in city parks in the period from June 4 to September 24. The volunteers having professional skills in this field will be involved in sporting events. Representatives of the Department consider that the action will promote of healthy lifestyles and also to further development of sports and leisure activity of citizens.

The International Children's Day in the sister city of Zhenjiang
On June 01, 2016 Secretary of CPC Zhenjiang Municipal Committee Mr. Xia Jinwen and Mayor of Zhenjiang Mrs. Zhu Xiaoming visited kindergartens and primary schools, congratulated students and teachers on the International Children's Day. The entertainment program of this day also includes reading poems, theatrical performances and many other.

Presentation of Yerevan interactive tourist book
With the assistance of Yerevan Municipality and the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) the presentation of a tourist e-book "Exploring Yerevan: A Look Inside the City’s Past and Present" took place on June 2, 2016. The event was attended by Yerevan Municipality, local mass media and tourism sphere. The interactive edition with several options of city rounds and walks is created on a multimedia platform. Besides, information about Yerevan is provided in 7 languages.

Creation of the demonstrative center in Changzhou district -  Wujin
The State Council of People's Republic of China decided to create 17 demonstration parks and centers which are engaged in development of business and innovations. One of such center will be situated on the territory of the district Wujin of Changzhou. This district is an industrial area with many enterprises of various sectors of economy, infrastructure, economic, scientific and other objects. One of them is innovative park "China-Israel-Changzhou" on the territory of which more than 40 Israeli companies carry out their activity. Also there are business incubators, several industrial parks with the volume of foreign investment over 200 million Euros.

27.05.16

Mandolin concert will be held in Pazardzhik
The first ever Concert performed by the National Mandolin Orchestra will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik on May 28, 2016, which is part of the Arts Festival “Art idea – art avenue”. The orchestra is a union of several orchestras representing various cities of the Republic of Bulgaria. The performance will mark the grand opening of the Festival.

National Championship in modern pentathlon
On May 22, 2016 the city of Shumen (Republic of Bulgaria) hosted the national championship in modern pentathlon for juniors. The athletes of Pazardzhik HEBJR showed really good results at the contest in question, where one of the club members, Christina Danailova, won the title of Champion of Bulgaria (age category under 16).

The foreign cultures and kitchens festival
The foreign cultures and kitchens festival will take place in Bezier on May 28, 2016. The city associations from 11 countries – Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, Cameroon, the Caribbean islands, Morocco, Senegal, Taiwan and Turkey will participate in the event. The city mayor Robert Menar will make a speech during the official opening ceremony of the festival. The culinary workshops will be held, creative groups will present performances of national musical culture. Citizens and guests of Bezier will be able to buy the pleasant dishes of national cuisines and recipes collections.

A swimming season in Des Moines
A swimming season in five pools and swimming centers of Des Moines will open within the events dedicated to the celebration of Memorial Day at the end of May. In this regard the city administration informs citizens about the rules of conduct on water objects which made by activists of the "National Water Safety Month" project. It is recommended not to leave children without adults, to locate in the visibility of standby persons, to use special vests during driving by boats, etc.

Increase of birth rate
In order to increase the population of China an active comprehensive policy on
increasing the birth rate is carried out in the city. So representatives of medical maternity and child welfare service reported that about 300 babies are born in the sister city every month. 40 per cent of them are the second child in families. According to experts data more than 500 children will be born in the second half of 2016year.

The music event in the city of Yerevan
Within the international cooperation between Armenia and Lithuania the music event "Day of street music" was organized in the sister city on May 21, 2016 for the first time. It was organized by the initiative of Embassy of Lithuania and with the assistance of Yerevan city administration. This event is being organized for ten years in Lithuania and became very popular. Performances of musical groups and soloists took place on Northern Avenue of Armenian capital and on the territory of the state academic theatre of Opera and ballet named after A. Spendiaryan. Gala concert with participation of the famous Armenian and Lithuanian musicians took place at Charles Aznavour Square. Mayor of Yerevan and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania participated in the action. During the performances it was noted that 25 anniversary of diplomatic relations between two countries will celebrate in this year.

Forum on environmental protection in the city of Changzhou
The Sino-US Environmental Protection Forum was held in the sister city on May 18, 2016. The event theme was "Technologies, environment, eco-city". The experience exchange was carried out during the forum. The mayor Changzhou, the US Consul General in Shanghai, experts from Shanghai and Beijing made the reports. It was noted that the city considers organization of eco-friendly production as a priority task, promotes introduction of the environmentally friendly equipment, goods and services, keeps growth and development of the nature protection enterprises. The Mayor also called businessmen to take part in environmental protection and make greater contribution to building a prosperous, beautiful and high-tech Changzhou. It is expected that this event will promote joint activity of government, enterprises and citizens on creation environmentally friendly economy and an urban environment.

20.05.16

Konstantin Velichkov Memory Days
The thematic days devoted to the memory of Bulgarian writer Konstantin Velichkov were held in Pazardzhik in the period from May 18 to May 20, 2016. Within the cultural program the theatrical performances, poetic evenings and final gala concert were organized for citizens and guests of Pazardzhik.

Participation in the international project
The contest for families – participants of the international project “Fiesta” will be carried out within celebration of the City Day Pazardzhik on May 21, 2016. The aim of the action is informing families with children about energy saving electric devices using. Five European countries – Italy, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus and Bulgaria take part in the project. The Republic of Bulgaria is represented by three communities: Pazardzhik, Bourgas and Vratsa.

The Arts festival in Pazardzhik
The V Arts festival "Art idea – art avenue" will be organized in Pazardzhik in the period from May 28 to June 03, 2016. Within the event famous Bulgaria and Europe artists will visit the sister city. Forums, exhibitions, concert and theatrical performances will be held.

The "Night of museums" in Bezier
The international cultural event "Night of the museums" will be held in the sister city on May 21, 2016. Citizens will have an opportunity to visit Bezier museums and two museums of Fine Arts located in Fabrega and Fayette's estates. Lectures of scientists-historians and excursion accompanied by skilled guides will be organized within an action. Also concerts of performance groups and soloists will be held. They will perform musical pieces on ancient (lira with a rotary wheel) and modern (a piano, a guitar) musical instruments.

Youth leisure in Des Moines
The musical summer camp for students of high schools aged from 11 till 15 years will be organized by Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department together with non-profit organization " Des Moines Musical Coalition" in June of this year. The program includes vocal courses, writing of songs, statement of performances and rehearsal. Groups on two directions of modern music - rock'n'roll and hip-hop will be created. The camp will promote disclosure of creative children abilities, receiving scenic experience, informal communication. Participants of this project will show their skills during the known musical festival “80/35” which is annually held in Des Moines.

Activity the Red Cross Society members in the city of Zhenjiang
According to the information of regional office of the Chinese Red Cross Society now more than one thousand volunteers working in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Volunteers help to vulnerable groups of the population in communities and rural areas, hospitals. The sphere of their activity are wrecking, donorship of blood and cells of marrow, charity, etc.

Expansion of cooperation between Yerevan and St. Petersburg
Within development of intermunicipal interaction the official reception of the leadership of Petrograd and Moscow districts of St. Petersburg was carried out on May 18, 2016 in the capital of Armenia. Two cooperation agreements between above-named districts and Erebuni and Malatiya-Sebastiya districts of Erevan were signed during the event. According to these documents interaction will be realized in urban economy, social policy, health care, culture, education, sport, tourism spheres and some others. The parties undertook to strengthen and develop the friendly relations between administrative districts, exchange by experience and information during the bilateral visits.

The international conferences in the sister city
Within the XIII China’s Five-Year-Plan and economic restructuring and modernization the Conference on international exchange and cooperation in the science and innovative technologies spheres of China-2016 was held in Changzhou in the period from May 17 to May 19, 2016. The theme of the event is "Promoting international technology transfer and experience exchange of international cooperation". Three seminars on the smart grid, graphene and rail transport were organized during the conference. Experts from the UK, South Korea, Sweden, Australia, Israel made reports about the latest technological advances.


13.05.16

International Music Contest in the city of Pazardzhik
XV International Music Competition "note for note" will be held with financial support Pazardzhik city administration in the period from 13 to 15 May, 2016. The event is organized by the Youth Home sister city. The members of the jury will be three well-known singer of the Republic of Bulgaria. Summing up the results and the final gala-concert will be held on May 15 this year on the central square of Pazardzhik.

Sports tournament in the city of Pazardzhik
International tournament in modern pentathlon will be held in Pazardzhik in the period from 14 to 15 May, 2016. The event is organized by the sports club "Hebr" of the sister city, the Federation of Modern Pentathlon of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Municipality of Pazardzhik. More than 220 athletes of Bulgaria, Turkey and Moldova will participate in the event.

"Blooming alley" festival in Beziers
On May 13, 2016, the festival "Blooming alley" will be held in the alleys Paul Riquet of Beziers. In this regard, the City Hall will organize the contest which will be attended by growers, nurserymen, gardeners. Participants should prepare a floral installation in accordance with this year's theme - "Snail". The jury will consider the work of the participants, taking into account topic relevancy, originality and quality of products. The winners will be awarded valuable prizes. In addition, workshops on planting will be organized by representatives of the Beziers greenery service for students. Also sellers will place their trade stands of goods on avenues.

The seasonal recreational activity in Des Moines
The recreational activity "A Day in the arboretum" took place in sister city Arboretum «Ewing Park Lilac» on May 7, 2016. There are an enormous collection of lilacs in the arboretum – more than 200 species. The citizens had the opportunity to inspect the flowering shrubs. The event organizer - Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department - prepared a rich program for visitors: sports outdoor games, croquet, thematic workshops, various treats and others.

Leaders of Zhenjiang meet Russian businessmen
On May 7, 2016, Mr. Zhang Lei, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province and Madam Zhu Xiaoming, Mayor of Zhenjiang, met the delegation headed by the Chief Representative of Shanghai Representative Office of Russian Federation of Industry and Commerce. The delegation visited the sister city in the framework of the 1st China-Russia Cross-border E-commerce Conference. During the meeting the Chinese party presented information on a socio-cultural development of the Jiangsu province, its economic potential. The perspectives of further exchanges and cooperation between e-commerce merchants and investment organizations were discussed.

Visit of Yerevan music schools representatives to the US
In the beginning of May this year the tour of sister city Yerevan students of musical schools to the United States was finished. The opera "Anush" (A. Tigranyan), a concert performance of "Liturgy Komitas" were presented during the visit. The meeting with the leader of the Western Diocese of the archbishop Terteryan Hovnan the Armenian Apostolic Church was organized. Representatives participated in charity concerts, the proceeds will be send on treatment of sister city children, as well as to some military families. Yerevan music school, headmaster and students were awarded honor certificates of California Governor.

Participation in the international exhibition
The international exhibition of non-material cultural heritage and ancient art – 2016 took place near Macau (People's Republic of China) in the period from April 22 to 25, 2016. The event was organized by the Chinese fund of cultural protection relics and the Chinese national association of friendship with foreign countries. More than hundred exhibitors from China, Germany, France, Israel, the USA, Great Britain, India, Japan, South Korea, etc. participated in the exhibition. Within the framework of the event Changzhou presented three traditional types of folk art known as "three treasures of Changzhou". It is production of crests, any embroidery and a "green" bamboo carving. 100 works performed in these technicians were placed at the sister city stand.

06.05.16

Graphic Drawings Contest in Pazardzhik
On May 14, 2016, Pazardzhik is to host the V contest of graphic drawings on tablets «I have one dream …». The organizer of the event is the Art gallery Stanislav Dospevski. The winners are to be selected by a highly competent Jury.

National Sport Dance Contest
On May 7, 2016, a national sport dance tournament will be held in the sister city of Pazardzhik, which will take place under support from the Mayor Todor Popov. The event will bring together 120 couples from various clubs of Bulgaria including dancers of Pazardzhik’s club Impulse.

The Festival of pink wine in Bezier
The pink wine festival will take place on May 8, 2016 in Bezier Market complex "Les Halles". In this regard the facade of the complex will be decorated with a five-meter artificial bunch of grapes. The program of the event supposes pink wine-tasting and buffet reception. The workshops on the manufacture of traditional pottery, as well as painting in watercolors will be held in order to organize children's leisure.

The improvement of the city of Des Moines
During the period from May 13 to May 14, 2016 Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department will organize the environmental action on landscaping and improvement of urban areas. The plants for further planting in urban areas will be collected. Everyone can donate biomaterial. This event allows municipal city objects to cut expenses on landscaping of surrounding area. Due to this action more than 600 plants have been planted in 2015.

Participation of Yerevan in the tourist exhibition "Caucasus Tourism Fair CTF – 2016"
For increase of tourist appeal on May 05, 2016 the sister city was presented at the 18th international tourist exhibition Caucasus Tourism Fair CTF 2016 which took place in the city of Tbilisi (Georgia). About 100 representatives of tourist companies and hotel business Armenia, Georgia, Estonia, Indonesia, Thailand and other countries took part in action. Unique features of the capital of Armenia, and also the popular tourist directions of the city were presented in the individual pavilion. Within the event the international forum concerning tourism development and experience exchange in this sphere were held.

XXI Changzhou Roses Exhibition

Changzhou is one of the five centers of Chinese rose across the country. On April 30, 2016 the XXI Changzhou Roses Exhibition was opened in park Zijing. The event will last 23 days. This park was reward with the Award of the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS). There are more than 50,000 rose of 1200 varieties in the Zijing park. During the opening ceremony the next welcoming actions were organized for volunteers: "I love the city flower" and a competition "Caring for roses". Following the results of the competition the rose bushes are assigned to ten representatives of the city community. Within an exhibition volunteers will organize various training actions on theory and practice of roses’ landing and cutting for citizens and schools representatives.

29.04.16

The photo exhibition in the city of Pazardjik
The Second International Photo Salon – 2015 was held in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). More than 670 works made in different styles "black-and-white photography", "monochromatic photography", "colour photography", "nature", "my city" from 54 countries were presented during the event. The opening of the photo exhibition "Favorites", the collection of which includes 55 photographs selected under the Photo Salon took place on April 27 at the Art Gallery of the sister city.

The Karate competitions
VIII National Karate Tournament for all ages took place on April 24, 2016 in the city of Burgas (Bulgaria). This competition is included to the national sports calendar of the Bulgarian Federation «Shotokan Karate». The competition was attended by over 230 representatives of Bulgaria sports clubs. Karatekas of Pazardjik club "Tonus-sport" won eighteen medals - three gold, three silver and twelve bronze.

Design of the urban areas
Lately the facade design work is actively doing in the city of Beziers. The ends of the buildings situated in the city center are decorated with realistic frescoes dedicated to the famous citizens, cultural traditions, historical places of Beziers. It is planned to create two more frescoes dedicated to the great natives of the sister city – a sculptor Inzhalberu and a playwright Moliere as well as his play "Love annoyance", written in Beziers, until to the end of July. An innovative technique is used for decoration the buildings: a fresco is created in the workshop, then with the help of special glue is attached to the wall.

The sports event in Des Moines
According to Des Moines Parks and Recreation Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department a friendly match on baseball between representatives of Des Moines City Hall and urban sports park W. Cownie Baseball Park will be held on May 5 this year in the sister city. This park is one of the best sports complexes and hosts many local and national tournaments.

The music festival in the sister city
The International Music Festival "Changjiang" will be held in the sister city Zhenjiang in the period from April 30 to May 1, 2016. This annual event is held on the bank of the River Yangtze during seven years and it’s the largest event in the cultural life of the city. The festival is traditionally attended by world famous artists, such as «Scorpions», Demi Lovato, and others. The program of this year includes performances of the famous US band «Backstreet Boys», more than 30 singers and bands from China, Singapore, Hong Kong. The citizens from such neighboring cities as Shanghai, Nanjing and Changzhou will also visit the festival.

The thematic exhibition in Yerevan

The exhibition "Hunting for a lion and a bull in the Middle East" was opened on April 20, 2016 in historical-archaeological reserve museum "Erebuni" of the sister city. The event was organized within the framework of the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The representatives of Yerevan Municipality, International Council on Monuments and Sites, as well as the National Commission of UNESCO attended the opening ceremony. During the event the importance of preserving and transmitting of rich cultural heritage to future generations was highlighted and also the importance of work of museum "Erebuni", executed in this direction was noted. The exhibition will be open until May 8, 2016.


22.04.16

The ecological action in the sister city Pazardjik
On April 16 this year, Pazardjik Municipality organized the ecological action. More than 400 citizens of the sister city who took part in this event, brought to special waste delivery points unnecessary electronic equipment, paper, plastic, glass, etc., and received flowers and trees for planting.

The literary prize in Bulgaria
On April 20, 2016 summarizing the results of National literary contest named after Blaga Dimitrova, the famous writer, public figure, former vice-president of Bulgaria took place in the National Library St. Cyril and Methodius in Sofia. The contest works are moral-ethical topics written by women. The award was given to the journalist of the sister-city Pazardjik Stefka Venchevoy for the book "Chronicles of Abram".

The youth of Pazardjik participated in the public life
On April 21, 2016 with the support of City Hall of the sister city and the Council on youth policy, Pazardjik Regional Historical Museum hosted a public discussion with representatives of the youth – the delegates of the Republic of Bulgaria at the United Nations. The participants of the event discussed the experience of the delegates at the UN, the issues of maintaining the interest of young people to actively social life, the development of non-formal education practices.

The improvement of Beziers
Recently, the City Hall of Beziers finished works on landscape improvement of traffic circle named after François Mitterrand, located at the entrance to the sister city. Three olive, specially brought from Spain were planted at a specially lined area. All trees are 1800 years old, they grow and bear fruit in the days of the Roman Empire. The drip irrigation is brought to olives and the circles of white gravel are lined around the trees.

The results of the month of Francophonie in Yerevan
On April 16 this year, the results of the month of Francophonie were summarized in Yerevan. As part of cooperation programs with the French cities in the humanitarian and cultural sphere events dedicated to the Armenian-French friendship, the history of French-speaking countries, culture, literature and national traditions were held in several schools.
The life and work of world-famous French figures, including Armenian were also presented. It should be noted that about 13 thousand students of Yerevan study French now.



15.04.16

The exhibition dedicated to the April uprising in 1876
On April 20, 2016 the Art Gallery of sister city Pazardjik named after Stanislav Dospevski will host an exhibition dedicated to the national liberation uprising in Bulgaria in 1876, which was brutally subdued by the Turkish troops. Paintings fr om the collection of the Art Gallery, made in the techniques of painting and drawing will be presented to visitors of the exhibition.

The construction works in the city of Pazardjik
On April 14, 2016 Mayor of Pazardjik Community Todor Popov announced the launch of the national program "Energy Efficiency". In the framework of the first phase of this project in the near future it is planned repairing and insulation by insulating materials a few houses.

The achievements in the area of foreign languages
The student of fifth class of Pazardjik school named after Professor Ivan Batakliev Georgi Popov won the national competition for knowledge of English, organized by the publishing house "Longman".

The sports events in Beziers
There are series of citywide sports events planned in April this year in Beziers. Competitions of cyclists "Grand Prix of the city of Beziers will be held On April, 19. The participants will have to overcome 81 km of urban roads. Juniors as adult athletes, having the license of the French Cycling Federation are invited for participation in the race. The sports festival «Let’s be fit» will be held for citizens of Beziers on April, 29. The program of event includes athletics, tennis, wrestling, table tennis, basketball, football, mini-golf, as well as racing on scooters. The workshops on preparation dietary dishes will be organized as part of the festival.

The achievements of Des Moines in the environmental field
On April 11, 2016 it became known that the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau awarded Des Moines with the prize "2015 Tree City USA Growth Award ". “The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees. The sister city awarded the prize by enhancing forest resources and demonstrating the great value of landscaping. It should be noted that Des Moines was one of 18 Iowa communities participated in the program.

The implementation of programs aimed at economic development
During the meeting of the State Council of the People's Republic of China the special attention was paid to the promotion of economic development and business support. The priority areas are information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing and modern agriculture. It should be noted that these economic sectors are priorities for the sister city Zhenjiang in the framework of the 13th Five-Year Plan. During the program the government intends to promote the recovery of idle factories and warehouses, provide government subsidies for rent, utilities and Internet access.

The cooperation between Yerevan and St. Petersburg in the field of education
Within the framework of cooperation program between Yerevan Municipality and the Government of St. Petersburg for the years 2015-2020., with the aim of strengthening and expanding the educational interaction the delegation of higher and secondary education institutions, headed by the deputy chairman of the Education Committee of St. Petersburg administration, visited the city of Yerevan. During the meeting with representatives of the Armenian capital municipality the sides emphasized the importance of friendly relations established between two cities, progress in implementation of joint educational programs, exchange of experience, mutual visits of groups of students and teachers. Office of General Education of Yerevan City Hall provided information on the activities in general and inclusive schools, kindergartens, as well as achievements at the national and international levels.

The development of international economic cooperation
In recent years, a increasing number of European and American enterprises have invested in Changzhou. It should be noted that up to now, 61 of the Fortune 500 companies list have set up branches in the sister city. As part of further development of economic cooperation the delegation of representatives of leading corporations in the development, manufacture and sale of various kinds of chemical products visited Changzhou. Members of delegation were welcomed by deputy mayor Mr. Fang Guoqiang as well as visited Changzhou National High-Tech District (CND), wh ere Germany companies «Baerlocher Group» and «Lanxess Energizing Chemistry» are located.

08.04.16


The anniversary of Pazardjik Youth House
Within the framework of events dedicated to the celebration of the 45th anniversary of Pazardjik Youth House a big concert with the participation of local music and dance groups was organized on April 7, 2016. It should be noted that the sister city Youth House is the largest institution of culture in the region and has twenty art groups, schools, clubs.

The sister city athletes participated in sports competitions
In the period from 02 to 03 April, 2016 the village of Kranevo (Bulgaria) hosted the National championship on modern pentathlon. The competition was attended by athletes between the ages of 12 and 16 years. During the championship the representatives of the club "Champion" of sister city Pazardjik won silver medals and cup.

The exhibition of landscape design was opened in Pazardzhik
The exhibition of landscape design "Landscape Architecture of Bulgaria - Past, Present and Future" was opened in the sister city Pazardzhik on April 8, 2016. The event was organized by the Union of Bulgarian landscape architects, as well as the Regional Society of Bulgarian architects in Pazardzhik. The most successful examples of landscape design, carried out by the country's architects will be presented to visitors of the exhibition.

The anniversary of the establishment of sister cities relations between Béziers and Heilbronn
As part of celebrations dedicated to the 50th anniversary of establishment of sister cities relations between Béziers and Heilbronn (Germany), the municipality of the German city took the initiative to organize the participation of two Beziers students, studying "Business and Management", in a weekly course "Master" in the Summer Academy of Higher Education management and Law «GGS» during the period from 11 to 16 July, 2016. Heilbronn City Hall covers the costs of students' education, their accommodation, meals, transport and excursion maintenance, the visit to German companies. The main content of upcoming lectures in English includes such topics as organization of work of medium-sized enterprises in Germany, their impact on the economy as well as trade between European countries.

The ornithological event in Des Moines
On April 2, 2016 citizens of the sister city voluntarily took part in the ornithological event, which took place in Greenwood Park. They organized a work on the catching and ringing birds inhabited the park. This activity is technique for studying the behavior of wild birds and are systematically carried out in the US since 1923. Also during the event, volunteers manually created birdhouses for personal garden plots for nesting birds such as Wrens and Bluebirds.

The tulips festival in Zhenjiang
In the period from March 28 to April 18, 2016 the 5th tulips festival was organized in Zhenjiang sister city. The world-known varieties of tulips, including the Netherlands and France are presented for visitors. More than 300 children from preschool educational institutions of sister city visited the show during the early days of the festival. The event had a great success among citizens and guests of Zhenjiang.

The developing of Zhenjiang sports industry
In order to increase Zhenjiang sports attractiveness five fitness parks, three football fields and ten multi-purpose sports fields are planned to be build during 2016 year in sub-districts of the sister city.

The measures aimed to combat autism in the sister city
Within the framework of events dedicated to the World Day spread Autism Awareness, the 4th charity bicycle march was organized on April 2 this year in the sister city Yerevan. The "National Autism Foundation" and the Cycling Federation of Armenia organized the event. The race was attended by about 100 cyclists from Yerevan Municipality subordinated comprehensive and inclusive schools. At the end of the event at the main building of Yerevan Municipality three wheelchairs were presented to fund. Besides, in accordance with the annual symbolic tradition, the facade of the National Gallery of Yerevan building was lit by blue light.

01.04.16

The Theatre festival in the city of Pazardjik
During the period from om April 01 to April 05, 2016 Pazardjik Youth House hosted the XI International youth theater festival "Ocean of Love". Event is held with the assistance of Pazardjik City Hall. More than twenty on-stage performance groups of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey will participate in the festival.

International Children's Book Day
On April 02, 2016 at the day of birth of Danish writer storyteller Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the International Children's Book Day is celebrated. In this regard in the sister city of Pazardzhik the meeting of a round table "Reading since early years" has taken place. Organizers of event are Pazardjik Children's department of Regional library, Pazardjik Regional Educational department and also Goethe Institute in Bulgaria. The meeting were attended by more than fifty directors of preschool educational organizations and teachers of the sister city, representatives of national association "Children's Books". They discussed children's reading problems and increasing readers' activity from the early ages.

Pazardjik athletes participated in Karate competitions
The karate competitions among children was held in the city of Plovdiv (Republic of Bulgaria) during the period from March 26 to March 27, 2016. Athletes from Pazardzhik, Plovdiv and Sofia participated in the event. During competitions karatekas of sister city club «Tonus» have won 11 medals: five gold, two silver and four bronze.

Bezier Committees of quarters
Bezier Committees of quarters are autonomous and independent links of city community, carries out interaction with municipality on topical issues of the population life. Work is carried out on the basis of remarks and offers submitted by citizens of quarters during general meetings. The mayor systematically visits committees of quarters of the city. The City Hall also informs these structures about programs and projects directly related to their activity. Committees of quarters organize various actions in the territory, inform citizens.

Water sports in Des Moines
Since April 1, 2016 for promoting the water sports in Des Moines city pools and swimming centers with the assistance of Parks and Recreation Department opened the registration for the summer season. During the month, the citizens have the opportunity to buy discount ticket, plan schedule for children and adults swimming lessons as well as courses of professional rescuers.

Zhenjiang participated in economic meeting
At the end of March, 2016 the delegation of Zhenjiang sister city leaded by the deputy mayor Zhang Hongshui took part in the XVI meeting of coordinators of economic development of cities located in the river Yangtze delta. The meeting was held in the city of Jinhua of the Province of Zhejiang (People's Republic of China). New mechanisms of cooperation and prospect of further activity were discussed. The deputy mayor presented information on development of the low-carbon industry in the city, and also made the offer to enter system of "cloudy" control of an ecological situation in the region, to develop a platform for scientific decisions adoption, the coordinated management and public involvement.

The exposition in the Yerevan history museum
At the initiative of Yerevan City Hall the exhibition “Dialogue of Cultures” was opened in sister city history museum. There were presented more than 70 exhibits of Iran folk art. The main part of the exhibition are miniature and painting XVIII-XIX centuries, various carpets, fabrics, copper household items. During the event the deputy mayor of Yerevan and director of  Cultural center of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Armenia have emphasized century friendship and cultural similarities of the peoples. It is planned that the exhibition will last till April 09, 2016.

Festivals in Changzhou
On March 26, 2016 the Cultural Veydun-2016 festival and Festival of blossoming of peaches were simultaneous opened in Changzhou park Weidong. The venue is a picturesque place wh ere peach trees different varieties flowering until mid-April grow. During the ceremony a premier show of original performance "Echo Weidong" representing life of the population of this district 6000 years ago was organized. This statement, along with other events of cultural program, was highly appreciated by the audience.

25.03.16

An exhibition of landscapes of Bulgaria
The Mayor of Pazardjik Todor Popov took part in the opening ceremony of a landscapes exhibition of the famous Bulgarian artist Bediga Bedrosyan "The Earth between the river and the sea" which took place on March 23, 2016 in Art gallery of Stanislav Dospevsky. It should be noted that works of the artist are in private collections in Sofia, Berlin, Dresden, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, etc.

Participation in the XI National Karate Championship
During the period fr om March 19 to March 20, 2016 in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) the XI National Karate Championship took place. More than 400 representatives of Bulgaria sports clubs took part in the competitions. Karatekas of Pazardjik club «Tonus-sport» have won seventeen medals – two gold, three silver, twelve bronze. By results of superiority two athletes have been included to the national team and will take part in the European cup "Karate Shutuokan" which will take place in April of this year in the city of Darmstadt (Germany).

The Festival in Bezier
During the period from March 25 to April 01, 2016 the regional creative festival literary and theater "Author's March" is held. Professors of Sorbonne, figures of literature, playwrights, theatrical actors will take part in actions. Within a festival the discussions, conversations of book novelties, literary soirees, theatrical readings, competitions for readers, and also meetings with popular authors will be organized. Visitors will be able to get their works and get autographs.

Measures of support of veterans in the sister city
On March 17, 2016 in the city of Des Moines the press conference on issues of housing provision for veterans has taken place. According to the submitted data, thanks to efficiency of the done work, creation of the corresponding conditions of support for the last year the housing was provided to more than 230 veterans. The solution of this problem is carried out by municipality together with the numerous local and national organizations.

About the teleconference
On March 18, 2016 in Beijing (People's Republic of China) the teleconference between Zhenjiang Municipal People's Government and the Government of the State of California (United States of America) concerning further cooperation development in the low-carbon industry has taken place. During the conference the priority directions of collaboration, including the organization and carrying out "The international low-carbon technological trade fair" were discussed. It should be noted that in September, 2015 during the Chinese-American summit concerning climate change the Memorandum of understanding between the city of Zhenjiang and State of California of the concerning strengthening of cooperation in an above-mentioned industry has been signed.

Cooperation of Yerevan with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
On March 22, 2016 Mayor of the sister-city Taron Margaryan has welcomed the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic official delegation (NKR) headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Artur Agabekyan. During negotiations sides stressed the importance of friendly relations between the two nations, discussed the results of joint work and agreed on further development of multifaceted cooperation. Also for strengthening trade and economic interaction the Armenian side will assist in holding a trade fair of "Dary Artsakha" in the city of Yerevan wh ere production of the artsakhskikh producers will be presented.

The Festival of tea and tourism in the city of Chandzhou
It became known that in April in the county Liyan of the sister city Chandzhou XIV Chinese festival of tea and the XII Tourist festival of the Tyanm lake with assistance of national and provincial industrial associations is planned. Within festivals a number of actions, ceremonies of signing of agreements, solemn start of new projects, development of twinning communications, week of culture and art, collecting and tasting of tea, a carnival, etc will be organized. Besides, the results of the thematic competition held by department of advertizing and promotion of the county Liyan since the beginning of the current year will be summed up.

18.03.16

Holding of the exhibition devoted to the April uprising in 1876

On March 22, 2016 the Regional Historical Museum of the sister city of Pazardjik will host an exhibition dedicated to the national liberation uprising in Bulgaria in 1876, which was brutally suppressed by Turkish troops. The event was organized with financial support from the City Hall of Pazardjik Community. The visitors will see seventeen priceless exhibits, provided by the regional museums - weapons, banners, as well as thematic paintings, made in the techniques of painting and drawing.


Painting exhibition in the sister city

On March 23, 2016 opening of the exhibition of the famous artist Vasil Petrov is to be held at the Pazardjik Art Gallery. It should be noted that currently more than thirty exhibits of his works have been held. In addition, the artist has taken part in numerous national and international exhibitions.

City environmental event is planned

Des Moines Parks and Recreation jointly with nature protection civic organizations and the city residents is going to hold the city environmental volunteer event on April 22. During the clean-up event the city public spaces and parks will be cleaned up and beautified.

Each year Des Moines Parks and Recreation pays attention to different environmental activities. Past years have included improving water quality, restoring woodlands, saving of the Monarch butterfly. The 2016 theme focuses on growing more food locally, building rain gardens, recycling, reducing carbon footprint.


Tree-planting in Zhenjiang

With a view to landscaping and greening of Zhenjiang, on March 12, 2016 citizens and government officials joined the national tree-planting day. The tree-planting activity is mainly organized by volunteers from social organizations. Over 1000 trees were planted.

Annual conference in the sister city

On March 13, Zhenjiang Pearl S. Buck Research Association had its annual conference in the sister city. Based on the achievements made in 2015 (the Association has made progress in academic research and exchanges, plan for cultural park, building literature resources center with Jiangsu University), the conference outlines its development plan in 2016.


Events dedicated to the International Day of Francophonie

On March 15 this year, within the framework of events dedicated to the International Day of the Francophonie, a forum "Revise the city to live better together", organized by the Municipality of Yerevan jointly with the Embassy of France in Armenia, was held in the sister city. At the meeting numerous projects and programs of cooperation with Yerevan's foreign cities, aimed at the study and application of international experience, were presented. The forum highlighted sister city achievements in the area of ​​e-governance.

Also, the Museum of History of Yerevan organized photo exhibition "The city and its environment",  illustrating the concept of a "smart city", comfortable and innovative. Pictures of French cities of Lyon, Marseille and Paris were presented, a demonstration movie about Yerevan in 3D was shown. Parties expressed the desire to develop and strengthen cooperation in the field of urban development.


Public transport modernization in Changzhou

In recent years, Changzhou has been promoting the development of new energy vehicles. In order to improve the working characteristics of the public transport, a "power electric" new energy bus was jointly developed with the help of Changzhou Public Transportation Co., Ltd. The bus is powered by gas and electricity but also has solar panels installed on the top. which can reduce the battery power consumption thus increasing the driving range by to a total of 200 - 300 kilometers every day. Since March 11th, 25 new energy buses will be used on the city's BRT extension lines.

11.03.16

Theatrical marathon holding in the sister city

The holding of "March theatrical marathon" is planned in Pazardjik Youth House. During the event, visitors will be presented with three one-man shows, "Ugly" by John Leguizamo, "Stories from the barrel" by Dimitr Stefanov, "Woman is a strange animal" by Jan Ognyanov. There will also be a presentation of the book of the Bulgarian writer Georgi Toshev, dedicated to the life and work of one of the most famous theater actresses of the Republic of Bulgaria - Katya Paskaleva.

 

Recreational activities in Beziers

On March 12, 2016, an entertaining event "Day Game", will be organized by the association «Stratèges Cathares» in Béziers Associations House. During the program residents and guests of the sister city will learn about different types of multiplayer games: board, role-playing, card, etc. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in the games under the supervision of professional animators.

 

Ecological measures in the sister city Des Moines

From 4th to 18th of March, Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department implements the planned controlled burns within the city park areas. The purpose of these actions is to decrease the fire risk by reducing the number of forest combustible materials and cleansing of forest areas of dead-wood, as well as the creation of favorable conditions for regeneration of forest, the eradication of infection centers and destructive insects. Works are performed by experienced professionals who have undergone special training.

First collection of oral archives completed in Zhenjiang

The Zhenjiang Municipal Archives has finished collecting oral archives about the building of the No.3 National Automobile Factory in Zhenjiang early in 1970s. They had made an overall plan on Zhenjiang’s oral archives collection which will focus on prominent figures who once have contributed to the economic and social development, the witnesses of major local historic events and ordinary people of Zhenjiang.

 

One card for public transport

Jiangsu province recently issued a public transport card that can be used in Zhenjiang and other 12 cities within the province (Xuzhou, Suqian, Lianyungang, Huai'an, Yancheng, Yangzhou, Taizhou, Nantong, , Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nanjing. It is the first provincially accepted public transport card in China. Buses, subways, trams and cabs in the following cities all accept this new "one-card-pass" to pay the public transport fare. It is expected that green bikes for public renting in the streets are to be covered by the new system in the near future.

 

Celebration of the International Women's Day in Yerevan

At the initiative of Yerevan Municipality, a series of festive events dedicated to the International Women's Day was held in the sister city. On a Yerevan’s subway station a photo exhibition "Woman in the urban economy" was organized, presenting over 32 photographs, telling about the role and employment of women in different spheres of urban development from the Soviet era to the present day. In the city districts there were actions during which the women were presented flowers and cards on behalf of the mayor. In addition, in the city's Freedom Square the fair sex has been given the opportunity to see Yerevan from a balloon with a bird's-eye view.

 

Liu Haisu Art Museum achievements

From September to October 2015, Liu Haisu Art Museum of Changzhou city launched the exhibition series of “Brilliance of a Century - Approaching to the Art of Contemporary Masters” in cooperation with art galleries in Beijing, Shenzhen, Nanjing and Yixing. More than 160 pieces of fine paintings and calligraphy works presented to the people of Changzhou a feast of culture. Recently, it was announced that the exhibition series was awarded the 2015 national outstanding gallery exhibition. It is the first time that the museum claimed a national award, marking its approach towards top-class domestic museum in exhibition planning and research, also establishing its leading position among art museums in Jiangsu. In 2016, Liu Haisu Art Museum will hold a series of academic activities to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth Liu Haisu, famous painter and teacher.

04.03.16

National holiday of Bulgaria in the sister city

On March 3, 2015 Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman yoke was celebrated in Pazardjik. In the church of Saints Constantine and Helena there was a prayer service for the health and welfare of citizens. Laying flowers at the monument to the heroes who participated in the liberation of Bulgaria was organized. Mayor of Pazardjik Todor Popov took part in the official ceremony of raising the national flag on the central Konstantin Velichkov square, and addressed to residents and guests of the sister-city with a welcoming speech. The program ended with the celebration concert.


Traditional spring action in Pazardjik

On March 1, 2016 volunteers of the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross in the sister city Pazardjik organized a traditional action "Martenitsa". Over 3000 Bulgarian National Gifts “martenitsa”  representing badges of white, red thread and pearls were produced by volunteers and distributed to residents and visitors.


Activities of the Archaeological service of Beziers

The Beziers has active urban archaeological service. The activities of its employees are to seek, preserve and use historical heritage objects in order to attract the tourist flow to the sister city. The first major archaeological excavations have been carried out within the boundaries of Béziers in 1985. Since then, scientists have collected a large collection of finds, including ancient amphorae, pottery, vintage gun, and many others. In 2017, the service plans to improve the quality of surveying used in archaeological activities, using drones equipped with the latest optics.

 

Annual sport event in sister city Des Moines

On April 16, Des Moines organizes the 29th Mayor’s Annual Ride and Run for Trails. RAGBRAI and Bike World, for many years engaged in carrying out one of the biggest bicycle races in the United States, are back as sponsors of the event. The program includes the 5k run/walk and the 22-mile ride, raffle, various refreshments, etc. Proceeds will go towards the maintenance and improvements of area trails.

 

Cloud technologies application in Zhenjiang education system

Recently, the Conference on Zhenjiang IT Application for Education was held in the sister city. According to the presented data, a Cloud Platform for Education has already been put into operation  in 16 Zhenjiang schools, equipped with systems for education and teaching, teachers, parents and remote education. With the help of the platform, schools will be able to achieve Smart Teaching. The education platform will be further extended to cover more schools. Hopefully schools could utilize information and big data based on the platform to enhance teaching efficiency and raise the quality of teaching faculty. By 2020 Zhenjiang plans to finish building 180 Smart Schools.

 

Memorable event in the sister city of Yerevan

A commemorative meeting "Eternal traveler" dedicated to the participant of the Artsakh war, famous scientist, doctor Artsakh Buniatyan was held in Yerevan. The event was attended by representatives of the City Hall, family members and numerous friends of the military doctor. The meeting presented a short film about the life of Artsakh Buniatyan, excerpts from his works, biographical data. There was also a presentation of a book of the scientist’s memoirs.

 

Changzhou-Shanghai Economic Cooperation development

To boost business ties with Shanghai, Changzhou Municipal People’s Government started the Changzhou-Shanghai Economic Cooperation Month 2016 by hosting the Chinese New Year Reception in Shanghai on February 25th. The event received great support from Shanghai’s industrial, business, financial, science circles. Changzhou Party Secretary and Mayor delivered speeches duirng the activity. Also, present at the reception were representatives from Denmark, Germany, Singapore and large international companies like Siemens, Standard Chartered Bank, Deloitte, etc.

05.02.16

Creation of traditional Bulgarian souvenirs

In the period from the 24th to 26th of this February a workshop for making national Bulgarian souvenirs “martenitsi” will be organized in the hall of the ethnographic exposition of the Pazardjik Regional Historical Museum. Martenitsi are badges made of red and white threads, and pearls. Bulgarians traditionally pin these decorations to clothing from 1st to 22nd of March in honor of the coming spring, and also present them wishing all the best. Also a contest "The most original traditional martenitsa" will be organized. The winners will be awarded with prizes.

 

The exhibition in the Art Gallery of sister city

An exhibition of paintings and drawings of Stayo Garnoev - artist, illustrator of famous Bulgarian authors’ books as well as the winner of one of the city's art contests will be open on February 11, 2016 in the Art Gallery of Pazardzhik named after Stanislav Dospevski.

 

The security organization in the stadiums of sister-city

On February 5, 2016 in the framework of the 18th day of the professional league tournament D 2 rugby team Beziers «ASBH» will take the club of Tarbes city (department Hautes Pyrenees). The game will take place at the stadium Mediterranee. It should be noted that special security measures have been taken for visitors of the event.

 

The meeting Des Moines Economic Task Force

The first meeting of Des Moines Economic Task Force on development of economic cooperation between sister-cities of Des Moines and Shijiazhuang (China) was organized on January 29, 2016 in Des Moines City Hall. The issues of further cooperation and exchange of experience in the field of trade, transport, construction, environment and landscaping were discussed during the meeting.

 

The lantern festival in the sister-city

On the eve of Chinese New Year the VI traditional «Jiangsu-Taiwan Lantern Fair – 2016» was opened in the sister-city. Sponsored by Zhenjiang Municipal People’s Government and Jiangsu Provincial Administration of Tourism, the event will last 28 days. About 200 sets of colorful lanterns of various shapes and sizes will be presented for citizens and guests of the sister-city.

 

Mayor of Yerevan met with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Lithuania E. Petrikas

February 2, 2016 year the Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan met with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Lithuania in Armenia Erikas Petrikas. During the negotiation sides emphasized the importance of friendly relations between the two nations and agreed on further development of multifaceted cooperation. Also, traditional Lithuanian festival "Day of street musicians" will be held in Yerevan in the framework of 25th anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Armenia.

 

Changzhou holds 2016 Job Fair for graduates

Recently Changzhou held the 2016 Job Fair for College Graduates. More than 300 companies and institutions of sister-city took part in the event. They suggested approximately 6700 job positions in the following spheres: machinery manufacturing, information technologies, marketing, architectural engineering, new energy and new materials, management, petroleum chemical and biological medicine, textile and clothing, language, literature and media.

29.01.16

Holding the international musical festival in the sister city

During the period from January 28 to January 31, 2015 the annual international festival "Winter Musicales of Professor Ivan Spasov" (the outstanding conductor and the composer) is held in the city of Pazardjik. The various program of a festival always pleasantly surprises inhabitants and guests of the sister city. During the action the best works of the Bulgarian, world famous and other composers will be performed. In a final concert of a festival the Japanese pianist Ayako Fudzhika will take place. Also within a festival the exhibition of the photo "Notes in a Lens" will be held.


Presentation of the famous writer’s novel in Pazardjik

On January 29 of this year the new novel of Silvia Tomova "Pechetar" who won the first place at National competition of the short story and awarded by a prize "The book of year 2010" will be presented in the sister city. Stories of the author are translated into many foreign languages. The third novel of Silvia Tomowa "Pechetar" can also take a worthy place in modern Bulgarian literature.


Creation of the museum in the sister city

The Bezier city administration made the decision on creation of the museum devoted to the heroic head of the French Resistance movement in the years of World War II, to the artist and the native Bezier - Jean Moulen. It is planned that the museum will settle down in the apartment in which there was born and lived the French figure. Reconstruction will be made on the basis of public-private partnership within this year, with use of the new construction technologies. Now on a wall of the building in which the museum will settle down, artists already created the volume fresco recreating Jean Moulen's figure in shutters of the slightly opened window.


Considering Des Moines city budget for 2016-2017

On 28 January this year in Des Moines a public hearing to review the city budget for 2016-2017 was held, which was attended by members of the municipal Council, city administration, and the public. During the hearing, the presentation of the budget for the coming year, and also provided consultations on issues under consideration took place.


Social services for the elderly in Zhenjiang

According to the annual meeting, held in the sister city of Zhenjiang on social services, significant progress in this direction has been made in the XII five year plan. According to a report in the past year more than 35 thousand needy citizens received financial support in the amount of 146 million yuan, also increased the number of services and benefits. In 2016 it is planned to improve the conditions for insurance, improved access to socio-medical services to seniors.


Establishment of Yerevan international contacts

On 27 January this year the mayor of the sister city Taron Margaryan met with the delegation headed by the Deputy Director of the Asian Department of the French development Agency Jean-Claude Pir. During the talks there were presented the main directions of strategy of city development, cooperation programs with international organizations, as well as examples of successful joint projects. To discuss specific areas of cooperation the parties agreed to establish a working group and develop multifaceted cooperation.


Construction of technological park in Changzhou

Within implementation of the signed strategic Cooperation agreement between the National Government of China and Corporation of the aviation industry of the country the decision on creation of technological park on production of lities - ion batteries and environmentally friendly power sources is made. On January 8 of this year construction of the technological park located in zone of economic development of the city district of Jintan was started in a festive atmosphere. Development and production of these power sources is of great importance for economy, environment protection and eliminations of a smog in China. The project is investment attractive that is confirmed with the number of the companies participating in development of park. It is supposed that by the end of the XIII five-year plan the total amount of investments will exceed 20 billion yuans, sales - 50 billion yuans.

22.01.16

National poetry and essay contest in Pazardjik

In Sofia, the capital of the Republic of Bulgaria, there was announcement of the results of the national poetry and essay contest "Mountains and songs for the mountains", dedicated to 165th anniversary of the famous Bulgarian writer Ivan Vazov. The event, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science, gathered more than 260 essays and poems of Bulgarian schools’ students. A student of Ivan Batakliev school of sister city Pazardjik took the 3rd place. The winners of the national competition were awarded at the ceremony.

 

Promotion of civil initiatives in Des Moines

On January 26 this year, in the sister city Des Moines a ceremony “The Renewal Awards: Celebrating America's Local Innovators” will be held. The event is organized by Atlantic Media with support from Allstate. During the ceremony, representatives of state authorities and local self-government, the media, experts in the field of urban management, etc. will speak about their vision for  the city of Des Moines and the United States in general, the issues of local entrepreneurs support, as well as individuals finding creative solutions to the country’s most pressing social and economic challenges. During this event, six innovators from across the country who are improving their communities from the ground up will be recognized and honored.

 

Innovations in Zhenjiang Public Transport

According to Zhenjiang Public Transport Company, 200 new-energy buses will be put into use before Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). It is the first time that the use of new-energy vehicles is extended in Zhenjiang public transport. These buses do not only use environmentally friendly fuel instead of diesel and gas, but also possess high-tech equipment. The advantages of electric buses are also in lowering noise and conserving energy. To ensure safe use, charging piles have been installed along some of the bus routes.

 

Opening of an art installation in Yerevan

With the support of the First Lady of Armenia Rita Sargsyan and Yerevan City Hall in the framework of the large-scale project "One wall history", the opening of an art relief "Armenian alphabet Parade" was held near the ancient manuscripts repository "Matenadaran". The cast metal letters are placed in special niches in the walls. It is planned that the new art installation will be provided once every six months, and the original exposure will be transported and shown in other cities of Armenia. All persons who assisted in the implementation of the initiative were awarded special certificates of gratitude.

 

Changzhou Olympic Youth Center opened

On January 17th, Changzhou Olympic Youth Center was officially opened in the sister city. Representatives of the CPC, Jiangsu Provincial Sports Administration, and Changzhou municipality attended the ceremony. There are facilities of outdoor basketball court with lighting system, large and small football fields, gym and swimming pool. Professional coaches will provide training for schoolchildren. A variety of football or basketball tournaments for teenagers will be carried out. The Sport8 National Youth Football 4VS4 Cup and a demonstration lesson of Dutch professional footballers for Changzhou’s PE teachers have been already held in the center.

15.01.16

Сelebrating the 138 th anniversary of Pazardjik liberation

On January 14, 2016, residents and visitors of Pazardzhik celebrated 138th  anniversary of the sister city liberation by Russian troops from the Ottoman yoke. Mayor of the Community Todor Popov has laid flowers at the monument of General N.P. Brok, commander of the vanguard of Russian troops which took part in the liberation of the city of Pazardjik, Russian Field Marshall General I.V. Gurko and other heroes of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878.

 

Environmental action holding

In the period from 15 to 17 January this year, the Republic of Bulgaria held a winter count of waterfowl. Pazardjik is actively participating in this annual event, which is held in Europe since 1967. During the event, Environmental Inspectorate experts of the sister city, representatives of the Bulgarian Association for the Protection of birds and non-governmental organizations concerned with the environment will investigate rivers, natural and artificial lakes.

 

Volunteer activities in Des Moines

On January 26 this year, with the assistance of Des Moines Park & Recreation Department, Volunteer Awards will be awarded to the most active volunteers of the city, as well as organizations involved in volunteering. Awards are granted for the successful implementation of social initiatives: improving sports infrastructure of the city, development of greenhouses, popularization of Des Moines history, expansion of corporate volunteering practices, charitable and environmental actions. This event is organized in order to increase public recognition of volunteers’ contribution to the decision of the city problems, identify and support the leaders of the social movement.

 

Winter swimming contest in the sister city

On January 9th, the fifth East China Winter Swimming Contest was held in Zhenjiang. Nearly 500 contestants from Shanghai, Jiangsu Province, Anhui Province and Zhejiang Province, ranging in age from 11 to 81, gathered at Zhenjiang to challenge themselves despite very low temperature.

 

Chess tournament in Yerevan

From 8 to 16 January this year, the sister city hosts the 6th chess tournament dedicated to the memory of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, the founder of the Chess Academy Andranik Margaryan. The event was attended by the President of the country, representatives of Yerevan City Hall and the Armenian Chess Federation. The tournament organized by the Academy is held in different age groups up to 18 years. All competition winners will be awarded with medals, souvenirs and will be eligible to participate in the training camp of the Chess Academy of Armenia.

 

Changzhou wins the China Habitat and Environment Award

It was learned from Changzhou Urban and Rural Construction Bureau that Changzhou was honored the China Habitat and Environment Award 2015. It is currently the most prestigious human settlements award in the country. Its aim is to acknowledge cities which have made outstanding contributions in six categories of living environment, ecological environment, social harmony, public safety, economic development, and resource conservation. Suqian City of Jiangsu Province and Jiyuan City of Henan Province, as well as Shanghai, have also been awarded the prize this year.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.
District reconsruction works
In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival
In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development
In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament
In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.
"Feria" traditional holiday
In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.
Annual jazz festival
In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.
District reconsruction works
In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.
"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival
In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.
Forum on the robot industry development
In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works


In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Annual table tennis tournament

In the period from August 14 to 19 of this year in the city of Panagyurishche (Pazardzhik region) the IV tournament "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour" on table tennis, organized by the Ministry of Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Bulgaria will be held. Among the participants will be sportsmen from China, Japan and Germany, as well as the representatives of Bulgaria. The prize fund of the tournament is 160 thousand US dollars.

"Feria" traditional holiday 

In the period from 10 to 15 August of 2018 in the city of Beziers will be a traditional holiday "Feria", this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the program of the event theatrical and musical-equestrian processions, in which the riders from Andalusia (Spain), as well as parades of brass bands and folklore groups are planned. Within the framework of the holiday there will be organized attractions, exhibitions of books and autographs of famous people, traditional bullfight. On numerous venues there will be concerts with the participation of French and foreign stars, "fiery" shows. For the Beziers and guests of the city, a flamenco festival and traditional folk dances will be organized. In the end of "Feria" there will be a spectacular festive firework.

Annual jazz festival

In the framework of the Labour Day, the third annual jazz festival will take place in the sister city of Des Moines. The main goal of the event is to get acquainted with the creativity of the legendary artists, as well as the development of the jazz musical sphere among the young generation. During the festival, well-known national jazz performers, as well as local city groups will perform. This event will be attended by both residents of the city, and numerous tourists.

District reconsruction works 

In order to improve the environment, Zhenjiang sister city is working to beautify the scenic area at the foot of Nanshan Mountain. A number of cement plants and quarries have been moved and closed, and trees are being planted on nearby land plots. Mount Nianshan, which is called the "green lungs" of Zhenjiang city, is already available for organizing outdoor activities.

"Yerevan TARAZfest" city festival 

In order to develop tourism, as well as to spread the national items, the 4th Yerevan TARAZfest city festival took place in the sister city of Yerevan. During the first stage of the event, an exhibition-fair was organized, in the second stage there were presented collections of Taraz, Armenian women's costumes created by famous designers. The city festival was ended by a stage ballet production and performances of ethnic musician groups.

Forum on the robot industry development 

In the sister city of Changzhou there was held a forum on the robot industry development, in which more than 300 experts, scientists and entrepreneurs of this area took part. The main goal of the event is to contribute to the development of the national high-tech industrial zone in Changzhou. The forum consisted of three stages: discussing aspects of the national policy for the welding robot industry development, as well as an overview of industry development trends and user needs, and the final stage was covering the latest research results.

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

Opening of the park of culture and rest in the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of Pazardzhik Community participated in the official opening ceremony of the park of culture and recreation "Piskovets" on May 3, 2018. On the territory of the park with a total area of 3 hectares there are children's and sports grounds, well-equipped recreation areas, places for walking of domestic animals. The park is illuminated with solar panels. As part of the further improvement of the city, it is planned to connect the "Piskovets" with the "Island" city park by a bicycle path.

Festival "Blossoming avenues" in the city of Beziers

On May 4, 2018 the festival "Blossoming avenues" was held on the alleys of Paul Riquet, Beziers. In this regard, the city administration organized a competition for  flower growers, owners of nurseries and gardeners. Participants presented floral installations in accordance with this year theme - "A ladybird". When summarizing the results, consideration was given to the relevance of the subject, originality, quality of products. Winners received valuable prizes. Besides, within the framework of the festival there were organized master classes on planting and caring for plants, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of general educational establishments of the city, and shopping stands of sellers of related products.

Summer social program of 2018

Social club of the city of Des-Moines has announced the selection start of four interns for participating in the summer social program of 2018 to implement non-commercial cultural programs. Students will get acquainted with the structure of non-profit organizations, take part in planning and carrying out various activities. Each intern will work under the guidance of a mentor in various areas: training, marketing, planning, management. In 2018 interns will receive a money reward for their work within the program for the first time.

Events within the framework of the World Day Against Asthma

Within the framework of the World Asthma Day, a number of free activities were organized in the outpatient department of the Jiangsu University Hospital for familiarization with the methods of disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Doctors told about the symptoms of asthma, presented recommendations for a healthy lifestyle and prevention of repeated seizures, selection of necessary medication and also answered patients’ questions of interest.

Preservation and restoration of the historical area of Erebuni

In order to stimulate tourism attraction and development, the Yerevan Municipality discussed a program for further financial and technical assistance to restore the historical Erebuni area, in particular, the introduction of raw brick technology and its use in the restoration of the citadel. This is one of the numerous programs for preserving historical area, implemented since 1998, since the accession of the Armenian capital to the Association of Mayors of French-speaking cities.

Summit on Network Communication and Innovation "Zijin" in Changzhou

On April 27, 2018 in the sister city of Changzhou was held the Summit on Network Communication and Innovation of Cyberspace called "Zijin Network Communication Innovation Summit". The forum discussed issues of new formats integration of mass media into social space, the need for innovative development and expansion of communication platforms, as well as the importance of further informatization of the country. It was suggested to pay more attention to training of young specialists in the field of Internet technologies. The event was attended by more than 500 experts and media representatives.

Photo exhibition in Pazardzhik

On April 26 this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky was held the opening of the exhibition "Choice". The exposition presents the best works of the Fourth International Photo Contest, where about 400 photographers from 52 countries took part. The creative work of Bulgarian photographers won 9 prizes. The photos are presented in 6 nominations.

Restoration of the organ in the city of Beziers

In the sister city of Bézier was carried out restoration work of the organ which was created in the 17th century by the Flemish master Guillaume Ponchet and installed in the cathedral of Saint Nazaire. This musical instrument is included in the register of historical objects and protected by law. The organ was created in 1623. After restoration of the instrument in the XIX century in the city of Beziers, there was held a memorable concert of the great composer Camille Saint-Saens. Restoration work was financed jointly by the Beziers City Hall and the government of the Hérault region in the amount of over 134,000 euros.

Day of Combating Malaria

In the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of educational events took place on April 26 this year within the framework of the Eleventh National Day Against Malaria. The Public Health Center and the City Health Service organized free consultations on the topic "Elimination of malaria: beware of infection" and distributed information leaflets, also answered the questions of city residents about possible remedies, symptoms and treatment of the infectious disease.

Development of cooperation between Yerevan and Lyon

In order to develop further cooperation between Yerevan and the French city of Lyon, a direct Yerevan-Lyon-Yerevan flight was launched in the capital of Armenia. Passenger transportation will be carried out by the airline "Armenia" twice a week. Considering that 2018 is the 26-th year of cooperation between these cities, direct air communication will deepen bilateral cultural and economic ties and development of tourism.

Changzhou City Sports Games


In the sister city of Changzhou the Fifteenth Sports Games has started on April 22 this year. At the opening ceremony in the Olympic Sports Center the Party Secretary Wang Quan and Mayor of City Din Chun addressed the participants and spectators with a welcoming speech. Large-scale wilderness orienteering, competitions in more than 100 disciplines, also a sports carnival, as well as exhibitions, master classes and other interesting events will take place within the framework of the Sports Games. Fifteenth City Sports Games will last from April to November.

Photo exhibition in Pazardzhik

On April 26 this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky was held the opening of the exhibition "Choice". The exposition presents the best works of the Fourth International Photo Contest, where about 400 photographers from 52 countries took part. The creative work of Bulgarian photographers won 9 prizes. The photos are presented in 6 nominations.

Restoration of the organ in the city of Beziers

In the sister city of Bézier was carried out restoration work of the organ which was created in the 17th century by the Flemish master Guillaume Ponchet and installed in the cathedral of Saint Nazaire. This musical instrument is included in the register of historical objects and protected by law. The organ was created in 1623. After restoration of the instrument in the XIX century in the city of Beziers, there was held a memorable concert of the great composer Camille Saint-Saens. Restoration work was financed jointly by the Beziers City Hall and the government of the Hérault region in the amount of over 134,000 euros.

Day of Combating Malaria

In the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of educational events took place on April 26 this year within the framework of the Eleventh National Day Against Malaria. The Public Health Center and the City Health Service organized free consultations on the topic "Elimination of malaria: beware of infection" and distributed information leaflets, also answered the questions of city residents about possible remedies, symptoms and treatment of the infectious disease.

Development of cooperation between Yerevan and Lyon

In order to develop further cooperation between Yerevan and the French city of Lyon, a direct Yerevan-Lyon-Yerevan flight was launched in the capital of Armenia. Passenger transportation will be carried out by the airline "Armenia" twice a week. Considering that 2018 is the 26-th year of cooperation between these cities, direct air communication will deepen bilateral cultural and economic ties and development of tourism.

Changzhou City Sports Games


In the sister city of Changzhou the Fifteenth Sports Games has started on April 22 this year. At the opening ceremony in the Olympic Sports Center the Party Secretary Wang Quan and Mayor of City Din Chun addressed the participants and spectators with a welcoming speech. Large-scale wilderness orienteering, competitions in more than 100 disciplines, also a sports carnival, as well as exhibitions, master classes and other interesting events will take place within the framework of the Sports Games. Fifteenth City Sports Games will last from April to November.

Photo exhibition in Pazardzhik

On April 26 this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky was held the opening of the exhibition "Choice". The exposition presents the best works of the Fourth International Photo Contest, where about 400 photographers from 52 countries took part. The creative work of Bulgarian photographers won 9 prizes. The photos are presented in 6 nominations.

Restoration of the organ in the city of Beziers

In the sister city of Bézier  was carried out restoration work of the organ which was created in the 17th century by the Flemish master Guillaume Ponchet and installed in the cathedral od Saint Nazaire. This musical instrument is included in the register of historical objects and protected by law. The organ was created in 1623. After restoration of the instrument in the XIX century in the city of Beziers, there was held a memorable concert of the great composer Camille Saint-Saens. Restoration work was financed jointly by the Beziers City Hall and the government of the Hérault region in the amount of over 134,000 euros.


Day of Combating Malaria


In the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of educational events took place on April 26 this year within the framework of the Eleventh National Day Against Malaria. The Public Health Center and the City Health Service organized free consultations on the topic "Elimination of malaria: beware of infection" and distributed information leaflets, also answered the questions of city residents about possible remedies, symptoms and treatment of the infectious disease.


Development of cooperation between Yerevan and Lyon


In order to develop further cooperation between Yerevan and the French city of Lyon, a direct Yerevan-Lyon-Yerevan flight was launched in the capital of Armenia. Passenger transportation will be carried out by the airline "Armenia" twice a week. Considering that 2018 is the 26-th year of cooperation between these cities, direct air communication will deepen bilateral cultural and economic ties and development of tourism.


Changzhou City Sports Games


In the sister city of Changzhou the Fifteenth Sports Games has started on April 22 this year. At the opening ceremony in the Olympic Sports Center the Party Secretary Wang Quan and Mayor of City Din Chun addressed the participants and spectators with a welcoming speech. Large-scale wilderness orienteering, competitions in more than 100 disciplines, also a sports carnival, as well as exhibitions, master classes and other interesting events will take place within the framework of the Sports Games. Fifteenth City Sports Games will last from April to November.


Photo exhibition in Pazardzhik

On April 26 this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik in the Art Gallery named after Stanislav Dospevsky was held the opening of the exhibition "Choice". The exposition presents the best works of the Fourth International Photo Contest, where about 400 photographers from 52 countries took part. The creative work of Bulgarian photographers won 9 prizes. The photos are presented in 6 nominations.

Restoration of the organ in the city of Beziers

In the sister city of Bézier  was carried out restoration work of the organ which was created in the 17th century by the Flemish master Guillaume Ponchet and installed in the cathedral od Saint Nazaire. This musical instrument is included in the register of historical objects and protected by law. The organ was created in 1623. After restoration of the instrument in the XIX century in the city of Beziers, there was held a memorable concert of the great composer Camille Saint-Saens. Restoration work was financed jointly by the Beziers City Hall and the government of the Hérault region in the amount of over 134,000 euros.


Day of Combating Malaria


In the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of educational events took place on April 26 this year within the framework of the Eleventh National Day Against Malaria. The Public Health Center and the City Health Service organized free consultations on the topic "Elimination of malaria: beware of infection" and distributed information leaflets, also answered the questions of city residents about possible remedies, symptoms and treatment of the infectious disease.