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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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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%.


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.


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.

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Opening of an art exhibition in the city of Pazardjik

The exhibition will be open at the beginning of March, 2017 in Art gallery of the city of Pazardjik. 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 Pazardjik the release of the catalog of creative works of the artist is planned.


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.

17.02.2017 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.

17.02.2017 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.

17.02.2017 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.

17.02.2017 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.

17.02.2017 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.