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Bulgarian Art Week @ Shanghai Times Square

2009. 21 May

Written by JFK Miller
Art? Bulgaria? Yes, and so much more...

( From May 22-31, the Consulate General of Bulgaria in association with Shanghai Times Square will jointly debut the first Bulgarian Art Week. Urbanatomy chatted with Mr. Ivan Dimitrov, Consul General of Bulgaria in Shanghai, about the event and China-Bulgaria relations.

Tell us about Shanghai's Bulgarian community...
The Bulgarian community in Shanghai is not very big, around 100, but it's very vibrant. It consists of small investors, representatives of Bulgarian companies, traders, employees of Chinese and international companies, members of mixed Chinese-Bulgarian families, students. Each category is growing in size and diversity. Along with Shanghai's permanent residents, there are several thousand Bulgarians visiting Shanghai every year for business or leisure.

What can people expect from the first ever Bulgarian Art Week?
Quite simply, its purpose is to introduce to Shanghai people some aspects of Bulgaria. It includes an exhibition by young Bulgarian artist Kristina Thomsen; Bulgarian wine from three famous wineries; “Momchilovtsi” yogurt – part of our age-old tradition – manufactured by Shanghai-based “Bright” company; and rose oil cosmetics by Biofresh, the top natural cosmetic brand of Bulgarian rose oil. Bulgaria is known as 'The Land of Roses.' The rose is our national flower, and Bulgarian rose oil, considered to be the highest quality in the world, is the symbol of Bulgaria.

Why should Chinese people go to Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is a small, beautiful country in southeast Europe with warm-hearted and hospitable people. It offers wide and varied opportunities for leisure to its Chinese guests – from world class spa and golf resorts – to unique, traditional art and culture, and untouched nature spots. What's more, as the newest member of the European Union, we offer excellent opportunities for investment and business to the Chinese people. Bulgaria is proud of its close relations with China. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and China. Bulgaria was the second country in the world to recognize new China in 1949.

What plans does Bulgaria have for next year's Expo?
Bulgaria will participate in the Expo with a pavilion in the joint European hall. And, to coincide with the Expo, there will be a Bulgarian restaurant in Shanghai for the very first time!

Exhibition Time: 10am-10pm, May 22-31
Exhibition Venue:L1&2 Lobby, Shanghai Times Square, 99 Huai Hai Zhong Lu