Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac met with representatives of the Romanian community in Bulgaria, during a working visit to the neighbouring country, Friday through Monday, informs a press release of the ministry sent to Agerpres. On this occasion, the Minister visited the "AVE" organisation (the Vlachs Association) - the Romanian Ethnical Union in Bulgaria, seated in Vidin, where children who attend Romanian language courses in pilot classes presented an artistic programme in Romanian.
Chaired by Ivo Gheorghiev, the organisation promotes the Romanian culture, traditions and customs, through programmes also supported by the Ministry of Romanians Abroad, reads the quoted source.
The Romanian dignitary also participated in the 18th edition of the International Folklore Festival of the 2017 Romanian-Wallachian chant and dance, "Live Romanian traditions", organised in the Vidin region by the Wallachian Association in Bulgaria headed by Plamka Radoslavova. During the festival, Romanians from Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania presented the traditions, the customs, the dances and songs specific to the regions they belong to. Andreea Pastirnac visited the Romanian Orthodox Church "Holy Trinity" in Sofia, built in 1904, part of Sofia's cultural and spiritual heritage and met with the leader of the Aromanian community in Sofia with whom she discussed about cooperation means and ways to support the cultural activity of the association.
Minister Andreea Pastirnac also met with pupils and teaching staff from 'Mihai Eminescu" Romanian High School in Sofia as well as with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria. During the meeting, the officials discussed about projects on education in Romanian and Bulgarian and good practice exchanges regarding programmes in the Diaspora, the Bulgarian side also presenting the main elements of the new Education Law. At the same time, the discussions also pointed out the possibilities of cooperation for youth exchanges and twinning between schools and high schools and the project recently launched by the Ministry for Romanians Abroad, "Discover and find out about Romania."