The third edition of the Asian Festival will be held on June 15 from 10:00 to 20:00 in the Borisova Garden Park in Sofia. The event – The Magic of the East, will present traditional art and culture from 16 countries of the continent of the rising sun, united under one cause – the safe family environment for all of the children and support for parents from their first moment.
“According to us, the future for the children around the world is among the most important areas, in which our societies should invest resources. Our communities unite not only to demonstrate the richness, diversity and unity of the Asian culture, but also to contribute to the brighter future of the children in Bulgaria.” – says H.E. Sri Astari Rasjid – Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Bulgaria.
This year the festival will offer more than a rich and colorful program with dance performances, musical, theatrical and martial arts of the summer stage. The exhibition tents of each embassy will offer souvenirs-unique, accessories, exotic foods and beverages, the funds from the sale of which “For Our Children” Foundation will invest in supporting vulnerable families at risk of separation and will save from abandoning at least 15 children at an early age.
The festival is free but invites the visitors to participate in the traditional charity tombola, by purchasing a ticket with which they will contribute to the cause. The participants in the tombola will be able to win a prize from the numerous partners, who are also donors of the festival, including the biggest prize – a two-way ticket for two to an Asian country, provided by the long-time partner of the event – Turkish Airlines.
“We are thankful to the participants and the organizers of the Asian Festival, and especially to H.E. Sri Astari Rasjid – the main initiator of the event, that for the second time they trust us and support us in our mission to give confidence to the families, in order to overcome the difficulties and to stay together. Because only the family can give a stable basis for the successful development of the child and only in a family it can get an equal chance and to enjoy a fulfilling life.” says Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of “For Our Children” Foundation.
With more then 16 400 BGN raised from the last year’s festival, the foundation’s team encouraged the development of 48 children in foster families, including children with special needs, giving them the opportunity to visit sports and summer camps, green school, to enjoy theatrical productions and to develop their imagination in the art-shops and other activities.
More about this year’s edition of the Asian Fate of the East, see HERE or at Instagram at @asianfestivalsofia.
The Asian Culture Festival in Sofia was held for the first time in Bulgaria in 2017, thanks to the mutual cooperation of twelve Asian embassies and honorary consulates, and thanks to the kind support of State Cultural Institute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism and Metropolitan Municipality of the Republic of Bulgaria. The upcoming third edition – “The Magic of the East” aims to reunite the diplomatic community in Bulgaria, to serve as a bridge between cultures, to create an environment of partnership, friendship and co-operation.