Staff and guests at the European Commission will enjoy Bulgarian art, music and cuisine today thanks to a series of events to celebrate the traditional spring feast – Baba Marta (01 March), the country's Liberation Day (03 March) and the fifth anniversary of Bulgaria's accession to the European Union.
A traditional Bulgarian lunch will be served at the Berlaymont canteen, giving guests the chance to taste delicacies such as banitza (pastry pie), apples with honey, sudjuk (spiced sausage) and rose marmalade. The white and red Bulgarian symbol of spring – the Martenitza – will be handed to Bulgarians and their European friends, together with the traditional wishes for a healthy and fruitful year ahead.
The highlight of the celebrations is the exhibition ‘Masters of Bulgarian Art’, which brings together 30 masterpieces from 12 of Bulgaria's best artists. Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and Bulgaria's Minister of Culture Vejdi Rashidov will inaugurate the exhibition, which is making its debut at the EU institutions. The paintings will grace the Berlaymont's Piazza until 9 March. Hundreds of guests are expected at the inauguration, including EU Commissioners, Members of the European Parliament and diplomats. Their good mood will be catered for with the music of Bulgarian drummer, folklore singer and "Eurovision" star Elitsa Todorova. Bulgaria's traditional dance – the horo – will also boost the mood of Bulgarians and Bulgaria's international friends.