BalkanFest 2022

Join us—in person—for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties. Registration is now open for our New York weekend!

East Coast

August 5, 2022
Village Community School SkyYard
West Village, Manhattan, NY

August 6, 2022
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Astoria, NY

West Coast

September 9-10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza
San Francisco, CA

West Coast registration coming soon, stay tuned!


Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps, which we’re revving up again after the long pandemic drought. Please visit the pages below to whet your appetite for the 2023 workshops!

June 17-24, 2023
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August 5-12, 2023
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Scholarships – BalkanFest 2022

The EEFC is awarding several full scholarships to each EEFC BalkanFest.

We encourage dancers, singers, and instrumentalists to apply whether they are new to Balkan music, song, and dance (and our workshops) or veterans, have Balkan roots or not, whether they are professionals or amateurs. We are looking for people who will help us spread the joy of Balkan music and dance. We strongly encourage first-time attendees to apply.

Scholarship applicants must be individuals age 7 or older: beginning, intermediate, or advanced musicians, singers or dancers. First-time and returning attendees, including previous Balkan Music & Dance Workshop scholarship recipients, may apply. Ideal candidates will help the EEFC fulfill our mission and vision.

After you’ve read up on the scholarships and their requirements, click on the red Application tab below that applies to you: New (adult or child 12-17 who’s never been to any of our in-person events), Returning (adult or child 12-17—including previous scholarship recipient—who’s been to Balkan camp before), or Youth 7-11 (any child 7-11).

  • The deadline for scholarship applications for the New York BalkanFest is June 15, 2022.
  • The deadline for scholarship applications for the San Francisco BalkanFest is July 10, 2022.


 


EEFC Dick Crum/Kef Scholarships

Through generous donations from our community, the Dick Crum/Kef Scholarship Fund enables awardees to attend our weekend BalkanFests with a full waiver of entry fees. These awards are given to new and returning attendees, to singers, dancers, and instrumentalists. Learn more about Dick Crum.


Scholarship Details

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD DECISION CRITERIA:

 

Mission Engagement Potential (10 points possible)

  • Candidate demonstrates commitment to meaningful learning in Balkan folk traditions
  • Candidate expresses an openness to collaborating across areas of music, dance, and cultural components of Balkan folk traditions
  • Candidate demonstrates potential to share the work of the EEFC in their broader community (teaching, performing, community education initiatives, recruiting activities, etc.)

Community Engagement Potential (10 points possible)

  • Candidate demonstrates potential to maintain engagement with the work of the EEFC year round (via individual projects, committee work, etc.)
  • Candidate demonstrates potential or history of contributing to the camp community in a positive way during the workshops
  • Candidate has potential to bring in participants from underrepresented groups

Financial Need (5 points possible)

  • Candidate’s application indicates financial need

Community Fit (10 points possible)

  • Candidate has completed the application in a thoughtful and compelling fashion indicating commitment to the process, time spent reviewing the criteria and program components, etc.
  • Returning applicants: candidate references meaningful experiences from previous workshops that indicate continuing scholarship funds are well-deserved
  • Candidate identifies background that is underrepresented in our community
  • Candidate identifies musical or dance interest that is underrepresented in our community

Total Possible Points: 35


Application for First-Time Attendees

2022 Application deadlines are:

  • New York BalkanFest: June 15, 2022
  • San Francisco BalkanFest: July 10, 2022

Please fill out the application below, answering each question with a paragraph of 100 to 250 words. Because you can only submit the application form once, we suggest you compose your answers in a text-editing or word-processing program, then copy and paste them into the form below.

Please note that scholarships are awarded on the basis of written applications. CDs, websites, music samples, and the like are not reviewed during the decision process.

 


Application for Returning Attendees

2022 Application deadlines are:

  • New York BalkanFest: June 15, 2022
  • San Francisco BalkanFest: July 10, 2022

Please fill out the application below, answering each question with a paragraph of 100 to 250 words. Because you can only submit the application form once, we suggest you compose your answers in a text-editing or word-processing program, then copy and paste them into the form below.

Please note that scholarships are awarded on the basis of written applications. CDs, websites, music samples, and the like are not reviewed during the decision process.

 


Application for Youth Attendees Age 7-11

2022 Application deadlines are:

  • New York BalkanFest: June 15, 2022
  • San Francisco BalkanFest: July 10, 2022

Please fill out the application below, answering each question with a paragraph of 100 to 250 words. Because you can only submit the application form once, we suggest you compose your answers in a text-editing or word-processing program, then copy and paste them into the form below.

Please note that scholarships are awarded on the basis of written applications. CDs, websites, music samples, and the like are not reviewed during the decision process.

 



The application process can be intimidating. The Scholarship Committee has put together the following tips to guide you, because ultimately, we’re all rooting for your success!

  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of written applications. CDs, websites, music samples, and the like are not reviewed during the decision process. However, we are well aware that writing isn’t everyone’s forte. Before you get frustrated, we encourage you to ask a friend for assistance! Cook a buddy dinner or treat them to coffee while they help you craft an application that truly reflects your talents, goals, and personality. Obviously, don’t have someone write the whole thing for you, but don’t suffer in silence if writing is really hard for you or if English is a second language. We get it!
  • Don’t use your phone to submit applications. Unless you want to represent yourself with short and disjointed answers riddled with poor punctuation and the heavy handed influence of autocorrect, just don’t do it. This is one of those instances where using an actual computer will go miles toward your success.
  • Use the rubric. We’ve published the exact criteria that you’ll be judged on under the “Scholarship Details” tab above. Use this insider knowledge to shape your responses. It’s really easy to tell who has read the website thoroughly and who hasn’t. This tells us a little bit about an applicant’s levels of focus, grit, and discipline. Everything on our website is for your benefit, so use it!
  • Never give up! This is a competitive process, and it is very common for applicants to apply more than once before receiving their first scholarship.

You don’t have to be an award-winning writer to do well in our application process. We’re looking for folks who give a thorough and honest effort, because that’s the kind of attitude that will maximize your experience at our events. You need to be willing to step out of your comfort zone, take the time to process and practice, and zero in on the details to learn in the midst of the intense and playful environment our events offer. Earnest effort is always well received, so do your best, and the Scholarship Committee looks forward to reviewing your applications.


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How You Can Help

Scholarships are sometimes the only way people can attend a workshop. Please consider donating to our scholarship funds. 100% of your donation goes toward bringing someone to a workshop to share your knowledge of and passion for Balkan music and dance. Thank you!

Read about past Scholars in Kef Times! You’ll find articles about each workshop’s recipients beginning with the Fall/Winter 2003-2004 issue.