Antika Bulgaria has prepared for you an exciting and rich four-day musical and cultural program. You will get a chance to see Bulgarian and Slavic folk-dance groups from the Bay Area and from as far as Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego, Sunnyvale and Sacramento. Invariably, a festival is not a true feast without live music. This year’s roster is the Varimezovi Family Band, Meraklii & Rumen-Sali Shopov, Antika Slavic Classical Strings (it’s their 10th anniversary!), a special Rhodope Gajda group in honor of Vassil Bebelekov. You can also enjoy a workshop, art exhibits, a special kids program (2:30-4pm on Sat), Bulgarian culinary delights, and more. Also, this year’s festival will bring to the streets of San Francisco the lively folk-dance bus tour and live-music dancing "flashmob" powered by Ivan Varimezov and Rumen-Sali Shopov and friends (final public "flashmob" stop at Embarcadero 4:30-5:30 pm on Sunday).
For full information visit: www.antikabulgaria.com
May 19 – Festival OPENING , CONCERT & PARTY at The Bulgarian Church, Martinez
May 20 – the 17th Annual Sts KIRIL & METHODII BULGARIAN FESTIVAL, San Francisco, featuring…
The 10th Annual performance by ANTIKA SLAVIC STRINGS Orchestra (+ a special appearance of Tsvetanka Varimezova, joined by guest French horn section!)
“The Magic of Rhodope Mountain”, a tribute to VASIL BEBELEKOV by Bill Cope, Bruce Cochran and Craig Kurumada
The VARIMEZOV Family Band (Los Angeles)
Balkan Ensemble MERAKLII (Berkeley) with PETYA ALVARADO (New York)
SEATTLE-CHETA Folk Dance Performance Group (at The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle)
SOFIA Dance Group (Vancouver)
ROSNA KITKA Folk Dance Group (Sacramento)
VODITSA Folk Formation (Sunnyvale)
MESECHINA Dance Group, San Diego
Bulgarian ANTIKA Folk Ensemble, San Francisco
Also: Music jamming space is available in the bar area of the Croatian Center.
Also: "Antika's Got Talent" variety "open-mic" show from 4-5 pm: all ages, genres, origins of music or skills welcome! Show your artistic/cultural talents! (Please write to Tanya Kostova or call 510-666-7701 to claim a spot in the show)
Also: a kids workshop with Mariya Apostolova (from Seattle-Cheta) from 2:30-4pm
May 21 – the 3rd BULGARIAN FESTIVAL ON WHEELS with The big Bulgarian Horo, San Francisco
final stop at Justin Herman Plaza (aka Embarcadero/Ferry Building) at 4:30-5:30 pm
May 22 – Festival CLOSING day at Holy Cross Monastery, Castro Valley
We look forward to having you!
-Tanya Kostova, founder/artistic director of
“Antika Bulgaria” International Cultural Club (San Francisco), “Antika Bulgaria” Folklore Ensemble, and the Bulgarian School of the Arts and Bulgarian Language and Traditions “Martenichki”
All info and tickets at www.antikabulgaria.com