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June 20-27, 2020
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Help us fill the EEFC Calendar with lots of events and activities of interest to our community. We look forward to becoming the “go to” place for all things Balkan music & dance.

 

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Martin Koenig: Sound Portraits from Bulgaria

January 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Meet ethnographer and cultural documentarian Martin Koenig, who made half a dozen trips to Bulgaria between 1966 and 1979 and filmed, recorded, and photographed the lively, yet endangered, aspects of Bulgaria’s traditional village culture. The program will feature the story of a recording of a Bulgarian folk song launched into space in 1977 as part of a NASA project to bring a greeting from Planet Earth, and a film on traditional Bulgarian folk dancing from the period 1966-1979 made by him. Copies of his book “Sound Portraits From Bulgaria," recently published by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, will be available for sale and signing through the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Bulgarian Cultural Center of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. No entrance fee, but registration is suggested. For more information or to register, please contact lawprogs@mcl.org or call 609-883-8294.

Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648
USA
Eugene, Oregon

Veselo Festival 2020 - Eugene, OR

January 25, 2020 at 9:30 am – January 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Veselo Festival 2020 will feature Steve Kotansky with workshops on Sat morning and Sat afternoon. The Sat evening party is with RTW from Seattle, WA. There will be a culture session on Sunday morning followed by munchies and a review session. Check out our website at: Veselofolkdancers.org

Veselo Festival 2020
1626 Willamette St.
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Kissimmee, Florida

Florida Folk Dance Winter Workshop, Kissimmee (Orlando area), Florida

January 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm – February 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching international and Armenian dances with all request night parties.

Ramada Inn Gateway
7470 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192)
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
Santa Rosa, California

Love Without Borders: Gradina Concert, Art Show, Dance Benefit

February 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Gradina, Sonoma County's Balkan music ensemble, at a benefit for Love Without Borders, an art show and sale, concert, and dance with all funds going directly to the artist refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and surrounding areas who are now in Greek refugee camps. There is a wonderful assortment of artwork styles with something for everyone’s taste and budget!

With Ken Genetti, tambura and hammer dulcimer; Natalie Hicks, tambura; Tabitha Doniach, violin; and Jana Mariposa Muhar, accordion, tambura, and percussion. Donation $10. Please carpool or use transit, as parking is limited. (Note: It’s next to the SMART Train station in Railroad Square, just north of Aroma Roasters.)

Here’s a link to the Arlene Francis Center event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/466971580825256/

Here’s a link to the Love Without Borders website —you can see examples of artwork and more information about this important 501(c)(3) nonprofit: https://lovewithoutborders4refugees.com/

Arlene Francis Center
99 West 6th St
7244
Santa Rosa, California 95401
San Antonio, Texas

The 62nd Annual San Antonio Folk Dance Festival - SAFDF

March 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm – March 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

The SAFDF started was founded by Nelda Drury 63 years ago. It is held at Our Lady of the Lake University - OLLU - in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. This is a fun-filled weekend with dance workshops, fabulous evening parties, and amazing stage performances! This year we are honored to feature the distinguished Bulgarian teacher, Ventzi Sotirov, who will be at SAFDF for the first time! We welcome back Lee Otterholt, Andy Taylor-Blenis and Franklin Houston, who will teach a variety of International dances. On Saturday night, SAFDF holds a fabulous performance of International dance groups at OLLU's Thiry Auditorium. The performance features Bata Marcetic's Academy of Serbian Dancers from Toronto, Canada. The cost of $140 for the weekend includes the Saturday night dance performance, all workshops and evening parties.

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU)
411 SW 24th St.
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Petaluma, California

Annual Petaluma Spring Folk Dance Party

April 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

This annual event is hosted by Petaluma Snap-Y Dancers, and everyone is welcome to come dance or just listen to the fabulous music. The first hour will feature dancing to old and new recorded favorites followed by a live music set with Staro Vino playing lively and beautiful Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Greek music. The members of Staro Vino are: Greg Jenkins on clarinet and vocals; Mark Jenkins on percussion and vocals, Peter Bonos on trumpet, and Andrew Cohen on accordion and vocals.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94956
Chicago, Illinois

Bulgarian Folk Festival "Verea"

April 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm – April 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

We present Bulgarian traditional music, songs and dances.
All groups dealing with Bulgarian folklore can participate!

For more information:
Konstantin Marinov - organizer, host, choreographer, musician and dancer
ph. 773-742-5158 - Koceto

Chicago, Illinois
Berlin

Greek dances with Petros Selkos and musicians - Berlin (Germany)

May 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm – May 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

A seminar of Northern Greek dances with Petros Selkos (Greek Macedonia) and musicians in Berlin. It's the fifth edition of dance seminars accompanied by live music organised by Balkanexpress Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQKT_dYNF6E&feature=youtu.be

Venue location to be announced
Berlin
Germany

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

June 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm – June 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

Bulgarian dance
Bulgarian singing
Traditional folk instruments:
Gaida (bagpipe)​
Gadulka (bowed rebec)
Kaval (end-blown flute)
Tambura (long-necked lute)
Tupan (two-headed drum)
Thracian style accordion
Clarinet

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Timisoara

2020 Banatfolk - Romanian Folk Dance Seminar

July 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm – July 17, 2020

A unique opportunity to visit the idyllic sights of Romania!
Come and join us to celebrate a ten day stay of authentic Romanian culture and tradition in Banat, Timisoara, also known as the City of Roses and visit several places in Banat.

The program of this workshop includes the teaching of folk dances from Banat and from Romania (Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea, Moldova and Transylvania).

Dance teachers:
- Marius Ursu, artistic director and master choreographer of the folk ensemble “Doina Timisului”. Marius teaches Romanian folklore dances to amateur and professional folk ensembles, in courses and various workshops. He has participated to workshops in countries like: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland, etc.
- master choreographers of the group will participate in “The Festival of Hearts”

From 8 until 12 of July, 2020 will be the 31st edition of the International Folk Festival “The Festival of Hearts" (with groups from 10 countries; and more than 20 professional and village folk groups from Romania.
Every evening in this period we will see performances of "The Festival of Hearts" at the Festival stage located in the Park of the Roses.

We have a surprise for you:
We will prepare a dance suite from Banat, which we will present at the closing show of "The Festival of Hearts”.

Timisoara
Romania
Skopje

Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI

July 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Macedonian Traditional Music & Dance Seminar STEFCE STOJKOVSKI

Stefce Stojkovski
Ferid Bajram 15 B
Skopje 1000
Macedonia
Karavelovo

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

July 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020
July 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am
Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

Bulgarian dance
Bulgarian singing
Traditional folk instruments:
Gaida (bagpipe)​
Gadulka (bowed rebec)
Kaval (end-blown flute)
Tambura (long-necked lute)
Tupan (two-headed drum)
Thracian style accordion
Clarinet

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
http://www.gadular.cm

Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Plovdiv

2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (immediately before Koprivshtitsa festival)

July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Seminar ends the day before the Koprivshtitsa festival begins. Seminar attendees will have an option to travel to Koprivshtitsa on a bus provided by the Seminar. Details for this will be forthcoming once the 2020 Seminar program is finalized.

Most of the information on the current website describes the 2019 program. The instrumental & vocal music portions of the Seminar will be very similar to the 2019 program and the dance program will feature village dance teachers from various parts Bulgaria. We also have a great FAQ section with detailed information about getting to Plovdiv, accommodations, and much more.

This Seminar, now in its 16th year, offers a very special experience for non-Bulgarians (and Bulgarians interested in connecting with their "roots" music and dance) who want a more in-depth opportunity to learn traditional instruments, singing styles, and dance than is normally possible for groups or individuals traveling to Bulgaria. This rich and unique program couples the teaching expertise of instructors at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv with the traditional music and dance wisdom of tradition bearers from around Bulgaria. The dance program features different groups of dancers and musicians throughout the week, teaching dances from their own villages.

We will be continuing our special 15% discount for EEFC members (a great reason to join the EEFC if you haven't already!). Students from past years have raved about their experiences at the Seminar.

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2 Todor Samodumov Str
Plovdiv
Bulgaria