Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
Virtual Camps 2021

Mark your calendars for Virtual Camps 2021! West Coast will be held June 25-27, 2021; and East Coast will run August 13-15, 2021. As last year, each camp will feature three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Much more information to come.

Until registration is open for this summer’s weekend events, check out last year’s camp programs here: West Coast 2020 and East Coast 2020.


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Scholarships

We award several full and partial scholarships to each workshop every year.
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Kids at Camp!

A great experience for families. Get the scoop to ensure everyone has a blast!


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Partners

The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.

Benji Rifati

Brass Band

Benji Rifati is an American-Rom who has spent years studying trumpet from Romani masters of Eastern Europe. His teachers include legends such as Zahir Ramadanov and Demiran Ćerimović, as well as contemporary masters, namely Džambo Agušev. He and his bandmate, Eleni Govetas, visited Šutka, Macedonia, three years in a row starting in 2015, where they immersed themselves in the style and culture of Romani brass wedding bands. There they were given the opportunity to lead processions accompanied by the local bands. Benji now plays in two Romani-style bands in Seattle, Washington: The Minor9, a full Romani brass band, and Melez Band, a contemporary Romani wedding-style four-piece. Through these projects he hopes to spread the intricate artistry of Romani brass music throughout the States and beyond, while educating American/non-Balkan populations on Romani culture, history, and traditions.