Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops

Every summer the EEFC presents two week-long summer camps.

June 24 - July 1, 2017
More info...

August 5 - 12, 2017
More info...


FAQ-placeholder

Get the FAQs

Find out almost everything you always wanted to know about the EEFC’s Balkan camps.
FAQs


scholarship-placeholder

Scholarships

We award several full and partial scholarships to each workshop every year.
Apply for one.


kids-placeholder

Kids at Camp!

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


join-the-circle | eefc.org

Join the circle.
Become a member.

Since the beginning the East European Folklife Center has depended on you—our big-hearted community!



EEFC_tshirts + EEFX_tote-600

Get Your EEFC Swag!

T-shirts, totes and more — sporting the EEFC colorful rosette. Tell the world about your favorite summer activity!
See the Collection


quilted-dancers

Stay in Touch

There are several ways to stay connected to the EEFC through out the year. Subscribe to our e-list for our monthly E-News. Join the discussion on the listserv. Send us a message.


Partners

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

Merita Halili

Albanian Singing

Merita Halili is one of Albania’s top performers. Born in the capital city of Tiranë, Merita grew up singing the lyric songs of her native region of Central Albania. Her nationwide debut came in 1983, at the age of 17, when she sang at the National Folk Festival in the town of Gjirokastër.

Soon afterwards she began to perform on Albanian Radio and Television and as a soloist with the State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances. She subsequently became one of the most popular singers in the country. Merita was among the first singers in Albania to release her own recording, which still sells briskly wherever Albanians live. Perhaps her greatest recognition came in 1995, when she was awarded first prize at a gala festival held in Tiranë in which 90 singers from throughout the Albanian diaspora participated.

The repertoire for which Merita is best known is that of the towns of Central Albania (Shqipëria e Mesme), particularly Tiranë, Elbasan, Kavajë and Durrës. As she was growing up, Merita modeled her singing not only on family music making but also on recordings of older singers. These included both taped performances housed in the Institute of Folklore in Tiranë, and performances broadcast on Albanian radio by two famous female singers of the previous generation, Hafsa Zyberi from Tiranë and Fitnete Rexha from Krujë, the latter of whom also coached her personally.

In collaboration with musicians and arrangers at Albanian Radio and Television, she then developed her own approach to these songs, which includes more elaborate instrumental arrangements and full use of her prodigious range and vocal technique. More recently, Merita has recorded several newly composed songs, as well as a few popular Turkish and Rom songs. Some of her best-known performances were featured in the soundtrack for the acclaimed Italian film Lamerica.