BalkanFest 2022

Mark your calendars — Dates and venues are set for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties!

East Coast:
August 5, 2022
Village Community School Sky Yard
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

Many more details to come. Stay tuned!


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

Valeri Georgiev

Bulgarian Kaval

Valeri Georgiev is from the Bulgarian Danube town of Ruse. He studied kaval in Kotel with Stoyan Chobanov and Georgi Penev, and graduated from the Plovdiv Academy of Arts with a BA degree in folk-ensemble conducting.

During his university years in Plovdiv Valeri performed with the student band Puldin and with several wedding groups: Luda Yana, Melodia, and Thracian Stars.

After completing his education he returned to Ruse and joined the band of the Folkdance Theatre “Naiden Kirov,” and later became its musical director. With the dance ensemble, Valeri was featured on many TV and radio programs and toured all over the world. He also performed and recorded with the Ruse-based “Orkestar Horo.” Valeri composed the music for the theater piece “Geracite” and arranged many folk songs and instrumental melodies.

Since 2000 Valeri has resided in the Washington, DC, area, where he plays and manages the Bulgarian folk band Lyuti Chushki and the duo HaSega!. Valeri was a recipient of the 2008 Maryland Traditional Arts Grant. In 2012 he received the “Sts. Cyril and Methodius” award for the preservation and promotion of Bulgarian culture abroad. He has performed as a guest musician with the Kolevi Family Orchestra, Solomon’s Dream, Balkania Orchestra from Toronto, Trio Traki from Madrid, and the Locrea Project.

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