Past Events

02
Nov
2017

Private Event

Venue: Private

Location: Washington, D.C.

03
Jun
2017

37th Annual Washington Folk Festival

37th Annual Washington Folk Festival

Lyuti Chushki

Bulgarian Music and Dance

Glen Echo Park
Potomac Palisades Stage

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Experience the beautiful songs, and catchy and unusual rhythms of Bulgarian folk music played by Lyuti Chushki on traditional instruments. If you don’t know anything about Bulgarian dance, don’t worry, Jamie Platt leads the audience in easy and enticing village style Balkan line dances.

The 37th Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2017. The festival runs from Noon to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Rain or Shine! The festival is FREE to the public.

The 37th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to put on a first class festival of national renown. With performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area.

For More information about the full schedule click here

Venue: Glen Echo Park

Location: 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD

Admission: FREE!

20
May
2017

Celebration of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day - 2017

The Bulgarian Community Center
invites you to the celebration of

Sts. Cyril and  Methodius Day –  Day of Cyrillic Alphabet and Bulgarian Culture and Education

and

15-th Anniversary of the Educational and Bulgarian Cultural Center in Washington DC

and

15-th Anniversary of the Bulgarian Community Center in Washington DC

Saturday, May  20,  2017   6:30 – 9:00 pm

Concert and Performances
featuring many
Metro DC area Bulgarian music and dance groups

Potluck

American University, Kay Spiritual Life Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave
Washington, NW, 20016

Free Admission

Free parking available at Katzen Center  – http://www.american.edu/cas/katzen/visiting/

For more go to:  https://www.facebook.com/bgccdc/

Venue: American University, Kay Spiritual Life Center

Location: 4400 Massachusetts Ave Washington, NW, 20016

Admission: free

07
May
2017

8th Annual Greater Washington, DC Area Bulgarian-American Community Subor (Picnic)

8th Annual Greater Washington, DC Area


Bulgarian-American Community
Subor (Picnic)

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybpyg4GsFjg)

(In case of rain again ….if there is any change in our plans…
we’ll send out another email and make a posting to the BGCCDC Facebook page)

(New rain date – To be determined – we hope we don’t need it!)

 

at Calleva Camp
www.calleva.org
19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842

near Poolesville, MD – between Washington, DC & Frederick, MD
(Be aware of several speed cameras in the area.)

Live music and dance featuring

Lyuti Chushki
& friends

plan to join us for

The big Bulgarian Horo
Community photograph
Sports games
Hayride

For Information contact:Bulgarian Community Center, Email: bgccdc@gmail.com Website: http://bgusa.org/

Follow the Bulgarian Community Center – DC on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bgccdc

$8 per person  (age 12+) (This price covers parking, live music and entertainment.)

Venue: Calleva Camp

Location: 19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842

Admission: $8 per person (age 12+) (This price covers parking, live music and entertainment.)

02
Mar
2017

Annual Baba Marta Celebration - 2017

The Glen Echo Folkdancers present its Annual
Baba Marta Celebration
All Bulgarian, All the Time
Live music with

Lyuti Chushki

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:30-11:00 pm

Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda, MD (just off MacArthur Blvd)
Glen Echo, MD

Teaching basic Bulgarian dances: 7:30 pm
Party: 8:30 – 11 pm

Please bring a snack/beverage to share

Admission $15

Directions: http://www.dancingplanetproductions.com/folkdance.htm

A little background of Baba Marta

Before the beginning of March each year Bulgarians present to relatives and friends martenitsa (also known in some Bulgarian regions as martenka) – a double red and white tassel – to bring health and happiness. On the first day of March, people in Bulgaria put the martenitsa-s on their clothes or wrists and wish each other health and happiness with “Chestita baba Marta” – (in English, “Happy Grandma Marta”). “Marta” comes from the word for March (Mart) in Bulgarian.

This is an ancient Bulgarian (pagan) tradition (well – nobody knows how old but most probably it’s more than one thousand years old) and symbolizes the end of the cold winter and the coming of the spring.

Martenitsa-s are supposed to be worn until the person sees the first stork (supposedly returning from the South and not the one in the Zoo). Then martenitsa-s are thrown onto a tree. The red and white colours symbolize the snow and the blood from an old story where, a stork brings the blessing for health to a small child from its parents, who are far away. The giving of the martenitsa makes you feel to expect the Spring very soon. The “arrival” of the stork indicates that this has happened.

The lack of “real” winter and storks (not a lot of them in the cities) raises some difficulties in implementing this tradition nowadays but Bulgarians are still celebrating and very fond of the 1st of March (in a traditional and “modern” way at the same time).

Info: Jamie Platt or 301-466-3018

Venue: Church of the Redeemer

Location: 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda, MD (just off MacArthur Blvd) Glen Echo, MD

Admission: $15

11
Feb
2017

10 Years of Zharava Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble


Zharava Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble
and the
Bulgarian Community Center in Washington, DC

Invite you to
Na Megdana (Bulgarian village square)
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 6:30-10:30 pm

Show and Celebration
of
10 Years of Zharava Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble

Please join Zharava, Lyuti Chushki, Zunica, Slaveya, Zdravetz and the actresses Tanya Tosheva and Julia Tasheva for a fun show at the Bulgarian village square, a signature Zharava concept developed by the choreographer Desi Jordanoff and performed by Zharava since its inception at the end of 2006.

After the show Lyuti Chushki will play traditional Bulgarian music for all to enjoy and dance the night away

Jane E Lawton Community Recreation Center
4301 Willow Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Admission: $15
Children up to 12: Free

Bulgarian Food and wine catered by Balkanik Taste for purchase. http://balkaniktaste.wixsite.com/balkaniktaste
For more information contact dance@zharava.org.

Venue: Jane E Lawton Community Recreation Center

Location: 4301Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Admission: Admission: $15 - Children up to 12: Free

10
Dec
2016

Bulgarian Community Center – Annual Koledna Vecherinka (Christmas Party) – 2016

Bulgarian Community Center
(Washington, DC)

invites you to the

Annual Koledna Vecherinka (Christmas Party)

Traditional Bulgarian Folklore Night (Potluck) 

with

Lyuti Chushki
Traditional Bulgarian Folk Band

Please bring your favorite food to share.

December 10, 2016 from 6:30 – 11 pm


Place: Leland Community Center Jane E Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  Free parking in the parking lot in front of the
Leland Community Center is available.

Entrance fees: $10 per person, $5 per child or senior, $30 per family to cover cost for the music, rent, etc.

For more information contact:  bgccdc@gmail.com

Venue: Jane E Lawton Community Recreation Center

Location: 4301Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Admission: $10 per person, $5 per child or senior, $30 per family

18
Jun
2016

Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Night - 2016

Farifax County Parks Authority

has dedicated a night in its summer program to

Bulgarian music

with featured guests

Lyuti Chushki

You could not pick a more beautiful setting for an outdoor concert and spontaneous dance party with your favorite peppers.

Ossian Hall Park
7900 Heritage Drive
Annandale VA 22003

7:30 – 8:30 pm

FREE

Family friendly – Bring a blanket, chair and good spirit

Concert hotline 703-324-SHOW (7469) is updated, in case of rain cancellation, 1 ½ hours prior to the start of the show. For additional information please email  sfrank@fairfaxcounty.gov.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/maps/ossianhallmap.htm

Venue: Ossian Hall Park 7900 Heritage Drive Annandale VA 22003

Location: 7900 Heritage Drive Annandale VA 22003

Admission: Free

29
May
2016

Hometown Holidays - Rockville - 2016

Lyuti Chushki

in concert at

Hungerford Tavern Stage (outdoors)

Hometown Holidays Music Festival

Concert and Dance

Hometown Holidays Music Festival
(Center of Rockville)
Hungerford’s Tavern Stage (Stage 2)
East Montgomery Ave & Monroe St.
Rockville, Maryland

Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 4:00-5:30 PM

Free!

This is a great music festival with lots of different kinds on music – hope to see you there.

For more information on this great festival go to:

http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?NID=1419
http://www.rockvillemd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11362
https://www.facebook.com/RockvilleHometownHolidays/photos/pb.334257219939099.-2207520000.1461613093./1114213011943512/?type=3&theater

http://www.euintheus.org/event/tags/bulgaria/

Venue: Hungerford Tavern Stage (Stage 2) - East Montgomery Ave & Monroe St.

Location: Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD

Admission: Free

15
May
2016

7th Annual Greater Washington, DC Area Bulgarian-American Community Subor (Picnic)

7th Annual Greater Washington, DC Area


Bulgarian-American Community
Subor (Picnic)

Due to rainy weather forecast for Sunday, May 8th, and very wet ground, the Bulgarian Subor has been postponed once again, and now the date is Sunday May 15th, 2016. Hope to see you then!

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybpyg4GsFjg)

(In case of rain again ….if there is any change in our plans…
we’ll send out another email and make a posting to the BGCCDC Facebook page)

(New rain date – To be determined – we hope we don’t need it!)

 

at Calleva Camp
www.calleva.org
19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842

near Poolesville, MD – between Washington, DC & Frederick, MD
(Be aware of several speed cameras in the area.)

Live music and dance featuring

Lyuti Chushki
& friends

plan to join us for

The big Bulgarian Horo
Community photograph
Sports games
Hayride

More information coming soon.

For Information contact:Bulgarian Community Center, Email: bgccdc@gmail.com Website: http://bgusa.org/

Follow the Bulgarian Community Center – DC on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bgccdc

 

Venue: Calleva Camp

Location: 19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842

Admission: $8 per person (age 12+) (This price covers parking, live music and entertainment.)