Past Events

17
Mar
2018

Dance workshop and party weekend

Folk Dancing in the Triangle, Durham, NC.

Spring Balkan Dance Weekend

Friday and Saturday Mar 16-17

With Alex Markovic teaching mixed Balkan dances, and Lyuti Chushki providing music for the party. See flyer here.

Venue: Glen Eden Pilot Park

Location: 1500 Glen Eden Drive Raleigh, NC 27612

Admission: $15 or whatever you’re willing / able to give

01
Mar
2018

Baba Marta with the Glen Echo Folk Dancers

Come celebrate Baba Marta (March 1) with us and the Glen Echo Folk dancers.

Venue: Church of the Redeemer

Location: 6201 Dunrobbin Drive Bethesda, MD

Admission: $10

10
Feb
2018

Trifon Zarezan

6:30 – 10:30 pm

Venue: Lawton Community Center

Location: Bethesda, MD

Admission: Donations accepted

03
Feb
2018

FSGW MidWinter Festival (MiniFest)

4-5pm

Venue: Cafetorium at the Takoma Park Middle School

Location: 7611 Piney Branch Road

Admission: Free

09
Dec
2017

Bulgarian Christmas Celebration

6:30-10:30 pm

Venue: Lawton Community Center

Location: Bethesda, MD

Admission: Donations accepted

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