35th Annual Washington Folk Festival
35th Annual Washington Folk Festival
Bulgarian Music and Dance
Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Experience the energy and the catchy and unusual rhythms of Bulgarian folk music played by Lyuti Chushki on traditional instruments. Jamie Platt leads the audience in easy and enticing village style Balkan dances
The 35th Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015. 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 35th 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 go to: http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php?Org=fsgw&ProgramID=10&NoTitle=1
Venue: Glen Echo Park
Location: 7300 MacArthur Blvd - Glen Echo, MD
Celebration of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day - 2015
St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day
Concert – Potluck
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 6:00-9:00 pm
The Bulgarian Community Center, Washington, DC
is pleased to invite you to the
Bulgarian National Holiday celebrating the Cyrillic Alphabet and Bulgarian culture and education
Tatiana Sarbinska & Kolio Kolev
Children from the Bulgarian educational and cultural center “Sv. Klimet Ohridski”
and other performers
Kay Spiritual Life Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Venue: American University - Kay Spiritual Life Center
Location: 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC
6th Annual Greater Washington, DC Area Bulgarian-American Community Subor (Picnic)
Bulgarian-American Community Subor (Picnic)
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
(But just in case of rain….if there is any change in our plans…
we’ll send out another email and make a posting to our Facebook page)
(rain date – April 26, 2015, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm – see below)
at Calleva Camp
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
Admission: $8 per person (age 12+) (This price covers parking, live music and entertainment.)
Food at affordable prices. Menu: Roasted lamb, Chicken, Bulgarian BBQ (kebabcheta and kuftetata) or vegetarian dish, salad and dessert. Alcohol consumption is permitted, but bring your own.
Co-organizers of the event: Camp Calleva, Lyuti Chushki, Bulgarian Education Center “St. Kliment Okhridski”, ” Sts. Cyril and Methodius” Church and the Bulgarian Community Center Washington, DC.
This is a fundraising event to support the Bulgarian Community Center for organizing future events. The Bulgarian Community Center is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization..
Directions to Calleva Camp Farm
Please Note: Calleva uses multiple locations in addition to the use of various parks and recreational facilities for the wide spectrum of outdoor programming.
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Special note: The event will take place even in case of passing rain. In case of rain during the picnic we will move the event in the barn until the ground dries again. Please follow the weather forecast and make sure that you bring appropriate clothing and an umbrella with you. Make sure that you invite your friends with you. In case need help on the day of the event please call 202-247-5805.
Bulgarian Community Center Inc. is a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization.
Our mission is preserving, promoting and encouraging positive attributes of the Bulgarian culture and unifying the Bulgarian American community in the US. This is a fundraising event to support the Bulgarian Community Center’s fund for building the Bulgarian Cultural Center in the DC metro area.
Follow the Bulgarian Community Center – DC on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bgccdc
Venue: Calleva Camp www.calleva.org 19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842
Location: 19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842
Admission: $8 per person (age 12+) (This price covers parking, live music and entertainment)
Lyuti Chushki in Durham, NC - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
Bulgarian Music & Dance Party
Lyuti Chushki – Bitov Ensemble
with guest artist Georgi Doichev (gaida)
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
Pleasant Green Community Center
6-7:30 pm Potluck Supper – Bring food and drink to share
(sorry, no alcohol permitted on the premises)
7:30-11 pm Music / Dance party
A donation for the party is requested to help cover costs
Suggested amount: $15 or whatever you’re willing / able to give.
For more information call 919-383-7172, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to:
Venue: Pleasant Green Community Center
Location: Durham, NC
Admission: A donation for the party is requested to help cover costs. Suggested amount: $15 or whatever you’re willing / able to give
Annual Baba Marta Celebration - 2015
**** Cancelled due to snow storm ****
Baba Marta Celebration
All Bulgarian, All the Time
Live music with
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
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: Glen Echo Folkdancers
Location: Church of the Redeemer 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda, MD (just off MacArthur Blvd) Glen Echo, MD
A Bulgarian Celebration of Trifon Zarezan
The Bulgarian Community Center of DC
A Bulgarian Celebration
Entertainment provided by
Shake off the February freeze and dance away the winter doldrums by celebrating Trifon Zarezan, the traditional Bulgarian wine celebration that marks the time of year when winegrowers trim back their vines. Fun grape vines pruning demonstration and workshop about the wines and wine-making traditions in Bulgaria.
Please wear white, green and red clothing for the event!
Please contribute to the celebration by bringing your favorite appetizer or dessert to share.
February 14, 2015, 6 pm to 10:00 pm
$8 per person or $20 per family
In the event of inclement weather, email email@example.com to ask about event status
Venue: Meadowbrook Local Park
Location: 7901 Meadowbrook Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Admission: $8 per person or $20 per family
FSGW - 2015 Mini Fest
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW)
Saturday February 7
Noon – 10:30 PM *** Takoma Park MD
Lyuti Chushki (Cafetorium – concert 5:00 pm)
Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road
Takoma Park, Maryland
For more info – go to http://fsgw.org/photos/2015MiniFestPerformanceGridB&W.pdf or http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php
Venue: Takoma Park Middle School
Location: 7611 Piney Branch Road Takoma Park, Maryland
Bulgarian Community Center - Annual Koledna Vecherinka (Christmas Party)
Bulgarian Community Center
(Washington, DC area)
kindly invites you to the
Annual Koledna Vecherinka (Christmas Party)
Traditional Bulgarian Folklore Night (Potluck)
Traditional Bulgarian Folk Band
Date: December 6, 2014 from 8 pm until 11 pm
(New!!) Place:Jane E Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Parking in front of the center is available at no additional cost.
Entrance fees: $8 per person, $5 per child or senior , $25 per family to cover for the music, rent, parking, etc.
Venue: Jane E Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Location: 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Admission: $8 per person, $5 per child or senior , $25 per family
10 year Аnniversary Dinner and Dance Celebration - Igranka - Toronto, Canada
10 year Аnniversary Dinner and Dance Celebration
With Music By
(from Washington, DC)
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7 pm
Sts. Cyril & Methody Church
237 Sackville St.
Canada M5A 381
Tickets (with dinner included):
$35 in advance by Thursday, November 6, 2014
$40 after Thursday, November 6, 2014 and at the door
Kids 12 and under – free. Kids portions, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold at the bar separately.
For more information and tickets:
+1 (647) 832-0664
Venue: Sts. Cyril & Methody Church
Location: 237 Sackville St. Toronto, Ontario Canada M5A 381
Admission: $35 in advance by Thursday, November 6, 2014
World Village Music & Dance Camp - 2014
International Folk Music & Dance
Timber Ridge Camp
High View, WV
Labor Day Weekend
August 29 – September 1, 2014
WORLD VILLAGE MUSIC & DANCE CAMP at TIMBER RIDGE (formerly known as Buffalo on the Danube) presents some of the finest bearers of Europe’s folk music and dance traditions in a laid-back program emphasizing personalized teaching, and room for jam sessions and other serendipity. We offer accessible dance, instrumental and singing workshops all day and great evening dance parties and concerts featuring live music. Music workshop participants have an opportunity to perform. The program starts with dinner on Friday and ends Monday afternoon. We welcome beginners and families with children of all ages!
TIMBER RIDGE CAMP is located in High View, WV, about two hours west of Washington, DC. Situated on a beautiful property nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Mountains, on the banks of the Cacapon River, the camp has a wide variety of comfortable housing options, a spacious, well-equipped dining hall and an attentive and friendly staff. The camp features an air-conditioned dance hall with a wood floor. Camp facilities include an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and lots more.
MUSIC CLASSES Participants provide their own instruments. Campers may bring a recording device, as much of the music is taught by ear. If you need an instrument or have an instrument to share, please let us know.
For more information about the staff, registration forms, cost, work exchange scholarships, directions either contact
Jamie or Betsy Platt – 301.717.4641 firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to:
World Music & Dance Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization presenting and promoting traditional music & dance from around the world
Venue: Timber Ridge Camp
Location: High View, WV