Baba Marta Celebration at The Glen Echo Folkdancers
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: Church of the Redeemer
Location: 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda, MD (just off MacArthur Blvd) Glen Echo, MD
Trifon Zarezan - traditional Bulgarian wine celebration
The Bulgarian Community Center of DC
A Bulgarian Celebration
Entertainment provided by local group
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 contribute to the celebration by bringing your favorite appetizer or dessert to share.
In the event of inclement weather, email email@example.com to ask about event status
Venue: Meadowbrook Community Center (Rock Creek Park near the intersection of Rt. 410 & Beach Dr)
Location: 7901 Meadowbrook Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
Admission: Adults -- $7 - Under 18 or over 65 -- $5 - Families - $20
Glen Echo Folk Dancers - Annual Chocolate Party
Glen Echo Folk Dancers – Annual Chocolate Party
Teaching at 7:30
Requests from 8:30-11 pm – featuring Lyuti Chushki.
Please bring anything to share, as long as it’s chocolate. It’s our annual break your resolutions dance.
Info: Jamie Platt or 301-466-3018
Venue: Church of the Redeemer
Location: 6201 Dunrobbin Drive Bethesda, MD
Washington DC's 30th Christmas Revels - “Echoes of Thrace”
Five performances, December 13-15 (matinees and evenings)
at the George Washington Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Streets NW, Washington DC.
This December’s Christmas Revels (the 30th in Washington!), which is called “Echoes of Thrace,” will principally celebrate Bulgarian and Greek traditions from the area encompassing ancient Thrace (the home of Orpheus, the bringer of music). With Orpheus, the bringer of music, as our guide, this year’s Christmas Revels visits the cultures and countries of ancient Thrace, Orpheus’ original home. Join us for spirited dances of the Balkan mountains, the dulcet notes of the Grecian shores, thrilling melodies of Bulgaria and Turkey, and the distant echoes of Thrace that reached into neighboring regions.
This year’s guest artists include traditional Bulgarian folk band, Lyuti Chushki (Tzvety Weiner, Valeri Georgiev, Varol Saatcioglu, Larry Weiner, and Len Newman) along with Tzvety’s husband—dancer, singer and percussionist, Bryndyn Weiner; Greek musician, Spyros Koliavasilis, and his Karpouzi Trio (with Margaret Loomis and Len Newman); and the Bulgarian folk-dance ensemble, Zharava, (Desi Jordanoff, artistic director). But that’s not all… joining us from Bulgaria are Tzvety’s parents, acclaimed Thracian singer, Tanya Dosseva and master kaval player, Lyuben Dossev. This high-energy Christmas Revels is not to be missed!
Venue: Lisner Auditorium
Location: Washington, DC
Dossevi/Weiner Family - Bulgarian Music Concert
Bulgarian Music Concert
Washington Revels and the Bulgarian Music Society
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
1621 22nd Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20008
The Washington Revels and the Bulgarian Music Society invite you to a night of folk music straight from Bulgaria. Lyuben and Tanya Dossevi (our very own Tzvety Weiner’s parents) are performing for the Bulgarian community on November 22, 2013 at the Bulgarian Embassy. This concert is a gift to all of us by the Washington Revels, for which we thank them.
In preparation for its 31st annual Christmas Revels – “Echoes of Thrace: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey” – Washington Revels is proud to partner with the Bulgarian Music Society to present in concert two great folk artists from Bulgaria: celebrated Thracian singer Tanya Dosseva and master kaval player Lyuben Dossev. On Friday, November 22, 2013, they will perform at the Bulgarian Embassy together accompanied by their daughter, Tzvety Weiner, lead singer of local Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki, drummer Bryndyn Weiner (Tzvety’s husband) and friends. This performance is particularly special because the two generations of musicians will perform side by side for the first time ever!
For more information about the performers and event go to: http://larryweiner.com/DosseviWeinerConcert2013.htm
Or contact – Bulgarian Community Center – firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Location: 1621 22nd Street, NW - Washington D.C. 20008
SALON CONCERT: MUSIC OF BULGARIA
Lyuben Dossev (kaval), Tanya Dosseva (singer), Tzvety Weiner (singer)
Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Washington Revels Performance Space
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD
Cost: $15 (plus $1 service fee for advance tickets)
As a lead-up to the 31st annual Christmas Revels – ECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – Washington Revels is presenting salon concerts featuring the principal “tradition-bearers” who will authentically represent the music of Bulgaria and Greece in the show. The concerts will explore in greater depth the music of Thrace and beyond.
This concert offers the unique chance to hear two of the top figures in traditional Bulgarian folk music – master kaval player Lyuben Dossev and his wife, celebrated Thracian singer Tanya Dosseva – who are traveling from Bulgaria to perform in the concert and show with their daughter, Tzvety Weiner, lead singer for local Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki (also featured in the concert and show).
Watch for dancing to break out at the end of the concert!
For more information go to: http://www.revelsdc.org/events-calendar.html#nov19
Venue: Washington Revels Performance Space
Location: 531 Dale Drive - Silver Spring, MD
World Village Music & Dance Camp - 2013
World Village Music & Dance Camp
International Music & Dance Camp
Timber Ridge Camp
Labor Day Weekend
August 30-September 2, 2013
For more info contact: Jamie and Betsy Platt
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!
Venue: Timber Ridge Camp
Location: High View, WV, about two hours west of Washington, DC
Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Night
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
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 email@example.com.
Venue: Ossian Hall Park - Fairfax County, VA
Location: Ossian Hall Park 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale VA 22003
RADfest! Dancing in the Park - Lancaster, PA
…in collaboration with
World Dance Lancaster & the Susquehanna Folk Music Society
Saturday, June 8
at Williamson Pavilion, Lancaster County Central Park
off S Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602 Directions
3:00pm — Bulgarian Dance Workshop with Iliana Bozhanova
Beginners welcome! $16 General Admission, $12 SFMS Members, $10 Students (to age 22)
5:00pm — Potluck with live music by The Buddha Bellies
This local trio plays alternative/folk music inspired by Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and the Dave Matthews Band.
6:30pm — Bulgarian Singing Workshop
featuring “Devoijko Mari Hubava”. This workshop is free with admission to either the workshop or the dance party.
7:00pm — Dance Party with Lyuti Chushki
$20 Adults, $10 Students (to age 22), children under 12 free
No partner and no previous dance experience needed. Wear soft-soled shoes and loose clothing suitable for dancing. RADfest! is organized by World Dance Lancaster in loving memory of Dr. Syd Radinovsky, founder of the International Folk Dance Club at Millersville University.
For More Info go to: http://www.sfmsfolk.org/dances/RADfest+More.html
Venue: Williamson Pavilion, Lancaster (PA) County Central Park
Location: off S Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602 Directions
Admission: $20 Adults, $10 Students (to age 22), children under 12 free.
The Annual Bulgarian Community Picnic 2013
The annual picnic of the Bulgarian community cannot happen without the flavorful music of Lyuti Chushki! Camp Calleva opens doors one more time for the Bulgarian Community of the Greater Washington, D.C. area. This is a very fun event, now in its 4th year!
Venue: Camp Calleva
Location: Poolesville, MD
Admission: Entrance Fee $5 (Age 12 or above)