Christmas concert of the Bulgarian community in Seattle.
Like in a fairytale, where the main character goes through various hurdles that make them grow, our community, in the times of social distancing, realized how much it cherishes our togetherness. The opportunity to sing and dance together, to celebrate and laugh together. We started to truly appreciate what we had before 2020 in times when we couldn’t have it. Now we know how terrific it is to be able to laugh together. How incredibly luxurious it is to perform together on our communal stage. How blissful it is to hold our hands in a big circle, dancing horo at the grand finale of our Christmas concert.
Dear friends,
We invite you to our annual Christmas concert, “Like in a Fairytale,” organized by the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle.

December 10 at 6:30 PM, PST
Kirkland Performance Center


Expect enchanted characters! An atmosphere created by lights, songs, dances, and music. Scenography – by Kremena Lefterova (San Diego) with the help of our local talent Svetlana Aleksieva. For the first time, we will enjoy the playing of the Bonaca Tamburica band (Seattle), the musician Milen Varimezov (Dallas), who will join our “old favorites”: Vasil Denev, kaval (Seattle), Petar Aleksiev-Usmivkata, gaida (Chicago), Angel Dobrev, gadulka (Chicago), Anton Kirilov, tupan (Seattle). This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming on stage the fantastic duo of father and son Toromanovi. We have invited our favorite local groups – Radost Folk Ensemble, Dunava Vocal Ensemble, and Hopa Trop Folk Ensemble. The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle will be represented by Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir, Medena Pitka Children’s Folklore Group, Seattle’s Koledari, and Seattle Cheta Performance Group, adults and juniors.
But this is not all!
After the mutual horo at our grand finale, the party will continue in Black Raven Brewery in Woodinville. The start time is 9:30 PM. Live music! Sandwiches and drinks until midnight!

Let’s celebrate together, friends!
We look forward to seeing you all!
Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle



We are proud to announce that BCHCS was awarded 4Culture’s Arts Sustained Support. Thank you 4Culture for helping us make art and heritage a vital part of the lives of King County residents.






Current BCHCS Programs:



Bulgarian Voices of Seattle

Mondays, October to June
6:00-8:30 pm
Crossroads Mall Community Room
16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA 98008
Link to Facebook page here.

The singing traditions of Bulgaria are as rich and varied as its history. Each Bulgarian region has its own particular vocal style and songs. Women sang to express emotion, lighten harvest and other work, mark life’s important moments like weddings and births, seasonal rituals and names days. The songs speak of love, separation, nature, heroic deeds and daily life through poetic imagery, humor and pathos. Whether a dissonant song in call-and-response or a lush choral arrangement, Bulgarian songs touch the heart of any listener…

To join or for more information, please contact Michael Lawson at: michaellawson6@gmail.com

Link to Facebook page here.



Bulgarian Folklore Program for children “Medena Pitka”

BulgariaCultureDance-0003 eEvery Saturday:

Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village, Room 203
6505 176th Ave NE, Redmond, WA, 98052
10:30 – 11:30 ч. kids 4 to 7 years old
Link to Facebook page here.
Medena Pitka flyer

MEDENA PITKA is a program that organically interweaves knowledge of traditional Bulgarian rituals and celebrations and practical knowledge of Bulgarian proverbial lyrics, rhythms, songs and dance. It introduces children to our traditional folklore in a way in which students learn by doing.



Folklorna Tantsova Rabotilnitsa – Weekly Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshop


Every Saturday:
Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village, Room 203
6505 176th Ave NE, Redmond, WA, 98052
11:30am – 1:00pm – adults, youth and kids older than 8
Link to Facebook page here.

The workshop is a joyful opportunity for the Bulgarian community to explore the richness of Bulgarian folk culture. It is directed toward people who have always been interested in learning more about Bulgarian music and dance but haven’t pursued it. The program also welcomes those who are newly attracted to the idea of exploring our folk heritage, including dance.



SEATTLE CHETA Performance Group – Bulgarian traditional music and dance

Every Friday:
Aria Ballroom
15300 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA 98052
8:00 – 10:00 pm
The performance group SEATTLE CHETA at the BCHCS was established in April, 2014 for participation in the Verea Bulgarian Folk Festival in Chicago. The name is a combination of “seattlecheta” – people from Seattle and “Seattle Cheta” – a band with connotation to the heroic Bulgarian Enlightenment. Group members are Bulgarians who initially attended the weekly adult folk dance workshop “Rabotilnitsata” — one of the BCHCS’ programs established in January 2014 that meets every Saturday. Later Seattle Cheta began rehearsing every Friday at Exit Space School of Dance.
We take joy in bringing back to life old traditional Bulgarian songs and dances, among which Koledarski pesni and Koledarski Yambolski Buenek, performed by our men. This idea was initially introduced to the Bulgarian community after receiving a 4Culture grant for our “Together for Christmas” Bulgarian Show at Kirkland Performance Center in December 2013. The excitement generated by this teamwork became the foundation for our later activities.Performances
In December 2014, along with the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir and Medena Pitka Children Folklore Group, we performed before the Bulgarian community in Vancouver BC, where 100+ participants from Seattle traveled to perform in our mutual Christmas performance.


Tvorilnitsa – Traditional Arts and Crafts Workshop 
tvorilnitsaAs part of the BCHCS program for Bulgarian Folklore Arts, “Tvorilnitsa” weaves the connective tissue in the colorful tapestry of the program and the community through arts and crafts. In the past, the workshop has functioned as an ongoing project concentrated around major Bulgarian holidays like Surva, Koleda and baba Marta, and visiting the Bulgarian School in Seattle.Facebook pageFor more information on dates and times for the workshop, please refer to our calendar.








The Society for Poetry and Literature discusses themes and ideas mainly from the world of Bulgarian literature. These are viewed with regard to historical, political and cultural contexts in Bulgaria from different periods and in parallel with larger European cultural movements. Different authors and texts are discussed when the themes are suggested by members of the club. The Society also welcomes topics regarding works of non-Bulgarian authors.

The Society meets once per month.

Link to Facebook page here.
To join or for more information please contact: 
Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Womens Choir director: Michael Lawson at: michaellawson6@gmail.comBulgarian Folklore Arts program director: Daniela Ivanova-NybergBulgarian Folklore Arts program assistant: Ana-Maria GeorgievaMedena Pitka Children Folklore Program Coordinator: Mila PopovaSociety for Poetry and Literature Coordinator: Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg





Link to the trailer

This Baba is a 30-minute documentary, a universal story of grandmothers from every country across the globe who are divided between here and there, isolated by a lack of English, stuck in suburbs, missing their friends and loved ones back home.

This Baba – Penka Encheva – had dreams of becoming a professional singer, but her path led her to another life, as a teacher. In 2010, at age 67, she came to America to live with her daughter’s family and help care for her two young grandsons.

As part of the project Songs of Our Families, “This Baba” was produced by Mary Sherhart and directed by Bogdan Darev.

Visist “this Baba” FB page here https://www.facebook.com/thisbabamovie

Visit www.thisbaba.com to find out where This Baba is screening next.

Penka Encheva & Friends CD

The 17-track CD features Baba Penka Encheva singing songs from her childhood with new musical friends she met in America including Vlado & Hristo Mollov, Michael Lawson, David Bilides, Jody Rush, Aleksandr Eppler and the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir.  Tunes range from slow ballads to spritely dances.

Produced by Mary Sherhart

Purchase Penka Encheva & Friends CD here



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