Welcome to The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle, a Non-Profit Organization, born to preserve and share Bulgarian culture and tradition far from our motherland. The Center will fill a great need for the Bulgarian community by providing a gathering place in which to hold events, and develop programs and celebrate many of the existing goodhearted activities. We invite you to join us and be a part of the growing Northwest Bulgarian Community!
Traditional Bulgarian Dances
The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle is proud to announce a new Bulgarian folklore program for children: “Medena Pitka” (Honey Bread) Sunday Afternoons from September 2013 – June 2014
MEDENA PITKA (Honey Bread) is a program of The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle 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. Learning about symmetrical and asymmetrical meters means involvement of children in rhythmic practices (verbally, vocally and bodily). Hearing about ancient traditional rituals means not only listening to stories about their origin but also memorizing songs and dances related to these rituals through movements.
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Bulgarian Voices of Seattle
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…
The choir is directed by Mary Sherhart who studied with the professional folk choir “Varna,” in Varna, Bulgaria (1983-84) and has a long career as a teacher and performer of Bulgarian and other Balkan folk songs. More information: here
The Bulgarian Community has been once again honored by The Folklife Festival. For a second year in a row we have been invited to stage a Kukeri parade. We are calling on all families, sons and fathers to participate in this ancient and sacred Bulgarian tradition. Learn, discover and work alongside each other making a Kukeri mask which you also get to keep as a part of your family and cultural heritage. We will be making the masks during two weekend workshops – March 24th & 25th and March 31st & April 1st. Various time slots available to accommodate your schedule. We look forward to your support and participation.
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