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!
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
Traditional Bulgarian Dances
Daniela Makedonska teaches a traditional Bulgarian dance class for children and hosts a monthly Bulgarian dance party for everyone! In Bulgaria, folklore and dancing are integral parts of life. Our parents taught us these arts, their parents taught them, and on back through a hundred generations. With love and respect we express our national cultural genius through dance and so celebrate our ancestors. Folk dancing represents the essence of Bulgarian history, culture and life.
For 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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