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, develop cultural 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!
Please visit our Facebook page, for the most current event information.
Current BCHCS Programs:Crossroads Shopping center Community Room, 15600 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 6:30 – 8:30 pm 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…
More information: here. Link to Facebook page here.
BULGARIAN FOLKLORE ARTS:
Bulgarian Folklore Program for children “Medena Pitka”
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 Adult Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshophere.
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
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.
Verea Bulgarian Folk Festival in Chicago
The International Night at Bellevue College
2015 NW Folklife Festival
Koledni Kartini, Chubritza i Topla Pita Christmas Concert, Bellevue College.
Аpril: Fifth Verea – Chicago Bulgarian Festival
May: Seattle Cheta and Medena Pitka perform within the concert of Valya Balkanska and Petar Yanev at the Russian Community Center, Seattle
December: Performance for Christmas Celebration, organized by BCHCS at Kirkland Performance Center
Tvorilnitsa – Traditional Arts and Crafts Workshop
As 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.
For more information on dates and times for the workshop, please refer to our calendar.
THE SOCIETY FOR POETRY AND LITERATURE
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.
Balkantonika – Experience one fun rhythmic workout that releases your mind and strengthens your body! Balkan-toning from the heart of the Balkans with traditional and modern dance moves. Join the Balkan fun!
10:30-11:30 amInstructor: Ana-Maria Georgieva
Website: www.balkantonics.com To join or for more information please contact:
- Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Womens Choir director: Mary Sherhart at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bulgarian Folklore Arts program director: Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg
- Bulgarian Folklore Arts program assistant: Ana-Maria Georgieva
- Medena Pitka Children Folklore Program Coordinator: Mila Popova
- Society for Poetry and Literature Coordinator: Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg
- Balkantonika Instructor: Ana-Maria Georgieva
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