Dear children, young and older,


Do you like to paint? If the answer is a resounding YES, join our children’s drawing contest on the topic “My favorite Bulgarian holiday.”


With the onset of spring begins the awakening of new life. The Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center in Seattle is happy to “awaken” a forgotten local tradition – the Golden Orpheus Children’s Talent Show. This show, which was Savina Uzunow’s labor of love (with its first edition in 2002 and was organized for 16 consecutive years), provided a platform for the artistic expression of talented younger generation in the greater Seattle area. The show was a delight not just for the parents of the participants, but for the Bulgarian community at large.


This past year has been difficult for many cultural organizations and many events were canceled. This has given the impetus for many events to be held online. We are organizing this online children’s drawing contest with the intention to stimulate children’s creativity and in honor to our Seattle’s own “Golden Orpheus.”


Contest theme: My Favorite Bulgarian Holiday


Contest guidelines:

  • Preschool and K-12 students;
  • The media for the drawings includes but is not limited to crayons, colored pencils, black pencil, watercolor, oil paint, markers, charcoal, colored paper, textile, etc.;
  • Up to 3 drawings can be submitted per contestant. The drawings can be of the same or different holidays;
  • E-mail a picture of the drawing to kids_contest@bchcs.org
  • Please include a description of the drawing and why you like this particular holiday;
  • Include the first and last name as well as the age of the contestant in the e-mail’s subject line;
  • Complete and return the BCHCS Artwork release form (please see attached).


Submission deadline: May 24, 2021


Voting period: from May 25th to May 31st, 2021


Awards announcement: June 1, 2021


The drawings will be published on the Facebook page of the Center, where everyone will be able to vote for their favorite works. This vote will determine the audience award. An independent jury will select the best drawings to be included in the calendar and other promotional materials. There will be many prizes.


We are excited to see what you will create! Don’t hesitate, participate!

Current BCHCS Programs:


Bulgarian Voices of Seattle

Every Wednesday:
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 Program for children “Medena Pitka”

BulgariaCultureDance-0003 eEvery Saturday:

Harmony Ballroom – 1407 132nd Ave NE #7, Bellevue, WA 98005
1:00 – 2:00 pm – kids from 3 to 8 years old
2:00 – 3:00 pm – 9 years old and above
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 Adult Bulgarian Folk Dance Workshop


Every Saturday:
Harmony Ballroom – 1407 132nd Ave NE #7, Bellevue, WA 98005
3:00 – 5:00 pm
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:
Exit Space School of Dance, Studio 3 (the NEST)
6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
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 page

For 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.com
  • 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


thisbabamoviethis baba

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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