Artifacts Donated to Center

BMNECC has acquired two invaluable pieces for the permanent collections of the Museum this summer.
His Excellency, the former Ambassador of US to Bulgaria Mr. Kenneth Hill, has graciously donated them to our Museum and we are thrilled to share with you!
They include an Amphora neck, recovered from the floor of Black See and dating more than 2000 years and a brass sculpture of Kliment Ohridski and the Cyrillic alphabet (1993).
We are grateful and more than honored!

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3rd Annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival “Na Megdana” October 13 – 14, 2017

3rd Annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival Na Megdana 

October 13 – 14, 2017

The BMNECC is hosting its third annual Bulgarian Folk Festival – Na Megdana – which will focus exclusively on Bulgarian dance and music. Prominent ensembles from all over the U.S. will be taking part in this one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh event.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Annual Summer Picnic – Sat. August 26th

Dear friends and supporters of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Center,

 

We are pleased to announce that our annual summer picnic will be on Saturday, August 26th at the Oregon Shelter in North Park.

Please, join us from  noon till 6 pm for a pot luck lunch.

RSVP to Polina Hristozova at polinahr@verizon.net by Saturday August 12th.

 

Bring a main dish, or a side dish or desert by your choice. Also, feel free to bring any soft or hard drinks.

Table cloths, utensils and napkins will be provided.

 

There is a nearby playground for the children.

 

You can find the shelter on the map here:

https://foursquare.com/v/north-park-oregon-shelter/535559a5498e2879ecd5d5a6

 

Use the following address, to get directions from your location:

N Ridge Dr.

Allison Park, PA 15101

 

For additional information, contact Polina at polinahr@verizon.net.

 

Looking forward to see you there,

BMNECC board of directors

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Colombia en Pittsburgh – July 1st

Pre Independence Colombian Party 2017

July 1, 2017
9 pm – 1:30 am

You are invited to attend the Colombian Pre Independence Party. All night of Latin music and dancing with our special guess Zafarrancho directly from Colombia, Gavas Beat and DJ Mateo. Please join us at Bulgarian Macedonian Cultural Center on July 1st, at 9:00 p.m.

$20 In advance
$25 At the door

Purchase Tickets

All proceeds will support the activities of Colombia en Pittsburgh

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End of Year Vecherinka – May 20th

Please join us in celebrating the end of the year for the Bulgarian School during our final Vecherinka for the season on
Saturday May 20, 2017

Culture and Literacy Day is a public holiday celebrated in Bulgaria yearly on May 24th. It is a day that marks the significance of the Bulgarian language and the Cyrillic alphabet. Click here for more about the holiday.

All are welcome to join the graduation for the school which will begin at 5:00pm with dinner being served at 6:00pm.

Dinner Menu

*Green Salad
*Tarator Soup
*Roasted lamb & rice
*Organic chicken & potatoes
*Caramel Tres leche Cake

The meal can be purchased for $15  for the entire 3 course meal (soup, main entree salad  & dessert), or you have the option to buy the courses separately.

Admission to the Vecherinka
$8 for members and $10 for non-members

Table reservations for large parties!
Contact Marin Tomov at 412-420-7614

For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

 

 

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Bulgarian Easter Bread for Sale

Kozunak For Sale

Jak Latinov will be making and selling kozunak (Bulgarian Easter bread) for Easter this year. The kozunak loaves will be 500 g (a bit over 1 lb) and will cost $5 each.

The order form is at:
https://goo.gl/forms/YUDuJen8YLyKhnT12

All kozunak orders will be available for pickup at the Center between 8 am and noon on Saturday, April 15th. Payment is due in cash or check at the time of pickup.

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Belly Dance Show & Workshop- March 31st – April 2nd

Belly Dance Show

Doors open at 7:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM

$15 advance and $20 at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

Belly Dance Workshop

April 1st and April 2nd at the Center

Click here for more details

 

ELEMENTS OF NORTH AFRICA FEATURING AISHA ALI

The one & only Aisha Ali will be coming next April for the last time to the east coast! The woman who has inspired so many of the bellydance rockstars of today with her knowledge, raw footage of her travels from back in the day, & her beautiful & elegant dance IS COMING ONE LAST TIME TO THE EAST COAST!!! MARK YOUR CALENDERS- YOU CAN’T MISS THIS!

MORE ABOUT AISHA…
Aisha Ali is an internationally recognized authority on the dances of Egypt and North Africa. Following her successes in the United States, she performed widely in Europe and the Middle East. For over twenty years she directed her folkloric ensemble, the Aisha Ali Dance Company.
In 1971, Aisha traveled to the Middle East to observe firsthand many traditional styles of dance not seen in the United States. She made subsequent visits to Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia from 1973 to 1997 to document folkloric materials that were fast disappearing. As a result, she has released numerous audio and video recordings.


In 1973, after performing as the featured soloist at the Municipal Theater in Sfax, Tunisia, the Maison de la Culture asked Aisha to form a local dance company. Later that year she stayed among the Ouled Naïl in Algeria, a tribe famous for its dancing women. Over the years she has frequently danced at celebrations in Upper Egypt with the Banat Maazin, a Nawar gypsy family of Ghawazee.


In the United States, Aisha directed the North African performers at the Los Angeles Olympics opening festival in 1984 and was featured soloist at the grand opening of the LA Festival in 1993. In 1994, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in New York, and in 2000, she was an honored speaker and soloist at the International Conference of Middle Eastern Dance. At Cornell University she was featured in a folk dance program sponsored by Nahara Ruskin.


For many years, Aisha wrote articles for Arabesque magazine, as well as Habibi and other Middle East dance journals. She also contributed to numerous otherpublications, including an article on the Ouled Nail published by the International Institute for the Study of Islam, the section on Egypt for the JVC/Smithsonian “Anthology of World Music and Dance,” and articles on Algeria and the Ouled Naïl in the International Encyclopedia of Dance published by Oxford University Press.


In addition to teaching classes at her Los Angeles studio, Aisha has given lectures/demonstrations at universities throughout California and conducts workshops and master classes in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. At Present, in addition to teaching and performing, she is working at making digital copies of her collection of music and films that were archived during the 1970s and 1980s in what are now outmoded forms of technology.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

 

 

 

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Fundraising Vecherinka – March 18th

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
7:30pm Dance Workshop
8:30pm Vecherinka begins

Click here to purchase tickets

The Fundraising Vecherinka will be on March 18 with Mollov Band and guest performers Nikolai and Donka Kolevi. The doors will open at 7:00 pm. Alexandar Zankin will hold a folklore dance workshop from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The band will start performing at 8:30 pm.

The admission will be $15 ($12 for BMNECC members) with tickets sold in advance and at the door. People can contact Peter Djalaliev (peter.djalaliev@gmail.com) to purchase tickets in advance. There will be a menu of authentic Bulgarian dishes (details TBD). There will also be a cash bar. Parking is free.

All proceeds from the Fundraising Vecherinka will go towards covering the expenses of Otets Paisii and Danka to travel and participate in the Bulgarian festival “Verea” in Chicago, April 21-22, 2017.

Guest Performers

Nikolai Kolev (gadulka), a native of Karavelovo in Thrace, has been playing gadulka since age 10. After graduating from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, he began performing as a soloist of the Sliven Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances. In 1985 he formed the wedding music ensemble Rozova Dolina, and in 1992 he founded the prize-winning ensemble Balkanski Glasove. Nikolai has accompanied many well-known singers, including Vulkana Stojanova, Roumen Rodopski and Todor Kozhuharov. In 1993, he emigrated to New York City.

Donka Koleva (vocals) is a native of the village of Tuzha in the Stara Zagora region of Thrace. She also graduated from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, and performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. She was the director of the Folk Song Chorus of Sopot and has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian Radio-TV. She has participated in many singing competitions in Bulgaria and Europe. Her voice has been featured on numerous recordings, and in 1997 her recording of “Javore” was named “Song of the Year” in the Bulgarian national radio competition. Since 1993 she has lived in New York City.

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Vecherinka – Feb 18

On the third Saturday of each month from September through May the Bulgarian Center hosts a Balkan music and dance party known as a Vecherinka. The events begin at 7:30 and last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated.  Live music is provided by the Center’s BMNECC Band or by visiting guest artists. Easy-to-follow dance lessons are available during the first hour.  You’ll love our large dance floor!  Ample parking is available in our private lot.

The menu includes a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016,  9:30 pm to 2:00 am – special dance following Bulgarian Folk Festival  More
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 – special fundraiser vecherinka to benefit Otets Paissi and Danka dance groups More
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 cancelled due to it being Easter weekend
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

 

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Help sponsor our Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana”

We are inviting individuals and organizations to consider becoming official sponsors of our second annual Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 2016. Click here for festival details.

This year’s festival will feature performances by folklore ensembles from all around the United States:

You can choose to support the festival at two levels:

Distinguished Folklore Hero ($250 donation)

  • Your advertising materials will be displayed on dinner and bar tables
  • The name of your business will be listed in festival concert program

Folklore Patron ($100 donation)

  • The name of your business will be listed in festival concert program

Sponsorship levels



You can also support our Folk Festival by contributing to our GoFundMe account. Click here to make a donation. 

For more information or to donate, please contact Peter Djalaliev at peter.djalaliev@gmail.com. We thank you for your support.

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Mystery dinner theater – Nov 12

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Doors open at 5:15 pm
Dinner begins at 6:15 pm

Play starts at 7:15 pm

$35 – dinner and show
Click here to purchase tickets

Join us for an evening of dining, comedy, mystery and interactive theater on November 12, when we present “I Spy Five Spies,” a production of Musical Mysteries & More.

This type of dinner theater engages the audience in the action. Guests enjoy a meal while watching the play, and together they solve the “whodunnit” mystery at the end of the show.

The story: The world is not enough as two secret agents, one British and one American, have been dispatched to thwart the expected heist of a super-secret micro-chip. Two other spies are assigned to the team. But when a third appears, it renders the mission improbable. See who Gets Smart and who cries U.N.C.L.E.

Prior to the show, guests can sip cocktails and enjoy appetizers while getting a glimpse of the main characters, and can even secure a part in the production, if interested!

The main dinner course is served at 6:15 pm, with the show following at 7:15.

Desserts, coffee, tea, and other drinks will be available during the play’s intermission.

All food is included in the ticket price. Wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks can be purchased at the cash bar.

NOTE: this event is for people 15 years of age and older.

All proceeds from the mystery theater dinner benefit the Center’s cultural, educational, and preservation programs.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Kids’ culture classes begin – Sept 11

Bulgarian School Otets Paissii welcomes students to its 2016-2017 school year!

Classes will be offered in Bulgarian language, folk dance, history, geography, culture and traditions.

We are happy to announce that the Otets Paissii school has been licensed by the Bulgarian Department of Education and Science, and is now an official Bulgarian school abroad. As part of the accreditation, the school will receive funding to help offset costs for tuition, school supplies and teaching aids.

vanya-student-map-2Schedule:
Fall Semester: September 11 to December 18 (no classes on October 16 and November 27)

Spring Semester: January 8 to May 21 (no classes on April 16 and 23)

Classes are held every Sunday:
9:30 am to 12:00 pm (Group 1)
9:30 am to 1:30 pm (Group 2)

Group 1:
Children 4 and older with limited or no Bulgarian language skills
9:30 to 10:30 am — folk dance
10:30 am to 12:00 pm — Bulgarian language

Group 2:
Children 7 and older with some language skills
9:30 to 10:30 am — Bulgarian language
10:30 am to 12:00 pm — folk dance
12:00 to 12:45 pm — Bulgarian language
12:45 to 1:30 pm — Social sciences

Cost
There will be a nominal sign-up fee that will be confirmed soon. Textbooks, notebooks and the majority of the tuition fees will already be covered.

Sign Up
To register, please email BGSchoolPITT@gmail.com by September 4, 2016, and provide the students’ names, ages, and a brief description of their Bulgarian language proficiency level (for new students).

Language and social studies classes are taught by Vanya Zankina, an experienced instructor who has written textbooks for children ranging from kindergarten age through high school. All folk dances classes are taught by Aleksandar Zankin, a renowned Bulgarian folk dance instructor and choreographer with 40 years of experience. Click here to read a profile of Vanya and Aleksandar.

Click here for information on adult classes in Bulgarian language and dance.

 

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Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Oct 14 & 15

The BMNECC is hosting its second annual 2-day Bulgarian Folk Festival – Na Megdana – which will focus exclusively on Bulgarian dance and music. Prominent ensembles from all over the U.S. will be taking part in this one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh event.

Click here to purchase tickets

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016

7:00 pm @ West Mifflin Area Middle School Auditorium

Performances by:

  • Otets Paissii Folk Ensemble: Managing Director Joy Holden and Artistic Director Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura
  • The BMNECC’s Danka Folklore Dance Group, directed by Aleksandar Zankin
  • The BMNECC’s Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group, directed by Aleksandar Zankin

General admission tickets: $15.00. Click here to order. 

9:30 pm to 2:00 am @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Late-night Vecherinka dance party
  • Live music performed by Vladimir Mollov Band
  • Home-cooked Bulgarian food available for purchase
  • Cash bar open all night

General admission tickets: $15.00.
A combined ticket for both the Folk Dance show and the Vecherinka costs $25.00.
Click here to order.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016

7:00 pm @ West Mifflin Area Middle School Auditorium

Performances by renowned Bulgarian folk dance ensembles:

General admission tickets: $15.00. Click here to order.

9:30 pm to 2:00 am @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Late-night Vecherinka dance party
  • Home-cooked Bulgarian food available for purchase
  • Live music performed by Vladimir Mollov Band
  • Cash bar open all night

General admission tickets: $15.00.
A combined ticket for both the Folk Dance show and the Vecherinka costs $25.00.
Click here to order. 

Please join us in this celebration of Bulgarian culture!

The West Mifflin Area Middle School is located at 81 Commonwealth Ave, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

Click here for directions to the Bulgarian Center. Parking is free in our large private lot.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soup Sega! returns this fall

Saturdays through May, 2017
9:00 am to noon

The wait is almost over! Our popular Soup Sega! kitchen will be reopening in late September 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Stop in and purchase any of our 14 varieties of homemade Bulgarian soups and other specialties. Since 1999 we’ve been offering all-natural, low sodium soups made from family recipes native to the various regions of Bulgaria. Our menu includes hearty meat soups, as well as vegetarian options – many of which are gluten- and dairy-free! Ample parking is available in our private lot. We accept credit cards, too!

Click here for more information.

 

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Walt Kolar passes away at 93

Walter W. Kolar
November 8, 1922 – June 9, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter W. Kolar on June 9, following several recent hospitalizations for various illnesses. He was 93.  As Executive Director of the BMNECC from 1995 through April 2016, Mr. Kolar was responsible for leading the organization in its mission to preserve, present and promote the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people. Walter developed and directed the dance and music initiatives of the Center’s Otets Paissii Performing Ensemble and produced all of the group’s concerts. He also produced many of the Center’s major cultural and educational events, and was in charge of all matters related to the BMNECC building and properties.

Walt was a man of many interests, talents and passions. He was not only considered one of the world’s leading experts in ethnomusicology and folk arts, he was also a skilled and respected educator, author, musician, composer, administrator and goodwill ambassador who stayed young at heart by continually learning new skills and taking care of business day by day.

As a young man growing up in and around Ambridge, PA, Walt never dreamed he’d end up visiting over 40 countries and inspiring young and old alike to embrace the musical customs of their ancestors. But his destiny began early.

“It all started when I was six years old,” he once recalled. “My family was of Croatian descent, and they encouraged me to play the tambura, a stringed mandolin-type instrument popular in the folk music of Croatia. I played in a local children’s ensemble called The Bright Stars, and from that point on, I was immersed in ethnic music for the rest of my life.”

Walter W. Kolar at the Bulgarian Center in PittsburghAs a 15-year-old prep school student at Duquesne University, Walt was introduced to the school’s newly formed Tamburitzans performing ensemble. The year was 1937, and Walt would end up devoting 40 years of his life to this internationally acclaimed music and dance troupe.

After a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force as a decorated Technical Sergeant and war hero flying 35 missions, Walt completed his education at Duquesne University, earning degrees in business education and educational psychology and later becoming a tenured associate professor. He became Managing Director of the Tamburitzans in 1952. From that point on, he used his musical and management expertise to turn the Tammies into a world-class performing ensemble, leading them on 11 world tours, several of which were under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

One of the highlights of Walt’s leadership of the Tamburitzans was his creation and production of “An American Mosaic,” a two-hour program of American folk and modern music that the Tammies performed to rave reviews during a six-week tour in the former U.S.S.R. in 1969.

“Those Americana shows in the former Soviet Union are among my proudest accomplishments,” said Walt, “because it was so rare during the Cold War years for an American group to perform in Communist countries that were closed off from American culture. I felt that we helped bridge a huge social and cultural gap.”

In addition to these achievements, Walt also helped found the Pittsburgh International Folk Festival in 1956, instituted and chaired Duquesne University’s Institute of Folk Arts graduate program beginning in 1973, and founded the Pittsburgh International Folk Theater in 1987, directing it for 12 years. In 1995, he helped transform the former Bulgaro-Macedonian Beneficial Association (BMBA) into today’s BMNECC, an active 501c3 organization focused on education, cultural preservation, and community service.

Walt was the recipient of numerous international honors and awards, including The Kiril and Metodi Medal, Bulgaria’s highest award for contributions in the field of arts and culture, and The Henry Mancini Award for achievement in the field of music by a Pennsylvania musician. He served on a variety of boards and committees, directed myriad musical programs and projects, wrote dozens of musical compositions, and authored and/or edited 28 books on the subject of ethnomusicology and folk arts. His is a permanent member of Duquesne University’s prestigious Century Club.

Walter Kolar and Patrician French at the Bulgarian Center in PittsburghIn addition to these professional endeavors, Walt enjoyed a full and rewarding personal life. He was married to the former Jennie Iva Peternac, with whom he had a son, David René Kolar. He has 3 grandchildren. For the past 23 years he lived with his companion, Patricia French, in their home in Mt. Lebanon.

His hobbies were many – from building intricate jigsaw puzzles to amassing impressive collections of coins, stamps and playing cards. He loved to organize photos and memorabilia, and was the driving force behind the archiving of the BMNECC’s museum collections. And – determined to keep up with the latest technology – he became a proficient user of computers and digital equipment, with the goal of making the BMNECC a modern, world-class organization that serves future generations of folk culture enthusiasts.

Viewing:
Saturday, June 11 – 3:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunday, June 12 – 2:00 to 9:00 pm
Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home
3501 Main Street, Homestead, PA 15120
Click here to visit the website.

Funeral service:
Monday, June 13 – 10:00 am
St. Bernard’s Church
311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Burial will follow the funeral service

Repast following burial:
Bulgarian-Macedonian Center
449 West Eighth Avenue, West Homestead, PA 15120

In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to:

The BMNECC
Phone 412-831-5101 for details.

The Pittsburgh International Folk Arts Institute (PIFAI)
Phone 412-396-5185 for details.


Take a listen to Walt’s original compositions for the Tamburitzans’ “Christmas In Croatia” album.

 

 

 

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Adult dance and language classes resume – Sept 4

Fall 2017 ADULT CULTURE CLASSES

New students are always welcome!

DANCE GROUP “DANKA” FOR AUTHENTIC BULGARIAN FOLK DANCE

 

Mon Sept 4–class from 7-9p and will continue into December
Sun Sept 10–class from 12:30-1:30p and will continue into December

 

ADULT CLASSES IN BULGARIAN LANGUAGE – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
 
Mondays from 7pm to 8:30 pm
Classes are divided into 8 consecutive sessions (3 in the fall and 5 in the spring), each session 4 classes, each class 90 minutes.
All studying materials are provided.
Fees: $60 per session
Registration by September 30th. Contact Vanya Zankina (vzankina@yahoo.com412-608-3638)

 

 

Click here to read a profile of Aleksandar and Vanya.

Click here for information on children’s culture classes.

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Mavens country-swing dance – June 18

Saturday, June 18, 2106
8:00 pm

The Mavens, a Pittsburgh-based band that plays Americana music, country swing, honky-tonk, and a mix of old and new country, will play a special concert on June 18 to say farewell to longtime band member Rick Malis.

This is a pot luck event with a cash bar.

Please come swing with us as we celebrate Rick’s career and send him off with a bang!

 

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End of season Vecherinka – May 14

Saturday, May 14, 2016
7:30 – 11:30 pm

The last Vecherinka of the season takes place on Saturday, May 14.

Our event will feature live music performed by Sedem, Dve, Chetiri (Cедем, две, четири).

The menu will include a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Dance lessons are available during the first hour.

Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

 

OTHER DANCES

Salsa Workshop and Dance with Jessica Taylor – Saturday, May 21.
Workshop at 4:00 pm, dance at 10:00 pm. More details coming soon.

 

Cajun, Creole, Zydeco

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Salsa workshop & dance – May 21

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Workshop: 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Dance: 10:00 pm to midnight

Jessica Taylor, a Pittsburgh-based instructor of Salsa and Bachata, will be conducting a Salsa workshop and dance at the Center on May 21.

A cash bar will be open during the evening festivities.

Visit Jessica’s website for information and to buy tickets: For the Love of Salsa

You can also contact Jessica directly.
Phone: 412-480-2741
Email: fortheloceofbachata@gmail.com

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Georgi Tsenov’s paintings on exhibit – through May 22

April 23 through May 22, 2016

The BMNECC is showcasing an exhibit of oil paintings by renowned Bulgarian painter Georgi Tsenov. All of his work is available for purchase.

Please see the schedule below for exhibit hours. Viewing can also be arranged by appointment.

Mr. Tsenov studied at the National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov” and holds a Master of Arts degree from Sofia University in Bulgaria. He has participated in over 70 juried exhibitions and biennials in Bulgaria, the European Union, and the United States.

Click here for the artist’s statement


Exhibit hours:

April 23:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 24: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
April 25:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April 30:  9:00 am – 7:00 pm
May 1:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 6:  7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – reception
May 7:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 8:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 9:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 14:  9:00 am –6:00 pm
May 15:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 16:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 21:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 22:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Georgi Tsenov: Fall Breeze. 20x26

 

 

 

 

 

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Attend March 19 Vecherinka to Support Otets Paissii trip

Saturday, March 19, 2016
7:30 pm

Our Otets Paissii Performing Ensemble is headed to the 6th annual Bulgarian Folk Festival “Verea” in Chicago during the weekend of April 22 – 24.  Proceeds from our March 19 Vech will be used to help the dancers with travel and lodging expenses.

Our special musical guest that night is the folk dance band Domačini. Its members include ​Andy Dokmanovich, Andy Bronkaj, Nikola Vranesevic, and Dan Jovanovich.

Dance lessons are available during the first hour. And, as always, we’ll offer a cash bar and snacks for purchase.

Plus, we’ll have a 50-50 raffle and will be selling delicious candy.

So, please come dance and party with us, and help our fabulous Otets Paissii Ensemble represent the BMNECC at this festival!

You can contact Joy Holden at bmnecc.dance@gmail.com for more information.

Click here for a link to all dances held at the Center.

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Old Time Music CD release party – April 17

Sunday, April 17, 2016
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers will release their third album in the Old Time Music of Western Pennsylvania series, titled “Behind the Door,” at a CD release party on April 17  at the Center.

Mark is on fiddle and Richard is on banjo and flute. They’ll be joined by Dave Krysty on guitar and vocalist Ellen Gozion.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and a cash bar will be available. And, of course, the new CD will be available for purchase.

So, bring all your fiddle friends to hear Mark and Richard perform the music from their new album! Click here to learn more about their other CDs.

Here’s a selection from “Behind The Door.” The wax cylinder recorder and camera work are courtesy of Scott Sandage.

[Note: Mark is a member of the Cajun band Grand Bon Rien, which plays regularly at the Center.]

 

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Vecherinka – Nov 19

On the third Saturday of each month from September through May the Bulgarian Center hosts a Balkan music and dance party known as a Vecherinka. The events begin at 7:30 and last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated. Live music is provided by the Center’s BMNECC Band or by visiting guest artists. Easy-to-follow dance lessons are available during the first hour. You’ll love our large dance floor! Ample parking is available in our private lot.

The menu includes a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:30 pm to 2:00 am – special dance following Bulgarian Folk Festival
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017

 

OTHER DANCES

Cajun, Creole, Zydeco

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Concert DVDs for sale

For a limited time only we are selling DVDs of several major performances sponsored by the BMNECC in 2015.  See the PayPal link at the bottom of this page to purchase these DVDs and have them shipped to your home. Each disc includes nearly 2 hours of entertainment!

DVD of night #1 of Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Friday, October 16, 2015
Featuring the Otets Paissii Ensemble, the Danka Folklore Dance Group and the Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group
Standard definition DVD – $20 each

DVD of night #2 of Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Saturday, October 17, 2015
Featuring 7 visiting ensembles
Standard definition DVD – $20 each

DVD of night #2 of Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Saturday, October 17, 2015
Featuring 7 visiting ensembles
BluRay DVD – $25 each

Combined packages for “Na Megdana” Folk Festival Weekend DVDs
1 standard DVD of night #1 and 1 standard DVD of night #2 – $35 (a $5 discount)
1 standard DVD of night #1 and 1 BluRay DVD of night #2 – $40 (a $5 discount)

Fall Concert – “A Balkan Odyssey” – November 21, 2105
Featuring the Otets Paissii Ensemble, the Danka Folklore Dance Group and the Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group
Standard definition DVD – $18 each

Shipping and handling – $2.50

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Use the drop-down menu to choose your DVDs. After adding items to your cart you can return to this page and continue shopping.

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Below are just a few of the fabulous performances featured on our DVDs.  All of the videos were produced and edited by filmmaker/photographer Kamen Bonev.

A performance by the Bulgari dance ensemble from Montreal on October 17:

A performance of the Otets Paissii ensemble during the BMNECC’s fall concert on November 21:

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Mystery Dinner Theater – Jan 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Doors open at 5:15 pm
Show and dinner begin at 6:00 pm
Tickets: $35.00 – includes the play and dinner
Click here to purchase tickets in advance

Join us for an evening of dining, comedy, mystery and interactive theater when we present “Indiana Smith and the Restaurant of Doom.”

A mystery play is one in which diners are invited to help solve a “whodunnit” story as they eat and watch the show.

The evening begins with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a buffet meal which guests can dine on during the show. Desserts, coffee, and tea will be available during the play’s intermission. All food is included in the ticket price. Wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks can be purchased at the cash bar.

Our play’s story involves a bumbling explorer who discovers the map to a treasure of biblical proportions. It leads to a whirlwind world tour and possibly the last escapade of famed adventure hero Indiana Smith. The show will star experienced local actors who bring the story to life.

Come take part in an evening of rollicking good fun!  For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please phone 412-461-6188 or send an email to: bmnecc@gmail.com. Click here to pre-order tickets online.

NOTE: this event is for people 21 years of age and older.

All proceeds from the mystery theater dinner benefit the Center’s cultural, educational, and preservation programs.

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Bulgarian Consul visit – Nov 21

Saturday, November 21, 2015
1:00 to 4:00 pm

Mr. Lubomir Grancharov, Bulgarian consul from New York City, will visit the Center on November 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. During that time he will be accepting applications for renewal of documents and notarizing power of attorney to Bulgarian citizens. For more info or to schedule an appointment send an email to bmnecc@gmail.com.

На 21 ноември, 2015 г., събота, от 13.00 до 15.30 часа на адрес:
449 W 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120 ще се проведе консулски ден.

Ще се извършват следните консулски услуги:

-Подновяване на български лични документи. Необходимо е да носите документите, които подлежат на подмяна и фотокопие от тях. За лични документи за деца следва да се представи български акт за раждане и копие от него. Лична карта се издава при навършване на 14 годишна възраст. Снимки не се изискват, тъй като се правят от нас на място. Заявлението може да бъде изтеглено от: BG_zayavlenie

Ако вече сте подали заявления за подмяна на лични документи и желаете да ги получите по време на консулския ден, можете да проверите дали вашите документи са готови и получени в консулството на страницата на консулството в интернет:

http://www.mfa.bg/embassies/usagc/bg/3320/index.html

и да ни информирате за това по телефона или на електронния адрес на консулството:

consulate.newyork@mfa.bg

– Заверки на документи. Необходимо е да носите валиден документ за самоличност, по възможност български.

Консулското обслужване ще се извършва само след предварително записан час чрез заявка на горепосочения електронен адрес или на телефони 212 935 4646, 212 935 7938 между 14 – 16 ч. всеки работен ден, за което следва да бъде получено потвърждение от Консулството.

 

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Bulgarian Citizens: Vote at the Center – Nov 13

Sunday, November 13, 2016
7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Bulgarian Center

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the Bulgarian presidential runoff election will take place. The BMNECC will host a voting station from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all Bulgarian citizens living in the greater Pittsburgh area. All citizens 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote. A valid passport, ID card, or military ID is required. No previous registration is required.

The Center is located at 449-451 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead, PA, 15120. Phone: 412-461-6188; email: bmnecc@gmail.com.

 

На 6-ти ноември в България ще се проведе Балотаж на изборите за Президент.

BMNECC ще бъде домакин на секцията в Питсбърг за Българските граждани в района. Гласуването ще протече от 7:00 до 20:00 часа местнo време. Всички Български граждани над 18 години имат право да гласуват; необходим е валиден паспорт, лична карта или военна книжка (само за военнослужещи). Не е необходима предварителна регистрация.

Клуба се намира на адрес: 449-451 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead, PA, 15120. Телефон: 412-461-6188; email: bmnecc@gmail.com.

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Holiday shopping at Ten Thousand Villages – Nov 30

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES – Squirrel Hill
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

6:00-8:00 pm

The Bulgarian Center is proud to be chosen by Ten Thousand Villages to participate in the store’s Holiday Shopping Night program, which entitles the Center to receive a percentage of all net sales made in the store between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30.

During that two-hour period we will inform the store’s customers of our mission, history, and contributions to the community.

Ten Thousand Villages interiorTen Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair-trade retail store – one of 160 such stores in the U.S. and Canada. The mission of the store is to provide vital, fair income to artisans of developing countries by selling their handicrafts and telling their stories to customers. Take a look at their website to get a glimpse of some of the unique items produced by over 100 artisan groups in 30 countries.

Your November 30 purchases will help globally – by contributing to the welfare of world artisans, and will help locally – by helping fund the Bulgarian Center’s important cultural, educational and preservation programs.

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 5820 Forbes Avenue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh.Their phone number is 412-421-2160. Click here for a map.

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Folk Dance Workshop – Oct 17

Saturday, October 17 at the Center
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Tickets: $10.00

World renowned dancer, instructor and choreographer Aleksandar Zankin will conduct a workshop in authentic Bulgarian folk dance as part of our Bulgarian folk festival weekend. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Please contact Mr. Zankin at (412) 431-0191 or via email at zankinalex@yahoo.com.

Click here to read a feature article about Aleksandar and his wife Vanya, a language instructor.

Click here for information on our 2-day Bulgarian Folk Festival, October 16 and 17.

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BMNECC hosts reception for Tamburitzans – Nov 14

Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:00 pm
Tickets: $10 at door

On November 14 the BMNECC will host a reception following a performance of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans at the West Mifflin Area Middle School auditorium.

Tamburitzan performers and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

Come enjoy a night of music and dance! Food will be available for purchase and a cash bar will be open.

Parking is free in our large private lot.

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Bachata Workshop and Dance – Sept 17 & 18

For the Love of Bachata presents its 4th annual Fall Festival! This festival is focused on connection, movement and musicality, and features Ramon and Divna of New York City and Araguacu of Toronto! We will have 9 hours of workshops and two nights of dancing!

FTLOB is an organization that believes in promoting true educational experiences which involve working with instructors to bring skill-building workshops, providing time and opportunities for community development among event attendees, DJing with quality music and variety in mind, and using the heart to build an event that makes people want to keep returning time after time.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 :
Workshop from 11:00 am to 4:15 pm
Festival Party dance from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am

Sunday, September 18, 2016:
Workshop from 11:00 am to 4:15 pm
Sunday Salsa Social from 7:00 to 11:00 pm
(Note: This is the regular monthly Salsa-BMNECC social that coincides with the festival. Admission is $7.00)

A cash bar will be open on both days.

Visit this website for information and to buy tickets: For the Love of Bachata.

This event is sponsored by Jessica Taylor, a Pittsburgh-based teacher of salsa and bachata. You can also contact her directly.
Phone: 412-480-2741
Email: fortheloveofbachata@gmail.com

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Enjoy our Gazpacho at Venture Outdoors hike – Aug 30

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Frick Park, Pittsburgh

The BMNECC is happy to provide soup for a Venture Outdoors Soup Hike on August 30 in Frick Park. We’ll be providing delicious Gazpacho, a Spanish soup that’s served cold. It contains a blend of tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic. We’ll also provide bread served with fresh, diced veggies and herbs. Venture Outdoors will provide tea and soft drinks.

Click here to visit the Activities page of the Venture Outdoors. You can register online.

Click here for a map of Frick Park.

 

 

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Fall Classes – draft

CHILDREN’S CLASSES

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The fall children’s classes in Bulgarian language and Bulgarian folk dance are held on Sundays and run from September 13, 2015, through December 13, 2015. Courses are divided into two 6-week sessions.

Session 1:  September 13 – October 25  (No class on October 18 – Bulgarian Folk Festival)
Session 2:  November 1 – December 13  (No class on November 29 – Thanksgiving)
Member’s Christmas party on December 13

Level 1 – Children older than 6 years
Bulgarian language class – 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Bulgarian folk dance class (45 min) – 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Level 2 – Children younger than 6 years
Bulgarian folk dance class – 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Bulgarian language, geography and history class  – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The prices for 6-weeks session are as follows:

                                  School fee              Language Class              Dance Class
Level 1                     $15.00                       $30.00                                 $25.00

                                  School fee              Language Class              Dance Class
Level 2                     $15.00                       $45.00                                 $30.00

A discount is available for two or more children from the same family, and the children can participate in both or only one of the classes. For more information please contact either Vanya Zankina at vzankina@yahoo.com or by phone: (412) 431-0191; or Antonia Georgieva at antonia.georgieva@verizon.net or by phone: (412) 401-1221.

Language and social studies classes are taught by Vanya, an experienced instructor who has written textbooks for children ranging from kindergarten age through high school. All materials will be provided during class. Dance classes are taught by Aleksandar Zankin, a renowned Bulgarian dance teacher with a Master’s Degree in Bulgarian folk dance and choreography. He has over 35 years of experience.

As a bonus, Mr. Zankin is teaching folk dance classes on Sundays from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. Click here for information. The price is pay-as-you-go; no commitment: $5.00 per dance lesson, paid to the instructor during the class.

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‘Na Megdana’ Bulgarian Folk Festival – Oct 16 & 17

The BMNECC is hosting a 2-day Folk Festival — Na Megdana – that focuses exclusively on Bulgarian dance and music. Prominent ensembles from all over the U.S. and Canada will be taking part in this first-of-a-kind Pittsburgh event. Click here to buy tickets via Showclix.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015

7:00 pm@ West Mifflin Area Middle School Auditorium:

  • Otets Paissii Folk Ensemble: Managing Director Joy Holden and Artistic Director Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura
  • Special musical guests:  Vladimir Mollov Band
  • The BMNECC’s Danka Folklore Dance Group, directed by Aleksandar Zankin
  • The BMNECC’s Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group, directed by Aleksandar Zankin
  • General admission tickets: $15.00

9:30 pm to 2:00 am @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Late-night Vecherinka dance party
  • Home cooked Bulgarian food available for purchase
  • Live music by Orchestra Forte and Vladimir Mollov Band
  • Cash bar open all night
  • General admission tickets: $10.00
  • A combined ticket for both the Otets Paissii concert and the Vecherinka costs $20.00


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015

2:00 to 4:00 pm @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Renowned dance instructor/choreographer Aleksandar Zankin will conduct a folk dance workshop, open to both experienced dancers and newcomers
  • Workshop fee: $10.00.
  • Click here for more information and to register.

7:00 to 9:00 pm @ West Mifflin Area Middle School Auditorium:

Seven Bulgarian folk dance ensembles will perform. (Click the links for ensemble information.)

9:30 pm to 2:00 am @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Late-night Vecherinka dance party
  • Home cooked Bulgarian food available for purchase
  • Live music by The 412 Bend and Vladimir Mollov Band
  • Cash bar open all night
  • General admission tickets: $10.00
  • A combined ticket for both the Folk Dance show and the Vecherinka costs $20.00.

Please join us in this celebration of Bulgarian culture!

Click here to buy tickets via Showclix.

Contact Peter Djalaliev at peter.djalaliev@gmail.com for more information and other ticketing options.

ATTENTION OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS!
Book your room at any one of the three hotels listed below and receive a special rate. Just mention the Bulgarian Cultural Center when you book your room.

  • The Courtyard Marriott at the Waterfront, West Homestead. Click here or phone 412-462-7301.
  • The Hampton Inn at the Waterfront, West Homestead.  Click here or phone 412-462-4226.
  • The Comfort Inn in West Mifflin. Click here or phone 412-653-6600.

 

The West Mifflin Area Middle School is located at 81 Commonwealth Ave, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

Click here for directions to the Bulgarian Center. Parking is free in our large private lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Children’s Culture Classes Begin Sept 13

FALL 2015

Sunday mornings

Courses are divided into two 6-week sessions.
Session 1: September 13 – October 25 (No class on October 18 – Bulgarian Folk Festival)
Session 2: November 1 – December 13 (No class on November 29 – Thanksgiving)
Member’s Christmas party on December 13

Level 1 – Children older than 6 years
Bulgarian language class – 10:00 am to 11:15 am
Bulgarian folk dance class – 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Level 2 – Children younger than 6 years
Bulgarian folk dance class – 10:00 am to 11:15 am
Bulgarian language, geography, and history class – 11:15 am to 12:45 pm

The prices for 6-week sessions are as follows:

Level 1
School fee:
$15.00
Language Class: $36.00
Dance Class: $25.00

Level 2
School fee:
$15.00
Language Class: $45.00
Dance Class: $36.00

A discount is available for two or more children from the same family, and the children can participate in both or only one of the classes. For more information please contact either Vanya Zankina at vzankina@yahoo.com or by phone: (412) 431-0191; or Antonia Georgieva at antonia.georgieva@verizon.net or by phone: (412) 401-1221.

Language and social studies classes are taught by Vanya, an experienced instructor who has written textbooks for children ranging from kindergarten age through high school. All materials will be provided during class. All folk dances classes are taught by Aleksandar Zankin, a renowned Bulgarian folk dance instructor and choreographer with 40 years of experience around the world.

Aleksandar is teaching adult folk dance classes on Sundays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm starting on September 13. He will also teach adult folk dances classes on Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm starting September 7. Vanya is teaching adult Bulgarian language classes on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm starting on September 16. Click here for information on these adult classes.

Click here to read a profile of Aleksandar and Vanya.

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Children’s Recital – May 22

Sunday, May 22, 2016
3:30 pm

The children enrolled in the BMNECC’s “Otets Paissii” Sunday School will present an end-of-term song and dance recital to celebrate St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day, which takes place in Bulgaria on May 24. The brothers were Byzantine scholars who created the first Slavic alphabet – Cyrillic – in 855 A.D.  This recital will also celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Sunday school program.

Guests are encouraged to bring an appetizer or a dessert to share. The Center will serve coffee and soft drinks.

Please join us and show your support for these talented kids!

Please contact Antonia Georgieva at this link for more information.

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Rummage Sale – June 27

June 27, 2015
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
BMNECC social hall

From trinkets to treasures, you’ll find it all at our big June 27 rummage sale. We’ll be displaying a wide variety of items:

  • Kitchenware
  • Jewelry
  • Vinyl records
  • Women’s accessories
  • Gently used clothing
  • Books
  • Games
  • Household goods
  • Collectibles – over 200 items!

Snacks, coffee and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

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‘Paint Nite’ fundraiser – April 3

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Doors open at 5:00 pm
Painting begins at 6:00 pm

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets: $45
This is an adults-only event

Please join us at the BMNECC and take part in a creative fundraising event called Paint Nite. Within the space of two hours, a professional artist will guide you through the steps and techniques that will enable you to create your very own unique masterpiece.  Absolutely no painting experience is needed.

The instructor will provide everything you will need: 16 x 20″ canvases, acrylic paints, brushes and even a smock.

Guests will receive one free alcohol drink with the purchase of a food item. A cash bar will also be open.

NOTE: As this is an adult-only event, the Center will offer babysitting services in the museum area for $5.00.

 For more information, please contact Nadia Naumova at nadia.naumova@gmail.com.

The BMNECC is 6.7 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, 3 miles from the Parkway East, and 1.4 miles from The Waterfront shopping complex. Parking is free in the Center’s large private lot.

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Screening of Bulgarian Movie at Jewish Film Fest – April 26

Sunday, April 26, 2015
3:00 pm
Manor Theater – Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)

JFilm, the Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum,  announces the Pittsburgh premiere of a popular Bulgarian movie as part of its 2015 film festival: “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Bulgaria’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film.

“Bulgarian Rhapsody” tells the story of a love triangle that envelopes three teenagers during the tumultuous summer of 1943 in Bulgaria. Best friends Moni and Giogio practice kissing on pin-up girl posters, listen to jazz, and recite lines made famous by Gable and Bogart. They both fall for Moni’s alluring cousin who comes to visit from across the border in Greece. But, inevitably, the war brings everything back to reality despite Bulgaria’s refusal to deport its Jews. The film creates a vivid look at the culture of the time and place, including a score filled with Balkan folk and klezmer-style melodies and terrific acting by the three young leads.

Bulgarian filmmaker Ivan Nichev directed the film. It stars a number of Bulgarian actors and is presented in Bulgarian, German and Ladino with subtitles. The film contains brief nudity.

Dr. Michael Naragon, Chair of the History Department at Winchester-Thurston School, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A discussion afterwards. The film is sponsored by Classrooms Without Borders.

Click here to order your tickets in advance.

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Dance with our Ensemble!

Rehearsals on Sundays at 1:00 pm
Beginning February 14 and continuing through May 29, 2016*

Men and women: If you’re looking to get a good work-out, learn intricate Bulgarian dances, and build lasting relationships, come dance with the Bulgarian Folk Ensemble Otets Paissii! Our ensemble is under the artistic direction of the talented Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura. Rehearsals are typically held every Sunday through the end of May.

Our ensemble performs at numerous venues throughout the year. We stage our premier event – the Otets Paissii Fall Concert – on November 19, 2016. Our award-winning group has been thrilling local and national audiences since 1956.

If you are unable to attend the first rehearsal, but are interested in joining the ensemble, please contact Managing Director, Joy Holden, at bmnecc.dance@gmail.com to be added to the distribution list. She can also answer any questions regarding the ensemble.

*There will be no rehearsals on April 10 and 17.

 

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Urban Ballroom Dance – May 15

Urban Ballroom Dance
Friday, February 13, 2015
8:00 pm to midnight

Urban dances are all the rage! This style combines the refinement of ballroom dance steps with the soulful music of old-school Motown and contemporary R&B.

The first dance of the new season begins February 13 at 8:00 pm.  See the list below for more dates in 2015.

Friday, March 20
Friday, April 24
Friday, May 15
Friday, September 18
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20

Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. We offer a cash bar and free parking.

Please phone Darlene Halicki at 412-498-7623 for more information.

OTHER DANCES

Vecherinka Balkan dances

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Cajun and Zydeco Dances

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Salsa Dances

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Mardi Gras Party – Feb 6

Saturday, February 6, 2016
7:30 to 11:30 pm
Admission: $10

Come on down to our annual Mardi Gras party, with live music provided by Grand Bon Rien. Come in costume, bring the kids, join the parade, and win prizes! We’ll have plenty of food available and our cash bar will be open all night. Dance lessons are available during the first hour.

Here’s our full schedule of Cajun and Zydeco dances through June 2016. They’re all family-friendly!

  • Saturday, January 2, 2016 – Zydeco Dance with Gringo Zydeco
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Mardi Gras Party
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 – Zydeco Dance with Gringo Zydeco
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016 – Cajun Dance with Grand Bon Rien
  • Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Cajun Dance with Grand Bon Rien
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Zydeco Dance with Gringo Zydeco

Phone 412-461-6188 for information, or visit the Cajun Dancing in Western PA website.

 

OTHER DANCES

Bachata Dance and Workshop Weekend with Jessica Taylor – April 9 and 10. Click here for details.

Vecherinka Balkan dances

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Salsa Dances

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Urban Ballroom Dances

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Enjoy our soup at Venture Outdoors hikes

The BMNECC is proud to donate homemade soup for a a series of Winter Soup Hikes in the Pittsburgh area. These Sunday outings organized by Venture Outdoors take place on the following dates:

Sunday, January 17, 2106 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm — Schenley Park
Sunday, February 21, 2016 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm — Highland Park
Sunday, March 13, 2016 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm — Frick Park

Cost:
$12 for Venture Outdoors members
$18 for non-Venture Outdoors members

After the easy 3- to 4-mile hike, participants will enjoy one meat soup and one vegetarian soup provided by our Soup Sega! kitchen. Venture Outdoors will supply bread, hot chocolate, and tea.

Venture Outdoors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting everyone to the benefits of outdoor recreation throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization provides a variety of activities that inspire an active lifestyle, promote the region’s unique natural amenities, highlight its excellent quality of life, and foster a greater appreciation for the environment.

Please consider becoming a V.O. member!  Click here to visit their website.

 

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Salsa Dance – March 19

Third Sunday of each month
September 2016 through May 2017
7:00 to 11:00 pm

We host Salsa Dances featuring the music of a live DJ on the 3rd Sunday of each month in our large social hall. The cost of general admission is $8 and $6 for those 24 and under. We offer snacks and a cash bar. Here’s the lineup. (Schedule is subject to change.)

  • Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017  cancelled
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017
  • Sunday, April 16, 2017
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017

For more information, visit Salsa-BMNECC’s Facebook page.

 

OTHER DANCES

Vecherinka Balkan dances

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Cajun and Zydeco Dances

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Urban Ballroom Dances

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Venture Outdoors Soup Hike – April 25

The BMNECC is proud to donate homemade soup for four Soup of the Month walks sponsored by Venture Outdoors.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 10 am to 1 pm at Frick Park
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 10 am to 1 pm at Boyce Mayview Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 10 am to 1 pm at Highland Park
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 10 am to 1 pm at Schenley Park

These easy 3-4 mile excursions explore Pittsburgh’s beautiful regional parks. After the walks, participants will enjoy hot, tasty soup provided by our Soup Sega! kitchen. One soup will always be a vegetarian option.  Venture Outdoors will also supply bread, hot chocolate and tea.

Venture Outdoors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting everyone to the benefits of outdoor recreation throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization provides a variety of activities that inspire an active lifestyle, promote the region’s unique natural amenities, highlight its excellent quality of life, and foster a greater appreciation for the environment. Click here to visit their website.  You can find details on each of these soup hikes on the Activities Calendar page.

 

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Night at the Races Fundraiser – Feb 25

Saturday February 25, 2017
6:00 pm
$25 admission

Join us for a night of fast-paced fun at our “Night at the Races” fundraising event. Here’s how it works:

  • You purchase a $25 admission ticket to the racing event, which includes food and 2 complimentary drinks (wine, beer or soft drink).  Hard liquor and additional drinks will be available at our cash bar.
  • Ten races will be held with 10 horses in each race. You’ll  bet in $2 increments for the winning horse – just like in an actual race. Your winnings are based on payout odds which are determined immediately after each race by the betting amounts and number of winning ticket holders.
  • There is NO LIMIT on the number of bets which can be placed. All horse races are win betting only (no place, no show).
  • All horses leave the gate with equal opportunity to win the race. There are NO odds calculated prior to the race.
  • You can also buy/sponsor up to 90 racehorses for the first 9 races for $10 per horse. This gives you personalized naming rights of your horse, which adds to the excitement.  If your horse wins the race, you automatically win $40.
  • Full color videos of the faux races will be projected onto a big screen in our social hall.
  • Races will be called “live” by a professional on-site race-caller.
  • The races are exciting and will be accompanied by encouraging cheers and “bragging rights” by the winning horse’s owner.
  • At the conclusion, we’ll auction off the 10 horses for the last race.  The winning horse will take ½ the pot!!

The evening will also feature both a Chinese Auction and a Silent Auction.

To pre-sponsor your horse and/or purchase admission tickets, please contact:
Ed Markoff at ed.markoff@comcast.net,  412-952-7181

You can also order tickets online from ShowClix by clicking here. You can purchase your admission tickets and horses separately.

We hope to see you all at the “BMNECC Downs” on February 25. Bring along your friends and family members, place your bets, root for your horse, and cash in!

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Shop at Annex Cookery to benefit BMNECC – Nov 22

ANNEX COOKERY
November 22, 2014
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Annex Cookery in Homestead is holding a special Shopping Day on November 22. The BMNECC will receive a percentage of all net sales made in the store between 1:00 and 3:00 pm that day.

Enjoy a free glass of wine, a free cup of fresh brewed coffee, and cookies, courtesy of Annex Cookery.

Annex Cookery is a small business located on historic 8th Avenue in Homestead. They offer a complete line of beautiful and unusual kitchenware and cookware — plus many whimsical items. Click here to visit their website.

The shop is committed to the reuse and repurposing of the Homestead Historic District’s registered buildings.

Annex Cookery is located at 218 E 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120. Click here for a map.

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Vecherinka – April 18

Vecherinka Dance Party
Third Saturday of each month, September through May
7:30 – 11:30 pm

On the third Saturday of each month from September through May the Bulgarian Center hosts a Balkan music and dance party known as a Vecherinka. The events begin at 7:30 and last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated.  Live music is provided by the Center’s Otets Paissii performing ensemble or by visiting guest artists. Easy-to-follow dance lessons are available during the first hour.  You’ll love our large dance floor!  Ample parking is available in our private lot.

The menu includes a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

Schedule: 

  • January 17, 2015
  • February 21, 2015
  • March 21, 2015
  • April 18, 2015
  • May 16, 2015 – Folk Festival Reunion Party

 

OTHER DANCES

Vecherinka Balkan dances

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Cajun and Zydeco Dances

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Urban Ballroom Dances

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Mardi Gras – March 4

Cajun, Zydeco and Creole Dances
First Saturdays, 7:30 to 11:30 pm

We host American folk dances in our large social hall on the first Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted.*

Live bands include Grand Bon Rien and Gringo Zydeco. Here’s the lineup:

  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Cajun dance with Grand Bon Rien
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Cajun dance with Grand Bon Rien
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Zydeco/Creole/Cajun Dance with Gringo Zydeco
  • Saturday, January 7, 2017 – Cajun dance with Grand Bon Rien
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Cajun dance with Grand Bon Rien
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Mardi Gras Party with Grand Bon Rien. Come in costume, join the parade, win prizes! Children are welcome.
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 –  Zydeco dance with Gringo Zyedeco
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Cajun dance with Grand Bon Rien

A one-hour dance lesson is available starting at 7:30. You don’t need a partner! Our instructors will be happy to teach you the steps. And all dances are family-friendly!

Live music begins at 8:30 and the dances last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Admission is $10. A cash bar and snacks are available. Parking is free in our large private lot.

Phone 412-461-6188 for information, or visit the Cajun Dancing in Western PA website.

 

OTHER DANCES AND EVENTS:

Vecherinka Balkan dances

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Salsa Dances

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Urban Ballroom

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Events, classes & more

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Calendar

 

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Urban Ballroom Dances

Urban Ballroom Dances
8:00 pm to midnight

Urban dances are all the rage! This style combines the refinement of ballroom dance steps with the soulful music of old-school Motown and contemporary R&B.

The Bulgarian Center will host dances on the following dates during  2015:

Friday, February 13
Friday, March 20
Friday, April 24
Friday, May 15
Friday, September 18
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20

Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. We offer a cash bar and free parking.

Please phone Darlene Halicki at 412-498-7623 for more information.

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