Bulgarian dance
Dance Group XoroTroptzi is a performing ensemble founded in 2012 under the auspices of the Bulgarian-American Cultural Educational Forum in Los Angeles. Evolving from simple social gatherings between friends to learn traditional dances, they are the only Bulgarian folk ensemble in Los Angeles. With a mission…
Musician and ethnographic researcher, Zina Bozzay founded the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle (‘Népdalkör’ in Hungarian) in 2010. An avid practitioner, she is dedicated to keeping the oral tradition alive. The Hungarian American communities in the Bay Area are active in an annual…
The mission of the Morava Folklore Ensemble is to preserve Serbian song and dance traditions and to pass those traditions onto future generations. Established in 1987 as an auxiliary organization of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego with a few participants, three dance groups…
In May of 2001, Joe Potzernitz passed away. He was a master artist who contributed so much to the cultural landscape of California. He is missed by the many who enjoyed and benefited from his work. One of the primary distinguishing features of California saddlery is the decorative floral carving…
The Croatian bagpipe or gajde is a common instrument in Croatian traditional music in Hungary. It is an ancient instrument with a large repertoire and several distinctive styles of playing, determined largely by the geographical/regional location of the musician. The instrument is constructed by various parts, the bag, which is…
Veretski Pass is the name of a Bay Area-based ensemble comprised of three master musicians, Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and Stuart Brotman.  Along with other culture bearers, they are instrumental as co-creators of the traditional arts practices of the “klezmer revival,” a movement that began in…
Ziya, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit, multicultural arts center based in Berkeley, California.  Ziya’s mission is to promote the study, understanding, and preservation of the traditional arts and cultures of the SAMENA (South Asia to Middle East and North Africa) region and their diasporas in the…
Nastaliq is the most popular calligraphy style in the Persian-speaking world.  Nastaliq is mainly used to write Persian poetry, which alongside calligraphy occupies a significant place in the everyday life of Iranians.  Since the ancient foundation of Islam, calligraphy has been the dominant and emblematic feature of Islamic art.  The…
While there are many styles of Balkan Romani (“Gypsy”) women’s dance, perhaps the most popular, uniquely Romani dance is the kyuchek.  Of Turkish origin, kyuchek can be danced either as a communal line dance with synchronized steps or as a solo improvisation.  Line dances tend to have more contained repetitive…