Jewish/East-European Yiddish music
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…
The mission of Zhena Folk Chorus is to perpetuate the tradition of choral music and culture of Eastern Europe and beyond, to heighten awareness of this beautiful and vigorous heritage, and to signify the primary role of women in preserving these important genres of world music.  Based in San Pedro,…
Theatre Flamenco is the second oldest dance company in the Bay Area and the oldest flamenco dance company in the country.  Their commitment is to preserve and pass on to the next generation the beauty, passion, and appreciation for the art, music, and culture of flamenco,…
Yiddishkayt is the premier Yiddish cultural and educational center in Los Angeles dedicated to the study of Yiddish language, culture, and history and to connecting generations old and new with their cultural heritage.  With groundbreaking language, education, and cultural programs, inventive partnerships, large-scale events, and innovative online…
The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California is a nonprofit organization serving the Muslim-American and greater Bay Area communities.  ICCNC provides a dynamic space that cultivates an exchange of ideas about Islam through art, culture, and education.  In existence since 1996, ICCNC provides religious services to Bay…
Balkan arts and culture
California arts and cultures
Bulgarian women's folk song