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Kolo Festival

  Fri - Sat, Nov 27-28, 2009         9:00 AM

Event Details

img_0065_edited1_300For an exciting weekend of Balkan and Greek dance, music, culture and food, come to the 58th annual Kolo Festival, Nov. 27 & 28. There will be dance and music classes, review sessions, live music, culture corners, and specialty food. Dance classes will begin at 9:20AM Friday (doors open at 9:00); singing classes begin at 11. Teaching dance will be Yves Moreau, popular Bulgarian dance specialist; John Filcich, (Kolo Festival founder), kolos; Jerry Duke, Greek Macedonian and Thracian; Bob Gardner, Greek; and Sani Rafiti, Romani dances of Kosovo. Singing classes will be taught by Michele Simon and Dragi Spasovski. Dancing and music continue from 6PM until 12PM with parties beginning with a Bulgarian Jam on Friday and a Tam Jam on Saturday. The bands will be Trio Zulum, Helldelics, Slavonian Traveling Band and Dragi Spasovski with Bill Cope and Friends.

A pre-registration form and event schedule can be found on the website, http://balkantunes.org/kolofestival. For volunteer/work exchange inquiries, contact Jan Rains, sherpajmr@yahoo.com, 925) 682-3727; Band/kafana information, contact Bill Cope, bill@thecopes.com; and for other information, contact Jerry Duke, Festival Chair,  jcduke@sfsu.edu, or 415-759-5136. Pre-registration director is Marion Earl, marionkearl@yahoo.com

Schedule

The event schedule can be found on the website, http://balkantunes.org/kolofestival

Friday Evening:
Main dance floor schedule:
6:00 to 6:30 -- Sing-a-long with Michele Simon (new!)
6:30 to 7:00 -- Bitov Jam Session (center of floor)
7:00 to 8:15 -- Slavonic Travelling Band (stage)
8:15 to 9:30 -- Dragi Spasovski with Bill Cope & Friends (center)
9:30 to 10:45 -- Agapi Mou (stage)
10:45 to midnight -- Trio Zulum (center)
Kafana schedule:
7:15 to 8:15 -- Staro Vino
8:30 to 9:30 -- Jela
9:45 to 10:30 -- Cope, Farris, Fox & Nicolae
10:45 to 11:30 -- <available>

Saturday Evening
Jam Sessions (be in tune and ready to play 15 minutes prior):
6:00 to 7:00 -- Sing-a-long & Tamburica TamJam (charts)
Main dance floor schedule:
7:00 to 8:00 -- Kolo Festival Band (tamburica) (from center)
8:00 to 9:15 -- Trio Zulum (Bulgarian) (on stage)
9:15 to 10:30 -- Helladelics (Greek) (from center)
10:30 to midnight -- Dragi Spasovski with Bill Cope & Friends
(Macedonian) (on stage)

Kafana schedule:
7:15 to 8:15 -- Da! Mozhem
8:30 to 9:30 -- Verna Dru?ina
9:45 to 10:45 -- Agapi Mou (myspace, youtube, facebook)

Friday classes:
9:00 - Doors open
9:20 to 10:35 -- Yves Moreau, Bulgarian dances
10:45 to 12:00 -- Jerry Duke, Greek Macedonian plus...
10:45 to 12:00 -- Michele Simon, Singing Class (kafana)
12:00 to 1:00 *****LUNCH BREAK*****
1:00 to 2:00 -- Culture Corner with Yves Moreau
1:00 to 2:00 -- Kolos with John Filcich
2:10 to 3:25 -- Yves Moreau, Bulgarian dances
3:35 to 4:50 -- Bob Gardner, Greek (Epiros) dances
3:35 to 4:50 -- Michele Simon, Singing Class (kafana)
4:55 to 5:25 -- Review of dances with teachers
5:25 to 7:00 *****DINNER BREAK*****

Saturday classes:
9:00 - Doors open
9:20 to 10:35 -- Yves Moreau, Bulgarian dances
10:45 to 12:00 -- Jerry Duke, Greek Macedonian plus...
10:45 to 12:00 -- Dragi Spasovski, Singing Class
12:00 to 1:00 ********LUNCH BREAK********
1:00 to 2:00 -- Culture Corner with Sani Rifati
1:00 to 2:00 -- Kolos with John Filcich
2:10 to 3:25 -- Yves Moreau, Bulgarian dances
3:35 to 4:50 -- Sani Rifati, Romani (Gypsy) from Kosovo
3:35 to 4:50 -- Dragi Spasovski, Singing Class
4:55 to 5:25 -- Review of dances with teachers
5:25 to 7:00 ********DINNER BREAK********


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