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WASHINGTON FOLK FESTIVAL – Before coming to hear us at 5:00 on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Chautauqua Stage, enjoy all VISIT_Carousel_unsigned_bestthe music, dancing and crafts that the Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s free annual event has to offer — seven stages of American traditions including blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, rockabilly, and swing, plus a world tour of music and dance from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.  And then come back on Sunday for more!  At historic Glen Echo Park — enjoy the Art Deco buildings and take a ride on the carousel.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEMBASSY OPEN HOUSE DAY!  There was beautiful weather for a beautiful event  — just a little rain at the end.  Loved singing for the many visitors who got a taste of Bulgaria at the embassy (including a literal taste — Bulgarian yogurt!).  Thanks to Ambassador Elena Poptodorova for her gracious hospitality.

SINGING AND DANCING!  We had a fantastic afternoon of Balkan singing and dancing with Carpathia and Tisza.  Looking forward to more collaborations!  And Creative Cauldron is a gem of a venue!Creative Cauldron 2016 Flyer

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Pirin EnsembleTATIANA AND PIRIN ENSEMBLE – TOGETHER AGAIN!  Our director, Tatiana Sarbinska, was invited to be an honored guest for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Pirin Ensemble in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria! Bulgarian National Radio says “The Pirin Ensemble, established in 1954, is one of the most popular messengers of Bulgarian folklore across the globe. The formation’s singers, instrumentalists and dancers have presented their impressive shows in dozens of countries.”  Check out video of the gala concert at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIrlPnP-zEU.  And here’s a link to one of Tanya’s many television and radio appearances while she was in Bulgaria – the song is Lazhi Vere.


WE LOVE THE MUSIC, TOO!  Thanks to Jerry, an audience member, for this lovely comment — we’re so glad you’re now a Bulgarian music fan — that’s our goal!  “I was so impressed and even found myself thinking about the songs and the enthusiasm of your program the following day . . . your delightful blend of voices and hearty portrayal of the music and customs of Bulgaria. I was simply wowed! Thank you so much for such a lovely performance and introduction to the music of Bulgaria.”

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June 4, 2016 – Washington Folk FestivalWashington Folk Festival  

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s weekend extravaganza of music, dance and crafts at historic Glen Echo Park.  Free.  For more information, visit Facebook or www.washingtonfolkfestival.org.


May 14, 2016 – European Union Embassy Open House 

A day of family fun, food, culture and more. This signature D.C. spring event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity for them to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries — and to hear us at the Bulgarian Embassy!  More info at www.euopenhouse.org/plan-your-trip/.

April 17, 2016 – “Passport to the World” at Creative CauldronCarpathia

Orfeia joins the dance ensembles Carpathia and Tisza for a lively afternoon of traditional Eastern European music and dance.  We hear that they’ll be getting you dancing, too!  2:00 p.m., Creative Cauldron, Falls Church, Virginia.

UMW poster JPEGApril 9, 2016 – University of Mary Washington Multicultural Fair

A beautiful setting for a day of international music, dancing, food and wonderful things to buy.  Hear Orfeia at 3:00 p.m. at the Lee Hall Stage.



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Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

Photo: Kaloyan Doychinov

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Orfeia gratefully acknowledges support from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  

Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Orfeia also gratefully acknowledges support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County


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