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Golden Festival 2012-NYC’s Festival of Music and Dance from the Balkans and Beyond


Golden Fest Dance Prep Workshops

with Michael Ginsburg

All are welcome!

Jan. 4 and 11

Wednesday Balkan Dance Class 6:30 pm, $13

at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, btw 2nd and 3rd, Manhattan


See our Calendar

Scheduling info for the festival itself will be coming soon… stay tuned!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,

-Belle and Michael


– Jan. 4 & 11 Golden Fest prep dance classes with Michael Ginsburg

– Jan. 13 & 14 – The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

– Jan. 15 – Golden Fest wrap-up party at drom — all door proceeds go to out of town bands and discount admission for Golden Fest participants


Golden Festival 2012

NYC’s Festival of Music and Dance from the Balkans and Beyond

Sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 13th & 14th

Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn

New York’s biggest Balkan music event and showcase, is back in Brooklyn for its 27th anniversary, January 13th and 14th, 2012 at Grand Prospect Hall, a spectacularly restored historic landmark in Park Slope. All music is live.

7:30 pm Friday begins with an hour long dance workshop, then continues with music and dance until 12:30 am.

6 pm Saturday the festival resumes and doesn’t wind down until early Sunday morning

Discount tickets and all sorts of useful information on the website at

Last year’s festival boasted 71 separate performances, Saturday on 4 concurrent stages. Groups played and sang Albanian, Bulgarian, Romany (Gypsy), Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, Norwegian, Klezmer, Ukrainian, Georgian music, and more. Stay  tuned for the announcement of this year’s Friday and Saturday schedules.

Dancing is encouraged; no prior experience is required. Enjoy unusual rhythms, mouth-watering Balkan refreshments, and fine folk arts vendors. Enter a community where young and old, corporate and artsy, professional and enthusiast, hipster and folk dancer come together through a shared love of music. Join a circle and dance hand-in-hand with the friends you came with, and the friends you haven’t met yet.

Entrance to the festival is $25 for Friday and $50 for Saturday. All the musicians volunteer their time. Profits are donated to charitable or educational organizations serving Balkan cultures and communities. Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band ( founded the Golden Festival in 1986 and has sponsored it ever since.

Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, between 5th and 6th Aves, Brooklyn, NY

Friday, Jan 13th, 7:30 pm – 12:30 am; Admission: $25, students with ID $20 Saturday, Jan 14th, 6 pm – 2 am; Admission: $50, students: $40

Two Night Festival Admission: $70, students $55 Children 12 and under: free

Discount tickets for advance online purchase via the website,

Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar

Subway: R to Prospect Ave. Limited on-site valet parking $10

Facebook: Golden Festival 2012

NY TimeOutNY, critics’ pick, 2011: “Boogie your heart out to border-defying Balkan tunes at this yearly festival.” “the city’s biggest Balkan bash”

David Byrne: “New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind”, “The time signatures in some of their music were beyond complicated, but it grooved at the same time.”