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CYRILLIC
FESTIVAL

State Library of NSW - Corner of Macquarie Street and

Shakespeare Place, Sydney 

15-16 May 2021 I 12.00pm-4.00pm

Cyrillic Concert - Sydney Congress Hall, 140 Elizabeth St, Sydney

22 May 2021 I 6.30pm-9.30pm

Join us for a vibrant festival of art,
colour, music and dance!

State Library of NSW

15-16 March 2021 I 12.00pm-4.00pm

Cyrillic Concert

Sydney Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth St, Sydney

22 May 2021 I 6.30pm-9.30pm

Celebrating diversity in culture!

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The Cyrillic Alphabet 

The Cyrillic festival is a vibrant multicultural event to mark the creation of the Cyrillic alphabet and to celebrate the incredible work of St. St. Cyril and Methodius with a lot of music, dancing, craft and art. Countries, closely related to the celebration are Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, North Macedonia, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia etc.

 

300 million people from countries in Europe and Asia still use the Cyrillic alphabet today. With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007, Cyrillic became the third official alphabet in the European Union, together with Latin and Greek.

 
 

15TH-16TH MAY PROGRAM

State Library of NSW

Dixson Room: 12.00PM - 4.00PM

ART EXHIBITION

 

Enjoy the paintings of Dora Nikolova Bittau 'The Saints Cyril and Methodius Patrons of Europe' and the artwork of Solomiya Sywak, Alice Vigovska and Olena Vigovska. Learn interesting facts about the Cyrillic alphabet with the exposition of various informational posters and information sheets. 

 

CYRILLIC WORKSHOP


Learn how to write your name and other simple words in Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets. All materials are supplied, including  samples. Our friendly volunteers will help you. 

Workshop sessions:

12:00pm - 12:45pm

2:00pm - 2:45pm

 

 

BEST CHILDREN PAINTING AWARD

The Bulgarian Language school in Sydney in collaboration with NSWFCLS has organised a painting contest on Cyrillic alphabet theme. The best paintings from each Community Language school will be displayed in Dixson Room in the State Library of NSW on 15th and 16th of May. Visitors of the exhibition will vote for the best three paintings and the young artists will receive a monetary award during the Cyrillic Concert on 22th of May at 6:30pm at the Sydney Congress Hall,140 Elizabeth St, Sydney. 

All awarded children’s paintings from Dixson Room will be displayed at the Sydney Congress Hall during the Cyrillic Concert.

Metcalfe Auditorium: 1:00pm | 3:00pm 

Documentary film screening 'The march of letters'

with English subtitles

This is a travelogue in time and space beginning in the IX century and reaching to today’s reflections on the mission of Cyril and Methodius. Why is their deed so important for all Slavic nations in the most important moments of their history and even up to the present day? Who is St. Methodius – assistant and companion of his younger brother Constantine-Cyril or the true Baptist of the Bulgarians, Slovaks, Czechs and Poles? Answers to these and other questions are sought by scientists from different countries, by children and artists, by guardians of temples and legends we meet along the journey of Cyril and Methodius and the alphabet they created.
 

22ND MAY PROGRAM

 

Sydney Congress Hall

140 Elizabeth Street, SYDNEY 

Concert Program:

 

  • Official Opening, Presentation of awards

  • Silvia Encheva – ‘The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices‘

  • Ukrainian Youth Association Dance Ensemble ‘Zahrava’ - Ukrainian folk dances

  • ‘Kokitche‘ children Vocal Group - Bulgarian Language School 

  • Bulgarian Dance Group ‘Bulgari’, Melbourne - Bulgarian folk dances

  • ‘Kukabura’ Slovak Folklore Ensemble - traditional music

  • Cyrillic presentation

  • Intermission

  • ‘The Spirit of Russia’ Dance Ensemble – Russian and Gipsy dances

  • ‘Ravna Gora’- Serbian Folk dances

  • Silvia Encheva accompanied by the Bulgarian kaval virtuoso Ivaylo Karamanliev

  • Prize Draw Gilded Rose and Ruffle Prize Draw

  • Bulgarian Dance Group ‘Bulgari’, Melbourne 

  • Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Sydney ‘Veselka’ - Ukrainian folk dances

  • Marijana Dimovska - Macedonian folk songs

The program may be subject to change without prior notice.

 

SILVIA ENCHEVA,
PROFESSIONAL SINGER

Enjoy Bulgarian Folk songs bringing to life “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices”

SILVIA ENCHEVA, PROFESSIONAL SINGER​
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ZAHRAVA
UKRAINIAN YOUTH DANCE ENSEMBLE

Zahrava  is part of the Ukrainian Youth Association in Sydney. The group has been in existence for over 55 years.

The word Zahrava means twilight before dawn. Our philosophy is to share the love & beauty of our Ukrainian culture and share our heritage with the Australian community.

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'KOKITCHE'

vocal group from the Bulgarian Language School, accompanied by Ivaylo Karamanliev, kaval.
Joyful Bulgarian traditional songs.

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FOLK GROUP BULGARI

Folk Group Bulgari aims to make contribution to society, to practice and popularise Bulgarian folk music and dance. To give and receive mutual support and cooperation between and among persons interested in Bulgarian culture and language

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KRISTINA BELLA

Kristina Bella is a Romanian and Serbian professional singer who became a finalist on the popular talent show “Never to late”/ NIKAD NIJE KASNO, in Serbia in 2019. 

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‘THE SPIRIT OF RUSSIA’
DANCE ENSEMBLE

Traditional folkloric character dancing of Russian, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Romanian, and an array of other regions.

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‘RAVNA GORA’

BONNYRIGG SPORTS CLUB

Bonnyrigg Sports Club's leading folkloric dancing group in the heart of Western Sydney.

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IVAYLO KARAMLIEV

Kaval: a rare opportunity to hear the mesmerizing sound of one of the most ancient musical instruments in the Balkans.

UKRAINIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE SYDNEY ‘VESELKA’

Veselka is the Ukrainian word for ‘rainbow’.

With its colourful costumes and energetic dancers, every performance by Veselka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Sydney is a celebration of the rich cultural traditions of Ukraine, from the welcome of bread and salt in the Pryvit, to the lively finale of the Hopak. Veselka believes that the wealth of a nation lies in its heritage, particularly dance.

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PRIZE DRAW

WIN A GILDED ROSE

One lucky winner will receive a Gilded Rose – the magic of the Bulgarian Rose!
Visit the event, leave your email to
enter the draw.
 
And thats it!
The winner will be drawn and announced at 9:25pm at the Cyrillic Concert on 22nd of May.
 
The lucky winner will receive an email with details how and when to collect the prize. 
 

Sydney Congress Hall

140 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Cyrillic Concert

22TH MAY
6:30pm - 9:30pm
 
 

The Bulgarian Association Rodina Sydney in partnership with the State Library of NSW and sponsored by the NSW government.

Huge THANK YOU to our generous partners and sponsors:

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