Martenitsa Festival Event | Rodina Sydney

MARTENITSA
FESTIVAL

Martenitsa Concert - Sydney Congress Hall, 140 Elizabeth St

27 March 2021 I 2pm-7.20pm

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

State Library of NSW

6-7 March 2021 I 10am-5pm

Martenitsa Concert

Sydney Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth St, Sydney

27 March 2021 I 2pm-7.20pm

Celebrating nature’s rejuvenation,
health and prosperity.

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What is martenitsa and why do we celebrate it?

Martenitsa Tradition is an ancient custom, officially recognized by UNESCO in 2017, celebrated in Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Romania, Moldova and other Balkan countries - originating from centuries-old Thracian civilisation. On the 1st of March every year, red and white tassels, pom-poms or bracelets – known as Martenitsa - are exchanged, given to loved ones with a wish for luck, wellbeing and fertility. During the month of March, people are wearing martenitsa on their hands or clothing and once they see a stork, they hang the martenitsa on a tree. 

 
 

6TH MARCH PROGRAM

State Library of NSW

Dixson Room: 10 - 5PM

GANTCHO TASKOV ART EXHIBITION

Enjoy the beautiful artwork of Mr. Gantcho Taskov who is a renowned artist, floral designer and sculptor from Melbourne. The exhibition in Dixson Room will consist of three life flower art arrangement, one Wish tree and 22 x A3 format photographs of his art. The photographs will be offered for sale and the funds will be donated to COVID19 research. 

 

MARTENITSA WORKSHOP


Design and make your own martenitsa workshop. All materials are supplied, including martenitsa samples. Our friendly volunteers will help you with the design and show you how to make it. 

Workshop sessions:

10:00am-10:45am 

11:00am - 11:45am

12:00pm - 12:45pm

1:00pm - 1:45pm

2:00pm - 2:45pm

3:00pm - 3:45pm

4:00pm - 4:45pm 

 

BEST CHILDREN PAINTING AWARD

The Bulgarian Language school in Sydney in collaboration with NSWFCLS has organised a painting contest on Martenitsa theme. The best paintings from each Community Language school will be displayed in Dixson Room in the State Library of NSW on 6th and 7th of March. Visitors of the exhibition will vote for the best three paintings and the young artists will receive a monetary award on 14th of March at 3:45pm at Martin Place. 

All awarded children’s paintings from Dixson Room will be displayed at Martin Place during the Martenitsa Festival on 14th of March. 

Metcalfe Auditorium: 2:00pm | 3:00pm | 4:00pm

Movie projections of the award-winning short film 'Life in Four Seasons'  

  • Platinum winner – International Independent Film awards, 2019

  • Semi-finalist Los Angeles CineFest, 2019

  • Official selection, SEEfest (South East European Film Festival) Los Angeles 2019 

 

7TH MARCH PROGRAM

State Library of NSW

Dixson Room: 10 - 5PM

GANCHO TASKOV ART EXHIBITION

Enjoy the beautiful artwork of Mr. Gancho Taskov who is a renowned artist, floral designer and sculptor from Melbourne. The exhibition in Dixson Room will consist of three life flower art arrangement, one Wish tree and 22 x A3 format photographs of his art. The photographs will be offered for sale and the funds will be donated to COVID19 research. 

 

MARTENITSA WORKSHOP


Design and make your own martenitsa workshop. All materials are supplied, including martenitsa samples. Our friendly volunteers will help you with the design and show you how to make it.

 

Workshop sessions:

10:00am-10:45am 

11:00am - 11:45am

12:00pm - 12:45pm

1:00pm - 1:45pm

2:00pm - 2:45pm

3:00pm - 3:45pm

4:00pm - 4:45pm 

 

BEST CHILDREN PAINTING AWARD

 

The Bulgarian Language school in Sydney in collaboration with NSWFCLS has organised a painting contest on Martenitsa theme. The best paintings from each Community Language school will be displayed in Dixson Room in the State Library of NSW on 6th and 7th of March. Visitors of the exhibition will vote for the best three paintings and the young artists will receive a monetary award on 14th of March at 3:45pm at Martin Place. 

 

All awarded children’s paintings from Dixson Room will be displayed at Martin Place during the Martenitsa Festival on 14th of March. 

 

ROMANIAN BOOK LAUNCH


First book: 9000 MILES AWAY
Volume 5 of the Romanian/Australian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Prose
Coordinator: Mihaela CRISTESCU
Illustrations: Luminita Serbanescu, Ottawa, Canada
English Editor: SE Crawford, Vice-President New Writers' Group Inc.
President NWG Inc.: Carol Amos
Sfantul Ierarh Nicolae Publishing House, Braila, Romania, 2020

Volume 5 of the Anthology presents 53 writers from Romania and Australia and belongs to an annual independent series:
1. Pounding the Pavement, vol 1
2. On the Wallaby Track, vol 2
3. Between Dusk and Dawn, vol 3
4. Arguments Avant la Lettre, vol 4

The 5th Volume will be launch on 27th March 2021 at the State Library of NSW, during Multicultural March Governmental Program.


Click HERE for more information.

Second book: THE WAY YOU DARE
Personal volume of poetry, author Mihaela Cristescu
Illustrations: Luminita Serbanescu
Sfantul Ierarh Nicolae Publishing House, Braila, Romania, 2020
"An immersion in time, distrust and love, offered by lyrical, slim-cut poems that catechize the hard copy and the intangible, 'death and lullabies', about wisdom and connection." SE Crawford, Editor ZineWest, Western Sydney Writers
Review from Glam Adelaide:
https://glamadelaide.com.au/book-review-the-way-you-dare-by-mihaela-cristescu/

 

Click HERE for more information.

Metcalfe Auditorium: 2:00pm | 3:00pm | 4:00pm

Movie projections of the award-winning short film 'Life in Four Seasons'  

  • Platinum winner – International Independent Film awards, 2019

  • Semi-finalist Los Angeles CineFest, 2019

  • Official selection, SEEfest (South East European Film Festival) Los Angeles 2019 

 

27TH MARCH PROGRAM

Sydney Congress Hall

140 Elizabeth Street, SYDNEY 

TIME SLOT 1 - 2:00PM to 3:20PM

Official Opening - Lidia Donkova-Macri and Clr Robert Kok, Silvia Encheva – “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices”

VGmates Music Band - medieval fusion and contemporary sound

Martenitsa Presentation

Bulgarian Rhythms - Bulgarian folk dance group

40 min intermission in which you will be able to buy burek, airian and other yummy food especially delivered for our event; have a chat and catch up with other festival activities!

TIME SLOT 2 - 4:00PM to 5:20PM

Pippero Quintent - Three exquisite voices

Bulgarian, Romania, Moldova and Macedonia Martenitsa Customs Video

Kokitche Vocal Children Group

Dusha Balkana - Soul of the Balkans

TIME SLOT 3 - 6:00PM to 7:20PM

Balkan Etno Orchestra - Preserving and rejuvenating century-old stories

Bulgarian, Romania, Moldova and Macedonia Countries showcase video

Sydney Dance Rhythms - Romanian Folk Dance Ensemble

Raffle Draw and Prize draw - Gilded rose winner 

40 min intermission in which you will be able to buy burek, airian and other yummy food especially delivered for our event; have a chat and catch up with other festival activities!

 

VGMATES MUSIC BAND

VGmates is a Slavic-Australian band from Sydney whose unusual and genre-blending music already charmed Sydney and Melbourne audiences. This six-piece band uses a lot of unusual ethnic music instruments – vargan and balalaika, futujara and Armenian duduk, kalimba and ocarina and much more! They love to experiment with new instruments and different styles and maintain a good balance of energetic rhythms and gentle meditative melodies, songs and instrumentals. VGmates performed at Illawarra Folk Festival and other cultural festivals and regularly perform in Sydney.  

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SILVIA ENCHEVA, PROFESSIONAL SINGER

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

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BULGARIAN RHYTHMS

Sydney-based traditional Bulgarian folk dance group performing since 2012. The group has participated in many multicultural festivals and events in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne.

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AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF BALKAN DANCE CULTURE - DUSHA BALKANA

"Dusha Balkana" - Soul of the Balkans are a Sydney based dance ensemble under the directorship of Yorgo Kaporis. 

The group performs songs and dances from the Balkans (Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and others) in order to preserve and promote the diversity and traditions of the Balkans’ Communities in Australia. 

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PIPPERO QUINTET

Pippero Quintet features the exquisite voices of Trio Pippero - Bulgarian singer Silvia Entcheva, formerly of Grammy award winning Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares choir, with Australian singers Mara Kiek (known for her award-winning World/Jazz ensemble Mara! and choir Martenitsa), and Jarnie Birmingham (founder of a cappella ensemble Girls In Your Town, and Martenitsa soloist for over a decade).
Accompanying them are Bulgarian kaval virtuoso Ivaylo Karamanliev and world music icon Llew Kiek on bouzouki.

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SYDNEY DANCE RHYTHMS

The Romanian Folk Dance Ensemble was founded by Cristina Iordache Yeo in 2017 under the Sydney Dance Rhythms School. The group started on the grounds of promoting the Romanian culture in Australia through folk dancing. They have performed at various events throughout NSW, appeared on Channel 7 for the Sunrise Show, represented the Romanian community at the National Festival of Cultures in Canberra and much more.
 

The group will perform 3 very special dances from the Romanian folklore:


1. "Braul de Fagaras" (Bruh-ool de  [fə.ɡəˈraʃ]  ) is a dance originated from Fagaras, an area in the southeast of Transylvania. This is danced in a group danced with hands joined on belts or shoulders. (Brau means belt).


2. “Sarba” is not only popular in Romania, but also Serbia, and other Balkan countries. Sarba is fast and is danced in an open circle formation. 

3. "Calusul" (kə loo ʃool) is a dance originated from Oltenia, a region in the southern part of Romania. This dance represents a horse divinity which is the protector of the warm season as well as the of the horses. Normally the dance is dominated by men and is highly energetic. The dance contains magical formulas, ritual dances and acts to protect people, animals and crops from the evil forces. The "Calusul" was included on the list of UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity in 2005.

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'KOKITCHE'

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

BALKAN ETHNO ORCHESTRA

The Balkan Ethno Orchestra is a contemporary world music experience that seeks to preserve and rejuvenate century-old stories. By blending traditional and modern music elements, BEO gives new life to forgotten songs for today's generation.
Vocalists 
Dusica Davidovic 
Andja Curcic 
Maja Radmanovic 
Alenka Ogjnenovic 
Musicians 
Dragan Davidovic / keyboards and programming  
Marin Mitrovic / guitars and bouzouki  
Dario Moconja / bass guitar  
Nenad Teofilovic / drums  
Goran Mitrovic / percussion  
Ivaylo Karamanliev / kaval 

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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 7:15pm.
 
The lucky winner will receive an email with details how and when to collect the prize. 
 

Sydney Congress Hall

140 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Martenitsa Concert

27TH MARCH
 

The Bulgarian Association Rodina Sydney in partnership with the State Library of NSW and sponsored by the City of Sydney Council and Element ICT.

Huge THANK YOU to our generous partners and sponsors:

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The program may be subject to change without prior notice.