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Thracian Festival Exhibition & Concert

Please join us in celebrating the
Thracian Festival Exhibition & Concert

Saturday 13th May 

The Sydney Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
From 3pm Exhibition 
5pm Concert

Bulgarian Children Group Kokitche
To open the concert we are exicted to welcome back the Bulgarian Children group from  the Bulgarian Community Language School.

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Bulgarian Rhythms

Bulgarian Rhythms started in March 2012 with just a couple of enthusiastic dancers. After only one year, we now have close to 20 participants! Starting with more popular traditional dances, our repertoire is constantly expanding! Bulgarian Rhythms is a Sydney based dance group offering classes in traditional Bulgarian dancing.

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Valia Gianinska

Between 1984-1986 she was part of Gotse Delchev ensemble in Sofia, Bulgaria. Between 2005-2010 she was part of Martenitsa chorus in Sydney, Australia. Between 2009-2011 - part of the Greek Orpheus chorus in Sydney, Australia. Since 2017 she is a part of the Greek Florinean chorus in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a solo singer since 2008 and she sings in Bulgarian, Greek and Russian festivals and concerts


George Calopedos


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Austolian Dance Academy

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Dusha Balkana 

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Institute of Hellenic Dance and Culture

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Horo Melbourne 


Thracian Science

The Thracian heritage - history, culture and language are an essential part of the European and world cultural-historical heritage.

Ancient Thrace has a special place in the classical history of the ancient Greeks and Romans as its integral part, since it is located on two continents - Europe and Asia.  With this geographical location, the Thracian culture developed in constant interaction with the cultural processes that took place in the tribes located in the area - from central Europe and Danube River to Asia Minor (Anatolia) and to ancient Greece. As a result of this interaction, its syncretic character is manifested, as strongly testified in the territories located near the foreign cultural centres, but also on the core of Thracian culture. Therefore, in order to present the cultural achievements of the Thracians and Ancient Thrace, their achievements must be presented not only in the heart of Thrace, which coincides with the territory of modern Bulgaria, but also within the framework of the neighbouring Balkan countries Greece, Turkey and Romania.


The development of the Bulgarian science of antiquity, and in particular the part on the ancient Thracians, i.e. of Thracology, whose beginning as a scientific discipline dates back to the 18th century, led to the necessity of founding a specialised institute under the name of Institute of Thracology. One of its main activities is the interdisciplinary study of Thracian antiquity and, in particular, of its history, culture and language in the broader context of paleo-Balkan studies, the ancient Balkan and western Asia Minor cultural-historical space, i.e. the lands inhabited by the Thracian tribes.


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Thracology in Bulgaria and the development of Thracology as an international science, Rodina Sydney and the Bulgarian community in Sydney are presenting to the public a poster exhibition dedicated to the science of the Thracians and Ancient Thrace.

The exhibition consists of two parts. Part 1 will present the Thracian civilization and the interdisciplinary of the Thracology with its links with numismatics, epigraphy, astronomy, ethnology, geology etc. provided by scholars Prof. Dr. Valeria Fol, Assoc. Prof. Dr, Ivo Topalilov (head of the Center of Thracology) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Ruja Popova from the Center of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Part 2 will present the science of Thracology in Turkey, Greece and Romania, provided by respective scholars such as Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sayar from Istanbul University, Dr. Marina Tasaklaki - Archaeologist-Numismatist from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports in Greece and Prof. Dr. Lucrețiu Mihăilescu-Bîrliba from Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iasi, Romania.


Parallel with the exhibition we invite you to enjoy a vibrant multicultural event to celebrate diversity and inclusion through music and dance.

Thracian Institutes

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivo Topalilov |  Institute for Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

  • Prof. Dr. Lucrețiu & Mihăilescu-Bîrliba | Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iasi, Romania

  • Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sayar | Istanbul University,Turkey

  • Marina Tasaklaki | The Ephorates of Antiquities of Rhodope, Greece

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