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Bulgarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare” Established in Dallas

bulgaria_260.jpgThe Bulgarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare” is now a reality. Established by volunteers with a passion for preserving and promoting Bulgaria’s vibrant, thirteen centuries-old cultural heritage, the center was officially founded in September 2009, but the people behind it have been very active for the past two years organizing concerts, classes, workshops, exhibits and other quality cultural exchanges that many of you have been a part of. The organization is currently governed by an 11-member Board of Directors: Magdalena Marinova, Damyan Marinov, Martina De Los Santos, Sergio De Los Santos, Monika Nacheva, Violeta Vankova, Viktor Taushanov, Evgenia Manolova, Kalin Stoimenov, Elena Kareneva and Shelley Allison, but as a community-based organization, BACC “Bulgare” is driven by its members and many volunteers.

The mission of the cultural center is to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of the wealth of Bulgarian historical and cultural heritage by offering a diverse selection of quality cultural experiences through artistic expression in education and the visual and performing arts.

This is the second Bulgarian non-profit organization founded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area within the last six months, and we are very proud to be part of this development. Having more than one formal entity allows for pursuing multiple efforts simultaneously by different groups with different missions, which can only benefit the local community. Also, alternatives naturally encourage organizations to be more focused in their mission, and more efficient in implementing their activities, which can only lead to higher-quality events of greater value to the community.

 

Past Endeavors

While the Bulgarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare” was officially founded only recently, its members and supporters have already been very active in expanding Bulgarian cultural awareness in Texas. Here is a short review of past events:

Bulgarian Folk Dance Classes

lyush_260.jpgCrafted over the course of centuries, Bulgarian folk dances are world-renowned for their beauty and complex choreography. Determined to make Bulgarian folk dance and music accessible to the Metroplex, we  opened a dance class in Richardson in February 2008, and a second one in Colleyville in July 2008.

Bulgarian Folk Ensemble "LYUSH"

As the dance classes gained momentum, the dancers’ enthusiasm fueled the creation of the Bulgarian Folk Ensemble, “Lyush”. Highly regarded, Lyush has been developing and performing regularly for its diverse Dallas audience since April 2008.

Concerts of traditional and not-so-traditional artists:

KAL, the Gypsy Rebels

kal_160.jpgHaving performed a multitude of concerts around the world, Kal, a young Romani (Gypsy), Belgrade-based band, made Dallas part of its second tour in the United States and performed at the Blue Danube European Restaurant & Café in Arlington in October 2008.

Kabile, the Bulgarian Wedding Band kabile_160.jpg

In November 2008, we organized another highly successful event: The performance of Kabile at the Blue Danube European Restaurant & Café. A traditional wedding band from Thrace, southern Bulgaria, Kabile is one of Bulgaria's most masterful wedding bands. Learn more.

Dessy Dobreva, the Songbird from Bulgaria

dessy_160.jpgIn February 2009, Dessy Dobreva made her debut in Texas at the Carrollton Plaza Arts Center. A winner of multiple music awards, the Bulgarian vocalist and musician Dessy Dobreva is famous for her angelic voice and versatile talent.

theodosii_160.jpgTheodosii Spassov Folk Project Band

In April 2009, Theodosii Spassov, a world-renowned Bulgarian composer, jazzman and kaval-player, brought his Folk Project Band to Dallas, Texas for a masterful live performance at the SMU Hughes-Trigg Center.

Workshop of Bulgarian folklore dancing 

In August 2009, we welcomed Daniela Ivanova and Angel Nazlamov from Bulgaria for a one-of-a-kind workshop of Bulgarian folklore dancing and live accordion music.

Art exhibitions

As avid supporters of Bulgarian artists we helped introduce the very gifted local painter Antoaneta Hillman at the Theodosii Spassov concert and later at private parties.

 

All of these events could not have happened without the many volunteers who gave their time, effort and enthusiasm, or the generous people who donated and helped make this reality.

To everyone who helped: Thank you!

 

Current and Future Projects

Founding BACC “Bulgare”, opens new doors and allows us to more fully focus on our commitment to support and present the cultural and historic heritage of Bulgaria. The center is already working on several major projects, including:

Bulgarian School

school_160.jpgBACC “Bulgare” has established the first Bulgarian school in Texas with classes in Bulgarian language and literature for first through fourth grade, using the adapted curriculum by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education for children of Bulgarian citizens abroad. The school year is commencing on October 4, 2009. To sign up and to learn more, please call (972) 989-4305 or send her e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it More information to follow soon.

      

Bulgarian Folk Ensemble "LYUSH" costumes2_160.jpg

costumes1_160.jpgThe cultural center is working hard to continue growing the ensemble and organize new dance performances. With the help of your contributions, "LYUSH" has already purchased traditional Bulgarian consumes to complete its authentic look, and is eager to show them at the upcoming WorldFest in Addison on October 24-25, and at a Thanksgiving concert on November 28, 2009.

Festivals

festivals_160.pngBACC “Bulgare” will present Bulgaria at Addison WorldFest 2009 on October 24-25, a two-day event in celebrating the diverse cultural communities that make up the DFW Metroplex. More information to follow soon.

Concerts

Devoted to promoting the Bulgarian performing arts, we continue our tradition of inviting celebrated Bulgarian artists to perform in Dallas. More information about future concerts to follow soon.

library_160.jpgLibrary

In honor of Bulgaria’s literary contribution to humanity, the cultural center is in the process of opening a library with books, music and movies in Bulgarian. We have already received several book donations and are working on bringing them to Dallas.

Art exhibitions

Devoted to promoting Bulgaria’s rich tradition in the visual arts, BACC “Bulgare” is also planning on organizing year-round exhibitions, either independently or in conjunction with other events.

                                                                               

The Bulgarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare” was established to serve the local community and will continue to play its role in preserving and promoting Bulgarian culture and traditions.

 

Thank you again!

Expect more news soon!

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