ELENA KOLEVA and PLAMEN KARADONEV present: “Falling Grace”

NOVEMBER 22nd / 7:30pm
Address: 1353 Cambridge st, Cambridge / Location Inman square

Elena Koleva and Plamen Karadonev

” Falling Grace ”

A Fall Concert of
Fifth Season Quartet

An evening of contemporary jazz, inspired by classical, world music, and Eastern European folklore.

Originally arranged compositions by Steve Swallow, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Plamen Karadonev and arrangements of traditional Bulgarian and Macedonian music.

Fifth Season Quartet:

Elena Koleva – vocals
Plamen Karadonev – piano, accordion
Greg Loughman – bass
Austin McMahon – drums

The concert is part of the Bulgarian-American Center MADARA
15th Anniversary celebration!
Photo by Snezhana Petrova -Lazarova

Tickets at the door $10
cash bar wine & beer
Link to Facebook event below:

Thanksgiving Concert-Party with Balkansky- Theodosii Spassov, DJ Cooh, Ivo Kuker and more, Nov 21, 2015‏

SATURDAY, NOV 21, 2015fb
doors open at 6:00 PM, performance starts 7:00 PM
address: Arts at the Armory,
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA
Free parking and public transportation are available, more info here 

Bulgarian American Cultural Center MADARA presents

BACC MADARA 15th Anniversary with

the internationally renowned audio-visual art project

BALKANSKY featuring

/world-renowned kaval virtuoso, trumpet & voice;
UNESCO Artist for Peace, 2015/
/electronic music, programming and mixing.
He is currently one of the hottest DJs on the electronic music scene in Europe/
/video art arrangements and concept,
groundbreaking artist and producer of unusual talent/

“Balkansky is an exceptionally original, even groundbreaking project spearheaded by three equally exceptionally, original, and groundbreaking artists of unusual talent and international renown.”
Donna A. Buchanan, Associate Professor, Chair Musicology Division, University of Illinois

Welcome to a joyous evening of unique live improvisation mix of traditional Bulgarian & Balkan music, contemporary electronic music, jazz and visual art. It will take you to another dimension of your senses. The one and only of this kind in the world!

ELENA KOLEVA (vocal – jazz)
JASNA DURAN BAND (vocal – jazz, Balkan folkore songs)
(Bulgarian folk dance teacher)

General $30 advance, $35 at the door
Student and adults over 65 – $20 (with valid ID)
Children 12-15 years old – $10
Children under 12 – $5 or free without seat

Advance tickets purchase:

(ends November 20th)

– at the Bulgarian Store Six Star Market, Woburn, MA; cash only, starts on Friday Nov 13th ends Nov 20th(www.sixstarmarket.com)

Wine and beer bar will be available at the hall!
Also you can buy food from the Armory Café at the building or order through the bar (sandwiches, snacks, cookies…). the prices are so reasonable (beer $3+, glass of wine $6+, sandwiches $7+, beverages $2+)

You can enjoy the music seating or DANCE!
The Arts at the Armory performing hall is a great art space, with enough room for theatre seating and dance floor around the bars or on the balcony.

We will start with Jasna Duran band performance, followed by the Balkansky set, Elena Koleva songs, second Balkansky set and we will continue dancing with HORO – Bulgarian folk dance party and workshop, led by the dance teacher Peter Petrov!

Welcome to share the joy with us and our wonderful guests!
Life is beautiful, let’s celebrate it together :):)

For more information:
info@centermadara.org, 617-800-9720

BACC Madara supports the initiative to purchase of Bulgarian center in Boston area: bulgariancenter.org

Violeta Jeliazkova and BACC Madara,


БALKANSKY is an audio-visual art project that combines traditional Bulgarian music with electronic sound and vision. It is realized in collaboration between Ivo “Kuker” Christov and Ivan Shopov. Later on the musical legend Theodosii Spassov joined the project and nowadays, all three of them present the project live all around the world. When the project is presented as a live act it includes music performed by Theodosii Spassov, mixed with electronic sounds and beats by Ivan Shopov and interactive visuals from Ivo Christov.

Three years after their debut album “Kuker” and its huge success, БALKANSKY present their new album “ORENDA” (2012), featuring the guest musicians Yanka Rupkina (Vocal), Haig Yazdjian (Oud, Vocal), Ivan Georgiev (Kaba Bagpipe) and Milen Kirov (Piano).




THEODOSII SPASSOV AND BALKANIKA, Concert in Belgrade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=sWiO4NtHatc

NEWSWEEK: “He actually created a new musical genre.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “….like a jam session between Ian Anderson and Thelonius Monk.”
BERLINER MORGENPOST: “What he manages to produce on his wooden flute is sensational.”
HOWARD ROVICS: “His work on the Kaval was nothing short of pure genius.”
CHRIS NICKSON: “….Spassov sounds like the late flutist and saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk Except Spassov plays a simple, rural shepherd’s flute.”

BAC Madara’s 15th anniversary celebration with B.T.R., Theodossi Spassov, Balkansky and more

is happy to invite to its


Welcome to celebrate this beautiful life with us and our wonderful guests, as we did it for 15 years!

There are exciting events coming up this month! See the program below or
on our web page www.centermadara.org

Sunday Oct 25th DESSY DOBREVA Concet-Party
It was fantastic concert-party, great beginning of our celebration!

Orlin Mirchev and BAC Madara
present the amazing Bulgarian rock band
performing for the first time in Boston
Doors open at 7:30 pm concert starts at 8 pm
Guilt Nightclub, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Boston Jewish Film Festival with collaboration of BAC Madara present the movie
Bulgarian Rhapsody
(a co-production of Bulgaria and Israel)
Saturday, November 7, 9:00 pm at Belmont Studio Cinema
Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Sunday Nov 8th, from 4:00pm KALEIDOSCOPE RHYTHMS
with Tania Stavreva (piano)
The Lilypad Gallery ,1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

BAC Madara presents the internationally renowned project
IVAN SHOPOV (DJ Cooh) and IVO “ KUKER” CHRISTOV (video art)
(www.balkansky.bg) with guest from Boston Elena Koleva (vocal) and Jasna Duran (vocal)
Doors open 6 pm, concert starts 7:00 pm
Arts at the Armory performing hall, 191 Highland Ave #1A, Somerville, MA

Sunday Nov 22nd form 7:30pm JAZZ CONCERT “FALLING GRACE”
 Sunday Jazz Concert •Falling Grace•
with Fifth Season Quartet featuring Elena Koleva and Plamen Karadonev
Lilypad Gallery, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139


Welcome and thank you for the support all those years!


BAC Madara is one of the organizations part of the newly formed Bulgarian Center of New England (www.bulgariancenter.org ) and support the initiative to purchase of Bulgarian center in Boston!

Violeta Jeliazkova (director/founder) and team
BAC Madara, Boston and New York
Web: www.centermadara.org,
Facebook: www.facebook.com/centermadara

Bulgarian Consulate Day in Boston

The Bulgarian Consul from New York will be in Boston on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 12:30 to 5:30pm at

Two Newton Place, 255 Washington Street, Newton, MA

Applications for Passport (new and renewals) and other personal identification documents will be accepted from  12.30 до 4:30pm with an appointment made in advance. Please be sure to bring the original and a copy of your old documents.

For children, a copy of the Bulgarian birth certificate is required. Pictures are not needed. Here is the application form: 


If you already applied for documents, make sure you check the website at the link below and notify the Consul as soon as possible if you wish to receive your passport/documents in Boston:  


The email to receive your documents in Boston should be sent to:

consulate.newyork@mfa.bg. A confirmation is required. 

Town hall meeting with the Bulgarian Foreign Minister

On behalf of the Bulgarian Center of New England and the Honorary Consul General’s office for Massachusetts, please join us for a town hall meeting with the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Daniel Mitov, between 6 and 8 pm on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA. The event will be held in the Parkview Room, which is located on the 2nd floor of the East Tower of the hotel. Light refreshments will be available.

Bulgarian Class for Adults

Beginner Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 1)

Saturdays, 3:05 pm – 4:25 pm (tentative)

This is an introductory practice course in Bulgarian as a foreign language.  We understand that as busy adults, our students’ time for homework and practice outside of class is limited. In this 80-minute course we will start from the basics and will practice together as we strengthen students’ knowledge of the alphabet and get comfortable with using every-day phrases.  We will work on all four skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Our hope is that at the end of the semester our students will be able to read and write in Bulgarian language, to introduce themselves and other people; to speak about themselves and their environment; to talk about their daily activities and their interests.  Topics may include visiting Bulgaria, how to order food and get by when in Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarian traditions, culture, history, and geographic areas. Classes may include guest instructors. No prior knowledge of Bulgarian or the Cyrillic alphabet is required for this class. If you have taken an introductory class before but you are not confident in your knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet and your ability to sound out text in Bulgarian, this is the class for you. At the end of each class we will make suggestions for further practice at home, but we might not be covering this ‘homework’ in class, nor shall we expect you to have completed it. Although we will do our best to meet every student at their level and interest in learning Bulgarian, each student will benefit greatly from practice at home! Your progress would depend on the amount of time and effort you put into it. We are excited to join you on this journey!

Intermediate Bulgarian for Busy Adults (Group 2)

Saturdays, 4:35– 5:55 pm

This is an intermediate practice course in Bulgarian as a foreign language. Prerequisite: at least one Beginners Bulgarian class or equivalent knowledge – fluency in reading and writing in the Cyrillic alphabet, greetings and introductions, grasp of present tense verbs and their conjugations. We will start with a review of Lessons 7 and 8 in the textbook (perfective and imperfective verbs) and will move on from there.  At the end of the semester, students will be able to speak about themselves and their environment in the present, past and the future; to ask questions and provide information about people, objects, and places; to talk about their daily activities and their interests.  Topics may include Bulgarian history, geographic areas, traditions, and culture.  Some classes may include guest instructors.  We will do our best to meet every student at their level and interest in learning Bulgarian, however, your progress depends on the amount of time and effort you put into practicing outside of class. We are excited to join you on this journey!

About the instructors:

Nadia Marcheva Ullman is a talent acquisition manager with over ten years of 1612experience in international educational exchange and higher education faculty recruiting.  She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Extension School with a concentration in government and a bachelor’s in applied linguistics from South-West University of Bulgaria.  Nadia enjoys serving the extended Bulgarian community by teaching her native language.

Rumis photoRumiana (Rumi) Pavlova is an experienced teacher who has been a substitute teacher at the Bulgarian school in Boston and has taught Bulgarian language in Bulgaria as a full-time teacher before moving to the USA in 2002.  She holds an MBA in finance and international business from Clark University, Worcester MA and a bachelor’s in management and community development. Rumi has over ten years of professional experience in the private and public sector. Currently, she is a program director at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rumi is happy to share her Bulgarian heritage and language with the community and parents from cross-cultural families.

This course is organized by the Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE) to serve the Bulgarian community and its friends in New England and is open to all interested individuals.

Tuition for BCNE members: $380 for the semester*.

*please renew your membership for 2016 before beginning of the class; membership is $50 for individual and $75 for family and it could be paid online at www.bulgariancenter.org. Please print out your membership receipt and bring it to class.


Tuition for non-BCNE members: $450 for the semester. Tuition could be paid in two installments – first payment (1/2 tuition) due first day of class, second payment due December 15, 2015).


Classes begin on October 17, 2015 at 3:05pm.

Classes will take place on Saturdays in the building of the Bulgarian School at 411 Waverley Oaks, Waltham, MA. We are still making arrangements on the room and dates of classes but this information will be provided on the first day of class.

Textbook: Здравейте! Учебник по български език за чужденци А1 – А2

Please order your book as soon as possible to allow enough time for international shipping.  We will arrange for materials for the first several classes until textbooks arrive. The textbook can be purchased on Helikon’s website below:

Helikon Online Store

Nadia has a limited number of textbooks for purchase as well, so email her directly.

To inquire or register for this class, please email Rumi Pavlova at info@bulgariancenter.org (personal: pavlova.rumi@gmail.com) or Nadia Ullman at nadiamartch@yahoo.com. Please note that there is an enrollment cap so please register as soon as possible. Please share with us a few words about your interest in the language, whether you have already learned a bit and to what level, what your expectation of the class is. This will help us place you in the proper class and to adjust the topics to the groups’ needs.

Come study Bulgarian with us!

Rumi & Nadia


Annual Bulgarian Rose Festival

Start Time:  12 PM
Address:  4 Mystic Valley PARKWAY
Address Line 2:  Winchester MA

The New England Bulgarian community of Kazanluk is pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual Bulgarian Rose Festival.
Join fellow Bulgarians in celebration of this longstanding tradition from the Balkan rose valley. Bring your family and friends to enjoy traditional music and dancing. Food will be available starting 12:00pm until 2:30pm. (Don’t forget to try the famous Kazanluk meatballs!) Raffle prizes and surprises will be given out thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

For the first time this year we invite the little ones to participate in a drawing competition with the theme “Magic World of The Rose Valley.” All children who wish to participate should bring their drawings on the day of the event – 14 June 2015. Please follow the rules for participation:

• The names of children and their age to be written on the reverse side of the drawings.
• All works to be size 11 “x 17”.
• Every child can participate with up to two drawings.

Contestants will be divided into two groups:
• children up to 10 years
• children over 10 years

The entries will be judged by a panel on the following criteria:
• Expressive drawings and creativity based on the theme;
• Color solutions – combining colors, creating a range of colors and harmony.

The works will be exhibited in the outdoor exhibition during the festival.

The organizers have prepared a surprise gift for each participant!
At the end of the event best art works will receive an award with a surprise.


Everyone is welcome; we hope to see you there!

~The Kazanluk Planning Committee

Classical Concert for the Benefit of BCNE

From the Land of Orpheus

Concert poster in PDF

Please join us for a celebration of Bulgarian culture and centuries-long musical tradition! The Bulgarian Center of New England and New Home Real Estate, LLC welcome all lovers of classical music to an exclusive music event featuring accomplished professional musicians from Boston and New York:

  • Tomina Parvanova (harp)
  • Ivan Stefanov (flute)
  • Tania Stavreva (piano)
  • Sylvie Zakarian (percussion)
  • Gergana Haralampieva (violin)
  • Patrick Yacono (collaborative piano)

The program is coordinated by the Concert Director Sylvie Zakarian, Classical Percussion Faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

The program will include a variety of Bulgarian classical instrumental music from the iconic names of Pantcho Vladiguerov, Veselin Stoyanov, Mara Petrova and Stefan Ikonomov as well as from the contemporary composers Milko Kolarov, Tzenko Minkin and George Tanchev

The concert will be followed by a light “Meet the Artists” reception with a beer and wine cash bar.

Time: June 7th at 6:00 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm, light refreshments provided by our sponsors and cash bar will be available before the concert begins.
Location: Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Address of the venue:
27 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Ticket prices:
– Adults: $35
– Children 12-17: $15
– Children 11 and younger: free

Tickets can be purchased online at: Eventbrite, at the Bulgarian store SixStar Market in Woburn, Sophia’s Greek Pantry in Belmont, and in the Bulgarian School on Saturdays between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

Main sponsor of the Concert is New Home Real Estate, LLC, Principle Broker and Owner Andrey Zahariev. We sincerely thank Andrey for his help.

Traditional St. George’s Community Picnic

When: May 10th, at 3:00 pm
Where: Larz Anderson Park, Brookline

Join us for the traditional Bulgarian Georgyovdenski (St. George’s) community picnic. It is at the same place where we have the picnic every year.
The event is organized by the Bulgarian School “Sts. Kiril and Metodii ” and the Bulgarian Church “St. Petka.

Food will be served by the organizers. The portions will include lamb, kebapche (sausage), rice, salad, dessert, and soda. Every food purchase will be an automatic raffle entry. The benefits from the picnic will go towards the Bulgarian School, Bulgarian Church and Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE). A BCNE representative will be there to offer information and membership forms for those who are interested and/or have not renewed there annual BCNE membership (we accept cash or checks at the event).

As you all know, BCNE’s team continues to work hard towards raising funds for a building that will become a permanent home for our growing community!

Annual Celebration “The Magic of Bulgaria”

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Doors open at 5:30 pm, event starts at 6:00 pm
NEW ADDRESS: Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

Bulgarian-American Cultural Center Madara and BCEN
invite you to the
Annual Celebration – party 


in honor of the Bulgarian National Day and in support of the
newly formed Bulgarian Center of New England

Due to unexpected circumstances with the concert hall
we need to change the date to

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
Doors open at 5.30 pm, concert starts at 6:00 pm;
follow by dance party and buffet dinner

Welcome to celebrate, sing, dance with us and our guests

Bulgarian Folklore Dance Group

From Berklee College of Music
directed by Christiane Karam

( www.facebook.com/PletenitsaBalkanChoir)

Bulgarian and Balkan folklore songs
Jasna Duran (Serbia) – an award winning vocalists,
Shea Rose (USA)
, Hinako Sato (Japan),
Raquel Rivera (Puerto rico) and Andrea Charls (Cyprus)

seven-time gold medalist Bulgarian folk singer

singer and musician – piano, guitar

Performance by children from the


Master of ceremonies:

Armenian Cultural Center,
47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

Free parking across the hall.
Public transportation – use Bus #71, for schedule visit: www.mbta.com

– advance $15 adults, children under 14 free
– at the door $15 students, $20 adults, Children under 14 free

– Bulgarian Store Six Star Market, Woburn – cash only, no service fee (www.sixstarmarket.com)

– at the Bulgarian School 5-6 pm, every Saturday,
– cash only, no service fee
address: 411 Waverley Oaks Rd #214, Waltham, MA 02452

or ONLINE from  www.centermadara.org

Bulgarian food and beverage refreshments will be available for sale. The proceeds will go to support the Bulgarian Center of New England and the Bulgarian church in Boston. Cash payments only.

For more information visit:  www.centermadara.org  or