Zlatne Uste Golden Festival - January 12-13, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY

Charshiya Balkan Market


A charshiya (čaršija) is a market-place, a traditional neighborhood of shops, cafes, and artisans’ workshops in the “old town” of many Balkan cities. In modern times, the charshiya is where artisans still sell traditional items as well as more modern products.

The Golden Festival Charshiya overlooks the Grand Ballroom on the 3rd floor balcony. You’ll find CDs by festival performers and Balkan masters, and announcements of upcoming events. Discover books, body art, clothing, accessories and objects for the home, and learn about ancient techniques in the modern world.

Like the music you are hearing, you’ll find objects imported from, or inspired by, the traditions of the Balkans and the Middle East. Proceeds support the Festival, as well as the artisans, so take a little of Golden Fest home with you!


2017 exhibitors include:

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival – an exciting showcase for contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinematography, and films with Bosnia and Herzegovina as their theme. Each year, BHFF brings a colorful tableau of Bosnian and Herzegovinian stories to diverse New York City audiences.

Dochka Ucenova – Bulgarian Crafts

Eva Salina – Traditional Turkish Cotton Bath and Home Textiles, Turkish Crocheted OYA Necklaces, Handmade Natural Skincare Products.

Falcon Feather – Launched in July, 2005 Falcon Feather is a handmade silver and bronze jewelry collection created by Bilyana Tosic Petino. Bilyana is the driving force behind this exciting limited edition collection that perfectly captures the mood of the moment by bringing a new dimension of freedom and self-expression to the world of handmade jewelry.

Folk Camp Canada – week long summer folk camp in Ontario rooted in Eastern European folklore and culture, particularly focused on traditional singing, dance, and craft.

Home & Loft – For their towels, kaftans and home goods, Home & Loft brings together the craftmanship of Mediterranean artisans with an urban design aesthetic suited to modern day living. Their sophisticated line of textiles is produced in pure materials, cotton, linen, and wool on traditional hand-looms, maintaining the artisan tradition that is reemerging as a vital part of living in the 21st century.

M voli e – Croatian-inspired Accessories

MNM Treasure Box – I make bracelets, some inspired by Martenichki, red and white. Some are the colors of the Bulgarian flag, Some inspired by Greece- blue and white. The rest are just unrelated, one of a kind bracelets.

Noufissa Bernikhou – Moroccan henna art and hand-made jewelry

Romani Intelligence – Information on Romani people and culture

Roudesigns – Pottery art & design

VisokoWood – We sell handmade wood work from Visoko, Bosnia. Each item is unique in it’s own way as the items are made from different natural growing wood and since they are handmade no two items are the same. Great ethnic folk art guaranteed to satisfy. We also take custom orders for specific needs.

Young Bulgarian Voices NY