Zlatne Uste Golden Festival - January 13-14, 2017 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!


2016 exhibitors include:

Golden Fest Performers’ Marketplace – CDs and swag from many of our bands and performers. All musicians have donated their time to Golden Fest, so purchase a CD to show your love.

Dochka Ucenova — Bulgarian Crafts

East European Folklife Center – Sponsors of the annual Balkan Music and Dance Workshops in the Catskills and Mendocino. The EEFC promotes, celebrates, and educates the public about traditional and traditionally-based music, dance and cultures of the Balkans.

Ethografix – Austris Mangulis

Home & Loft – Comforting hand-woven Turkish peştamal textiles: towels, robes, children’s wear, table accessories and scarves imported by Handan Kayisoglu Anlar.

Honk NYC

Kazuki and Lily – Art-to-wear inspired by Macedonian folklore, and more, by Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska and Lily Umyn.

Noufissa Bernikhou – Moroccan , vintage crafts and original jewelry. Henna paste is used to decorate hair, hands and feet for special occasions in communities from South Asia to the South Balkans to North Africa. Celebrate and be decorated!

Mushmina – Contemporary fair-trade accessories expressing the Moroccan aesthetic. Katie O’Neill’s original designs are produced by the ladies of The Flying Camel and other artisans throughout Morocco, or assembled from vintage components gathered on her travels.

RouDesigns – Modern porcelain designs from mother and daughter Rouska and Roussina Valkova.

Stone & Compass – promoting cross-cultural connections in the Balkans by preserving natural and cultural heritage

Wooleria / Ivko – High-fashion knitwear with ethnic flair and brilliant colors from Ivko of Serbia, and Isabella Mederi’s soft hand-felted accessories.

Young Bulgarian Voices NY group – craft and the martenicas that the kids made