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.
This year’s 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.
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.
Folk Arts Center of New England sells hard-to-find Balkan and East European import CDs. FACONE promotes traditional dance, music, and folk arts of many cultures, and sponsors camps, workshops and dance events in the New England region.
Bulgar USA – Ancient traditions still live in the Rodope Mountains of Bulgaria, where distinctive pottery styles have developed, alongside weaving, felting and chip-carving. Donna Hadjipopov imports the work of artisans from this region, and explains their techniques.
Falcon Feather Jewelry – Contemporary jewelry with Mediterranean influences, by way of Brooklyn, by Bilyana Tosic Petino.
GaitaniNY – Textiles and paper goods inspired by Bulgarian embroidery, ritual (Kukeri!), and architecture, created by Deliana Simeonova in the Hudson Valley and artists in Bulgaria.
Hajnal Bagosi – Colorful hand-made Hungarian jewelry and beadwork.
Home & Loft – Comforting hand-woven Turkish peştamal textiles: towels, robes, children’s wear, table accessories and scarves imported by Handan Kayisoglu Anlar.
Kazuki and Lily – Art-to-wear inspired by Macedonian folklore, and more, by Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska and Lily Umyn.
M Voli E – Techniques from old Croatian costume, such as soutache braid and beadwork, meet urban fashion in Marijana Sprajc’s accessories.
The Magic Carpet Ride: My Life So Far — Master reedman, percussionist, composer, innovator, musical guru and long-time Golden Fest headliner Souren Baronian’s engaging memoir is available here. And don’t miss his performance on Saturday!
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.
Nick Grammatikopolos, Beekeeper – Honey, beeswax candles and handmade scarves. Beekeeping has a 4,000 year history in the Mediterranean, honey has a key role in Greek food and traditional medicine, and beeswax candles are important in Orthodox Church ritual. Nick continues this tradition in the Catskills.
Noufissa Bernikhou – Moroccan henna, 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!
RouDesigns – Modern porcelain designs from mother and daughter Rouska and Roussina Valkova.
Yasemin Ozsavasci – Traditional Turkish paper arts: ebru (paper marbling) and paper cutting, Ebru originated over 1500 years ago in China, travelled the Silk Road, and was embraced in Ottoman Turkey where it became an essential part of book arts and Sufi tradition.