For Immediate Release
Golden Festival 2013
Experience the Vibrant Musical Traditions of the Balkans
TimeOutNY 2011 critics pick: “Boogie your heart out to border-defying Balkan tunes at this yearly festival, the city s biggest Balkan bash”
David Byrne: “New York s only music and dance festival of its kind. The time signatures in some of their music were beyond complicated, but it grooved at the same time.”
Richard Gehr, Village Voice and eMusic: “gorgeously funky festival” “…nothing less than a grassroots folk rave. …who wouldn’t want to dance?”
Just in time to chase away the mid-winter blues, the Golden Festival celebrates its 28th year on January 18 & 19, 2013. Officially the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival , it is a 2 day Balkan music and dance event held in Brooklyn s historic Grand Prospect Hall. Over 60 groups will perform and an expected 2500 devotees will attend. Dancing is encouraged; no prior experience is required.
Friday night starts with an hour long dance workshop at 7:30, then continues with music and dance until 12:30 AM in the Grand Ballroom. The festival resumes at 6 PM Saturday on 4 concurrent stages and doesn t wind down until early Sunday morning. Music from Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, and the Ukraine, and of the genres Klezmer, Romany (Gypsy), and Sephardic is scheduled to be performed. A complete schedule will be posted on the festival website.
Enjoy unusual rhythms, mouth-watering Balkan refreshments, and fine folk arts vendors. Enter a community where young and old, corporate and artsy, professional and enthusiast, hipster and folk dancer come together through a shared love of music. Join a circle and dance hand-in-hand with the friends you came with, and friends you haven t met yet. Find a world in NYC you didn t know existed by taking the R train to Prospect Ave., or letting the valet park your car in the on-site lot, and transport yourself to an exhilarating event. It s a once in a lifetime experience that happens every year.
Entrance to the festival is $35 for Friday and $55 for Saturday. All the musicians volunteer their time. Any profits are donated to charitable or educational organizations serving Balkan cultures and communities.
Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band (www.zlatneuste.org) began the Golden Festival in 1986 and has sponsored it ever since. Zlatne Uste is comprised of American-born musicians who play the ebullient brass music from the traditions of Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Northern Greece. In 2010 the band made their 5th trip to the Dragacevo Brass Festival in Guca, Serbia, after which they studied with Romani musicians in South Serbia. They have traveled from Brazil to Canada and coast to coast, where they play for American and Balkan audiences. Zlatne Uste has released four CDs and is featured in an upcoming full-length documentary by Meerkat Media Collective (www.brasslands.com).
Golden Festival 2013
NYC’s Festival of Music and Dance from the Balkans and Beyond
Venue: Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, between 5th and 6th Aves, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band
Contact: Emerson Hawley, (718) 859-4759, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, Jan 18th, 7:30 pm 12:30 am; Admission: $35, students with ID $30
Saturday, Jan 19th, 6 pm 2 am; Admission: $55, students: $45
Two Night Festival Admission: $80, students $65
Children 12 and under: free
Advance online purchase discounts: www.goldenfest.org/tickets
Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar
Subway: R to Prospect Ave. Limited on-site valet parking $10