Videos of Golden Festival 2021

We are pleased to offer replays of almost all of the online festival  livestreamed in February 2021.   Enjoy! Youtube Playlist

Sound Archive

The Free Music Archive contains 866 tracks recorded live by WFMU volunteers at Golden Festivals between 2009 and 2018. Audio quality varies widely. You can use the search tool to find tracks for specific bands, dates, etc. The search term “Golden Festival” finds all of these tracks.

Videos of Golden Festival 2020

Here is a curated list of videos from Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2020, found on Youtube 10/15/2020.  Enjoy! Youtube Playlist

Michigan Quarterly Review

“There will be crowds—sanguine. There will be sixty bands, give or take, with several thousand of us listening. There will be disembodied ghostly singing. There will be ruckus rhythms that defy analyzing.”

Night One of Golden Fest 2017: A Darkly Danceable Feast

New York Music Daily Blog “an otherworldly, booming vortex that was as ancient-sounding as it was sophisticated, both rhythmically and melodically”

Brooklyn Daily – Dance with Uste: Learn traditional steps at Balkan music fest

“The annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival — now in its 32nd year — is known for its many rollicking bands, but the dancing among the audience is just as important as the action happening on the fest’s four stages.” – Carolyn Spivak

Video: Inside The Exultant Grand Prospect Hall Balkan Music Fest

“The crowd, like the music, is eclectic. Many attendees sport flower crowns and traditional dress, but dreadlocks and steampunk outfits are visible as well. Grandmas dance alongside twenty-somethings and tweens, and immigrants steeped in folk dancing tradition teach steps to those new to the scene.” BY JENNIFER PREISSEL / GOTHAMIST

Select videos from Golden Festival 2015

Raya Brass Band – “Cucek na Sudahan” Young Bulgarian Voices songs for dancing What Cheer Brigade Dorit dancing to Scott Wilson & Efendi Harris Brothers Band – Nazimov Cacak Litvakus Amir Vahab Ensemble Supruli Georgian singing Tipsy Oxcart Raya Brass Band plays on Friday night Various groups performing Supruli – Dideba Taringzelaresh Dance instruction, mix […]