November 16-18, 2012

Friday & Saturday Evenings:
7:00 doors; show 8pm-1am.

Saturday & Sunday daytime:

Russian Hall

600 Campbell Ave.
Vancouver, BC

Orkestar Slivovica, Caravan World Rhythms, and Transformation Projects invite you to Opa Tsupa, a weekend of exploration and enjoyment of Romani music and visual entertainment. 

 Friday November 16th

 Saturday November 17th
 OPA TSUPA EVENING SHOW: 7:30PM-1AM (doors 7:00)

 Sunday November 18 (daytime only)

Caravan World Rhythms, Orkestar Slivovica, and Transformation Projects are once again presenting a weekend festival of Romani-inspired music and dance, featuring bands from up and down the West Coast and BC, including San Francisco, Seattle, Nelson, and Vancouver.  Join us as we explore the influences of Romani music from many different places, Turkey to Spain, Russia to Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Poland, and more. Non-stop music will start at 7:30pm and go till 1am, with select food and beverages available.  This is an ALL AGES event!

This year, we are adding an Afternoon Kafana Lounge from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday Nov 17 and Sunday Nov 18, featuring live music jams with members of these bands and others! Also dance workshops and film screenings! FREE ENTRY. Wind down the weekend on our comfy couches, grab a bowl of soup, and enjoy the entertainment (donations for artists appreciated). Warm your hands, hearts and tummies with homemade sweet and savory pies, sausages, and other snacks. We are also getting the Mulled Spices together for some hot beverages!

FRIDAY NIGHT LINEUP (in order starting at 7:30)

  • Barefoot Bandits (Vancouver) – Gypsy Jazz, performing acoustic on floor
  • Parno Drom (Vancouver) – Romani songs from across Eastern Europe, with accordion, violin, guitar.  parnodrom.com
  • Orkestar Slivovica (Vancouver) – Balkan brass music in the Roma wedding style. orkestarslivovica.org
  • Barrio Flamenco (Vancouver) – authentic Gitano style flamenco, featuring some of Vancouver’s top flamenco stars including Oscar Nieto and Michelle Harding, and Victoria’s Gareth Owen. www.oscarnieto.com   www.flamencoguitar.ca
  • Lache Cercel and Roma Swing Ensemble (Vancouver) – Virtuoso gypsy-jazz violin and strings, with guest stars Maria Khsib and oud master Hazem Matar! lachecercel.com

SATURDAY NIGHT LINEUP (in order starting at 7:30)

  • Groupa Sokolova (Vancouver) – 3 piece Balkan band inspired by Sevdalinka. Acoustic, on floor.
  • Orkestar Slivovica (Vancouver) – Balkan brass music in the Roma wedding style. orkestarslivovica.org
  • Oxygen Orkestar (Nelson) – East Kootenay Balkan Brass with Moustache, for their Vancouver premiere!
  • MWE (San Fransisco) – Turkish Roma style wedding music with zurnas, clarinets and drums.  These are some of the top Balkan musicians in North America! Check out their myspace for a sample: http://www.myspace.com/mwesf
  • Bucharest Drinking Team (Seattle) – Large ensemble featuring accordions, violins, cymbalom, vocals, theatrics, and a full brass section to boot! Eastern Bloc party! bucharestdrinkingteam.com
  • PLUS dancers Mihaela Yeung, Caroline Helmeczi, members of Vuk Karadzic Serbian Folk Dancers , and surprise guests both nights! 

1-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, free admission, donations requested for bands. Food and drink available!

Entertainment will include alternating 30 minute sets and 30 minute jam sessions!


1:00 – 1:30: Barefoot Bandits (Gypsy jazz)
1:30 – 2:00 jam – bring instruments, especially strings!
2:00 – 2:30 Vancouver String Swing Battalion
2:30 – 3:00 jam – bring instruments, especially strings!
3:00 – 5:00 alternating jam/concert with Bucharest Drinking Team, Lache Cercel Ensemble, and many others!
5:00 – 6:30 Dance workshops with members of Vuk Karadjic Serbian Folk Dancers and Michaela Yeung (Romani dance).Downstairs. By donation, no pre-registration necessary


1:00 – 1:30: TBA
1:30 – 2:00 jam – bring instruments!
2:00 – 2:30 Musica Parea – Greek folk music
2:30 – 3:00 jam – bring instruments!
3:00 – 3:30 Blackberry Wood!!!
2:30 – 3:00 jam – bring instruments!
4:00 – 7:00 Film Screenings:
Opre Roma, NFB documentary about Roma people here in Vancouver (52 min)
Chochek of Happiness, short film about Roma brass band in Serbia (12 min)
Gypsy Caravan, follows 5 Roma bands on tour in North America (110 min)


Note that this coincides with the amazing Eastside Culture Crawl, and the Russian Hall is in fact right in the middle of one of the main studio tour neighbourhoods, so why not combine the two events?  www.eastsideculturecrawl.com/

Hope to see you and all your friends there!

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