EDERLEZI – Balkan-Roma Spring Festival

May 8 & 9, 2015

Doors & Dance Lesson: 7pm

The Legion

2205 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC


Caravan World Rhythms is partnering once again with Vancouver’s Orkestar Slivovica and Transformation Projects to present a weekend of the most energetic and unique brass bands one can imagine. The tradition of brass bands as celebration music comes from regions of Serbia and Macedonia, and it is now sweeping the Western world!  

“Ederlezi” is a Spring festival, especially celebrated by Roma minority people in the Balkans and elsewhere in the region, including Turkey, marking the beginning of Spring.

Ederlezi will also play host for the 3rd year running to the ever popular Serbian Trumpet Master and Guca Festival award winner Demiran Cerimovic. He is returning this year from Serbia to guest perform with each band, and lead Vancouver’s Orkestar Slivovica, with whom he has been rehearsing since early April!

Combining the best of Eastern scales and rhythms with indigenous folk melodies, pounding drums and bass and insanely ornamented Roma-influenced playing techniques, this music has universal appeal like no other!  The festival would not be complete without Balkan food and drink specialties being on offer during the event!  Plus a free Balkan dance-workshop at 7pm each night.

This year’s featured bands (both nights) include from Seattle:
– BUCHAREST DRINKING TEAM  www.bucharestdrinkingteam.com
– ORKESTAR ZIRKONIUM www.orkestarzirkonium.com
– THE M9 www.reverbnation.com/them9

And from Vancouver:
– ORKESTAR SLIVOVICA (with Demiran!) www.orkestarslivovica.org

On Friday we will open the evening with Zlatna Pesna Macedonian a capella trio and Gradina Serbian Folk Dancers, who will teach the folk dance workshop and then perform as well as help lead dances throughout the evening.

On Saturday we will open with Grupa Dunbarov and Skud Zavicaj Folk Dancers, who will also teach and perform.

And of course there will be the usual delicious food and beverages!

More Festival Info here: www.orkestarslivovica.org or on FACEBOOK HERE