Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

Lecture Series

March 23, 2018


Assembly Hall

53rd Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music will feature the finest in Balkan, Eastern European, and Mediterranean dance, music and culture. The festival will include dance, music, singing workshops, concerts, culture sessions, and evening dance parties with live music. This is one of the largest and most significant festivals of its type and attracts participants from across the US and Canada.


Friday, March 23rd: 

8:00PM - Midnight: Mini-workshops featuring the folklore of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, and the Rroma followed by a dance party with live music. 

Saturday, March 24th: 

9:00AM - 5:00PM: Dance, music and singing workshops featuring thte folklore of Balkan, Easter European, and Mediterranean folklore. 

7:00PM - Midnight: Concert and dance party featuring music and dance from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Turkey another Eastern and Mediterranean lands. 

Sunday, March 25th: 

9:00AM - 5:00PM: Dance, music and singing workshops featuring the folklore of Balkan, Eastern European and Mediterranean folklore. 


The Spring Festival is an eagerly awaited annual event which draws enthusiasts of Balkan and other Eastern European as well as Eastern Mediterranean music, dance, and culture from throughout North America to Chicago - a chance to celebrate with old friends and to make new ones.

Guided by master dance teachers and inspired by virtuoso musicians you will want to dance, sing, and jam all weekend long! Be enthralled by splendid performances of music and dance at the Saturday evening concert, and then enjoy great dancing on a sprung oak floor to exhilarating live music. Bring your family and friends too!

This program is part of the Global Voices spring festival series at the International House at the University of Chicago, which co-sponsors the festival along with the University of Chicago Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) and the Ensemble Balkanske Igre, which performs the traditional dance and music of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Learn more: https://www.balkanskiigri.com