Ensemble Balkanske Igri Spring Festival -- Concert and Dance Party

The 58th Anniversary Chicago Spring Festival will take place on April 21-23, 2023This is the first year that we are holding the festival off campus from the University of Chicago, as we are working closely with our partners in the Balkan ethnic communities Balkan dance and singing enthusiasts are expected from across the USA and Canada. The Balkan ethnic communities will be well represented as well, so this will make for an immersive Balkan folklore experience!


Quick Summary follows:

Friday,  April 21, 2023, 7pm, Mini-dance workshop, dance party, $20 cover charge

Balkanika Restaurant, 1414 Oakton, Des Plaines, IL (note address correction). 

Live music by Charodea Bulgarian Women's Trio, Mitko Stankov-kaval, Yovcho Stoev-bouzouki


Saturday, April 22, 2023 Events

Concert, 5pm  

Auditorium at the Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL.  $20 adult / $10 student|senior / free if <5 yrs


Performances by


-Balkanske Igre


-Charodea Bulgarian Women's Vocal Trio - with amazing singers who had performed with the Filip Kutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble, Cosmic Voices of Bulgaria, and toured with Ivan Milev and Petar Ralchev

-Krajiški Biseri-Bosnian Folklore Group

-Kitka-Macedonian Folklore Group

-Oko Sokolovo-Serbian Folklore Group

-Mitko Stankov-kaval

-Yovcho Stoev-bouzouki

-Vishyvanka-Ukrainian  Folklore Group

-Vivanov Dance Group of Chicago

Horoteka/Dance Party, 8pm, organized by Bulgarica Center, $75

Olive Palace dinner included - reservations required à  please contact  773-231-2545

Note:  the dance party/horoteka sponsored by the Bulgarica Center sells out quickly, so do not delay to make your reservation


Saturday & Sunday, April 22-23, 2023 Events

Dance & Singing workshops, 11am-4pm, $10/workshop


Dance: Valentin & Tania Ivanov (Bulgarian), Galia Miloucheva (Pirin), John Kuo (Balkan).

Singing:  Iliana Georgieva (Bulgarian)


Saturday:  Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 434 W Park St, Arlington Heights, IL

à Note: we have moved the Saturday dance and singing workshops to this larger facility. 

Sunday workshops will remain at Bulgarica Center.


Sunday:  Bulgarica Center, 1120 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect, IL


 Info/tickets/registration:  847-858-9822, 847-331-7842, www.balkanskeigre.org