Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 Golden Festival, NYC Jan. 18 & 19

Dear Press Person,

This is to announce the 28th annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, to be held January 18th and 19th at the Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn.  A press release is attached.  The press release is also available in the "press" section of the web site,  Hi rez photos will be available there soon.

A preliminary schedule has just been posted on the website at:

Emerson S. Hawley
The Golden Festival Organizing Committee

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Zlatne Uste Brass Band
Golden Festival 2013
NYC's Festival of Music and Dance from the Balkans and Beyond
Sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band
Friday & Saturday, Jan. 18th & 19th
Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn
New York's biggest Balkan music event and showcase, is back in Brooklyn for its 28th anniversary, January 18th and 19th, 2013 at Grand Prospect Hall, a spectacularly restored historic landmark in Park Slope. All music is live.
7:30 pm Friday begins with an hour long dance workshop, then continues with music and dance until 12:30 am.
6 pm Saturday the festival resumes and doesn't wind down until early Sunday morning


Discount tickets and all sorts of useful information on the website at


Last year's festival boasted 71 separate performances, Saturday on 4 concurrent stages. Groups played and sang Albanian, Bulgarian, Romany (Gypsy), Macedonian, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, Norwegian, Klezmer, Ukrainian, Georgian music, and more. Stay  tuned for the announcement of this year's Friday and Saturday schedules.
Dancing is encouraged; no prior experience is required. Enjoy unusual rhythms, mouth-watering Balkan refreshments, and fine folk arts vendors. Enter a community where young and old, corporate and artsy, professional and enthusiast, hipster and folk dancer come together through a shared love of music. Join a circle and dance hand-in-hand with the friends you came with, and the friends you haven't met yet.
Admiison to the festival at the door is $30 for Friday and $55 for Saturday, but you can save by buying your combo tickets and advance tickets.
All the musicians volunteer their time. Profits are donated to charitable or educational organizations serving Balkan cultures and communities. Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band ( founded the Golden Festival in 1986 and has sponsored it ever since.
Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, between 5th and 6th Aves, Brooklyn, NY
Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar
NY TimeOutNY, critics' pick, 2011: "Boogie your heart out to border-defying Balkan tunes at this yearly festival." "the city's biggest Balkan bash"
David Byrne: "New York's only music and dance festival of its kind", "The time signatures in some of their music were beyond complicated, but it grooved at the same time."


Jan. 9 - Golden Fest prep dance class with Michael Ginsburg and live music by Cherven Traktor
Jan. 11 - Benefit for Selim Sessler w Zlatne Uste, NY Gypsy All-Stars, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, and Raya Brass Band @drom $15
Jan. 16 - 2nd Golden Fest prep dance class w Michael Ginsburg and live music TBA


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