No tickets will be sold online on January 19.
Tickets will be available at the door after 6:45 pm on the day of the event (Jan 19) (cash only).

Door opens at 7:00 pm, concert starts 8:00 pm


Bulgarian Cultural Center "Ripni Kalinke"

With support from Antika Bulgaria


Theodosii Spassov Folk Quintet

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/world-renowned kaval virtuoso & voice/




/Tambura, Guitar/



Friday, January 19, 2018


at the Croatian Cultural Center
60 Onondaga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

Doors open at 7:00 pm  


During the tour, the world-renowned kaval (traditional Shepard’s flute) virtuoso Theodosii Spassov and his colleagues will present dazzling performances of beautiful traditional Bulgarian music, arranged and presented in a very unique and exciting manner. Their virtuosity and music would be thrilling not only to the Bulgarian communities but also very appealing to the wider north-American audience.


The concerts of Theodosii Spassov Folk Quintet are part of a Canada/US tour, dedicated to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2018. It is conducted with the assistance of Bulgarian cultural organizations and consulates in the United States and Canada and under the auspices of Embassies of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ottawa and Washington.

Food and drinks for sale (cash only)

Hristo will bring traditional Bulgarian food.

We will enjoy Vance's handpicked Bulgarian wines.

Additional drinks will be offered.      

To purchase tickets, until Jan 18 midnight, please visit

Tickets purchased before December 30 midnight

Regular: $26                  

       Students & Seniors - $21

Children 12-18 years old - $10

Children under 12 free

Tickets purchased until January 18 midnight

Regular: $31                

Students & Seniors - $26

Children 12-18 years old - $10

Children under 12 free

No tickets will be sold online on January 19.
Tickets will be available at the door after 6:45 pm on the day of the event (Jan 19) (cash only).

Regular: $40

Students & Seniors - $35

Children 12-18 years old - $10

Children under 12 free

There is no refund on the tickets bought via PayPal or at the door.

All sales at the event require cash.

 For questions or more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Professor Andon Andonov

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 7:30-10 PM
Saint Francis Church
1205 Pine Ave, Willow Glen – San Jose
Phone:408 398-8309 


 We will be learning some unique dances and technique from the master of Bulgarian folk dance Prof. Anton Andonov who is visiting the US for the first time. Prof. Andonov is the Director of the department of choreography at the Academy for Music, Dance and Fine Art - Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He is also a member of numerous scientific committees, dance competition judge and has been a guest choreographer in ensembles across Bulgaria.

• Principle soloist and dance choreographer at ensemble “Trakia” 
• Dance choreographer for Folkloric Ensemble ”Sunny Beach”, Nessebar, Bulgaria 
• Lecturer at Bulgarian universities on the topic of Bulgarian folklore
• Researcher and publicist of multiple articles related to the history and traditions of Wedding dance, traditional dance of Rachenitsa, specific rituals and traditional celebration dances 

Included in your complete February payment of $30 or pay a drop in fee for this event: $15 adults, $10 full-time students, under 16 free.


March 4 Tickets


Билетите се разпродават бързо!

Tickets are going fast! Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible.


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Sunday, March 4 at 2 PM - 8:30 PM

320 Civic Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523



Уважаеми сънародници,

Заповядайте на тържество по случай 140 годишнината от Освобождението от Османско иго и възстановяването на Българската държава.

Тържеството се открива с ритуал по посрещане на Баба Марта в парка пред залата с участието на децата от българските училища „Хан Аспарух“ и „Мартенички“ от 2:00.

След 3 часа ще влезем в залата, където ще се насладим на песните и хората подготвени специално за този празник от различни групи и участници.

Всенародното веселие и хоро ще се води от оркестър „Нестинари“. 


Специален гост на празника е руската фолклорна група „Калинка“ от Сакраменто.


Ще предлагаме традиционна българска кухня и български вина.




Dear friends,


Welcome to the celebration of the 140th anniversary of the Bulgarian Liberation from the Ottoman ruling and the restoration of the Bulgarian state.


The ceremony opens with a ritual of welcoming “Baba Marta” in the park in front of the hall, with the participation of the children from the Bulgarian schools "Khan Asparuh" and "Martenichki" at 2 pm.


At 3 pm we will enter the hall where we will enjoy the songs and the people specially prepared for this celebration by different groups and participants.


The folk festival and the horo will be led by the “Nestinari” Orchestra. Let’s come together and dance again under the rhythms of the Bulgarian folk music.


Special guest of the event is the Russian folk group "Kalinka" from Sacramento.


We will offer traditional Bulgarian cuisine and Bulgarian wines.


Ticket prices and additional information

$17 via paypal until Feb 28 midnight 

$25 at the door on March 4th 

Kids 18 or under are free.

All participants check-in time is 2:00 pm.



Very good news! Yulian Yordanov will teach from 8-10

on Thursday, Feb. 15th

at St. Francis, 1205 Pine Ave. San Jose (Willow Glen)

We are changing our fee structure to enable more teaching and workshops $30/month or $10/drop-in. 

Welcome Yulian back!

С удоволствие искам да ви съобщя, че започвайки от 9-ти ноември, Юлиян ще води репетициите веднъж в месеца.

За целта ще има малки промени в плащанията:
$30 - за тези които плащат месечно. Първи четвъртък или първо идване само.
$10 - за единично по сещение.





Celebration! Celebration! Celebration!

Ripni Kalinke 7th Birthday!

We are expecting all our friends and families to join us!

We will dance together accompanied by the KABILE's beautiful music! 

We will taste delicious Bulgarian food and wines!

We will enjoy the Bazaar filled with arts and crafts from Bulgarian artists!

We will have surprises for you! The program starts at 6:30pm! Do not be late!

Doors open at 5:30pm.

Birthday Cake for everybody!


Kabile have performed in the US, first in 2007 and this is their second US tour. They are a 5-member band consisting of Donka and Nikolay Kolevi, Dzhenko Andreev, Ivan Hadzhiev and Nikolay Doktorov. Donka is the lead vocalist. They are all professionally-trained life-long musicians with lots of teaching and performing experience.

Free Entry (donations cheerfully accepted)

Date: 10/21/2017

Time:  5:30pm - 10pm

Saint Francis Church

1205 Pine Avenue, Willow Glen – San Jose

We are looking for volunteers to help us. Please call 408 398 8309 for details.

Ripni Kalinke invites you

to the first of its kind in the Bay Area "Carnival of Cultures" festival

at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, CA

Saturday September 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Ripni Kalinke and others from the Bulgarian community in the Bay Area

will represent Bulgarian culture

with song and dance performances.

The event will showcase all the cultures represented in the Bay Area

through music, dance, food and merchandise.

The event is expected to attract thousands of attendees. 


We look forward to seeing you there!


Check for details at the event website,


Next Event

Mark your Calendars! Ripni Kalinke's 7th Birthday will be celebrated on October 21,

with the renowned group, Kabile.

Details will follow. 

Easter with Ripni Kalinke Looks like RAIN we will be at the Clubhouse of the Red Oak Townhomes, 240 Red Oak Dr. W, Sunnyvale.

2 minutes away from the Park! 

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We will gather together for Easter again! This year we expect guests from near and far! Make your cakes, there will be prizes! Bring Easter eggs, and we'll see who has the strongest and who has the most beautiful! Special prizes for the best lamb!

The children will hunt for a big egg with a special prize!

Kalinke and friends expect you all to join in the fun! Bulgarian music, songs and dances until we are too tired!

Bring what you need to eat and drink. If you have a comfortable folding chairs bring them. The park has basketball and volleyball courts, for lovers of football has a large lawn and playground.

Where: Ponderosa Park, area 2

12 PM April 16th

811 Henderson Ave, Sunnyvale


The Spider



Bulgarian Drama! 
Price: $35 until Feb 10
$40 - from Feb11 to Feb 18 and at the door
There are limited number of tickets. Please buy yours as soon as possible.
time is 6 pm - doors open. Play starts at 7 pm
Wine and appetizers for sale
There are subtitles in English
The play is not suitable for children under 16



Българският културен център Рипни Калинке, със съдействието на Генералното Консулство на Република България в Лос Анджелис и BG Voice Chicago, представят:
Пенко Господинов и Анастасия Лютова в спектакъла "Паякът"
"Паякът“ е една от най-успешните български постановки, която покори световната сцена в Ню Йорк, Москва и Санкт Петербург. За първи път българско заглавие се появява в програмата на най-големия театрален артистичен форум в Северна Америка. Постановката става част от 17-тия международен театрален фестивал „Fringe“, а отзивите от издания като „Ню Йорк Таймс“ са повече от чудесни. Това е втората успешна поява в международен форум за „Паякът“, след като през 2011 г. бе посрещнат с овации в Санкт Петербург.

Пиесата "Паякът" е написана и режисирана от Йордан Славейков и Димитър Касабов. Има номинация А’Аскеер 2011 за съвременна българска драматургия. Номинация за “Полет в изкуството” 2012 от Фондация Стоян Камбарев. Награди за ней-добър театрален експеримент и за най-добра актриса на Анастасия Лютова от фестивал Артокраина Санкт Петербург 2013. Награда за най-добър театрален дует от театрален фестивал Славянский венец - Москва 2013. Първа българска пиеса поканена за участие в Ню Йорк Фриндж фестивал с отлична рецензия в New York Times и Village voice. Над 50 представления на българска сцена.

В пиесата участват Пенко Господинов и Анастасия Лютова. Той актьор на щат в "Театър зад канала" и преподавател в театралната академия НАТФИЗ Кръстьо Сарафов, тя Носителка на двете най-големи отличия за най-добра актриса Икар и А'Аскеер.

***Пиесата е със субтитри на английски.
Представлението НЕ се препоръчва за деца под 16години. 
There are subtitles in English
The play is not suitable for children under 16.

Спектакълът е първият общ проект на двамата режисьори Йордан Славейков и Димитър Касабов. Димитър Касабов е единственият практикуващ студент от класа на проф. Леон Даниел, а Йордан Славейков е ученик на великия проф. Киркор Азарян. 
Освен със режисьорската дейност, Димитър Касабов е и актьор, участвал в телевизионни сериали и реклами. През 2014 става любимец на зрителите във реалити формата Сървайвър Камбоджа. През 2015 Йордан Славейков има премиера на своя роман "Първи стъпки". В момента двамата завършват текста на втората им обща пиеса - "Двама", която съвсем скоро ще бъде видяна на софийска сцена. 
И двамата преподават актьорско майсторство в младежката организация за независимо театрално и филмово изкуство МОНТФИЗ.

Отзиви за пиесата "Паякът" :

"New York Times" : "The Spider" By Scott Heller:

"The village voice" : Plays like "The Spider" are the reason one goes to the theater. 



Nina Kardajikova Bulgarian Dance Workshop February 2!

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Ripni Kalinke will feature choreographer Nina Kavardjikova for a workshop on Thursday Feb. 2. Nina started dancing when she was 7 and rose to become a soloist with the Bulgarian Trakia State Folklore Ensemble. She graduated with honors from the Folklore Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and became one of the most popular choreographers and is very much in demand as a dance teacher. 

Folklore has been the focus of her research over the years with an emphasis on Bulgarian dance and music, traditions and rituals. This promises to be another incredible evening with Ripni Kalinke. 

Included in your complete February payment of $20 or pay a drop in fee for this event: $15 adults, $10 full time students, under 16 free.

Saint Francis Church
1205 Pine Ave, Willow Glen – San Jose
Phone:408 398-8309



Thursday December 1, 7-10 PM
Saint Francis Church
1205 Pine Ave, Willow Glen – San Jose
Phone:408 398-8309 

Elena Dimitrova is a professional choreographer and performer of Bulgarian folk dances from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She is in Folklore Ensemble Trakia since 1997. As a member, she performs in over 160 concerts annually in Bulgaria and abroad. For years, she mentored and taught many of the new dancers in the ensemble in addition to her duty as a professional performer. Elena choreographed, staged, and taught dances in National School of Choreography and Folklore and other school dance groups in Bulgaria.
In 2008, Elena earned her Master's degree in Folkloric Choreography and Stage Directing from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv.
In 2009, Elena and her husband founded Folk Dance Studio “Puldin” in Plovdiv. For a very short time the place became a hot spot and a magnet for enthusiasts of authentic Bulgarian folklore dances and choreography. Currently, there are over 200 dance club members age 16 to 65. Every year the club participates in three folk festivals in Bulgaria and two in Europe.
In recognition for her talent, Elena was selected to teach at “Folklornitza” dance seminars in Tryavna 2012 and Koprivtchitza 2014.
In 2014 Elena Dimitrova came in US on educational and cultural exchange visit. She taught classes to dance groups in Los Angeles and San Diego. In 2016 Elena is back to US on three weeks’ cultural exchange.

Included in your complete December payment of $20 or pay a drop in fee for this event: $15 adults, $10 full time students, under 16 free.


Ripni Kalinke's Birthday Party and with BULGARIKA
Saturday October 22, 6 PM

We have been dancing together for SIX YEARS
and it's time to celebrate!
Join us for this festive occasion, 
with live music, delicious Bulgarian food, wine, 
arts and crafts for sale.
BULGARIKA plays for your pleasure and Ripni Kalinke will dance!
Celebrate the years since a few Bulgarian enthusiasts formed a dance group to express their love of home and desire to be Bulgarian although far from home.
Celebrate the years of dancing together and the friendships we have created.
Celebrate with dance, music, food, wine and old friends. 

Free Entry (donations cheerfully accepted)
Birthday Cake for everybody!

BULGARIAN FOODWINE, desserts, fruits will be available for sale. 
Don't miss the BAZAAR where local artists from the Bay area and as far away as Bulgaria will participate with handmade crafts decorated with Bulgarian motives!
It is your opportunity to buy hand painted pictures, tapestries, folk costumes and many more items at the bazaar.

It's time to see your friends and enjoy being together.
Saint Francis Church

1205 Pine Ave, Willow Glen – San Jose
Phone: 408 398-8309 
Bulgarian Wedding Costumes
are featured at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Ending soon!


Sunday Sept. 11 from 1 to 2 PM a special presentation with curator Kate Eilertsen is included with regular admission.
Through October 2, 2016
The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles provides a richly illustrated exhibition featuring over 50 wedding dress examples from cultures around the world, spanning the last 100 years. It will also include examples of today’s diverse wedding couture.

The exhibition is guest curated by Kate Eilertsen who says: “Whether it is a traditional kimono, red sari or satin Flapper era dress, the wedding dress reveals much about the traditions and history of communities around the world.” 


520 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113




General: $8.00

Seniors & Students with ID: $6.50

Members and Children (12 and under): Free

First Fridays
(First Friday of every month, except January and July)
Pay what you can from 11am–4pm 
and FREE from 6pm–9pm




Thursday October 6, 7-10 PM

Saint Francis Church

1205 Pine Ave, Willow Glen – San Jose


Phone:408 398-8309 


Iliana Hristova Bozhanova was born in Galabovo, in the Stara Zagora area, Bulgaria. She grew up in a family of musicians and singers in South Thrace. She obtained a masters degree "Bulgarian Folk Dances and Choreography" at the renown Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She is a dancer, singer and choreographer, and serves as coordinator for the Bulgarian Folk Music and Dance Seminar that is held in Plovdiv each summer. She has brought many popular folk dances, such as Elerinka, to America and has a created a large number recordings of Folklore music both with Todor Yankov and with other musicians.

Todor Yankov is from the Rhodope region of Bulgaria. He grew up in a musical family and plays accordion, gaida and kaval and sings.He has been the accordionist for numerous dance ensembles and often works with Illiana.

Included in your complete October payment of $20 or pay a drop in fee for this event: $15 adults, $10 full time students, under 16 free.


Join us every Thursday from 7:30-10 PM 
St. Francis Church,
1205 Pine Avenue, Willow Glen, San Jose
$20 per month, or $5 drop-in. 
We offer instruction, open dancing and socializing primarily in Bulgarian.