If you don't have tickets yet,

tickets will be available at the door from 5 PM on Monday, May 30th. 

Valya Balkanska pix

Bulgarian Cultural Center "Ripni Kalinke"


Valya Balkanska


Petar Yanev

Monday, May 30, 2016

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

Welcomes all of you, here on Earth and in the center of the Silicon Valley, to enjoy Valya Balkanska's COSMIC VOICE,
sent 39 years ago with NASA's Voyager 1 as part of the golden record.

DO NOT MISS TO EXPERIENCE dancing Bulgarian horo accompanied by
THE MAGIC of the unearthly music and sounds of the Rhodopa Mountains performed by the two of the most renowned Bulgarian duo, Valya Balkanska and the bagpipe player Petar Yanev.


Information about the performers

Voyager's vessels carry copies of the "Voyager Golden Record," a sort of message in a bottle intended for potential alien civilizations. The record includes prominent Bulgarian folk song "Izlel e Delyo Haidutin" performed by Valia Balkanska, among other famous music, such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and others.

Balkanska became an awardee of the Golden Phenomenon prize for helping the popularization of Bulgarian folk music and culture and for the same reason she was the first Bulgarian to be honored by UNESCO as a "citizen of the planet". According to Time Magazine she is one of the people symbolizing the future of Europe, stating that apart from being "a legend in her own country, Valya Balkanska is very much a legend in space, too". Since December 2005, she has her own star plate on the Bulgarian Walk of Fame. In 2005, Balkanska was also one of the nominees for the St. Paisiy Hilendarski national award for notable artists and performers. In May 2009, the Bulgarian Association of Regional Media chose her as The Most Exceptional Bulgarian Woman.

The gaida player Petar Yanev - an emblematic figure from Rhodope mountains region. Petar Yanev graduated the National Folklore Art School in Shiroka Laka. There is inexplicable harmony between Valia and Petar and only those who have heard the magic of the instrument in the Master’s hands can understand the charm of Rhodope songs, something words cannot explain. Petar Yanev is a member of the Gaida Contest Committee in Gela village. His two sons Hristo (20) and Stoyan (17) also participate in gaida contests. He has worked with Valya Balkanska for 18 years.


 Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. 

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner and warm up dancing to live or recorded music. 

7:30 pm- 10 PM concert, music and dancing with Nestinari, and Valya Balkanska and Petar Yanev

10 pm and on:  Dancing to local musicians and/or recordings.

Dinner (Bulgarian traditional menu), Bulgarian wine, desserts, soft drinks and alcohol will be available to purchase at the event.


After 5:00 pm, tickets will be available at the door.     

Tickets purchased until May 12 - $30 (Students & Seniors - $25)

Tickets purchased between May 12 and May 29 - $35 (Students & Seniors - $25)
Tickets at the door at the day of the event - $40 (Students & Seniors - $25)

Children 12-18 years old - $15 (Children under 12 free)


 For questions or more information: 408-398-8309, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.








Dr. Gergana Panova

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:30-10 PM
Saint Francis Church
1205 Pine Ave, Willow Glen – San Jose
Information: Ripnikalinke.org
Phone:408 398-8309 


Do Not Miss one night of fun and dancing with Gergana and the friends of Ripni Kalinke!


She will teach dance at a very special evening of authentic Bulgarian folklore dances for International Women's Day. There will be a focus on women's dancing both in comparison men's dancing and as a way to understand the depth of Bulgarian culture. Dr. Panova offers exciting choreographies and is a world-renowned authority on Bulgarian dance. This promises to be an exciting and informative evening. 

Gergana is a graduate of the Academy of Music and Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and danced as a professional Solo Dancer at the National Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances “Philip Koutev” in Sofia.

She completed her Doctorate at the Dortmund University and the Humboldt University of Berlin in the areas of Cultural Philosophy, Anthropology, and Communications.

She shared her extensive research and knowledge in Bulgarian folklore and culture at many seminars and workshops around the world.

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

There will be a potluck and you are welcome to bring food and drinks to share



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Hello Kalinke and Friends, 

Welcome back to the park in Sunnyvale to celebrate Easter with delicious cakes, colored eggs, lots of music and people.

As always there will be surprises and there will be prizes!
Prize for the most delicious cake!
Award for the most beautiful Easter egg!
Award for the strongest Easter Egg!
Prize for the most delicious cooked lamb!
Prize for each child who participates in the opening of the largest egg!
Roll up your sleeves, knead, paint, cook ...

Bring a picnic for the whole family. If you have  comfortable folding chairs bring them.
The park has basketball and volleyball courts, for lovers of football has a large lawn and playground.

When: May 1, 2016, Sunday - 12pm
Where: Ponderosa Park, area 3
811 Henderson Ave

Bulgarian Cultural Center "Ripni Kalinke"

Croatian Cultural Center in San Francisco

and Ani Gogova present


the internationally renowned audio-visual art project


Balkansky Poster Narrow2 Featuring

/world-renowned kaval virtuoso, trumpet & voice;
UNESCO Artist for Peace, 2015/

/electronic music, programming and mixing. He is currently one of the hottest DJs on the electronic music scene in Europe/

/video art arrangements and concept,
groundbreaking artist and producer of unusual talent/

Sunday, December 6, 2015

at the Croatian Cultural Center
60 Onondaga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
"Balkansky is an exceptionally original, even groundbreaking project spearheaded by three equally exceptionally, original, and groundbreaking artists of unusual talent and international renown."
Donna A. Buchanan, Associate Professor, Chair Musicology Division, University of Illinois

Welcome to a joyous evening of unique live improvisation mix of traditional Bulgarian & Balkan music, contemporary electronic music, jazz and visual art. It will take you to another dimension of your senses. The one and only of this kind in the world!

БALKANSKY is an audio-visual art project that combines traditional Bulgarian music with electronic sound and vision. It is realized in collaboration between Ivo Christov and Ivan Shopov. Later on the musical legend Theodosii Spassov joined the project and nowadays, all three of them present the project live all around the world. When the project is presented as a live act it includes music performed by Theodosii Spassov, mixed with electronic sounds and beats by Ivan Shopov and interactive visuals from Ivo Christov.
Balkansky Collage
Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm.

Dinner (Bulgarian traditional menu), deserts, soft drinks and alcohol will be available to purchase at the event.
After 5:00 pm, tickets will be available at the door.
Tickets purchased before December 1st - $28 (Students & Seniors - $20)
Tickets purchased on December 1st or later - $35 (Students & Seniors - $25)
Tickets at the door at the day of the event - $40 (Students & Seniors - $30)
Children 12-18 years old - $15 (Children under 12 - $5 or Free without seat)
 For questions or more information: 972-876-0545, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Balkansky Sponsors
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Dear Ripni Kalinke Family and Friends,
It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since we formed our beloved dance group, Ripni Kalinke.
Let us come together again in celebration of the friendship formed through the year, and the love we share for Bulgarian culture and dance.
We will enjoy performance by Vasil Bebelekov on bagpipe, which is always a guaranteed great time. Valentin Ivanov will be entertaining everyone with his musical selections and keeping the energy going throughout the night.
Date:Saturday November 7, 2015 5:00pm
Address:  San Jose Masonic Center, 
                  2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125
Free Entrance and parking
Be ready to dance!
Feel free to invite your families and friends to join the dance marathon!
Bulgarian food, prepared by Hristo, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Your own alcohol is welcome to bring and share (alcohol will not be available for purchase)

Bulgarian Movie Night with "Ripni Kalinke"

"Faith Love + Whiskey" (2012)




Saturday, October 10, 2015

Come join us celebrate the new age of Bulgarian cinema with this edgy romantic drama, "Faith Love + Whiskey" from 2012, winner of multiple international awards.

Wine and snacks will be provided.

The film follows a young Bulgarian woman named Neli (played by the lovely Lidia Indjova) who is engaged to the perfect, successful and handsome Scott (John Keabler). They live in a high-rise in NYC and will soon be married into the ‘American Dream.’ But Neli panics and decides to flee the dream to return  to her home country of Bulgaria where she reunites with her drifter friends and the wild life of her past. She soon falls back in love with her old friend, Val (Valeri Yordanov) who, although charming and fun, makes a living out of drinking, partying and clubbing. When Neli’s fiancee, Scott, gets on a plane to go to Bulgaria to search for her, she must make a choice between two opposing futures.


May Celebrations Movie Night


Come conclude the month of Bulgarian Culture

with a comedy from the new generation of Bulgarian movies!


Mission London



Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 6 pm

Address: 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

(same address as the Thursday Dance Class)


Wine & appetizers will be provided.

Bring a meal and share! (Potluck style)

Free entrance - everyone is invited!


More about the movie:

A concert to celebrate Bulgaria joining the EU is being planned at the Embassy in London and it is the job of VARADIN, the new ambassador, to ensure the Queen attends. But with corrupt staff, criminal gangs operating out of the kitchen, falling in love with a stripper and a little misunderstanding with a PR firm that provides look-alike royalties - his simple task turns into a chaotic nightmare.


March 8 Celebration & Movie Night


Come celebrate the International Women's Day

with a heartwarming Bulgarian movie!


The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

(Светът е Голям и Спасение Дебне Отвсякъде)

the world is big


Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 6 pm

Address: 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

(same address as the Thursday Dance Class)


Wine & appetizers will be provided.

After the movie, we'll continue with a dance party!

Free entrance - everyone is invited!


More about the movie:

Bottom Line: Grandfather and amnesiac grandson hit the road in this heartwarming winner from Bulgaria.

PALM SPRINGS, 2010 -- This must be the most unwieldy movie title of the year: "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner." And the film comes from Bulgaria, a country not yet known for a dazzling cinematic output. But happy surprises help to keep moviegoers hooked, and "World" turns out to be an unexpected charmer, one of the major crowd-pleasers at this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival -- where it was the runner-up for best narrative feature -- and a likely contender for a best foreign-language film Oscar nomination.

 Director Stephan Komandarev adapted the film from a novel by Ilija Trojanow that was inspired by the author's real-life experiences. The engaging intergenerational tale has boxoffice appeal, but it needs an Oscar win or at least a nomination to secure a distributor.

"World" centers on Alexander (played by Blagovest Mutafchiev as a child and Carlo Ljubek as an adult), who was born in 1975 in Bulgaria. During the oppressive communist era, he and his parents immigrate to Germany. But when an automobile accident takes the parents' lives, Alexander's beloved grandfather, Bai Dan (Miki Manojlovic), comes to tend to him. The young man is suffering from amnesia as a result of the accident, and Bai Dan decides to try to restore his memories by taking him on a bicycle journey back to the town in Bulgaria where he was born.


Bai Dan, a backgammon champion and force of nature, is the kind of charismatic grandfather figure that movies often have relished. But the performance by Manojlovic (a veteran of several Emir Kusturica films) is so vigorous and unsentimental that the character never seems generic. Many tasty, unconventional details enrich the narrative; among the most powerful scenes are those in which Alexander and his parents are confined in an Italian refugee camp while they attempt to seek asylum in Germany. These beautifully detailed episodes give the universal trauma of immigration a precise, painfully human focus.

Manojlovic's commanding performance is matched by that of Hristo Mutafchiev as Alexander's conflicted father. Mutafchiev's real-life son is delightfully unself-conscious as the young Alexander, though the handsome Ljubek is more stilted in the adult role. The family scenes have enormous warmth, and the images are striking, but sharper editing would enhance the film. "World" has at least a couple of false endings.

Despite ragged patches, the film's wealth of humorous and harrowing moments make it one of the more original road movies you're likely to see.

Venue: Palm Springs International Film Festival

Cast: Miki Manojlovic, Carlo Ljubek, Hristo Mutafchiev, Ana Papadopulu, Stefan Valdobrev, Blagovest Mutafchiev
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Screenwriters: Stephan Komandarev, Yuri Datchev, Dusan Milic, Ilija Trojanow
Based on the novel by: Ilija Trojanow
Producers: Stefan Kitanov, Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Danijel Hocevar, Andras Muhi
Director of photography: Emil Hristow
Production designer: Anastas Yanakyev
Music: Stefan Valdobrev
Costume designers: Sonja Hesse, Marta Mironska
Editor: Nina Altaparmakova
No rating, 110 minutes




will celebrate its



November 1st, Saturday, 2014



San Jose Masonic Center


Entrance is FREE

Suggested donation: $10


Food and drinks will be available for purchase.