Fall 2018
From the Editor

It’s About Time.

By Julie Lancaster

Those who’ve been attending Balkan camp for a while can see evidence of time passing—this kid’s grown up while we weren’t looking, that one has children of her own now, this one’s head is greyer, that one’s eyes twinkle from nests of more wrinkles. . . . But from another perspective, the Workshops are surprisingly timeless. Continue Reading

Honna Steissberg (and Frances Steissberg)

Location: Davis, Calif.

Occupation: Social worker

Connection to Balkan music/dance: Davis International Folk Dancers, Kolo Koalition in Sacramento. I went to balkanalia! for the first time this year, and have attended Kolo Festival twice so far.

Number of times at Balkan camp: Second time at camp; last year was only four days. Came with daughter who is 10 years old and played doumbek.

Studied at camp: Albanian violin, Greek baglamas, Bulgarian singing, and Greek dance

Memorable moment at camp: Albanian Ensemble was epic (singing and playing violin), also Rebetika ensemble, playing a new instrument. It was amazing to work with Raif [Hyseni] and Merita [Halili]. A dream come true.

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