January 16 and 17, 2009

The Zlatne Uste

Golden Festival

Two nights of Balkan music, dance & border-crossing celebration


 Sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band

The Golden Festival is New York's largest Balkan music event, with multiple stages, Balkan and Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, as well as beautiful Balkan textiles on display.  From international stars to local musicians, modern Balkan stylists to folk traditionalists, over 40 bands provide hours of ecstatic listening, dancing and partying.

An incredible grass roots event.  Both nights in upper Manhattan at:

Good Shepherd School
620 Isham (near 207th St. and B'way)  
Manhattan, New York 

·         Schedule for 2009!!

·         Directions

·         Parking

·         Nearby eating – Park Terrace Bistro: Moroccan cuisine and bar

·         More about the Festival

Friday, Jan 16, 2009

7:30 pm
Balkan dance workshop with Michael Ginsburg and live music

Ethnic snacks and great live music with

·         Brass Menažeri

·         Kolev Family Bulgarian Band

·         Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band

·         Seido Salifoski and Friends

Admission:  $20, students $15, children (under 12) free

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009

6 pm-until 4 am: The whole deal - three music venues, snacks, party, etc.  Over 40 groups from the Balkans and beyond!

$40, students $30, children (under 12) free

Advance web purchase:
$35, students $25


Combination Friday & Saturday rates: $55, $40 students
Best rate: $50 and $35 with advance web purchase!

Don't get left waiting out in the cold!   Purchase your tickets in advance at


Information: (718) 859-4759  

Get involved!
Volunteer, work with like-minded folk and help make make this awesome grass roots event happen!
Now is a good time to contact us.

Performers -- send email to:
Please note that performers are asked to donate their time and travel expenses. 

Accommodations link for out of towners

Mailing List
If you'd like to receive information about the annual Zlatne Uste New York Golden Festival, Balkan Cafe, local ZU gigs and NYC live Balkan music events via our e-list and/or the US postal system:

Please send us your name, US postal address, and/or email to Belle.

We send out emails regarding live music events throughout the year, and a yearly Golden Festival mailing east of the Mississippi.


The festival is an annual celebration of Balkan folk music and the profits from the festival are donated to relief organizations in the Balkans and Balkan educational organizations.  This event is sponsored by Zlatne Uste.

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Directions to Good Shepherd School

Directions by subway

Directions by car


Local Map

620 Isham, New York, New York 10034 (see local map below)

The school is located near 207th St. in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, about 5 minutes by car north of the GW Bridge.  

By subway:  A-train to 207th St. (you will exit on Broadway), or  #1 train to 207th St. and when you exit go West to Broadway.  Take Broadway north to Isham.  Go L (West) 1.5 short blocks to school entrance.

By car: 

Northbound Henry Hudson P'kwy (9A) (from downtown Manhattan or GW Bridge): take the Dyckman St. exit .  Turn L at B'way (2nd light).  Five blocks to Isham  (after 207th).  L on Isham 1.5 blocks to school entrance..

Southbound Henry Hudson P'kwy (9A): take the Dyckman St. exit and L at the end of the ramp.  Turn L at Seaman (2nd light).  Go R on Isham 1/2 block to school entrance.

From Fordham Rd/207th St Bridge: Take 207th to Broadway.  R on Broadway one block to Isham.  Turn L and go 1.5 blocks to the school entrance.

See the map below from the Dyckman St. exit on the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway, or check out to get your own tailored directions.


There is un-metered street parking available, but it can take some cruising to find a spot at times.  The nearest parking facility is:

National Parking Systems, 4055 10th Ave. between 215 and 216th St.
(212)569-2070  They will take vans and are reasonably priced ($20 or so)

If you can do public transportation, it's the best.


Kafana staff and volunteers sought for Golden Fest! or call (646)706-1741


Both scholarship staff & volunteers are needed for the Annual Golden Festival,

to work during the event the evenings on Friday and Saturday

          SERVERS: including some during-festival food prep and expediting

 A two-hour shift during the event on Friday night OR a four-hour shift on Saturday night gets you in free for the evening you work.    You may work Friday, or Saturday, or both.  

HOST STAFF, gracious, patient and entertaining people to manage queues 

A two-hour shift during the event on Friday night OR a four-hour shift on Saturday night gets you in free for the evening you work.  You may work Friday, or Saturday, or both.

       BEVERAGE STAFF, managing and stocking hot and cold beverage stations

A four-hour shift on Saturday night gets you in free for the whole evening.  

DEDICATED DISHWASHERS:  THIS IS ACTUALLY A PAID POSITION!!!!!!  Dishwashers/cleaner-uppers needed for shifts DURING and AFTER the parties.   If you can stand to come home with a few bucks in your pocket, and don’t mind a little water and several hours of behind-the-scenes work, please contact us for details. 


Strictly volunteer worker bees, for our work bee:

FOOD PREP (PRE-EVENT Friday or Saturday):  This is an old Golden Fest tradition, and all are invited to participate.  THIS IS A VOLUNTEER POSITION, while you do not get free admission to the parties, you are invited to share our supper before (and you get to preview-taste all the party food, of course).   As with other staff, we do require that you contact us prior to the festival so we know to put you on the pre-event list and can plan accordingly.

If you are interested in any position please email or call (646)706-1741. 

Peace, love, ajvar, and homemade beans.


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