Support us in bringing the unique Balkan culture and history to Minnesota! Let’s celebrate our friendship with art, music and dance!
New Organization with Long History
We bring to you fiery Balkan dances, mind-boggling Balkan rhythms, poignant Balkan songs, exquisite traditional Balkan garments, and ancient Balkan wisdom.
Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art, Culture and History (BIBACH)
is a new nonprofit with a long history. Since 2003 it has organized twelve successful annual concerts of Balkan chamber music in Minneapolis, has brought to the Twin Cities three contemporary composers who wrote special pieces for the Balkanicus ensemble, and has delivered lectures on cultural themes. Balkanicus, the first and only of its kind in Minnesota and North America concert series, presents to the audience an unfamiliar and uncommon cultural aspect of the Balkans—the modern chamber music from this region. The Thirteenth Balkanicus on April 29, 2017 will bring two World premiers and all works will be American premiers for our dedicated followers from the community—people from Balkan descent, music lovers, and professionals.
Over the last year we brought to you the twelfth Balkanicus, an exhibition on the power of the civil society and the struggle against the Holocaust in Bulgaria and Dance the Balkan Way, a folk dance workshop and festival in October 2016. The participants in those events told us we should continue to bring them to Minnesota. We are grateful to the volunteers who made this possible and the fine organizations who collaborated with us on these projects as well as the generous grants from MRAC and from you.
In territory and population, the Balkan Peninsula in the South-East end of Europe is comparable to the Midwest region of the United States. It comprises of a dozen countries with distinct languages, traditions and cultures, and with entangled history measured in millennia. The economic, strategic, and cultural significance of the region and its complexity are well known. The number of the people with Balkan roots in the United States is growing, and the better understanding of their cultures enhances our ability to build the global community.
As a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, BIBACH relies on charitable gifts from donors to develop programs and sustain operations.
How You Can Help:
For the Balkanicus Concert in April, 2017 and for Dance the Balkan Way, 2017 we need $6,000 matching direct support from the community. We could not organize a symposium on the migration patterns on and from the Balkans for lack of money and this could be the new project we work on this year if you support us.
If you give us your sanction and your hard earned money, we will be able to bring you more joy and wisdom from the Balkan cultures. All contributions from you are fully tax-deductible, and every dollar is vital to our future success.
Our sincere thanks for your gift to BIBACH!