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Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California


This text is the result of an ethnochoreological and anthropological investigation of folk dance practices at Balkan Fest in San Diego, California (2013 et seq.), in which the Bulgarian community plays a central role. Although Balkan Fest has already been approached in one of my earlier works, and the California Bulgarian community has been addressed in a paper discussing the ‘re-discovery’ of Bulgarian folk dance, there was no focus on transnational and transcultural approaches (and experiences) in these works, which are addressed in the present text; these approaches are adopted here for setting the context and supporting my analysis. Balkan Fest reveals “ways of belonging”, in which Bulgarian music and dance play an important role. This article proposes that, to many of the festival’s attendees, the festival’s campground became a space (a ‘village,’ a ‘home’) where one is physically absent, but spiritually and emotionally present in one’s country of origin. Besides being a playground – both metaphorically and literally – the festival offers various activities for children to retain their Bulgarian ethnic identity (although raised as Bulgarian-Americans). Simultaneously, this is a California ‘Balkan Fest,’ in which people of different backgrounds meet, and where the dance floor becomes a venue for the convergence of various dance traditions.
Music, Dance, Festival, Bulgarian community, USA
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Yazar: Daniela IVANOVA-NYBERG (Sorumlu Yazar)
Kurum: Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle
Ülke: United States

Teşekkür PCHELA Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Society; Californian Bulgarian community; Trabzon University State Conservatory – for providing a forum to present this research (3rd International Music and Dance Studies Symposium, Trabzon, Turkey, October 17-20, 2018)

Yayımlanma Tarihi : 30 Haziran 2019

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APA IVANOVA-NYBERG, D . (2019). Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California. Musicologist , 3 (1) , 1-36 . DOI: 10.33906/musicologist.563206
MLA IVANOVA-NYBERG, D . "Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California". Musicologist 3 (2019 ): 1-36 <https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/pub/musicologist/issue/46460/563206>
Chicago IVANOVA-NYBERG, D . "Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California". Musicologist 3 (2019 ): 1-36
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ISNAD IVANOVA-NYBERG, Daniela . "Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California". Musicologist 3 / 1 (Haziran 2019): 1-36 . https://doi.org/10.33906/musicologist.563206
AMA IVANOVA-NYBERG D . Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California. Musicologist. 2019; 3(1): 1-36.
Vancouver IVANOVA-NYBERG D . Transnationality, Transculturality and Ethnicity: A Look at Balkan Fest, San Diego, California. Musicologist. 2019; 3(1): 36-1.