The two night celebration of Balkan traditions returned to Grand Prospect Hall. Golden Festival is the largest Balkan celebration in the country. The celebration features traditional music, dance, food and libations from the Balkans and Middle East. Golden Festival has a rich history of 35 years in New York. Grand Prospect Hall has been the host of the celebration for the past 10 years. Presented by Zlatne Uste Brass Band, the event features over 50 musical acts. Golden Festival is centered around the Balkans, however, participants of the festival were from around the globe including: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Sweden and more.
Profits from the Golden festival are donated to charitable/educational organizations related to Balkan cultures and communities. Therefore, the event not only provides a place to learn and participate in various traditions but the chance to give back.
Take a look at the behind the scenes photos below: