FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS BALKAN NIGHT NORTHWEST?
Balkan Night Northwest (BNNW) is a non-profit organization that coordinates this annual event dedicated to fostering a vibrant Balkan music and dance community in the Pacific Northwest. The volunteers who produce the event and serve as the executive steering committee are Christos Govetas, Ruth Hunter and John Morovich.
CAN MY BAND PERFORM AT BNNW?
To be considered for a set at BNNW, all interested groups must apply. The application for consideration is a link on this website. Please fill it out completely. Incomplete applications will likely disqualify bands from consideration. The deadline for submitting an application is November 15, 2019. Submitting the application is not a guarantee to perform at BNNW. Groups will be notified by December 15, 2019.
HOW MUCH WILL MY BAND GET PAID?
All performers at BNNW are volunteering their creative time and foregoing payment for services or travel. Bands that have recordings and/or merchandise, plus a person to manage sales, will be able to sell items at BNNW. No percentage is taken from sales.
IF MY BAND DOES NOT GET PAID, THEN WHAT IS DONE WITH ALL THE MONEY?
After meeting production expenses, all proceeds from BNNW are donated to organizations that encourage and support Balkan music and dance. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 proceeds from the first festival went to the Russian Community Center, the Seattle Balkan Dancers, Balkan Festivals Northwest (producers of balkanalia!) and the East European Folklife Center (producers of the Balkan Music & Dance Workshop in Mendocino). Additionally, BNNW provided funding for youth scholarships at balkanalia! and two half scholarships to Mendocino Balkan Music and Dance Camp.
Funds are also used to bring world class acts to the event from outside the Pacific Northwest.
HOW DO I GET TO BALKAN NIGHT NORTHWEST?
This year the event takes place at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church function halls, located at 2100 Boyer Avenue East, Seattle, WA in March, Saturday the 10th from 5pm-12pm. A Sunday evening performance of the featuring band is also scheduled at a location TBD.
Metro bus service is available, and there is parking on the street throughout the neighborhood.
WILL FOOD AND DRINK BE AVAILABLE?
Yes! The St. Demetrios Greek folk dance program and the Seattle Junior Tamburitzans will be staffing a no-host bar, along with delicious food offerings for sale.
I WANT TO HELP! HOW CAN I DO THAT?
Yes! Please complete the volunteer form from the tab above.