Summer school for Bulgarian folk music and dance

1 – 8 August 2015

Learn to play authentic Bulgarian instruments (kaval, gadulka, gaida, tapan, tambura, accordion) or to sing or dance. This summer school for Bulgarian folklore is aimed on young students, (15 – 27 years) at beginning or intermediate level, except for the dance classes (intermediate to advanced level).

For more information on the Bulgarian traditional instruments see Balkanfolk.com.

Eight days, sixteen lessons, three excursions, three concerts/parties, all breakfast and diners included.

Lessons will be conducted by the teachers of the famous National School for Folk Arts NUFI “Filip Kutev” in Kotel. The classes will be kept small to give maximum attendance to the students. When there are more than six subscriptions for the same instrument the class will be divided based on age and experience (for dance classes 16). For singing their will be 2 teachers for the different regional singing style.

When you don't have an instrument, yourself, arrangements can be made for lending or buying. Please refer to this on the reservation form.

NUFI Filip Kutev

You will be lodged by choice in the music school “Filip Kutev” or in the authentic wooden guesthouses of goKotel, on the basis of 1, 2 or 3 persons rooms. Breakfast and 3 course diner with 3 drinks is included, additional lunch can be ordered (€ 3,=) or arranged by yourself.

Daily schedule:

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 11:15 and 11:30 – 12:45 Music / dance lessons
13:00 – 18:00 Free time, excursions, side program
18:00 – 19:15 Music / dance lesson
20:00 3-Course diner, some days combined or followed by evening program / concert / party

By day:

Sa 1/8 Arrival, dinner, introduction of your teachers
Su 2/8 2 Lessons, tour Kotel, lesson, dinner
Mo 3/8 2 Lessons, free time, lesson, dinner + concert of  (ex-) students of NUFI “Filip Kutev
Tu 4/8 2 Lessons, excursion to waterfall “Sini Vir” near Medven, lesson, dinner
We 5/8 2 Lessons, free time, lesson, dinner concert of local Kotel musicians
Th 6/8 2 Lessons, excursion to architectural reserve Zheravna, lesson, dinner
Fr 7/8 1 Lesson, free time, concert of teachers, gala diner and party time with live music
Sa 8/8 Departure

Side program at request (private lessons incl. Bulgarian language at € 6 per hour during the afternoons).


Until 30-4-2015 After 30-4-2015
Lodging in goKotel guesthouses € 435 € 460
Lodging in Music school € 395 € 420

How to reach Kotel?

Bulgaria air serve from most European countries daily direct flights to Sofia. Also some low cost airlines like Wizz, easyJet, air Berlin, Niki schedule flight to Sofia, mostly several days per week.

From Sofia there is a daily direct bus-line to Kotel (operated by “Doris”) at 11:00 and 16:00 for about € 14 single fare. Beside this direct line, there are several other daily bus-lines to Sliven or Omurtag, change there to a minibus service to Kotel.



So please sign up! Print out the reservation form, fill it and return it to us.


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