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Martenitsa Festival

State Library of NSW
State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
14 March - Martin Place

Saturday 6 March from 10am to 5pm Sunday 7 March from 10am to 5pm Sunday 14 March from 12pm to 5pm

A multicultural event supported by City of Sydney

The State Library of NSW opens its doors for a vibrant multicultural event, Martenitsa Festival on 6-7 March, which continues at Martin Place on 14 March 2021 with live music, dances and live performances.

With live dance and music, art exhibition, kids’ workshops and kids’ painting competition we will celebrate an ancient tradition, recognised by UNESCO for Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Romania and Moldova. Celebrate with the multiple communities in Sydney, sharing the same traditions.

6 and 7 MARCH PROGRAM - State Library of NSW


Enjoy the beautiful artwork of Mr. Gancho Taskov who is a renowned artist, floral designer and sculptor based in Melbourne. The photographs will be offered for sale and the funds will be donated to COVID19 research. 

 MARTENITSA WORKSHOP – for kids and adults

Design and make your own martenitsa workshop. All materials are supplied, including martenitsa samples. Workshop sessions: every hour on the hour (10am – 4pm) – just show up at the door.


The Bulgarian Language school in Sydney in collaboration with NSWFCLS has organised a painting contest on Martenitsa theme. The best paintings from each Community Language school will be displayed in Dixson Room in the State Library of NSW on 6-7 March. All awarded children’s paintings from Dixson Room will be displayed at Martin Place during the Martenitsa Festival on 14th of March. 

Movie Metcalfe Auditorium: 2:00pm | 3:00pm | 4:00pm

Movie projections of the award-winning short film 'Life in Four Seasons' 

·       Platinum winner – International Independent Film awards, 2019

·       Semi-finalist Los Angeles CineFest, 2019

·       Official selection, SEEfest (South East European Film Festival) Los Angeles 2019


14 MARCH PROGRAM – Martin Place, Sydney CBD

Diverse program of multicultural performances from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Romania, Moldova and others

 12:00pm - VGmates Music Band - medieval fusion and contemporary sound

1:00pm - Official Opening of Martenitsa Festival Silvia Encheva – “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices”

1:15pm - Bulgarian Rhythms - Shopski splet – Bulgarian folk dance

​1:30pm - Kristina Bella - Romanian and Moldavan authentic songs

1:45pm - Dusha Balkana – Macedonian folk dances

2:00pm - Pippero Quintet – remarkable and magnetic voices

2:45pm - Kristina Bella – Romanian and Macedonian folk songs

3:00pm - Polish Folkloric Ensemble “Syrenka”

3:15pm - Sydney Dance Rhythms – Romanian folk dances

3:30pm - “Kokitche” vocal group - Bulgarian Language School

3:45pm - Prize draw and Best Children Paintings awards

4:00pm - Balkan Ethno Orchestra - reinventing the sounds of the Balkans

Martenitsa Festival Concert is a COVID controlled event and you are required to have a ticket in order to attend. 

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Martenitsa Festival Concert is a COVID controlled event and you are required to have a ticket in order to attend to allow us to stay compliant with COVID-19 restrictions.

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