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Saturday, January 13, 2018 Options
Live from the Golden Fest - Brooklyn's Spectacular Balkan Bacchanal

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Select videos from Golden Fest 2014 (thanks to Noel Kropf )

It's our tenth annual live broadcast from Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope.

The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night January 12th. Then for the big event on Saturday night January 13th, some sixty bands will perform on five stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. We'll bring you Saturday night's early action live from the Grand Ballroom, center stage of this fabulous Balkan-inspired bacchanal.

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineer and tech director Irene Trudel and our volunteer crew:

Ian Aflano
Rob Christiansen
Will Dean
Joe Duffy (Board Op)
Adele Eisenstein
Katie Gentile
Rachel Herman
Kim Howie
Mark Koch
Micah Loewinger
Sylvia Naples
David Satkowski
Bryn Scharenberg
Jason Sigal
Tom Unish

This Week's Playlist:

Cocek Nation: Live from Golden Fest 2018 Options (0:00:00 )

Romashka (feat. Inna Barmash): Live from Golden Fest 2018 Options (0:33:32 )

Litvakus / Goyfriend: Live from Golden Fest 2018 Options (1:10:06 )

Gogofski: Live from Golden Fest 2018 Options (1:45:38 )

Alicia Svigals, Lauren Brody & Klezmer Mash: Live from Golden Fest 2018 Options (2:23:53 )

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

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National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

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Listener comments!

  Sat. 1/13/18 6:02pm queems:

so psyched! i wanted to go, but i’m just too tired
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 6:09pm Rob W:

Hi Queems, thanks everyone for listening!
  Sat. 1/13/18 6:22pm queems:

sounds great so far!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 6:22pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 6:35pm Rob W:

Hi Bas, good evening everyone!
  Sat. 1/13/18 6:44pm St Joe:

wery nice. tx for this Rob.
  Sat. 1/13/18 7:00pm Circo Americano:

YesI Is a very nice!!! Long live The Fiddle!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 7:05pm Bas NL:

Thanks Romashka! Hi Irene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 7:40pm Bas NL:

Livakus/ Goyfriend.. Nice! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 7:48pm Rob W:

This song is a Golden Fest standard - the late great Esma's "Caje Sukarije". (Apologies I'm not doing a song-by-song playlist today - not really possible.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:17pm Bas NL:

And thanks Gogofski!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:21pm Joe D.:

also a noted member of When People Were Shorter and Lived Near The Water!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:39pm Smilty69:

Excellent show, Rob! I'm replaying it for my Serbian friend tomorrow.
  Sat. 1/13/18 8:40pm DryEraser:

Omg, I'm drinking a bottle of Sobieski. OMG, this is awesome.
  Sat. 1/13/18 8:41pm Drunken Creep:

What lovely sounds to discover after a long work day
  Sat. 1/13/18 8:47pm DryEraser:

his and gifs of animals go so well together. OMG.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:51pm Rob W:

Starting to reach critical mass on the Golden Fest ballroom dance floor - Circle Dance and Line Dance mayhem...
Avatar    Sat. 1/13/18 8:52pm slugluv1313:

fantastic show!!! thank you Rob and Irene and everybody who puts this together every year - what fun!!!
(gotta go one of these years! but always end up working, or some other schedule conflict)
  Sat. 1/13/18 8:52pm queems:

so great!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:52pm Bas NL:

Wish i was there! :D
Avatar    Sat. 1/13/18 8:53pm slugluv1313:

what Bas NL said. :)
  Sat. 1/13/18 8:53pm queems:

it makes me excited about my balkan heritage
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:55pm Bas NL:

Thanks Klezmer Mash! Thanks all for the great live coverage Rob and Irene!
  Sat. 1/13/18 8:59pm queems:

woo macedonia
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 8:59pm Bas NL:

Will you stay and record for later airing Rob?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/13/18 9:08pm Rob W:

Bas, the answer is yes!
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