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Lyrids Folk Dance Festival

The Lyrids Folk Dance Festival is a continuation of the wonderful Salt Spring Island Folk Dance Festival organized by Rosemarie Keough for 10 years from 2004 to 2013.

The Salt Spring Island festival was timed to be as close as possible to April 29th, the “UNESCO International Dance Day“. Each year, a number of dance enthusiasts from near and far gathered to enjoy the festival’s warm fellowship and Salt Spring Island’s rural charm. You can still enjoy these festivals on DVD. During the 10 years, dances were taught by Mihai David, Roo Lester, Alexandru David, John Campbell, Lee Otterholt, Hilde Otterholt, Tom Bozigian, Andy Taylor-Blenis, Sonia Dion, Cristian Florescu, Jerry Duke, Roberto Bagnoli, Zeljko Jergan, Richard Schmidt, Iliana Bozhanova, France Bourque-Moreau, and Yves Moreau.

The Burnaby International Folk Dancers, among the many dancers who travelled to the festival year after year, were unable to contemplate the end to such a magical event. So that the festival spirit might continue, these dancers decided to bring the festival to Burnaby, next to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Why Lyrids?

The April Lyrids are a meteor shower occurring in April, also called April’s shooting stars. These meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. The radiant point of the Lyrid meteor shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. The similar sounding word “Lyric” derives from the Greek word λυρικός (lyrikos), meaning “singing to the lyre”. Of course, the constellation Lyra represents the lyre, an ancient stringed musical instrument.

Reviews

2014 Lyrids DVD Review

Review of Lyrids Festival in Lets Dance magazine 2014-07

Review of Lyrids 2014 in NFDI Newsletter

2017

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, April 21 to 23, 2017

Bulgarian dances by Yves Moreau, International dances by France Bourque-Moreau, and Orkestar RTW as the Party Band
Location: Peretz Hall in Vancouver, BC
2017
2016

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, April 22 to 24, 2016

Balkan dances by Roberto Bagnoli, Ukrainian and Moldovan dances by George and Irina Arabagi, and Orkestar RTW as the Party Band
Location: Gizeh Hall in Burnaby, BC
2016
2015

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, April 24 to 26, 2015

Romanian Dances by Alexandru David, Balkan Dances by Steve Kotansky, and Orkestar RTW as the Party Band
Location: Gizeh Hall in Burnaby, BC
2015
2014

Lyrids Folk Dance Festival, April 25 to 27, 2014

Dances of Turkey by Ahmet Lüleci, Dances of Serbia by Bata Marcetic, and Kafana Republik as the Party Band
Location: Gizeh Hall in Burnaby, BC
2014