SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
NWLA Language of Food Series
Celebrate the renewal of Spring with the traditions of Macedonia, land of Alexander the Great, the Ottomans, the Roma, and centuries of political and cultural change. Learning how to communicate across cultural differences is key to global peace, and in this event, we hope to learn from the hard-earned wisdom of the Macedonian people.
Enjoy food prepared by Ljupka Kolarovska: delicious, nourishing fare like Macedonian Tavce-gravce, ajvar, kebapi, and polneti piperki. Sample the region’s “Turkish coffee,” and the national drink, mastika.
Be transported by veteran performer Dragi Spasovski who with other talented Macedonian artists, will share his repertoire of song and dance, most of which he learned from his mother as a child in Macedonia. He writes: “ these are songs which were inside of me since I was a child, songs which I shared with myself and others when I was happy and when I was sad. The song was, is, and will be a description of me, a picture of my soul.” The general editor of the Folk Department of Radio Skopje, in one of the programs featuring Dragi, said, “Dragi Spasovski did not find singing a main source of his existence, rather for him it was a cultural exchange.” To which Dragi adds, “Singing is the voice of my soul.”
NWLA is honored to be collaborating for this event with Dr. Michael Seraphinoff, scholar, translator, author, and speaker on Slavic languages and literature. Dr. Seraphinoff will lead a “Fireside Chat” on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 in conjunction with the event, focusing on the Balkan region’s history of ethnic conflict and the tension between cultural and national identity.
Cultural Dialogs: Wednesday, April 11th, 7:00 – 9:00PM $25 suggested
Cooking Class Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM $35
Dinner and Event: Saturday, April 14th 6:00 – 9:30 PM $65
NWLA Cultural Center
5023 Langley Rd
Langley, WA 98260