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Ederlezi Spring Celebration

14th May 2023, 7pm
at Cecil Sharp House, Camden


Advanced Tickets £10, £7 concessions - Online participation £5 minimum

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Event Info

Join the Balkan Village Band and Magic Violin for a belated celebration of Ederlezi, the Romany Spring Festival. This is the perfect occasion to announce the 2nd edition of Gundula Stojanova Gruen’s book ‘Gypsy Music Collection’.

The profits from this event, 15% of the book sales and 100% of all other sales such as jam session packs and CDs will be donated for the victims of the Turkey Earthquake.


Practical Info:



Trefusis Hall (downstairs) at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY


How to get there:

By Tube/Train: To get to Cecil Sharp House by tube, get to Camden Town on the Northern Line. Cecil Sharp House is a 10-minute walk away. For Overground rail, Camden Town is the nearest your nearest stop and is a 15-minute walk away. Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras are the largest connecting stations to Cecil Sharp House. For more detailed travel information, consult the TFL website.

By Bus: To get to Cecil Sharp House by bus, you can catch the 274 that runs along Regent’s Park Road past Cecil Sharp House. The 88 also stops very close by, on Parkway. Many bus routes stop at Camden Town, a 10-minute walk away from Cecil Sharp House; bus routes 24, 27, 29, 31, 134, 168, 214 and 253 all stop at Camden Town. For more detailed travel information, consult the TFL website.
By Car: To get to Cecil Sharp House by car, you are able to park on-street usually free of charge after 6:30pm on weekdays and at all times over the weekend. There are also a limited number of disabled parking bays available on the grounds of the house. Spaces can be reserved for those with access needs on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Cecil Sharp House to do so.



  • Doors open from 6.45pm

  • Performances and Jam session from 7 til 9.30 pm

  • Cecil Sharp house has a bar and cafe with delicious food, open all day



  • Advanced Tickets £10, £7 concessions 

  • Door Tickets £12, £9 concessions



You can expect a lively performance from the Balkan Village Band. Amongst a collection of spring-themed songs and dances, the BVB will perform Gundula’s famous arrangement of the theme song ‘Ederlezi’.


All singers and instrumentalists are invited to join our jam and dance session! Bring an instrument (as well as a music stand) and join in playing the most famous Balkan songs and pieces. Music packs for the pieces can be purchased on the evening, PDF packs can be bought here. All proceeds from these sales will be donated. There is also plenty of opportunity to improvise! Our jam and dance session will be an exciting experience for everyone; both physical and virtual participants.


Take part in our Fundraising Performance Competition - the only music competition in the world where playing the ‘right’ notes doesn’t matter. This involves performing a short tune (2 min) from Gundula’s book ‘Gypsy Music Collection’ on the evening. Our stewards will collect donations for the victims of the Turkey Earthquake from the audience as their ‘vote’ for the various performers. So if you deliver a cracking performance, the pound-coins will jingle. Whoever raises the most funds, wins. For our in-person audience, make sure to bring coins (only £1, £2 and 50p will be accepted). For our online audience, you can donate for your favourite competitor online. Please note, there is of course no participation fee, but you do need to purchase a ticket for the event.


To register for participation, or for more information, please contact Gundula on


All donations collected as part of the performance competition, along with profits from this event, 15% of the book sales and 100% of all other sales such as jam session packs and CDs will go to the Anadolu Müzik Kültürleri Derneği (based in Ankara). Gundula regularly performs concerts and runs workshops for this charity when she is in Turkey. They are supporting the families of music students from the regions affected by the Earthquake.

More about Ederlezi:

The Ederlezi Festival is the most important celebration of the year for Romany people all around the world, celebrated on 6th May. The word ‘Ederlezi’ can be traced back to the Turkish word ‘Hidrellez, which indicates the beginning of spring. It is a combination of the names of the prophets Hizir and Ilyas, two important figures protecting plants, poor people, animals and water. Legend has it, the two friends drank the Water of Immortality and swore to meet every night of May 5th to give life back to nature. Past this, the festival takes place around 40 days after the spring equinox and serves to mark the changing of the seasons from winter to spring. In the past, the Roma would travel across the land stopping when cold winters came. When they were able to travel again in the improving spring weather, they would give thanks to God, through the Ederlezi festival. Flowers are very important in this celebration, and it is customary for flowers to be thrown into rivers and seas as well as to hung by Romani families in their homes. Families gather on Ederlezi, traditionally preparing and grilling lamb for a feast. As is typical of many Romani festivals, music has a key role in the celebration of Ederlezi, with dancing and singing being popular activities on the day.


The Gypsy Music Collection was a best-selling book at Spartan Press distribution company for more than 8 years. Sadly, this beautiful business no longer exists. As the demand for Gundula’s book is still so high, we are preparing to release the Gypsy Music Collection Second Edition. Expect updated writings, improved notation and and all-round new and shiny book.

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