Macedonian ‘showcase’

Folk dance group, club help to keep culture alive

OFFERING young men and women a means of maintaining their culture and tradition, KUD Vardar is a Macedonian folkloric dance group established in 1984.
The talented group will kick off this year with performances at Jensen Park for Bankstown City Lions FC on March 1 from 12pm and then host an International Women’s Day dance (Igranka) fundraiser on March 7 at Arena Sports Club, Yagoona, from 6pm.
Committee member Lidia Talevska said: “As we are a not-for-profit corporation, we are always looking for sponsorship and support to assist in running our program as well as weaving great partnerships.”
This year they will focus on raising funds to be able to purchase new traditional costumes.
“As they are quite unique, it has been a challenging task to find someone who can replicate them in Australia, though we hope to do this on home soil in 2020. If you can assist us, please get in touch,” she said.
“We have three different groups and encourage all to come and join our Vardar family, with classes every Wednesday from 6pm at Bankstown Scout Hall, 70-72 Restwell Street.”
With loads of activities for children and former president of the Republic of Macedonia, Professor Gjorge Ivanov, in attendance, the Bankstown City Lions FC event will be an opportunity to experience some of the best in Macedonian culture and traditions for $5 entry to help pay for a bus to transport aged care residents.
The International Women’s Day dance event will feature amazing raffles, a full buffet dinner followed by a night of traditional music and dancing.
Tickets ($50, adult; $15, child) can be purchased via Facebook, call Dejan on 0457 231 973 or purchase at the door.