‘No 1 Balkan Express’ Arrives in Colchester

BOF Productions are hosting a benefit event for Fresh Beginnings, a local charity supporting refugees in to the area. The event will be held at Firstsite in the evening of 28th November after the Secret Vintage Fair which takes place there during the day.

BOF productions in association with Firstsite and the Secret Vintage Fair present a Gypsy, Balkan and Electroswing extravaganza supporting Fresh Beginnings refugee support organisation, with live music from Band of Fools, and coming down from London - Gypsy Dynamite.

Diverse Entertainment in Cultural Hub

The Band of Fools, who are brains behind BOF productions, will be performing at the Secret Vintage Fair at Firstsite during the day, and will be returning in the evening to continue the fun in the evening at their anticipated No 1 Balkan Express event. Sim Torino of Band of Fools says : “We are thrilled to be working with Firstsite on this event, it is a fantastic venue, and they have been really supportive of this event as well as our desire to support and raise funds for refugees entering the region.”

Headlining the evening will be Band of Fools:

Band of Fools is formed of seven musicians with eclectic musical backgrounds, from jazz to electro to classical to folk. The musicians met Eastern European music through their roots, their travels and their musical meetings. Whether Gypsy, Klezmer, Balkan or Folk, that music has touched them by its depth, its charm and its improvisational form. Since its formation in 2011, the band's approach has been to create a project that would develop original modern rearrangements of Eastern European music and wrap it up on stage.

To traditional gypsy instruments (violin, accordion, bouzouki, double bass and percussion) the Band of Fools adds Saxophone, Theramin and Mandolin. Offering an original show, mixing original songs together with reworkings of researched original folk melodies. The musicians continue to focus their work on musical creation, creating a unique sound, blending Balkan Gypsy music with western influences.

As well Gypsy Dynamite they will be being supported by the eclectic sounds of DJ Shoesy and other DJs who will be djing on the night. Plus magic, gyspy tarot, workshops and other activities celebrating cultural diversity.

Fresh Beginnings- Refugee Support

In keeping with this theme of inclusion, the event will be raising money for Fresh Beginnings which support refugees who have come to Colchester & the surrounding area. This will be a fundraiser and awareness event for the problems that migrants have had in the past and currently have. Profits from the event will go to 'Fresh Beginnings' - a Colchester based support organisation for refugees who have ended up in this area, providing education and advice for refugees. Patrick Ramazani from Fresh Beginnings said; “We are excited that No 1 Balkan Express are supporting Fresh Beginnings. It is great that the local community are getting behind the charity and the people we support”

BOF Productions, Firstsite and The Secret Vintage Fair invite revellers to buy tickets for the event on Saturday 28th November from Firstsite website or front desk. Tickets cost £10 each, are available now and all profits go to Fresh beginnings.


WHERE – Firstsite, Lewis Gardes Facebook: www.facebook.com/BandofFools

WHEN – Saturday 28th November Twitter: @BandofFoolz

TIME – 19:30- LATE Website: www.bandoffools.co.uk


Visit www.firstbalkan.com to book tickets now!