By Dick Oakes
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The Kolo Festival was founded by John Filcich in 1951 as a fund raiser for Vyts Beliajus who was ill.
Bob Shinn became a co-director with John, then Jerry Duke became director, followed by Bill Cope.
The Kolo Festival changed its name to the California Kolo Festival and then back to Kolo Festival. It is held in San Francisco annually and features the best in Kolo performances from the Bay Area and from afar.
The Kolo Festival is a celebration of dance styles made popular by the various cultures of the Balkan region of Europe and offers music, dancing, singing, food, and crafts.