Welcome to Yiddish Summer Weimar 2017!
July 15 - August 12

Every summer, people of all ages from near and far come to Weimar to experience our inspiring program of workshops, concerts, dances, jam sessions and much, much more. You can come for a brief visit to hear a concert, join a jam session, dance or mini-workshop, or stay for as long as a month and immerse yourself in our unique, interdisciplinary program.

Yiddish culture is world culture. It has many deep and surprising connections to other cultures of Europe, the Middle East, North and South America and beyond. Each year, we explore some of these connections. In 2017, our special topic is "The Other Israel: Seeing Unseen Diasporas." Israel today is home to a kaleidoscope of cultures from around the world. Yiddish culture is only one of these, alongside Iraqi, Moroccan, Ethiopian, Russian, and many others. This year, we will be introduced to this amazing and complex intercultural matrix, guided by some of the renowned artists and teachers who live inside it.

Are you looking for something special and inspiring to do on vacation? Then look no further than our Festival Week, from August 2 to August 6 featuring nightly concerts of world-class musicians and a daytime program of hands-on, mini-workshops in klezmer music, Yiddish language, song, dance, literature, history, cooking and much more. And all of this takes place in Weimar and nearby Erfurt, two picturesque and historic towns with outstanding and unique cultural heritages including the homes of Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Liszt, the Bauhaus movement (Weimar), and medieval Jewish life (Erfurt), to name just a few sites well worth visiting.

If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience of Yiddish culture, our intensive workshops are just the thing. Led by teams of world-renowned artists and scholars, with participants from more than two dozen countries, there is nothing quite like the open, supportive and challenging atmosphere of a Yiddish Summer Weimar workshop. Our full spectrum of workshops in instrumental and vocal music, dance and language are designed for beginners, professionals and everyone in between, including special programs for children and teenagers.

So whether you come to us for a brief visit or a longer stay, we’ll gladly welcome you in 2017 to the inspiring world of Yiddish Summer Weimar! See you soon!

*From within Germany: 03643 85 83 10. From outside of Germany: 0049 3643 85 83 10