Welcome to Yiddish Summer Weimar 2016!

Thanks to a generous grant from the German Federal Cultural Foundation, our festival this year will have more color and variety than ever before. In 2016, Yiddish Summer rocks Weimar with more than 70 concerts, jam sessions, workshops, dances, sing-alongs and many more events for all ages.

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do on vacation? Then look no further than our Festival Week, from August 1– 6, which features nightly concerts of world-class bands and a daily program of hands-on, mini-workshops in Yiddish language, music, dance, literature, cooking and much more. No prior experience is necessary, and you can come for a day or stay the whole week. This year, the festival week also features the premieres of two works created during Yiddish Summer 2016: Bobe Mayses, raucous, Yiddish puppet/street theater, and Gilgul, joyful contemporary Yiddish dance. Also a highlight of Yiddish Summer 2016: YHIP, the first conference to explore historically informed Yiddish performance practice, bringing together leading international artists and scholars: the public is invited!

If you’re ready to dive head-first into Yiddish instrumental music (klezmer), vocal music, dance or language, our world-famous, week-long intensive workshops are just the thing. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you will find a workshop that is right for your level. People from more than 26 countries around the world have discovered the many pleasures of Yiddish culture at Yiddish Summer Weimar, and many return year after year. Yiddish Summer Weimar is a truly international community and we hope you will join us!
You’d like to try a workshop but you’re not sure which one is right for you? Then try our new Workshop Finder, or call our office* and we’ll be glad to talk it over with you.

We hope to see you this summer in Weimar at the 16th edition of Yiddish Summer!

*From within Germany: 0364 85 83 10. From outside of Germany: 0049 3643 85 83 10