July 14 – August 20
Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer!
The special topic of this year's Yiddish Summer Weimar is "Greco-Turkish-Yiddish Connections," centered on the surprisingly abundant vocal and instrumental repertoire shared by these interconnected music cultures. This is but the first step of a multi-year plan to better understand Yiddish music in the richly transnational context of the Ottoman period.
For the first time since 2003, we will welcome back to Weimar the great Greek singer Sofia Papazoglou as well as master Greek violinist Kyriakos Gouventas. Two new, transcultural music ensembles will bring fresh, creative and historically-informed perspectives to the workshops (see * below for more).
If you are new to the world of Yiddish music and culture, our artist-led introductory workshops are an ideal way to get to know the basics that is both fun and creative as well as historically accurate. If you have more experience, our intermediate, advanced and special-topic workshops will enrich and inspire you. People of all levels of experience, ages, religions, nationalities, genders, and identities are all welcome in the open and diverse community of Yiddish Summer Weimar!
*(KaraYam, a Yiddish/Turkish/Greek quintet led by Ilya Shneyveys, and The Amber Gate, a Yiddish/Greek septet offspring of the legendary 2003 collaboration between Brave Old World and the Smyrna Trio)
Yiddish Summer Weimar is also one of the best places in the world to learn the Yiddish language! This year we are very fortunate to have three internationally renowned teachers to lead the intensive language program from July 31 - August 13: Khayele Beer, Dov-Ber Kerler and Diana Matut. We also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the "Night of the Murdered Poets," when thirteen Soviet Yiddish poets were executed in Moscow on August 12, 1952, with a special workshop and concert program.
Visit us during the "Festival Week" from August 9-13 for nightly concerts featuring world-class bands and a daily program of hands-on, no-experience-necessary workshops on klezmer, Yiddish song, Yiddish dance, Yiddish cooking, Yiddish conversation, plus lectures, jam sessions and more. The full program will be posted soon on this website. And be sure to leave some free time for visits to the many historical sites in Weimar and the nearby town of Erfurt with its centuries-old Jewish history.