Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer!

We want to share with you the program planned for Yiddish Summer Weimar 2020, although at this moment we simply don’t know what will be possible by mid-July. For that reason, the program, including all public events as well as workshops, is subject to change, postponement or even cancellation depending on how the Covid-19 pandemic develops. We are working hard on flexible and creative responses to a very difficult challenge, possibly including various online options. In view of this reality, we are not yet accepting registrations. But we hope you’ll note the dates in your calendar and check our website for regular updates to stay informed. We also recommend signing up for our newsletter.

The Other Europeans Lautari Band – Master Classes 
Jul 19 - 23

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

Wind Instruments: Adrian Receanu (France/Moldova, clarinet) & Adam Stinga (Moldova, trumpet)
String Instruments: Marin Bunea (Moldova, violin)
Accordion: Peter Ralchev (Bulgaria, accordion)
Rhythm & Bass Instruments: Kalman Balogh (Hungary, cimbalom) & Csaba Novak (Hungary, bass)

With six mind-bogglingly virtuosic musicians, the lautari band from the prize-winning klezmer/lautari ensemble “The Other Europeans” returns to Yiddish Summer Weimar for this year’s opening concert and, for the first time anywhere, to conduct master classes. A unique opportunity for advanced musicians to study with living legends of traditional and contemporary lautari and Balkan music.

Workshop fee: 345 € Standard / 270 € Reduced / 470 € Sponsor / 145 € under 18.

For information about the Standard, Reduced and Supporter fees >> read about

The evening program that caps each workshop day has much to do with the unique atmosphere of Yiddish Summer Weimar. On some evenings we meet for jam sessions in Weimar's cafés or in the Other Music Academy (OMA), a great opportunity to put into practice what you've been learning during the day and connect with the other participants. On other evenings, we present concerts connected to the workshop topic performed by internationally recognized artists. During the Festival Week (August 5 – 9), directly following each evening's featured event in the mon ami cultural center, we meet again in the OMA for the Late Night Cabaret, an informal and fun atmosphere for short performances by anyone ready to jump on stage. In Yiddish Summer Weimar, learning, playing and connecting with each other go hand-in-hand.