July 18 - August 16, 2015
Welcome to Yiddish Summer 2015, the intercultural Yiddish Culture festival. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, this year's special topic is Yidishkayt Revisited.
In its thousand-year history, Yiddish culture has spread from Western Europe to Eastern Europe, to North and South America, to Israel and Australia, even to China and Japan. Wherever it went, it changed the surrounding cultures and was changed by them. A unique treasure chest of history - will you join us in unlocking it?
Workshop Weeks (Workshopwochen)
From July 18 to August 9, we offer beginner through advanced workshops in Yiddish instrumental music (klezmer), vocal music, dance, language, and more, taught by some of today's leading artists. With participants of all ages and from all around the world, Yiddish Summer workshops touch the mind, heart, soul, and body. You won't believe how much you can learn in an atmosphere that is so open and supportive! It's no wonder that many of today's most creative and successful Yiddish music projects have roots in Yiddish Summer Weimar. Concerts, jam sessions in outdoor cafés, Yiddish dance events, and more contribute to the justly famous "Yiddish Summer Weimar" atmosphere during the Workshop Weeks.
Festival Week (Festivalwoche)
From August 11-16, Yiddish Summer Weimar is designed especially with visitors to Weimar in mind. The evening program features a concert series with world-class artists and late-night jam sessions. The daily program features exciting events for the whole family, with something for all ages and levels of experiences. You can try whatever you like as often as you like: hands-on, mini-workshops in Yiddish language, klezmer music, song, dance and literature, even Yiddish cooking, a Jewish documentary film series, and more. There's also a Youth Klezmer Orchestra and a children's program.
See you in the summer?
We invite you to explore the website! You'll almost certainly find something you like. Please write to us or call us if you have questions and we'll try to guide you. We hope to see you at this year's Yiddish Summer Weimar!