Yidishkayt Revisited!
July 18 - August 16, 2015

This year's Yiddish Summer Weimar came to an end with concerts that could have hardly been more different from each other: the Polish band Caci Vorba brought the audience to its feet dancing and the Vienna Jewish Choir inspired storms of applause with traditional Yiddish song repertoire. A spectacular finish to four intensive weeks!

4,500 people came to our concerts, jam sessions, lectures and film series. 320 people from 25 countries participated in 10 intensive workshops and numerous short workshops and took new insights and skills in Yiddish culture back to their homes.

We'd like to thank all of the participants and audiences for being so open to our workshops and other events and for sharing their own knowledge and experience with us. We'd also like to thank the whole Yiddish Summer team and all of this year's volunteers - more than 30! - for their dedication to making things run smoothly. Finally, we thank our supporters and partners, without whom Yiddish Summer would not have been possible.

On the wings of the success of Yiddish Summer 2015, we're already getting ready for next year's festival. From July 6 - August 13, Yiddish Summer 2016 presents "Bobe Mayses? - European Legends and Yiddish Border-Crossings." New additions to the program include a theater project, a dance project and a scholarly conference. More information is coming soon. We hope to see you again soon in Weimar!

Photo: Caci Vorba – Adam Berry


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!


Header Historical photo: © from the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography (St. Petersburg, Russia)/Photo of violinist Vanessa Vromans: © Adam Berry/Collage & design: Sayumi Yoshida [spiralegg.design]