Yiddish culture gave us not just Woody Allen and Seinfeld but was once an integral part of Europe and the Yiddish Summer Weimar has a month of activities to keep the old traditions alive. There’s also a festival week in the beginning of August where you’ll hear some great klezmer music.
The organisers say:
‘Yiddish Summer Weimar (YSW) began life as a weekend workshop in 1999. Today it spans a whole month and has become one of the world’s leading summer programs for the study, creation and presentation of traditional and contemporary Yiddish culture.
‘Following the vision of founding artistic director Alan Bern, YSW is a uniquely creative, intercultural community in which people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. The week-long workshops that make up the backbone of YSW are taught by international, cutting-edge artists and scholars in an atmosphere that encourages learning, discussion, creativity, individuality and community. During the special Festival Week, nightly concerts feature the best of today’s artists performing Yiddish and other East European music, while the daytime program offers hands-on mini-workshops in Yiddish language, music, dance, cooking and more for all ages and levels of experience, as well as a film series and other public events. ‘
Learn more about the Yiddish Summer Weimar!