Lomir tantsn! (Let’s dance!)
Yiddish Dance Mini-Workshop
Jul 28 – Aug 2, 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. @OMA
with Sayumi Yoshida (JPN/D) - dance /// Szilvia Csaranko (D) - accordion /// Susi Evans (GBR) - clarinet

Nothing expresses the spirit of Yiddish culture quite like Yiddish dance! A true folk dance tradition that evolved over centuries in Eastern Europe, it's very different from the choreographed corpus of Balkan and Israeli dance.

Yiddish Dance is easy to learn for people of any age. It creates a strong feeling of connection and community but at the same time leaves a lot of room for individuality. Each day, dance teacher Sayumi Yoshida will teach different Yiddish dances accompanied by live klezmer music.

If you already know some other folk dances, or you're just looking for a fun way to get the day started, nothing can beat this introduction to Yiddish folk dance with live klezmer music! Perfect for families.


Free admission

Lomir zingen! (Let’s sing!)
Yiddish Song Mini-Workshop
Jul 28 – Aug 2, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. @OMA
with Diana Matut (28.7. Sun) /// Sveta Kundish (29.7. Mon) /// Deborah Strauss (30.7. Tue) /// Amit Weisberger (31.7. Wed) /// Josh Waletzky (1.8. Thu) /// Sasha Lurje (2.8. Fri)

Have you ever sat in a concert of Yiddish song and felt like singing along? If so, then this workshop is for you! For anyone who already loves to sing or who is just curious, the Yiddish Song Mini-Workshop is a relaxed, informal, and fun event.

You don't have to know anything about Yiddish or about singing; just come along with an open mind and you'll soon find yourself in the middle of a heartfelt, warm atmosphere.

Free admission

Lomir shpiln! (Let’s play!)
Klezmer Music Mini-Workshop
Jul 28 – Aug 2, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. @OMA
with Szilvia Csaranko (D) - accordion /// Susi Evans (GB) - clarinet

Do you play an instrument? Can you play a few klezmer tunes? Great, then come jam with us and let’s see what happens! Two experienced session and dance musicians, Susi Evans and Szilvia Csaranko, will guide you every step of the way. They'll also show you some tricks on how to glide through any klezmer jam session with ease, without sheet music - even if you’re unfamiliar with a tune! Participants should be able to play some klezmer tunes and not be afraid of engaging in a bit of music theory.

Free admission

Lomir redn! (Let’s talk!)
Yiddish Language Mini-Workshop
Jul 28 – Jul 2, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.@OMA
with Karolina Szymaniak

Do you want to have a simple conversation in Yiddish? Are those “everything I always wanted to know about Yiddish” questions giving you no peace? Or do you simply want to get a first taste of Yiddish literature and culture? Then this small, five-day taster course, held during the Festival Week, is just for you!

Free admission

Lomir shpiln! Pamelekh/Let’s play! Slow
Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. @OMA
with Szilvia Csaranko (D) - accordion /// Susi Evans (GB) - clarinet

Do you feel inspired by the festival atmosphere and want to play klezmer, but worry you aren’t advanced enough or that the workshops move too fast? Then this taster course is just the thing for you! Grab your clarinet, violin, trumpet, accordion or whatever you play and join us!

Free admission