Lomir zingen!
Mini-Workshop Yiddish Song

Aug 11–15, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. @OMA
With Andrea Pancur

Have you ever sat in a concert of gorgeous Yiddish song and felt the impulse to sing along? If so, then this event is for you! For anyone who already loves to sing or who is just curious, the Mini-Workshop Yiddish Song 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 wonderful, warm atmosphere.

Free admission


Lomir shpiln! …gikh
Mini-Workshop Fast Klezmer

Aug 11 – 15, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. @Ottmar-Gerster-Musikschule
With Zilien Biret

You play klezmer music and you're feeling inspired by the festival atmosphere? Well, this mini-workshop is for you! Bring your clarinet, violin, trumpet, accordion or whatever and join in!
Clarinetist Zilien Biret, a rising star of the international klezmer scene, leads this fast-paced jam session of both well-known and less familiar tunes, and everyone is invited to contribute. Zilien will also give tips on tempo, "feel," phrasing and ornamentation.
To join this workshop, you should feel comfortable playing by ear at least some of the time, and you should be able to play at least 10 or so "classic" klezmer tunes. If you're not sure, feel free to try it anyway, or check out the Slow Klezmer Mini Workshop.

Free admission


Lomir shpiln! …pamelekh
Mini-Workshop Slow Klezmer

Aug 11-15, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. @Ottmar-Gerster-Musikschule
With Franka Lampe

You're feeling inspired by the great klezmer music all around you and you'd like to give it a try yourself but you're still a beginner on your instrument? No problem! The Slow Klezmer Mini-Workshop is just for you!
Directed by Franka Lampe, you'll be introduced to some of the most beautiful tunes in the klezmer repertoire, with no pressure to go faster than feels comfortable. You'll learn some tunes from written music, and try out learning by ear, too, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
To join this workshop, you should have at least a basic understanding of your instrument and an appetite for klezmer music.

Free admission


Yiddish for valley dwellers
Aug 11–15, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. @Ottmar-Gerster-Musikschule
With Evita Wiecki

This small five-day festival week taster course will get you talking in Yiddish. In a relaxed atmosphere, you will learn the basics of the language and in no time, you’ll be having a simple conversation and even ordering something to eat and drink in a Weimar café in Yiddish.

Free admission


Lomir tantsn!
Mini-Workshop Yiddish Dance

Aug 11–15, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. @OMA
With Zilien Biret, Andreas Schmitges and Sayumi Yoshida

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 space for individuality. This short workshop presents different Yiddish dances each day, taught by different, experienced Yiddish dance teachers, and always accompanied by live klezmer music.
If you already know some other folk dances, or you're just looking for something fun and active to do in the afternoon after lunch, nothing can beat this introduction to Yiddish folk dance with live klezmer music! Perfect for families.

Free admission