Toronto's internationally-acclaimed lakeside performance space and cultural park, Harbourfront Centre, will play host to Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture from August 25th, 1997 through to Labour Day September 1st.
The inaugural Festival took place in July 1995 and was a resounding success, attracting over 30,000 people who experienced first-hand the vitality and magic of this exhilarating festival. It was the first festival of its kind, both in its scope and its emphasis on new work being created out of the many forms of Eastern European Yiddish culture, a culture which is being revived as artists of all kinds turn towards their roots.
Ashkenaz '97 will again see an unprecedented gathering of artists from all over North America and Europe bringing new, vibrant and challenging work ranging from the traditional to the unpredictable and experimental. in music, theatre, modern dance, storytelling, comedy, poetry, film, the visual arts and more.
The Festival will feature world-renowned klezmer bands, jazz artists, poets, singers, authors, actors, dancers and others; many of whom will be presented in premiere collaborations. As with the last Festival, most of the performances, workshops, demonstrations and participatory events will be free of charge.
Ashkenaz '97 will kick off on Monday, August 25th. Weekday programming will be in the evenings only. Ashkenaz programming will not occur on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday evening sundown to Saturday evening sundown) but Harbourfront Centre will program related acts and activities throughout that 24-hour period. Saturday evening will see a resumption of Ashkenaz programming straight through to the evening of Labour Day, Monday, September 1st.
Ashkenaz '97 is produced by Nayeh Velt Cultural Initiatives in partnership with the Bloor JCC. Stay tuned for programming announcements, and new pages about the event, as they become available.
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