See you in 2020!
On November 7-8, 2019 the first large festival of Jewish folk music Litvak Klezmer Fest was held in Minsk!
Klezmer music, that is recognized all over the world, has returned to Belarus!

What is klezmer? "Klej" - "tools", "zemer" - "tune". Klezmers are people who carry their music and their singing sole around the world. Klezmer tradition was born in Eastern Europe as the combination of music of all nations who have lived there. Thanks to Jewish immigrants it has subsequently developed in the United States and other countries of the world.

Free concerts took place on November 7th and 8th in Minsk at OK16 venue. The guests enjoyed live, contemporary, folk music from 2 p.m. until late evening! For many people klezmer music was a revelation, but all listeners were pleasantly surprised with the incomparable performances and unexpected interpretations of klezmer (and not only!) melodies. The festival also hosted music workshops by Alex Kofman and Zisl Slepovitch, dance lessons, exhibitions by Ales Surov and Cheslav Stashko, children's zone with a creative program, a thematic market and a food court. Everything was dedicated to klezmer music and Jewish culture.

At Litvak Klezmer Fest there was an incredible energy that there are no words to describe. But having felt this energy once, you understand that you need to live differently. How? Brighter and kinder! See you in 2020!
Musicians
The festival was attended by talented musicians from the USA, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Austria. In total there were more than a dozen performers and bands. There also were honored musicians from Belarus. The festival's repertoire included traditional klezmer music!
Zisl Slepovitch
USA
Sasha Lurje
Germany
Craig Judelman
Germany
Sanne Möricke
Germany
Kapela Brodow
Poland
Bareznburger kapelye
Belarus
Roman Grinberg and Sasha Danilov
Austria
Shtrudl band
Ukraine
Gennady Fomin and Daria Fomina
Ukraine
Tatyana Melamed
USA
Alex Kofman
USA
Gomel ensemble of Jewish music
Belarus
Aidishe Nishome
Belarus
Alena Chaika
Belarus
Alla Dantsig
Israel
Evgeny Vidanov (Minsk Klezmer)
Belarus
Peter Naumenko (Minsk Klezmer)
Belarus
Elena Naumenko
(Minsk Klezmer)
Belarus
Mark Sternevsky (Minsk Klezmer)
Belarus
Olga Gomonova
Belarus - Israel
Who organized all this?
Sergey, Tatyana and Yuri are enthusiasts, who decided that Minsk lacks international festival of klezmer music, which is part of the traditional musical culture of Jews in Belarus.
Sergey Dolgushev
Ethnic musician, folklorist, cultural project manager, group leader "Vuraj", author and project manager "Speuny shod", "Tradycyja"
Tatyana Shteinbuk
Event manager, organizer of events, presentations and parties; member of initiative GRANAT (CityChanukkah and TakiPesach festival organizers), assistant editor of the information portal SHALOM
Yuri Zisser
Philanthropist, founder of TUT.BY portal, co-founder of social entrepreneurship support fund "Dobra". Supports social projects competition SocialWeekend, development of musical culture in Belarus, etc.
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Where did everything happen?
In 2019, Festival of Jewish Culture Litvak Klezmer Fest was held in cultural hub OK16. The festival space included a food court, a bar, a large territory for rest, lecture areas, master classes and exhibitions.
Partners
For cooperation with the festival, please contact us by e-mail: info@klezmerfest.by

Contacts

E-mail: info@klezmerfest.by
Sergey Dolgushev
Music program, lectures, partners
+37529 5657218
Tatyana Shteinbuk
PR, lectures, food court, partners
+37544 7202571
Yuri Zisser
Sponsorship
zisser@tut.by
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