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!