Ashkenaz Festival of New Yiddish Culture Opening

Tuesday August 26, 2008
11:00AM - - -

Ashkenaz Festival of New Yiddish Culture Opening

Category :: Community
CANADA'S LARGEST FESTIVAL OF YIDDISH AND JEWISH CULTURE RETURNS THIS
SUMMER WITH ITS 13TH ANNIVERSARY "BAR MITZVAH" EDITION!

For thirteen years Ashkenaz has brought the finest in Jewish art and culture to Toronto audiences. Now in our Bar Mitzvah year, we are proud to present an amazing new festival featuring over 60 acts and 200-plus performers from across Canada and around the globe.

The Festival will feature concerts, theatre performances, literary events, visual art exhibitions, family programs, and hands-on workshops in dance, music and craft... all capped off by the Ashkenaz Parade, which will once again transform Harbourfront Centre into a swirling spectacle of sound, colour, and group revelry.

The 2008 Ashkenaz Festival features over 60 acts and 200 performers from a dozen countries, including: the Canadian Premiere of Abraham Inc., a new 10-piece "Jewish Funk" supergroup; North American premiere performances by Argentinian Yiddish tango songstress Zully Goldfarb, Russian klezmer "garage band" Nayekhovichi, and Ukrainian klezmer brass band Konsonans Retro; a rare Canadian appearance by legendary mandolinist and clarinetist Andy Statman; a 'Kosher Gospel' blowout featuring NY's Joshua Nelson with special guests Toronto's Dave Wall and Ken Whiteley; performances by home-grown Canadian favourites; and a special programming thread devoted to Sephardic music and culture.

The Ashkenaz Festival is co-presented by the Ashkenaz Foundation and Harbourfront Centre, and is funded in part by the UJA Federation, Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

Most events are free and Festival runs from August 26 to September 1, 2008. For ticketed event information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or online at Harbourfront Center. For more information about free events or for the full festival schedule, please contact the Ashkenaz Foundation at 416-979-9901 or visit the Ashkenaz Festival website.


For More Information:
Ashkenaz Foundation
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 303
Toronto
M5S 2G8
(416) 979-9901
sam@ashkenazfestival.com
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