Balkan Music &
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Virtual Camps 2021

Mark your calendars for Virtual Camps 2021! West Coast will be held June 25-27, 2021; and East Coast will run August 13-15, 2021. As last year, each camp will feature three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Much more information to come.

Until registration is open for this summer’s weekend events, check out last year’s camp programs here: West Coast 2020 and East Coast 2020.


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Oakland, CA

Voice of Roma - 19th Annual Herdeljezi Festival featuring Esma Redzepova & The Folk Masters Band

April 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce Voice of Roma’s 19th annual Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival, featuring the legendary “Queen of Romani Song” Esma Redzepova & The Folk Masters Band from Macedonia in their final U.S. tour. This yearly event organized by Voice of Roma, a human rights advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of Romani (Gypsy) cultural arts and traditions, celebrates Balkan Romani music, dance and culture. An evening concert and dance party will culminate a series of workshops for singers, instrumentalists and dancers.

Festival events begin with concurrent vocal and instrumental workshops at 5 p.m. led by Esma and members of The Folk Masters Band. Each workshop costs $30 in advance. A free panel discussion led by Voice of Roma President Sani Rifati and Romani culture scholar Professor Carol Silverman begins at 6:45 p.m. The Festival concludes with a dance workshop with Rifati at 8 p.m., followed by Esma’s concert and dance party at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the evening dance party are $27 in advance and $30 at the door, and include admission to the dance workshop. Workshop reservations as well as a $55 Festival Pass including all events may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 800-838-3006. For more information visit

Reidenbach Hall at First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland, CA 94612