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 Kitka.org.