Herdeljezi Balkan Romani Music Festival
presented by Voice of Roma
Saturday, May 2, 3:00-10:00PM
Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Avenue, San Francisco
see website for ticket details
Voice of Roma's Herdeljezi Festival is a unique combination of a world class presentation of Romani arts and an educational event informing the public about Romani history, language, and culture. Festivals of "Gypsy Music" are usually stereotypical fantasies geared toward exoticism. VOR's Herdeljezi, on the other hand, places music in its cultural and historical context, and treats Roma as real people with a living history. In addition to traditional live music and Balkan food, Herdeljezi 2015 will feature a panel on music, politics and human rights lead by Prof. Carol Silverman and a rare West Coast performance by Sazet Band.
3:00-4:30PM: Romani singing workshop with Ferdi Demir - $20
4:30-6:00PM: Romani instrumental workshop with Sazet Band - $20
6:15-7:15PM: Panel discussion on Romani culture, music, history, and human rights with Kosovo Romani activist and dance teacher Sani Rifati and Carol Silverman, Professor University of Oregon - Free
7:30-8:30PM: Romani dance workshop with Sani Rifati
8:30PM: Dance party with live music by Sazet Band from NYC
Dance workshop and party - $20 advance/$25 door
Delicious traditional Balkan/Romani food will be available for sale.
The mission of Voice of Roma (VOR) is to promote and present Romani cultural arts and traditions through festivals, workshops, performances and educational presentations that offer Roma (Gypsies) and non-Roma (Gadje) opportunities to explore the rich cultural heritage of Roma that dates back over a thousand years. VOR strives to counter both romanticized and negative Gypsy stereotypes, and in so doing, to contribute to the preservation of Romani identity and culture.
VOR also works to heighten awareness of human rights issues faced by Roma in today's world, and to support efforts by Roma to (re)build and maintain their communities, improve their lives, and to strengthen the Romani voice both nationally and internationally.Voice of Roma's mission is accomplished through organizing and implementing cultural arts, educational, economic development, and charitable projects for and about Roma.