Herdeljezi Roma Festival 2012 - 16th annual
Friday May 4, Saturday May 5 - Sebastopol, California

HERDELJEZI is a traditional Romani (Gypsy) neighborhood celebration announcing the end of the cold indoor season and the beginning of the warmer season of movement and outdoor life. Survival from the winter and the seasonal renewal of life is celebrated at Herdeljezi through the sharing of music, dance, food and community.

Two events to help the Roma of Kosovo:

Friday May 4 - Romani Education Night
  Veterans Building, 282 South High St., Sebastopol, CA
7:30 pm Presentation by Romanichel activist Mario Williams of Austin, Texas, founder of the new website Gypsy.com. Topics include Romani unity, diversity, identities, civil rights, education, plans for a Romani-centered online school and for a Romani civil rights/education non-profit organization. University of Oregon professor Carol Silverman will moderate the discussion that follows.
9:00 pm Live music and dancing, festival performers.
$12-15 suggested donation.
We regret to inform you of a last minute cancellation by Reyhan and Hüsnü Tuzsuz from Turkey. We hope to have them in the future !

Saturday May 5 - Herdeljezi Stage
  Ives Park, Sebastopol, CA -
(if rain, next door in Veterans Building, 282 South High St.)

11 am Romani Music and Dance Workshops $20:
  • Violin - Hüsnü Tuzsuz
  • Singing - Beni Kurtis and Ferdi Demir
  • Drumming - Amdi Seyfedinov
  • Clarinet - Sal Mamudoski
12:30 -
9:00 pm
Live music and dancing, plus authentic Romani/Balkan food by Julia Pecak and her crew, handcrafts by "Threads That Connect Us" (VoR sewing project).
Performers and teachers include: Sazet Band (NYC Romani), Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos (Vienna), Stevens Brothers "Gypsy Boys" and Danny Lee Fender (Los Angeles), Vadim Kolpakov and "Via Romen" (Russia), Inspector Gadje (Bay Area Balkan).
$15 advance, $18 at gate. Children under 12 free.
Voice of Roma is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation. You may deduct donations from your federally-taxable income.
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