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.
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.
Saturday May 5 - Herdeljezi Stage
Ives Park, Sebastopol, CA - RAIN OR SHINE !
(if rain, next door in Veterans Building, 282 South High St.)
Romani Music and Dance Workshops $20:
|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.