Voice of Roma presents the
23rd annual Herdeljezi Festival
Dance Party & Workshops
Fri. & Sat May 3-4, 2024
Ashkenaz Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 9702
Celebrate Romani (Gypsy) culture
Learn about the struggle of Roma to combat discrimination

HERDELJEZI: For centuries the Romani people have celebrated Herdeljezi in early May - outdoors, with music and dancing, and sharing food with family and neighbors. This holiday celebration had all but disappeared among Roma in the United States. But Voice of Roma revived the tradition and extended the holiday to the larger community, so that the public can experience Romani cultural arts and folk traditions authentically, and within the proper cultural context.

Dance Party - Friday May 3
Preceded by dance workshop and panel discussion. Bands include:
Kel-Mo! • Rumen "Sali" Shopov & Meraklii • Kali Orkestar feat. Benji Rifati & special guest Sal Mamudoski

  • 6:00 pm - Romani dance workshop, led by Voice of Roma president Sani Rifati
  • 7:00 pm - Panel discussion with the festival artists, moderated by Voice of Roma board member Prof. Carol Silverman
  • 8:00 pm - Kel-Mo! - Marco Ghezzo, violin; Mateo Tweten, accordion; and Roman Turcitu, cymbalom
  • 9:15 pm - Rumen "Sali" Shopov & Meraklii - Rumen, vocals, strings, percussion, clarinet; Lucas Romer-Caminos, violin; David Solnit, clarinet; Atid Kimmelman, clarinet, violin; Sharon Grodin, accordion; Mike Margulies, trumpet; Hector Bezanis, gajda, zurna; and Ivan Velev, percussion
  • 10:30 pm - Benji & Kali Band - Benji Rifati, trumpet; Sal Mamudoski, clarinet; with Tano Brock, sax; Sean Tergis & Marco Peris percussion; Adam Waite & Jeff Giaquinto, baritone horns; Even Stuart, tuba; Camellia Boutros, electric guitar

Get Tickets

Dance party $25 advance, $30 door - Festival Pass: $50 (incl. Saturday workshops)

Dance and Music Workshops - Saturday May 4
Balkan Romani Percussion • Transylvanian Romani Strings • Balkan Romani Singing • Romani Accordion • Mahala Dances • Balkan Romani Brass and Reeds

Festival artists will offer workshops in Balkan Romani singing, instrumental music, and dance - co-sponsored by The Kitka Institute.
  • 12:00 pm
    • Balkan Romani Percussion - Rumen "Sali" Shopov - Dance Hall
    • Transylvanian Romani Strings - Marco Ghezzo - Back Studio
  • 1:45 pm
    • Balkan Romani Singing - Carol Silverman - Dance Hall
    • Romani Accordion - Matthew "Mateo" Tweten - Back Studio
  • 3:30 pm
    • Mahala Dances II - Sani Rifati - Dance Hall
    • Balkan Romani Brass and Reeds - Benji Rifati and Sal Mamudoski

Details & Sign-up

Pay what you can! (suggested $20 / workshop)
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Voice of Roma's 23rd Annual Herdeljezi Festival is supported, in part, by a grant from the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commissions Community Festivals program.

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