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Grants in the Former Soviet Union

Yiddish-Fest: Moscow International Festival of Jewish Music

Yiddish-Fest: Moscow International Festival of Jewish Music

“Yiddish-Fest” is an international Moscow festival launched by Anatoliy Pinskiy in 2005.

It is aimed at the revival and preservation of cultural and historical traditions of succession and the popularization of modern Jewish musical culture.

Each year, the festival assembles the best musicians from the FSU, Europe, the US and Canada to play top Moscow clubs. It is a big success and has sold out annually for almost six years.

In addition to the festive Gala, the Festival offeres workshops for young and seasoned performers alike to share experiences.

In addition to funding provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group, the festival is supported by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, the Embassy of Israel in the Russian Federation, the UJA-Federation of New York and the Whitehall Center.

Goals and Objectives

  • Popularize Jewish folk (klezmer) music in traditional and contemporary interpretations and form a positive image of Jewish culture.
  • Attract Jewish youth to study the culture of their people.
  • Invigorate the Jewish community and create a space for cultural exchange and cooperation between Jewish musicians representing different regions and countries.

Current Grants

Past Grants