Bucharest, 4 November 2009 Press release

First European Klezmer Festival in Bucharest

Bucharest, 4 November 2009 - The first European Klezmer Festival will be taking place from 3 to 8 November in Bucharest upon the initiative of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bucharest.On six consecutive evenings, groups from Austria, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary will be performing their interpretations of Klezmer in a well-known music club of Bucharest.

The idea for the festival came from the Cultural Forum, and the intention behind it is to reawaken interest in a form of music - Klezmer, i.e. the music of Eastern European Jews - that has long ceased to be played in Romania.The festival is financed by the Permanent Representation of the EU Commission in Bucharest, the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the ERSTE Foundation, OMV, the Grazer Wechselseitige insurance, the Erste Bank, Petrom, and K+K Hotels.The Czech Centre, the Polish Cultural Institute, and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant are partners to the festival.Its objective is to remind of the richness of this temporarily forgotten music culture heritage of Europe by presenting different interpretations of the genre (fusion with jazz, world music, blues, and chamber music).

Further information on Jazz meets Klezmer

Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest
Karin Cervenka
Str. Dumbrava Rosie 7
020 461 Bucuresti
Tel.: +40 21 201 56 21