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article imageJewish, Yiddish culture celebrated at Ashkenaz Festival (video) Special

By Andrew Moran     Sep 5, 2010 in World
Toronto - The 15th annual Ashkenaz Festival took place at the Habourfront Centre in Toronto. The "premier North American event" celebrates Jewish and Yiddish culture with cuisine, music, literature, theatre and art.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebrated from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10. It is celebrated through respite, festive cuisine and prayer at a synagogue. With only a few days away, it was only proper to celebrate the Ashkenaz Festival.
On the Labour Day weekend in Toronto, the 15th anniversary Ashkenaz Festival took place at the Harbourfront Centre. The annual event celebrates both Jewish and Yiddish contemporary culture through the means of music, dance, cuisine, art and theatre performances.
According to the artistic director, Eric Stein, the Ashkenaz Festival begun as part of an international movement called the Klezmer/Yiddish Revival that started in the mid-1970s and attracted artists from New York, Winnipeg and Berlin. However, years later, the event grew larger and attracted cities such as Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Amsterdam and others.
“The debut of the Ashkenaz Festival in 1995 was a significant milestone in the life of the movement, and from its very first edition Ashkenaz put Toronto on the map as a key centre in the international Klezmer/Yiddish Revival.”
Despite the miserable weather in Toronto – 18 degrees Celsius, heavy winds and dark skies - the event was full. The festival had both Jewish and non-Jewish communities visit Ashkenaz 2010.
A sign.
A sign.
Large crowd in attendance.
Large crowd in attendance.
Band playing music.
Band playing music.
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