December 2016


Shtetl Neukölln: Khupe & Karsten Troyke

Thursday 08.12.2016 6:00 PM Open Info Session | 8:00 PM Concert | Club, S1-4

Admission: Concert €10, open info session free of charge

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Tănase & Gebirtig e.V. / Neukölln Klezmer Sessions


Shtetl Neukölln: Klezmer Festival from 7th to 11th december

Klezmer in Neukölln? Yes. And right here.


That’s because Jewish life has come back to Berlin and with it many young, international Klezmer musicians who have established themselves in the cultural scene. Many of them have also made Neukölln their home and focal point. In addition to the regular Neukölln Klezmer Sessions and the Klezmerball Tantshoys Neukölln, the “Shtetl Neukölln” festival is premiering in 2016. The festival doesn’t highlight an historical, formalistic understanding of traditional Yiddish dance music – instead it wishes to present the openness and integration potential this music has now.


That’s why, in addition to concerts, sessions and a Klezmer ball, the programme includes a wide range of workshops on the topics of Klezmer dance, Yiddish songs and instrumentals. What’s more, the multimedia project celebrating the 140th birthday of the Yiddish poet and songwriter Mordechaj Gebirtig will be presented during the festival.




6pm - 7pm | Workshop| Open info session
8pm | CONCERT | Khupe & Karsten Troyke





THURSDAY | 8.12.2016 | 6:00 PM | Hall, S1-4

There are three workshops running in parallel:
Workshop: Klezmer dance
Workshop: Yiddish songs
Workshop: Instrumentals

In the open sessions, the workshop participants meet to exchange ideas and to make music/sing/dance and have fun.
The workshop team: Sasha Lurje, Sanne Möricke, Vanessa Vromans, Sayumi Yoshida, Christian Dawid, Emil Goldschmidt, Daniel Kahn, Hampus Melin and Ilya Shneyveys.



CONCert: Khupe & Karsten Troyke

THURSDAY | 8.12.2016 | 8 PM | Club


Karsten Troyke is a chanson singer, actor and speaker who has made a name for himself internationally, predominantly through Yiddish songs. He is one of the most important interpreters of this genre in Europe. As an ambassador for Yiddish songs, he has travelled through a number of countries, including Poland, France, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Israel, USA, Croatia and Sweden.

His album "Yiddish Anders" (1992) was awarded with the German Record Critic's Prize.





In 1992 Sanne Möricke founded DI KALLES (NL) - at that time the first ever all-female international Klezmer band - and was their musical director until 1997. In 1996, the founding of
KHUPE. In 1999 she was a co-founder of the Berlin Klezmer and Yiddish ensemble SUKKE. She is also active in Greco-Turkish music and lives in Berlin.

In 1993, Christian Dawid was the founder and musical director of KLEZGOYIM until 1997. He was the co-initiator of the BREMEN KLEZMER NIGHTS, which has taken place since 1996. Dawid is a teacher at KLEZFEST LONDON (UK). He plays for Paul Brody's Yiddish-Turkish HONGA LONGA and the Balkan band YEREWAN (both in Berlin). Dawid arranges music for his ensembles and writes new and traditional Yiddish music. He lives in Berlin.

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The festival is organized by the Tănase & Gebirtig e.V. association and the Neukölln Klezmer Sessions in cooperation with the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, and mostly takes place on the premises of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.


The facilities of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are accessible to wheelchair users. Please call us in advance on +49 (0)30 60 97 70-0 to ensure proper access support.