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Sydney Announces First Jewish Music Festival

Shir Madness is set to kick off this summer on Aug. 15. Over 35 acts are expected to play during the festival.

By: Ilan Mester

Published: January 29th, 2010 in Culture » Music » News

Sydney Announces First Jewish Music Festival

Shir Madness – the first ever Jewish music festival in Sydney, Australia – is set to kick off this summer on Aug. 15. Over 35 acts are expected to play during the festival.

Four stages will be set up at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney, where Jewish music styles such as Klezmer and Ladino will be featured along with contemporary blues, jazz, rock reggae, dance and rap.

Shir Madness will start off with a Gala Opening Concert on Sat. Aug. 14. However, the main festival will take place the next day. It runs from 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. The festival hopes to showcase young Jewish performers.

Australia has produced a long list of Jewish artists of international standing, including jazz and soul singer Renée Geyer, Ben Lee, and bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, among others.

Festival organizers are still accepting submissions. While the focus is on Sydney acts, musicians from around the world can apply. The application forms are available online at www.shirmadness.com. They have already received entries from Perth and Tel Aviv.

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