Thursday May 4th at 10:30 and 14.30 Uilenburger Sjoel

First Quarter Final Day

The festival starts off on Thursday with the first two rounds of the Quarter Finals in the renovated Uilenburger Sjoel. During each round, four or five ensembles will perform for some 20 minutes with their own songs. But they also need to include the mandatory piece “Ani Ma’amin”, which every contestant will play in their own genre and rhythm. Ensembles come from all over the world to Amsterdam. You can already watch and listen to these ensembles on our festival YouTube channel http://yt.vu/+ijmf. The IJMF jury will choose which 6 to 8 ensembles will proceed to the Semi Finals held on Sunday, May 7th.

Thursday
Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets Quarter Finals Round A
Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets Quarter Finals Round B
Full Day Pass Quarter Final A+B  Buy Tickets  €25


Thursday May 4th at 21:00 Uilenburger Sjoel

Sima’s Songs with Yoed Sorek and Dr. Hankus Netsky  – Holocaust Remembrance Concert

On the evening of May 4th, we will present a special concert: Yoed Sorek, winner of the 2014 IJMF Mira Rafalowicz award for Best Yiddish performance will present his program: Sima’s Songs. 

May 4th marks Hollands National Remembrance Day, a commemoration of all Dutch victims – civilians and soldiers – who have been killed during and since the Second World War. One of the highlights of the day is the ceremony on Amsterdam’s Dam Square with the King and Queen, broadcast live on all Dutch TV Channels. Afterwards Yoed Sorek, winner of the 2014 IJMF Mira Rafalowicz Award for Best Yiddish performance, will present his special program: Sima’s Songs. He reads some parts of the book written by his grandmother Sima, about her life in the ghetto of Vilna. She survived this ghetto and was later liberated from Bergen Belsen. Yoed will also sing the famous Yiddish songs from that period. Yoed is a Yiddish Folk and Art Song artist and synagogue chazzan (cantor) from Munich, Germany, who also hosts Holocaust memorials in Germany. (http://yoedsorek.weebly.com/)

He will be accompanied by one of our distinguished jury members, Dr. Hankus Netsky, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist. Dr. Hankus Netsky is Chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, a pioneering multi-cultural music department now in its 41st year, and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble

Thursday Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets Sima’s Songs


Friday May 5th at 10:30 and 14.30 Uilenburger Sjoel

Second Quarter Final Day

The festival continues on Friday with another two rounds of the Quarter Finals in the renovated Uilenburger Sjoel. During each round, four or five ensembles will perform for some 20 minutes with their own songs. But they also need to include the mandatory piece “Ani Ma’amin”, which every contestant will play in their own genre and own rhythm. Ensembles come from all over the world to Amsterdam. You can already watch and listen to these ensembles on our festival YouTube channel http://yt.vu/+ijmf . The IJMF jury will choose which 6 to 8 ensembles will proceed to the Semi Finals held on Sunday, May 7th.

Friday
Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets Quarter Finals Round C
Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets Quarter Finals Round D
Full Day Pass Quarter Final C+D  Buy Tickets  €25


Sunday May 7th from 10.00 – 17.00 Uilenburger Sjoel

Semi Finals and Family Day – Semi Finals at 11.00 and 15.00

The Semi Finals will be held in two rounds during the day on Sunday, May 7th in the Uilenburger Sjoel. The ensembles compete to win various prestigious awards plus the possibility to reach for the Grand Finale. There are 2 Semi Finals at 11.00 and 15.00. During the day there will also be more (free) activities for the family with special programs for children, food, workshops and a chance to schmooze with the competing artists. Information on these activities will be announced regularly during the weeks leading up to our festival, keep an eye on our news section at www.ijmf.org and our festival Facebook page.

At the end of the second Semi Final, a number of awards will be presented to the winning ensembles including genre awards and the chance to perform at other festivals, concerts and awards

Sunday
Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets 11.00 Semi Final Round A
Uilenburger Sjoel €15 Buy Tickets 15:00 Semi Final Round 2
Full Day Pass Semi Finals Both Rounds €25 Buy Tickets


Monday May 8th at 20:00 Grand Finale DeLaMar Theater

includes special concert by Israeli super star Shiri Maimon

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The Grand Finale will take place on Monday evening, May 8th, in the beautiful DeLaMar Theater in the heart of Amsterdam. The jury will have chosen the finalists from the Semi Finals who will compete for the main prizes, including the audience prize for you to determine. After the intermission, Israeli super star, Shiri Maimon, will give a special concert, which will be her first time on stage in The Netherlands. Shiri has not only been extremely successful as singer and performer but also as leading star in musicals (Evita and The Band), as presenter and judge of various TV programs, composer, lyricist and she represented Israel at the Eurovision and MTV award shows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUmfgNA-Azo&index=1&list=PLu7UKx0MrwGc_ua6kUsVIV7h5WXJX0t2c

At the end of her concert Shiri will present the main prizes to the winners of the competition.

DeLaMar Theater €35 Buy Tickets Grand Finale


Passe-Partouts

You can also buy Passe Partouts at considerably discount, either Gold (for all events including the Holocaust Remembrance concert and the Grand Finale) or Silver to see all the ensembles perform for all the quarter- and semi finals.

Passe-Partout GOLD: Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Sima’s Songs Concert, Family Day, Grand Finale (including Shiri Maimon) €110

Passe-Partout SILVER: Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Family Day €60