The MerkAz foundation in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has been a years-long enthusiastic supporter of our festival and has in past years organized concerts with a number of the IJMF winners and contestants. MerkAz is a foundation promoting Jewish culture in general and during the last 6 months MerkAz already held successful concerts with the IJMF acts Ancient Groove and the winners of the special IJMF MerkAz award The Astor Klezmer Trio. Organizer Jan Erik Grunfeld hopes to add a concert with YouTube winners Mojse Band on March 15th which will be dependent on subsidies and the possibilities for more Dutch concerts for the Mojse Band. The next season will see Nani (Noam Vazana) perform for MerkAz on October 6th 2018.
Here’s Ancient Groove performing at MerkAz in January 2018 (Photo:Bart van Klink)