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Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival 2017

  Saturday , May 6, 2017         4:00 PM        $20 adv, $25 door, $35 pass

Event Details

Voice of Roma, a human rights advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of Balkan Romani (Gypsy) cultural arts and traditions, is pleased to announce the program for its 20th anniversary Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival, An evening dance party featuring Yuri Yunakov, Sal Mamudoski and the Grand Masters of Roma Music will culminate a series of workshops for instrumentalists and dancers.

Joining Yunakov and Mamudoski are keyboardist and vocalist Erhan (Rambo) Umer and multi- instrumentalist Rumen Sali Shopov who will play percussion. Shopov performs and teaches in the Bay Area on tambura, bouzouki, dumbek, drum set and tapan. A master of Greek, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Romani and Turkish musical styles, Shopov has toured extensively in the U.S., including with Yunakov in 2007.Festival events begin with an instrumental workshop at 4 p.m. led by Yunakov and members of the Grand Masters of Roma Music. The workshop costs $20 in advance. A free panel discussion with the artists led by Voice of Roma President Sani Rifati and Romani culture scholar Professor Carol Silverman begins at 6 p.m.

 The Festival concludes with a dance workshop with Rifati at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dance party at 8:30 p.m. Food prepared by Bulgarian born Hristo Kolev will be available for purchase throughout the evening.


·       Dance party: $20 advance, $25 door (includes admission to the panel discussion and the dance workshop); free admission for kids under 12.

·       Instrumental Workshop: $20

·       Festival Pass: $35 (includes admission to the workshops and the dance party)

·       Reservations may be made online at or by calling 800-






Voice of Roma presents the 20th anniversary Herdeljezi Romani Music Festival featuring Yuri

Yunakov & the Grand Masters of Roma Music.


Saturday, May 6, 2017


4 - 5:30 p.m. 6 - 7:15 p.m.

7:30 - 8:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Instrumental workshop with Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Roma Music
Free panel discussion on Romani music and human rights with the artists, and led by Kosovo Romani activist and dance teacher Sani Rifati and Carol Silverman, Professor at the University  of Oregon

Dance workshop with Sani Rifati, free with admission to dance party Dance party with Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Roma Music


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