“From bagels to the Bashevis Singers, from food to family fun, the In One Voice Jewish street festival has it all,” says Festival Manager Judith Weizman.
“We’re delighted to announce that we have expanded and developed In One Voice for 2017. This vibrant Jewish culture street festival has definitely moved up a gear this year. Three years on we’ve really hit our stride. We’re expecting crowd numbers to easily top last year’s 7000+,” Weizman said.
“The concert line up is simply outstanding. It stars Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, fresh from touring their critically-acclaimed new album, Everybody’s Begging, to sold-out audiences nationally, and the brand-new big band, Yid!
“Festival favourites, the Bashevis Singers (including Husky Gawenda) and Klezmania are back, as well as school and community choirs.
“Other treats include an art exhibition, craft stalls, community stalls, a bagel-eating competition, cooking demonstrations and a cake competition. A Kids’ Zone caters for children with youth group activities, games, face painting, virtual reality and interactive demonstrations. It’s free fun for all the family.”
The action starts at sundown the night before (Saturday 18 March) with the inaugural In One Night concert, produced by young people for young people, at the Kadimah (7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick). Curated by Husky’s Gideon Preiss and hosted by Magic Steven, the program features local and internationally renowned artists including Yohai Cohen, Hanna Silver & Galit Klas, Honeysmack and the Bashevis Singers.
The 24-piece big band Yid! will make its debut performance. Yid! takes centuries old Yiddish songs and melds them with Duke Ellington’s 1930s’ big band sound, 1960s’ free jazz and late 1970s’ New York avant-garde funk, to create a daring fusion. In One Night is an 18+ event. Tickets are $25.
In One Voice is part of Cultural Diversity Week (18-26 March) and Weizman stresses that the festival is open to all comers.
“In One Voice brings together the Jewish and wider community, sharing our rich and diverse culture. On stage, voices will resonate in English, Yiddish and Hebrew,” Weizman said.
Food, as always, will be a consuming passion with stalls selling Jewish staples such as schnitzels, falafel and chicken soup. There will be prizes for the best cake and demonstrations on how to cook curries by women from Melbourne’s Indian Jewish community. Back by popular demand is the bagel-eating-competition sponsored by Glicks.
As part of festival, With One Brush, an art competition open to artists from the Jewish community, will be on exhibition at the Sholem Aleichem College which sits on the border of the festival area - Selwyn and Sinclair Streets, Elsternwick. There are separate sections and prizes for adults and school children. Adult artwork will be on sale at the artists’ discretion.
For more details and In One Night tickets, go to www.inonevoice.org.au