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First International Network Meeting for Women and Non-Binary people in Yiddish Culture “Looking to the past in order to change the future.”

  • Who is this meeting for?
    The first network meeting for women and non-binary people in Yiddish culture will take place on 11-13 September in the Villa Leon in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. The meeting will offer an inclusive and safe place where we welcome women* and non-binary people of all ages and religious backgrounds.. We invite artists of all kinds to participate, from amateurs to professional musicians and performers as well as researchers and Yiddishists, cantors or rabbis, journalists, festival organisers or assistants in the cultural sector, bookers and assistants, agents, visual artists, photographers etc. The aim of the meeting is to learn from each other and from our diverse experiences. People active in other, related cultural domains are also very welcome to join us.

*The network is trans-inclusive and welcomes all women.

  • Why are we organising this meeting?
    This is the first ever network for women and non-binary people in Yiddish culture. The aim of the project is to create our own space where we can create new art, support new collaborations, facilitate professional networking, help artists gain access to new opportunities for work, and to increase the range of people and institutions we are working with. It is high time to bring together women of all generations and all religious and cultural backgrounds. Like women in other creative economy branches (eg. “Pro Quote Film” and “Burning Issues”-Konferenz) women in Yiddish culture have also been reacting to the Metoo debate, and these issues continue to have an effect on our professional lives.

We want to work together and support each other to create lasting change in our community. We aim to open up more space for women in existing structures and to counteract the structural inequality and lack of representation in cultural spaces.
The aim of this meeting is not to attack our male colleagues. This space is valuable as a safe space where women* can meet, share stories, and discuss these issues in a non-mixed context, leading to lasting collaborations and new networks. We think it is time for women to get organised together and and set out our wishes in no uncertain terms.

  • What will happen during the meeting?
    Our approach to organising the meeting also draws on our dissatisfaction with existing structures. Therefore as much as possible we aim to work without a hierarchy, avoiding official ‘presentations’ or ‘keynote speakers’, and instead using working groups with moderators as a better context for sharing our experiences and planning strategies. During the three days, alongside scheduled sessions, participants will have space to steer the direction of the meeting, with plenty of time left open for informal work in jams, discussion groups, academic exchange, and any other ideas or initiatives that are proposed during the weekend. At the end of the weekend, the results of the working groups will be presented in a public panel discussion. Following the weekend, the results of the working groups will also be published online.

Provisional schedule
Friday 11, 2020
15:00 – 17:00: arrival at Villa Leon
17:00 – 18:00: Meet and greet with all participants
18.00 – 20:00: General welcome by the organizers, overview of results pre-meeting survey results (focus on gender in Klezmer festivasl / experiences of women and non-binary people in Yiddish culture, presentation of working group titles and contents (subject to additions),
20:00 – 22:00: Let’s celebrate that we’re meeting! Story-telling, singing, dancing
after 22:00: Open space

Saturday 12, 2020
9:30 – 10:00: Registration for working groups*
10:00 – 13:00: Working groups
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00: Working groups summarize their results
15:00 – 17:00: Working groups present their results, plenary discussion
17:00 – 19:00: Open space
19:00 – 20:00: Dinner break
20:00 – 21:00: How to foster among women/non-binary musicians
After 21:00: Open space

Sunday, 13, 2020
10:00 – 12:00: Working groups – formulation of goals, future prospects
12:00 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00: Public event (public event): presentation of final results, panel discussion
16:00 – 17:00: Dinner break
17:00 – 19:00: Public event (public event): Final concert
After 19:00: Farewell & Open space 

* Working groups that are planned so far:
Discussion groups:
Career planning
Gender and group dynamics for musicians and performers
Legal & money issues/contracts
“Hands on” groups:
Boost your technical know-how
Make it your music

Stay tuned!


Greetings from the organising committee:
Miriam Arteaga, Joanna Britton, Andrea Pancur, Polina Shepherd