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14th Annual California Herdeljezi Roma Festival
Veteran's Hall
Sebastopol, CA
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14th Annual California Herdeljezi Roma Festival
14th Annual Herdeljezi Roma Festival
April 30th and May 1st, Downtown Sebastopol, California
Rain or Shine!

HERDELJEZI is a traditional Romani (Gypsy) neighborhood celebration announcing the end of the cold indoor season and the beginning of the warmer season of movement and outdoor life. Survival from the winter and the seasonal renewal of life is celebrated through the sharing of music, dance, food and community.  

Romani musicians and dancers from around the world will be in Northern California to take part in the traditional Romani cultural arts festival Herdeljezi on Friday evening, and Saturday daytime and nighttime programs May 2nd in downtown Sebastopol.

Celebrated for centuries by the Roma world-wide, Voice of Roma brings Herdeljezi to a much broader audience. The Festival presents the music, dance, arts, and food of Europes largest ethnic minority whose roots reach back to 12th century Punjab (India).

Drawing upwards of 1,200 attendees (Roma and non-Roma alike) from across the country, the celebration begins Friday April 30th with a screening of Romani films with discussion at the Vets Hall in Sebastopol. Events May 1st include music and dance workshops and a daylong festival (rain or shine)at Ives Park that concludes with a time-honored music and dance procession that replicates Mahala (the act of gathering the entire local community) and then moves back indoors to the Vet's Hall for an evening program of Romani music.

Festival line-up: Petra Gelbart, Vadim Kolpakov & Via Romen
Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos & the Gypsy Family, La Fibi, Rumen "Sali" Shopov, Chris Bajmakovich, Ivan Milev, Gypsy Boys with special guest Danny Fender, lefteris Bournias, Nadia Hava Robbins, Amy Luna, Sani & Benji Rifati, and the Brass Liberation Orchestra

Other event highlights include an exhibit and sale of embroidery and crochet work through Voice of Romas The Threads That Connect Us project. This micro-enterprise project features the products of refugee Romani craftswomen of Kosovo and Macedonia. Also wonderful children's activities including a roving magician, children's dance workshops, Romani storytelling, silk and face painting and more.  

The festival, produced by Voice of Roma, an educational and charitable non-profit organization established in 1996 to promote and present Romani cultural arts and traditions, is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and local business and community sponsors. Partially supported by the Creative Work Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund,
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.

Schedule of events:
April 30th:
7:30 pm - 11 pm. Romani Films with Discussion
at the Vet's Hal1 282 High Street, Sebastopol

May 1:
11am  12:30pm Romani Vocal Workshops ($15)
12:30pm  1:30pm Romani Dance Workshop (free with admission)
1:00pm  8:00pm Festival Daytime Program at Ives Park, 7400 Willow in Sebastopol ($15- Children under 12 free)

9 pm - 1:00 a.m. Festival Nighttime Program ($10)
at the Vet's Hall 282 High Street
Saturday day / evening combo ticket ($22)

Note: Rom (Gypsy), Roma (Gypsies), Romani (adjective)
Please check the website for more details:
www.voiceofroma.com or call: (707) 823-7941


Veteran's Hall
282 High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95473
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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