Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival Returns to Harbourfront Centre

Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival Returns to Harbourfront Centre
As part of its weekend festival programming, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre is once again set to showcase Jewish performing arts and culture with the 11th edition of the Ashkenaz Festival.

Taking place from September 3 to 5, the festival is North America's largest celebration of Jewish culture, sporting a program devoted to Jewish food and a lineup of music, film, theatre, dance and literature from more than 250 different artists from over a dozen different countries.

Festival highlights include a fusion of Yiddish, klezmer, funk and hip-hop from nine-piece supergroup Abraham Inc., the creative chaos of Juno-nominated Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, and Hungarian village folk music legends Muzsikás. The festival will conclude on Labour Day (September 5) with the Ashkenaz Parade, which will bring a procession of music, dance, theatre, giant puppets and stilt walkers to the waterfront in celebrating Yiddish culture around the globe.

"We're delighted to be a part of the largest celebration of Jewish music and culture in North America," Harbourfront Centre artistic associate Adriana Sabogal said in a press release. "Through the Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto can experience the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion."

The 2016 edition of the festival is free of charge. Further information can be found through the Harbourfront Centre's event website here.