Inaugural KlezKolorado Festival, a Celebration of Jewish Culture and Music

Festival hosted by Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center and Mizel Arts and Culture Center will take place at JCC Denver’s Ranch Camp ~

Denver, CO – March 7, 2024 – KlezKolorado, a new, weekend-long Klezmer music festival that celebrates Jewish music, culture, and heritage in Colorado will take place from May 17-19, 2024 at JCC Denver’s Ranch Camp. As part of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s JAAMM festival, this event includes local and national Klezmer acts, interactive workshops, Yiddish cultural activities and family-friendly activities. The festival is hosted by the Mizel Arts and Culture Center and the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver). All ages, backgrounds and faiths are welcome.

“We saw this burgeoning revival of Klezmer music across the Front Range and wanted to provide a festival-like experience unlike any other in Colorado, where we could come together, listen to music, learn, dance, be out in nature, and enjoy the company of community,” said Daniel Siegel, engagement program manager at JCC Denver. “This milestone festival will offer a vibrant, immersive and unforgettable experience for all attendees.”

“Klezmer music holds a deeply personal significance for me,” said Ben Sweet, volunteer director of KlezKolorado. “It’s not just about the vibrant melodies and infectious rhythms; it’s about finding a sense of belonging, even in the midst of dispersion and uncertainty. Klezmer gave me a Jewish home in the diaspora—a place where I could explore my identity, grapple with loss, and find solace in humor. We hope this festival provides a similar sense of belonging and positive impact for others.” 

At KlezKolorado, attendees will be able to participate in an array of performances and activities designed to showcase the diversity and vitality of Ashkenazi Jewish culture and the Jewish diaspora. Musical artists hail from Colorado and across the country and include Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, MishMish Band, Kleztronica, Upsherin, Dot Levine, Gora Gora Orkestar, and other musical guests. In addition to musical performances, the schedule includes optional and inclusive Shabbat services on Friday night; kid-friendly offerings including a special kids’ concert and sing-along; workshops such as Yiddish puppetry, dance, music, cultural discussions, queer Yiddish history; and more. Participants are invited to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings with self-guided hiking, yoga, or meditation. 

Festival-goers are invited to join the festival for its entirety for the whole weekend or can come exclusively for the Klezmer concerts on Friday and/or Saturday. Ticket prices and options vary and start at $85. Tickets are offered on a sliding scale with different pricing options based on financial capability, and include access to the festival, meals, and a variety of lodging options. 

The festival will be held at the JCC’s Ranch Camp, situated between Denver and Colorado Springs. Guests who are attending for the full weekend will be provided with cabin-style accommodations, meals and snacks (including a special Shabbat dinner), and full access to all activities throughout the weekend.

Tickets for KlezKolorado are now available for purchase online through the JCC Denver website. For more information about KlezKolorado and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.jccdenver.org/klezkolorado/. For questions, please contact Klezkolorado@jccdenver.org.

ABOUT KLEZKOLORADO
KlezKolorado is a celebration of Jewish culture and heritage presented by the Mizel Arts and Culture Center and the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center. With a mission to honor and preserve Yiddish heritage in Colorado, KlezKolorado brings together musicians, dancers, artists, and thinkers to showcase the rich traditions of Jewish culture through live performances, workshops, and interactive activities.

ABOUT STAENBERG-LOUP JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 
The Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) serves the metro-Denver area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, sports, and other programs that are rooted in Jewish tradition and values. The JCC Denver’s mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place that is guided by these timeless Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s five program areas focus on connection, community, and well-being and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatic center; early childhood engagement, including the Early Learning School and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, & Music Festival (JAAMM Fest), Denver Jewish Film Festival, and ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp, Camp Shai and Wolf Theatre Academy; and engagement programming for teens, young adults, seniors, and the LGBTQIA+ community. The JCC Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram @jccdenver, or call (303) 399-2660. 

ABOUT DENVER MIZEL ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER AT THE JCC 
As one of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier arts organizations, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the JCC Denver illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic, and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at-large. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and is guided by a mission that is focused specifically on arts and cultural programs. A variety of festivals are offered throughout the year including Denver Jewish Film Festival, JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, and Music Fest), and ReelAbilities Film Festival Denver. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is also home to the Denver Children’s Theatre, which provides students with the opportunity to experience live theatre. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org/macc or call 303-316-6360. 

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