IT was just four days before last year’s In One Voice street festival was due to open that festival manager Jackie Jacobson had to pull the plug on the popular community event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I just felt numb on the day that we announced that the 2020 festival would not proceed,” recalled Jacobson this week as she excitedly announced that the 2021 In One Voice festival would return in a smaller, COVID-safe version.
The main festival, For One Day, on March 21 will feature music, Israeli dancing, kids’ activities and an art exhibition in indoor/outdoor settings at the old ABC studios in Selwyn Street, Elsternwick held in two sessions from 11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm.
“Under COVID requirements, we are allowed up to 1000 people at each session with a half-hour gap in between for cleaning,” said Jacobson.
Performers set to appear include Israeli oud player Yuval Ashkar, klezmer-jazz band Eske, Hebrew children’s band Yoni Giraffe and popular Yiddish folk group The Bashevis Singers featuring Husky Gawenda, Gideon Preiss and Evie Gawenda.
The Kids’ Zone will feature carnival activities and a silent disco while the With One Brush exhibition includes works by Jewish artists.
In One Voice’s pre-festival club show, In One Night, will be held on March 20 from 8pm, featuring the 23-member YID! performing their energetic blend of folk, jazz, klezmer and big band music.
Percussionist Toby Bender blends Yiddish klezmer with latin grooves as his band Mishn makes its debut performance. And Durkh A Modnem Gloz, featuring Josh Abrahams and Galit Klas, perform an electronic score to lyrics based on Yiddish poetry.
Jacobson said the audience for In One Night is limited to 220 people due to COVID regulations.
“We urge people to book early.”
In One Voice is presented by SKIF and the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre.
For more information on In One Voice festival, visit inonevoice.org.au.