Four stages will be set up at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney, where Jewish music styles such as Klezmer and Ladino will be featured along with contemporary blues, jazz, rock reggae, dance and rap.
"Shir Madness" will start off with a Gala Opening Concert on Saturday, August 14. However, the main festival will take place the next day. It runs from 11 am to 11 pm. The festival hopes to showcase young Jewish performers.
Australia has produced a long list of Jewish artists of international standing, including jazz and soul singer Renée Geyer, Ben Lee, bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, among others.
Festival organizers are still accepting submissions. While the focus is on Sydney acts, musicians from around the world can apply. The application forms are available online at www.shirmadness.com. They have already received entries from Perth and Tel Aviv.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life