About

Our Vision

To create meaningful moments of connection, inspiration and understanding.

Our Mission

To present a contemporary international arts and music festival showcasing the diversity and vitality of Jewish identity, culture and life.

After two highly successful Shir Madness Jewish Music Festivals in Melbourne — one at Classic Cinemas and the other at Temple Beth Israel — we are thrilled to announce Shir Madness Melbourne will be moving to Melbourne Recital Centre in 2019.

We are also excited to share with you the appointment of Hear Them Holler founders Lior Albeck-Ripka and Jesse Lubitz as Artistic and Festival Directors.

Hear Them Holler manage acclaimed and award-winning Australian artists Tinpan Orange and Jazz Party. They also curate and produce music events, including the recent Amy Winehouse music program presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Lior and Jesse bring professionalism, energy and vision to their new roles and are delighted to take their Melbourne Jewish Music Festival into the next chapter.

As well as an exciting lineup of music performances, panel discussions and installations, the festival will also present other performance mediums including contemporary dance, theatre and spoken word. It will continue to showcase artists from around the world, alongside leading and emerging Australian artists.

As a way of marking the evolution of the festival, we have decided to rename it, Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM).

FOJAM will take over the entire Melbourne Recital Centre for one full-day on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Willy and I continue to be heavily involved as we move into the roles of Festival Patrons.

Don’t worry, festival highlight, Song of Songs, will continue to be programmed. As in past years, Willy and I will handpick our favourite and most treasured Australian singers to sing a song by their favourite Jewish composer, led by an all-star backing band.

Whilst this is an ambitious undertaking, it is a very exciting time for us, and we have every confidence that the festival will flourish and will continue to invigorate our community’s cultural arts scene.

Warm regards,
Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, Festival Patrons

About

To present an exciting, bold and professional international arts and music festival showcasing the diversity and vitality of Jewish identity, culture and life.

To create meaningful moments of connection, inspiration and understanding.

After two highly successful Shir Madness Jewish Music Festivals in Melbourne — one at Classic Cinemas and the other at Temple Beth Israel — we are thrilled to announce Shir Madness Melbourne will be moving to Melbourne Recital Centre in 2019.

We are also excited to share with you the appointment of Hear Them Holler founders Lior Albeck-Ripka and Jesse Lubitz as Artistic and Festival Directors.

Hear Them Holler manage a roster of acclaimed and award-winning Australian artists Husky, Tinpan Orange and Jazz Party. They also curate and produce music events, including the recent Amy Winehouse music program presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Lior and Jesse bring professionalism, energy and vision to their new roles and are delighted to take the Melbourne Jewish Music Festival into the next chapter.

As well as an exciting lineup of music performances, panel discussions and installations, the festival will also present other performance mediums including contemporary dance, theatre and spoken word. It will continue to showcase artists from around the world, alongside leading and emerging Australian artists.

As a way of marking the evolution of the festival, we have decided to rename it, Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM).

FOJAM will take over the entire Melbourne Recital Centre for one full-day on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Willy and I continue to be heavily involved as we move into the roles of Festival Patrons.

Don’t worry, festival highlight, Song of Songs, will continue to be programmed. As in past years, Willy and I will handpick our favourite and most treasured Australian singers to sing a song by their favourite Jewish composer, led by an all-star backing band.

Whilst this is an ambitious undertaking, it is a very exciting time for us, and we have every confidence that the festival will flourish and will continue to invigorate our community’s cultural arts scene.

Warm regards,
Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, Festival Patrons