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Klezmer festival to launch Brazilian Jewish music institute

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (JTA) — Brazilian Jews will hold a klezmer festival to celebrate the inauguration of a Jewish music institute.

The first Kleztival will be held Sept. 23-27 in Sao Paulo. The event will mark the inauguration of the Instituto da Música Judaica Brasil, or Brazilian Jewish Music Institute.

Kleztival will feature a dozen concerts and a workshop with artists from Argentina, Brazil and the United States performing at Jewish and non-Jewish sites.

"We intend to break down barriers,"said Nicole Borger, the institute’s executive director. "There are many non-Jews doing klezmer music in Europe and in the United States, where there is a great market for this music genre. This can certainly happen in Brazil as well."

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