Caravan Orchestra & Choir 2021

Caravan Orchestra | Photo: Yulia Kabakova

Registration until June 15th 2021

Yiddish, Ottoman and Arabic music are the focus of the artistic-scientific project seminar "Caravan Orchestra & Choir" in this summer semester. If you are interested, please register online by June 15th 2021:

The project "Caravan Orchestra & Choir" is jointly organised by the Other Music Academy / Yiddish Summer Weimar in cooperation with our University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the University of Haifa (Israel). The project orchestra will rehearse in Weimar from July 27th to August 9th 2021. You can look forward to a lot of exchange with the group of students from Haifa and several live concerts in Central Germany. On August 7th, the Caravan Orchestra & Choir is scheduled to perform on the main stage of the BUGA in Erfurt.

More information about Caravan:

Kick-off event of the 5th Intangible Cultural Heritage Selection Round

Live on April 19th 2021

The digital kick-off event of the 5th Intangible Cultural Heritage Selection Round presents the National Register and explains how the application process works in Thuringia.

Monday, April 19th 2021
4 pm to 5:30 pm

Join us online! Learn more about UNESCO and "Living Cultures". You can ask your questions via chat during the event. Registration is not required.


  • Greetings by State Secretary Beer (Thuringian State Chancellery), Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto (UNESCO Chair "Transcultural Music Studies"), Dr. Juliane Stückrad (Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Service).
  • Talk with Prof. Dr. Christoph Wulf, Vice-President of the German UNESCO Commission
  • Talk with the sponsoring groups of the Christmas tree ornament Lauscha
  • Information on the 5th selection procedure, Intangible Cultural Heritage Office (German Commission for UNESCO)

The Federal Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage provides examples of cultural expressions that are cultivated and passed on in Germany. A prerequisite for recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO is the vitality of cultural practice. Individuals or groups actively practise these, pass on their knowledge from generation to generation and enable the creative further development of their skills and knowledge.

The event is organised by the Folklore Advisory and Documentation Centre for Thuringia in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair on Transcultural Music Studies.

:::To the flyer::: (in German)

UNESCO extends cooperation with TMS

Dona Nicinha | Photographer: Jan Kreyßig

It would be a good reason to celebrate, but let's be patient in times of pandemic.

Since 2016, the professorship „Transcultural Music Studies“ (TMS) has been the first and so far only music-related UNESCO chair worldwide. The award has now been extended for another four years by the General Secretariat of UNESCO in Paris. Previously, the teaching and research activities of the UNESCO Chair were subjected to an independent review and positively evaluated.

There are only 13 UNESCO Chairs at German universities, one in Weimar and another in Jena.

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