As She Sings

Four women. Four cultures. One story. One stage.

“As She Sings” is a musical project and cultural journey that has never been shown before. The project unites artists who have their roots in the Yiddish, Frisian, Bulgarian and Roma culture. # Together they will make a concert which will be presented on two stages - in Leeuwarden in 2018 and in Plovdiv in 2019 (on 1 August at the open air stage at Stefan Stambolov sq at 7pm with free entry with three singers) - in the years in which every city holds the title European Capital of Culture.

The 2018 edition of the project will take in the Explore the North Festival (22 November 2018) in Holland. 2 concerts will be held there. Work labs are organized prior to the premiere. Everyone is invited to come and look at the progress. An intimate look behind the scenes to get to know the different artists, different cultures, music styles and languages ​​they represent.

The singers involved in the project represent different cultures:

  • Lucette van den Berg - singer and initiator of the project “As She sings”. She represents the Yiddish culture. Lucette is one of the leading voices of the new generation of Yiddish singers. She has performed in theaters, concert halls and festivals in Europe and North America. As she sings is one of the special music projects Lucette develops within the programme of Leeuwarden 2018.
  • Maria Pasheva will present the Bulgarian culture in the project. She is a famous performer of folk songs from the region of Strandja and Thracia. She graduated from Philip Koutev Music School in the town of Kotel. The singer has many international performances and has been vocalist of several traditional orchestras.
  • Singer Inez Timmer represents the Frisian culture in "As She Sings". Due to her experience as the frontwoman of the famous Frisian folk group Irolt and as an international musical star she knows how to build bridges between cultures like no other. Her latest theater productions are inspired by 'strong women', and for this reason the intercultural music project "As She Sings" fits seamlessly with that.  She will perform at the concert at Leeuwarden.
  • Ginka Tser is the singer who will present the Roma culture. Her vocal capabilities have a wide range - Ginka performs excellently both Roma songs and Bulgarian folk music. She has many years of professional experience and is one of the well-known performers of songs from the region of Rhodope mountain.

Photo credit: Desislava Todorova

“As She Sings” is a project of Plovdiv 2019 in partnership with the Yiddish Waves Foundation.

More about the project - at

Photo credit for Inez Timmer's photo - ©

Photo credit for Lucette van den Berg's photo - ©

Media for the project -

As She Sings (Concert on 1 August at 7pm)

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A joint concert of 3 singers with roots in the Yiddish, Bulgarian and Roma cultures.

As She Sings (A Meeting with the Jewish Community on 30.07.2019)

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As She Sings (Open Discussion on 31 July 2019)

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Plovdiv 2019 and Leeuwarden 2018 are running a joint musical project for the role of women in society



General partners

EU Japan Fest
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