Manchester Jewish Museum

Ladino Laments & Love Songs



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£6 full, £5 concessions

Ana Silvera: Ladino Laments & Love Songs
Part of Tsitsit: The Jewish Fringe Festival.


London-born singer-songwriter and composer Ana Silvera will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes as she follows her family’s journey from Portugal to Aleppo before finally arriving in Manchester.

Ana will be reinventing the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) song, fusing the traditional music of Ana’s own lineage with quirky contemporary music found in Ana’s signature folk meets bluegrass style. You can expect to hear mesmerising vocals, guitars, loops and songs about love, exile, yearning, mothers-in-law and psychedelic milk oceans.

Ana will speak about her own family’s journey from Portugal to Aleppo and finally to Manchester where they helped found our very own Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue in 1874.

What you need to know

Doors Open from 6pm, performance 7pm – 8.20pm including post show Q&A. There will be an opportunity to purchase merchandise including vinyls of Anna’s work after the performance.

The bar will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before and after the event.

The synagogue has dedicated seating areas for wheelchair users, please do contact the box office ahead of the event to arrange on

About Ana Silvera

Ana Silvera is an English alt-folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose folk and bluegrass-tinged tunes are lyrical and emotive, works of ‘magical story-telling’ (The Guardian). Her songs are vignettes, poignant snapshots in time that weave poetry and melody to magical effect. In recent years, she has begun to explore her own Sephardic roots by reinterpreting songs from the Ladino tradition.

Ana’s forthcoming full-length studio album, Fabulist, produced by Gerry Diver (known for his work with Mercury-nominated Sam Lee and BBC Folk Award winner Lisa Knapp) is scheduled for release in spring of 2022.

About Tsitsit Fringe

Tsitsit is a feast of Jewish music, theatre, comedy and family entertainment. Running over 40 events throughout October at venues all over the country and online, Tsitsit aims to celebrate the full diversity of Jewish culture.

‘If it’s Jewish enough for you, it’s Jewish enough for us’.

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