Andreas Schmitges is a professional klezmer musician (guitar, mandolin), band leader, dance leader, author, researcher, festival organizer, and Yiddish activist. He holds a degree in Jazz Guitar from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (University for Music and Dance), Cologne. Andreas is fluent in Yiddish and, as an artist, is particularly interested in the interplay of Yiddish language, music, and dance, and their relationships to other cultures. He has published several scholarly articles on Yiddish music and dance. Schmitges tours regularly with his ensembles A Tickle In The Heart, Klezmer Alliance and Voices of Ashkenaz and has taught Yiddish music and dance at festivals and workshops such as KlezKamp (New York), KlezFest (London), Klezmer Festival Stockholm, at the Maison de la Culture Yiddish (Paris), and Yiddish Summer Weimar. Together with New York-based director Jenny Romaine, he brought the Yiddish purimshpil “Megille Reloaded” (Di Megile fun Itzik Manger) to the stage for the North Rhein-Westphalia Jewish Culture Days in 2011.