Jewish Culture Festival, Cracow
The Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow is one of the most important and largest events of its kind in the world. The First Festival took place in 1988 and its program focused on a scholarly conference on the encounter between two cultures, Jewish and Polish. It was a modest occasion but it turned out to have enormous significance, considering the boldness of the subject matter, upon which the communist authorities of the day looked askance.
Shaped by outstanding figures in various fields of Jewish culture and art, the Festival became over time a place where Jews and non-Jews from all over the world could meet. They are linked by the shared values that they find in Kazimierz and Cracow , the space of the Festival. For over a week, Kazimierz resounds with synagogue song, klezmer music, and Hasidic, classical, and Jewish folk music. There are films, performances, presentations, and exhibitions to see and stories told by the Jews about their culture to listen to.
The Festival is a span of the symbolic bridge where Poles and Jews meet to strengthen the process of understanding and reconciliation. The Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow is, after all, a symbol of tolerance, pluralism, and the faith that we have a chance, through the celebration of Jewish culture and the celebration of life, to build mutual relations based on truth and respect.
20th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow will introduce this year scientific conference dedicated to contemporary Jewish world and Jewish culture as vibrant, living phenomenon. The conference will be held in Polish. This call is to students of various disciplines not only of Jewish studies as we would like to show Jewish culture in broadest possible context.
Over 100 different events will take place over the nine-day festival in 2010 which will celebrate the history, tradition and contemporary elements of Judaism. Highlights include workshops in Hasidic dance and song, klezmology, Hebrew calligraphy, films, live performances and Jewish cooking – all conducted by people from the Ashkenazy and Sephardic cultures. Organisers say the aim of the festival is to promote mutual respect and understanding.
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