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This year's edition of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow will be devoted to traditional and contemporary Jewish culture and to the art of three cities: Jerusalem, New York, and Krakow. Jerusalem was and remains the cradle of Jewish culture, New York is a vast center of Jewish life where its traditional and contemporary manifestations exist side by side, and Krakow is a special place where the destinies and cultures of Poles and Jews intertwine.
For seven centuries, there was a Jewish district teeming with life in the heart of Krakow - Kazimierz. The Jews here created their own original culture, co-creating Polish culture at the same time. The festival's presentations are held at Krakow's theatres located in the historical centre of Krakow, and in the synagogues, streets and squares of 14th-century Kazimierz. Each year the festival presents the achievements of traditional as well as contemporary culture and art.
This year's edition of the JEWISH CULTURE FESTIVAL in Krakow will be devoted to traditional and contemporary Jewish culture and to the art of three cities: Jerusalem, New York, and Krakow. Jerusalem was and remains the cradle of Jewish culture, New York is a vast center of Jewish life where its traditional and contemporary manifestations exist side by side, and Krakow is a special place where the destinies and cultures of Poles and Jews intertwine.
The program of the FESTIVAL'S 12th edition is filled with musical events, exhibitions, film screenings, theatrical performances, discussions, lectures, and morning workshops in subjects like the Yiddish language, Hassidic song, Klezmology, dance, crafts, and Jewish cuisine. This year over one hundred performers, all outstanding representatives of Jewish culture and art, will fill the synagogues, theatres, and open-air stages of Krakow's Kazimierz district. The FESTIVAL'S opening ceremony, scheduled for June 23, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., will take place at the Tempel Synagogue (24 Miodowa Street) and feature a traditional concert of the songs of cantors performed by world famous cantors Benzion Miller, Israel Rand, and Yaacov Motzen, accompanied by the Cantor Choir of the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. The FESTIVAL will close on June 30, 2002 at 10:00 p.m. on Szeroka Street with a final open-air concert titled "Leopold Kozlowski and Friends.".
A multitude of events have been scheduled, among them, meetings, concerts, and art openings. Highlights include: a concert by the Kverisa Ensemble, incorporating a reenactment of a traditional Jewish wedding; performances by Andy Statman, outstanding clarinet and mandolin player, trumpeter Frank London of the Cracow Klezmer Band and David Krakauer Klezmer Madness; as well as concerts by the Di Shikere Kapelye, The Klezmatics, and the Reiner Trio. "Judeo-Baroque", a concert featuring Krakow's own Ars Cantus, will feature the works of Salomon Rossi, a Jewish composer who lived in Mantua during the early Baroque. Salomon Rossi's output as a composer includes madrigals, dances, symphonies, sonatas, and collections of Hebrew songs, some of which were only rediscovered in the 19th century, among other places in the Wroclaw University Library.
"I am delighted with the organization of the JEWISH CULTURE FESTIVAL, which here in Krakow reminds us all what Jewish culture once was, in a city where not so long ago one third of the population was of Jewish descent, and where Jewish and Polish culture intermingled. I think the festival is the best way of bringing together these two nations - the Polish nation and the Jewish nation. Mainly thanks to the music, which is a special form of cultural transmission and which is omnipresent at the festival, we can better understand the Jewish spirit and its history. The festival brings an element of love and fraternity towards our nation, and for that I would particularly like to thank its organizers." (Jean Kahn).
Information and detailed program:
Jewish Culture Festival Society
(Stowarzyszenie Festiwal Kultury Zydowskiej)
ul. sw. Gertrudy 5, 31-107 Krakow
tel. (+48 12) 431 15 35
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