Jewish culture festival opens in Warsaw

The annual event, which takes its name from Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, sees a more than weeklong feast of music concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, culinary workshops and more.

A host of international performers are expected to entertain audiences, among them the multicultural folk ensemble Light in Babylon, consisting of singer Michal Elia Kamal, guitarist Julien Demarque, santurist Metehan Çiftçi, bassist Priam Arnoux, and drummer Stuart Dickson.

Among the highlights of the festival this year is a cantorial concert at Warsaw’s Nożyk Synagogue, featuring performers including Israel Nachman and Chaim Stern.

Other attractions also include debates, activities for children, meetings with writers, artists and historians, and plays performed by actors from Warsaw’s Jewish Theatre.

Gołda Tencer, the founder and artistic director of the festival, has said the event is “a bridge connecting tradition and modernity.”

The festival is held in various venues around the Polish capital every year, but primarily in a part of the city that was once the hub of Warsaw’s Jewish community.

This year’s event opened on August 26 and runs until September 3 to offer a wealth of opportunities to explore and celebrate Jewish culture and tradition.


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