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Jewish Culture Festival

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Basic Information

Location Warsaw, Poland
Date 2013/08/24 - 2013/09/01
Recurring Event: yes
Country Poland
City Warsaw

Tourist Information

Free entry yes
Suitable for kids yes
Handicap accessibility yes
Yearly event yes
Website http://festiwalsingera.pl/index.php/programme


Summary

The Jewish Culture Festival in Warsaw, also known as "Singer's Warsaw," is an annual celebration of Jewish culture that has been held in Warsaw since 2004.

The Festival includes Jewish (both Hebrew and Yiddish) theater, music, films, exhibits and expositions. It attempts to recreate Jewish culture from the period of interwar Poland, complete with historical buildings and atmosphere. Regular features include kosher food (along with instructions as to how to prepare it in one's own kitchen), dancing, songs, crafts, ceramics and posters. Numerous workshops, discussion groups and seminars are also held on topics related to Yiddish culture.

General Information

The festival is organized by the Polish-Israeli-American Shalom Foundation, which began in 1988 on the initiative of Gołda Tencer, an actress and producer of the Jewish Theater in Warsaw. The purpose of the foundation is the popularization of Jewish culture in Poland, and the remembrance of its Jewish communities.

The first annual festival was held in 2004 on the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Isaac Bashevis Singer (note that Singer's actual birth date is uncertain).

The logo of the festival consists of a combination of a fiddler on a rooftop (to symbolize Polish Jewish culture) and that of the Warsaw Syrenka (to symbolize Warsaw).


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