#RememberChewra: Intervention

Date: June 25, 2019
Location: Meiselsa 18
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For the third year running, FestivALT will stage public protest against the mistreatment of one of Kazimierz's architectural jewels, the former Chevra Tehilim prayerhouse, whose walls bear the district's most important still-existing Jewish religious paintings.  In 2017, with the approval of the official Jewish religious community, the owners of the bar currently housed there destroyed

Their Breasts, My Breasts

Start date: June 21, 2019
End date: June 30, 2019
Location: Ogniwo
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An installation of sculptural works by Stephania Freda Leigh, Their Breasts, My Breasts explores the sexual trauma inflicted upon women during the Holocaust. Leigh’s work—usually brightly colored, participatory, and bouncing—here takes form in a silent, lamenting, and weeping disposition. The exhibition problematizes the lack of recorded and shared knowledge of testimonies of sexual violence from

Opening Night: Shabbat Evening with Di Libe brent wi a nase Szmate

Date: June 21, 2019
Location: Dietla 29/1
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In Polish and English Suggested donation: 30zl (includes food)Di Libe brent wi a nase Szmate (“Love Burns like a Wet Rag”) returns to FestivALT for a Shabbat evening of music, stories, and food. Maja Pompa and Łaja Szkło’s duo will kick off this year’s festival with Klezmer-infused melodies, queer lyrics, and stories from the seedy

#RememberChewra: A Panel Discussion

Date: June 25, 2019
Location: Galicia Jewish Museum
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For the third year running, FestivALT will stage public protest against the mistreatment of one of Kazimierz's architectural jewels, the former Chevra Tehilim prayerhouse, whose walls bear the district's most important still-existing Jewish religious paintings.  In 2017, with the approval of the official Jewish religious community, the owners of the bar currently housed there destroyed

Lucky Jew

Start date: June 23, 2019
End date: June 30, 2019
Location: Hala Targowa
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Lucky Jew takes a common object of Polish folk culture and turns it on its head. The term “Lucky Jews” refers to figurines and small paintings of Jews with gold coins that are sometimes sold in Poland as good luck charms. While some people also see them as remembrances of Poland’s pre-war Jewish communities, for

Info Budka

Start date: June 20, 2019
End date: June 30, 2019
Location: Plac Nowy
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A vibrant intermediary between FestivALT and greater Kraków, Info Budka is a hub based in Plac Nowy, providing passersby and participants with information about FestivALT and its events. Musicians will play fun tunes, poets will recite spontaneous verse, clowns will perform clowny acts, while you take a seat (and charge your phone) and kibbitz to

Paulina: Exploratory Walk

Date: June 24, 2019
Location: Cricoteka - Nadwiślańska 2-4, 30-527 Kraków (outside front doors)
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Ten pages of a Holocaust witness testimony taken in Kraków in 1945 were all that appeared to exist of Paulina Hirsch. The notetaker’s introduction stated Paulina began the war with a husband and daughter, but now she was alone. Kraków was Paulina’s home, to which she returned during the war and after. Artists Michelle Levy

Medicinal Plants of Płaszów: Workshop

Date: June 29, 2019
Location: MOPS - Dąbrówki 7
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In Polish with English translation 10zł, Limited space available, please book your place at  info@festivalt.com Ethnobotanist Karol Szurdak is hosting a workshop on infusions, teas, and lotions that we’ll make from plants and herbs gathered from the site of KL Płaszów. The workshop proposes a new relationship to the earth of the concentration camp, one

Medicinal Tours of KL Płaszów

Start date: June 24, 2019
End date: June 28, 2019
Location: Jerozolimska 3 33-332 Kraków
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12:00 on 24.06, Jerozolimska 312:00 on 28.06, Jerozolimska 3 In Polish and in English Two of FestivALT’s co-directors, Adam Schorin and Jason Francisco, lead tours of the site of the Nazi concentration camp Płaszów. Once an Austrian military encampment, the site has been used as a Jewish cemetery, a concentration camp, and, today, a public

Paulina: A Multi-Media Performance

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Co-organized by Galicia Jewish Museum Two women, one from the US and one from Poland, were brought together to make sense of one woman’s Holocaust survival story, of the difficult past the story is a part of, its implications in the present, and of each other. Confronting challenges of identity, memory, translation, and place, Michelle