The Lucky Jewathon is a 3-day / 72-hour interactive durational, online performance. The performance is inspired by FestivALT’s live Lucky Jew performance that responds to conceived by Michael Rubenfeld and developed with Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska, Jason Francisco, and Adam Schorin. The term “Lucky Jew” refers to figurines and small paintings of Jews with gold coins that are customarily sold in Poland as good luck charms. While some people see them as remembrances of Poland’s pre-war Jewish communities, for many they are simply anti-Semitic caricatures. Lucky Jew is a performance that engages with the cultural complications of these objects by bringing a Lucky Jew to life in the public spaces of the city. The performance, at once sincere and satirical, has inspired all manner of reactions—from ebullient praise to downright contempt. For us, the performance is an invitation to a conversation: about the cultural practice, “positive stereotypes,” images of Jews in Poland, and the complicated nature of luck.
The Lucky Jewathon is completely interactive. This means that as soon as you enter the ZOOM room, you are a part of the performance. You are invited and encouraged to participate in the action — to bring your eyes, ears and voice to the room. The Lucky Jewathon will also be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook, for those who would prefer to just be an observer.
Inspired by telethon events where the goal is to raise money for a cause, the goal of the Lucky Jewathon is to raise awareness about a problematic practice that has become normalized in Poland.
26.11. 8pm – 29.11 8 pm (CET/Warsaw)
26.11 2pm – 29.11 2 pm (EST/New York)
You can choose to register for the event in adance to be sure not to miss it or simply join the luck directly starting on 26th November.
In partnership with:
Festival of Jewish Arts and Music
ASPJ – Australian Society of Polish Jews and Their Descendants
In cooperation with Allianz Kulturstifung.
This project was co-financed by the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund.
A public project was co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland through the competition “Public Diplomacy 2020–A New Dimension.” The performance reflects only the views of its creators and holds no bearing on the official position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project is co-financed byb the pubic funds of the City of Krakow.