After the Holocaust and decades of repression under Communism, Jewish life in Poland is undergoing a revival. That revival is complicated—as fractious as it is full of promise, as tangled as it is exciting. Cut off from its pre-war heritage, contemporary Jewish culture in Poland faces a crisis: either replicate American or Israeli Jewishness or attempt to resurrect the yiddishkeit of the past. FestivALT offers an alternative pathway, one that embraces diverse representations of Jewishness, emphasizes nuanced and critical perspectives, and focuses on the here and now. Joined by emerging and established artists from Poland and around the world, FestivALT has built an inclusive platform for bold, experimental work that celebrates complexity, challenges assumptions, and welcomes debate.
With its past unreconciled to its present, Jewish renewal in Kraków is caught between the legacies of the Holocaust and Communist repression, as well as the current tides of tourism and gentrification. FestivALT Krakow operates at the intersection of these forces, presenting bold and experimental art appropriate to the complications of Jewish Krakow. Combining theater, visual art, site-specific performance, activist intervention, and community conversation, FestivALT brings wit, humor, and a bit of chutzpah to the complexities of contemporary Jewish Poland. We invite emerging and established artists from Poland and around the world to share original and exciting work with Kraków audiences.
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Our 2020 season is realized in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung and co-financed by the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund and Asylum Arts.
Several components are also co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland through the competition “Public Diplomacy 2020—A New Dimension.”
The season is realised in partnership with FoJam, Asylum Arts and the Koffler Centre for the Arts.
magda rubenfeld koralewska
Magda is a designer, social entrepreneur, and activist (Kraków/Warsaw)
Michael is a performance maker, cultural producer, playwright, and actor
Jason is a photographer and writer (Kraków/Atlanta)
Aska is an art historian, researcher and practitioner
Galina loves corgies