Unseen: A Kazimierz Golfcart Metatour

Miodowa 55 13.10.2019 | 10.00-18.00

At first glance, Krakow’s district of Kazimierz feels like a paradise of trendy bars, cute cafes and classy restaurants set among the remnants of the city’s Jewish past. But there’s also an obscure Jewish Kazimierz, full of magnificent and tragic history, as well as a present complicated by gentrification, mass tourism and questionable representations of Jewish culture. FestivALT, a local Jewish arts collective, takes you on a unique, critically-minded tour in a golf cart that will open the door to exploring the tensions, nuances, and cultural confusion of contemporary Kazimierz.

Tour begins at the entrance of the New Jewish Cemetery at Miodowa 55 (by the tunnel)

Conceived by FestivALT
Written by Michael Rubenfeld and Adam Schorin
Sound Design by Alex Roth

Kraków is widely recognized as one of the centres of Jewish revival in Poland—indeed, in all of Europe. That revival is complicated—as fractious as it is full of promise, as tangled as it is exciting. It includes several local Jewish communities, visiting Jews with their own perspectives on Jewish life and loss in Pland, non-Jewish Poles drawn to Judaism and Jewishness (some with Jewish heritage themselves), and a host of public institutions devoted to Jewish life and history. 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 is an independent arts collective that operates at the intersection of these forces, producing an annual program of critically minded Jewish art and activism. 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.


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