Festivalt Finale: The Party
Jul
1
to Jul 2

Festivalt Finale: The Party

Pop-up performances, live and electronic music, spontaneous art actions and other surprises are on the menu for the closing night of Festivalt. The party will start after the final performance of We Keep Coming Back and go late! Performances will happen periodically throughout the night. Artists will be announced on the night of the party only – so you have to come to be in the know.

Free Entrance

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We Keep Coming Back
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

We Keep Coming Back

"We Keep Coming Back" is a theatre performance that tells the true story of a trip to Poland that Michael Rubenfeld took with his mother, Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke (Polish-Jewish scholar and author of “Return of the Jew”) as their guide. The trip is set in motion by Michael’s hope that returning to the “horror” of Poland would somehow help his mother and him heal. The plot, however, takes an unexpected turn when Michael and Mary discover a vibrant contemporary world of Jewish life in Poland and non-Jewish Poles eager to help them on their journey. "We Keep Coming Back" is presented in a media rich environment, incorporating video footage, archival material, and live and recorded music. The play is performed by Michael Rubenfeld and Mary Berchard – real-life son and mother – as well as Katka Reszke.

Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke. Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley. Scenography by Trevor Schwellnus. Production Stage Management by Kalina Janik. Tour produced by Marta Szarzyńska.


Performed in English

25 PLN

Due to limited availability, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Inheritances | A Festivalt Seder
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Inheritances | A Festivalt Seder

Three American artists share stories and investigations of charged sites, relationships, and objects in an intimate night of performance and discussion over a 3-course meal. Jason Francisco examines the complexities and contradictions of the former Nazi camp at Płaszów; Menachem Kaiser explores the intersection of family, Halachah (Jewish law), and material and spiritual inheritance; and Erica Lehrer discusses the layers of meaning-making around the popular "Lucky Jews" and other folk figurines in Poland. A full meal with wine be served at this event.

30 PLN

Due to limited availability, tickets must be purchased in advance

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150 Small Interventions
Jun
29
2:00 PM14:00

150 Small Interventions

  • Meet by the arch opposite Meiselsa 20 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we reclaim for a time, a historic Jewish space and contemplate its current function. All you need to do is show up—we’ll explain the background of this special site, its present-day use, and how and why we want to activate the space with text and song. Come if you want to take part in a necessary conversation about the responsibility for our local heritage. 

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Greetings from Płaszów
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Greetings from Płaszów

Opening reception: Wednesday, June 28th at 19:00
Open daily from 14:00 until 19:00, June 24 - July 2.

About four kilometers south of Kraków’s main square is the open space known as Płaszów, site of an important German forced labor, transit and death camp during the Second World War. Unlike other former Nazi camps in Poland, it is not under the oversight of a museum or cultural institution. It is publicly signed as a site of genocide, but mostly used for leisure and recreation, especially in the warm months, when it is a popular place to sunbathe, picnic, and drink. Photographer and scholar Jason Francisco’s exhibition, Greetings from Płaszów, contemplates the Płaszów site as it is today. In 150 photographs made between 2010 and 2017, Francisco looks into the physical and also the human geography of Płaszów, offering a complex picture of memory and forgetting as they co-exist in contemporary Kraków.

 

 

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Lucky Jews
Jun
28
to Jul 1

Lucky Jews

  • Various Locations in Kazimierz (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lucky Jews is a performance by Michael Rubenfeld and Jason Francisco that takes the Lucky Jew trope and turns it on its head. With origins in the material culture of pre-war Poland, Lucky Jews are small figurines or painted pictures of Jews with one or more coins. Though they may look like antisemitic caricatures to Jewish eyes, they are still widely bought and sold across Poland as good-luck charms. Are Jews really lucky? We’re about to find out. For four days, Lucky Jews will grace the streets of Kazimierz offering luck to all who desire it. Why settle for simple figurines or pictures on your wall when you can have the real thing? Don’t miss your chance to receive all the luck you need.

Michael Rubenfeld is a Canadian theatre maker and producer. Jason Francisco is an American photographer and writer. Costumes and set are designed by Polish artist Aga Pinkosz.

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Women on Women
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Women on Women

Three artists—Polish, British, American—offer stories and reflections that consider “a woman’s role” in an intimate night of performance and discussion over a deconstructed 3-course meal. Zuza Ziółkowska/Hercberg presents a herstorically spoken performance about Jewish freedom fightresses, members of the International Brigades in 1936-39, based on their biographies reconstructed on the basis of archival documents and interviews with families and friends; Jacqueline Nicholls explores the nameless women of the Talmud, and how contemporary women's identities still threaten to morph, dissolve, and disappear; and Maia Ipp draws lines between Holocaust memory, desire, and voice. Join us for food and discussion between presentations. 

Zuza Ziółkowska/Hercberg is a painter, author of installations and performative actions currently working on her Doctor of Arts degree at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Jacqueline Nicholls is a London based visual artist whose work has been exhibited in solo shows and significant contemporary Jewish Art group shows in the UK, USA, and Israel. Maia Ipp is a writer, educator, and founder of the After After Collective

20PLN (includes food)

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The Oral Pleasures of a Miracle
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

The Oral Pleasures of a Miracle

We, the Lamella collective, a queer milieu of artists, activists, and makers in Krakow would like to invite you for an encounter around the notions of -ness (gayness, otherness, Jewishness), which we encounter every day and in every language. Ness is also Hebrew for “miracle”. Vala Tanz and Justyna Stasiowska, the founders and creators of Lamella, a new space of queer arts, offer an encounter as part of Festivalt – a new space for Jewish art and ideas. We will talk miracles, otherness and oral pleasures. We will share time, space, a meal, body and mind.

Guided by Vala Tanz and Justyna Stasiowska, the founders and creators of Lamella, the house of queer arts. #queerness #otherness #jewishness #tenderness #timelessness

Vala Tomasz Folyn is a performance maker, physical thinker, poetic choreographer, food lover and queer activist. Justyna Stasiowska is a theorist, translator, sound artist and PhD student in Performance Studies in Krakow.

www.lamella.ayz.pl

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Memorysound
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Memorysound

How do we define space and what are the stories these spaces tell?

Performance maker Patryca Dołowy and musician Alex Stolze collaborate on an evening of music and performance, conjuring a space for listening to untold stories and unhearable voices. Stolze presents a haunting, postclassical violin performance bookending a dynamic and interactive "Memory" game constructed by Dołowy, inspired by a 1926 memory book from Eastern Poland and Dołowy's recent discovery of family in America.

Patrycja Dołowy is a Polish artist, writer, and science journalist. For many years she has been interested in the problems of memory and Jewish heritage in her art and work. She bases her projects on oral history and testimonies. German composer/producer Alex Stolze transforms the traditionally entrenched sound of the violin, bridging classicism and contemporary amorphous electronic music. He most recently brought his experimental sounds to the Venice Biennale.

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