|Festival of the Jewish Book, Ferrara, Italy, 2011. Photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber|
As usual, I am trying to put together a list of as many as possible of the numerous Jewish festivals -- culture, film, dance, etc -- that take place each year around Europe. I've already missed a few that have taken place this winter -- Please help me by sending me information!
The big culture festivals and other smaller events make good destinations around which to center a trip. Some, like the annual Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow, are huge events lasting a week or more, which draw thousands of people and offer scores or sometimes hundreds of performances, lectures, concerts, exhibits and the like. Other festivals are much less ambitious. Some are primarily workshops but also feature concerts. Many of the same artists perform at more than one festival.
The list will be growing and growing -- and again, I ask my readers to please send me information and links to upcoming events. Thanks!
ALL OVER EUROPE
Sept. 2, 2012 -- 13th European Day of Jewish Culture. This year's theme is Jewish Humor
April 19-May 23 -- Vienna -- Weanhean: Das Wienerliedfestival (Jewish music and performers are featured this year)
August 28-Sept. 6 -- Pula -- Bejahad: the Jewish Cultural Scene
July 5-8 -- Boskovice -- UniJazz2012: 19th Festival for the Jewish Quarter
July 30-August 4 -- Trebic -- Trebic Jewish Festival held in one of the most extensive and best-preserved old Jewish quarters in Europe, part of the town's UNESCO-listed historic center.
April 9-15 -- Weimar -- Weimar Winter Edition
June 3-16 -- Berlin & Potsdam -- 18th Jewish Film Festival
July 21-August 21 -- Weimar -- Yiddish Summer Weimar
June 24-July 1 -- Leeds -- 12th International Jewish Performing Arts Festival
April 6-14 -- Budapest -- Quarter6Quarter7 Spring Festival, over Passover
July 20-22 -- Bank Lake -- Bankito Festival
November 10-18 -- Szombathely -- Jewish Festival Szombathely
April 28-May 1 -- Ferrara -- Festival of the Jewish Book
July 29-August 5 -- Straits of Messina -- Horcynus Festival This year's focus is on Israel and Jewish culture.
September 2-8 -- Puglia Region -- Lech Lecha Festival
November 3-7 -- Rome -- Pitigliani Kolno'a Jewish & Israeli Film Festival
April 17-21 -- Radom -- 4th annual "Meeting with Jewish Culture"
April 18-22 -- Warsaw -- New Jewish Music Festival
April 25-29 -- Warsaw -- Jewish Motifs International Film Festival
May 11-13 -- Oswiecim -- Oswiecim Life Festival
May 13-16 -- Warsaw -- Jewish Book Days
June 2 -- Krakow -- 7@Nite - Night of the Synagogues
June 29-July 8 -- Krakow -- Jewish Culture Festival
August 10-12 -- Jelenia Gora -- Jewish Culture Festival
August 26-September 2 -- Warsaw -- Singer's Warsaw Festival
September 14-22 -- Lodz -- Festival of Four Cultures
October 4-7 -- Wlodawa -- Festival of Three Cultures
April 27-May 3 -- Bucharest -- 2nd Bucharest Jewish Film Festival
March 8, 2012 -- Moscow -- Yiddish Fest
June 20-24 -- Belgrade -- Ethno Fusion Fest: Many musics in the courtyard of the Belgrade Synagogue
July 7-15 -- Kosice -- Mazal Tov -- 1st Jewish Culture Festival in Kosice
Sept. 6-12 -- Drohobych -- Fifth Bruno Schulz Festival