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30. 6. | 7:30 p.m. | An Israeli Film Evening: GETT – THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

KINO ÚSMEV, Kasárenské nám. 1 | Tickets 1 €

Israel / France / Germany, 2014, 115 min. Drama. Hebrew, French, Arabic; English and Slovak subtitles

In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane has been applying for a divorce for three years which her religiously devout husband Elisha, continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment. Continue reading

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1. 7. | 7:30 p.m. | PUSHKIN KLEZMER BAND (UA)

KUNSTHALLE, Rumanova 1 | Tickets: advance-sale 6 €, on the spot 10 €

The Pushkin Klezmer Band is a Jewish-Gypsy group from Kiev, featuring best wedding musicians from Ukraine and Moldova.

​For centuries, these places have been nourishing rich traditions of klezmer and Romani music, and it is the only place in Europe, where klezmer culture is still alive today. Pushkin doesn’t try to revive klezmer: its musicians just continue the traditions, playing at weddings, parties, and concerts, in synagogues and in the streets. Continue reading

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2. 7. | 6:00 p.m. | Film LAST FOLIO/POSLEDNÝ PORTRÉT & discussion

KINO TABAČKA, Gorkého 2 | Tickets 1 €

Documentary, 2015, United Kingdom/Slovakia, 80 mins, minority co-production. Director: Katya Krausová, Yuri Dojc.

Our story begins in Bratislava on a cold and grey day in January 1997 at the funeral of Ludovit Dojc, where his son, Yuri Dojc, meets a very determined old woman, Mrs. Vajnorska, whose sole life´s work is visiting the survivors, those who live alone and can no longer get out of their homes or out of their beds – she visits them daily and brings news of the outside world. Continue reading

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2. 7. | 7:30 p.m. | GULAZA (IL)

TABAČKA KULTURFABRIK, Gorkého 2 | Tickets: advance-sale 6 €, on the spot 10 €

Gulaza brings Women Songs from Yemen and will have their Premiere tour in Slovakia on July 2016. The tour will celebrate the release of their new EP album, and will consist of several concerts in Slovakia and Austria.

Yemen and Africa are separated by sea, a sea of prayer, passion, dance, love and longing for freedom. Four artists come together and continue the natural evolution of Yemenite Women songs. Instinctive and mystical texts that have passed for centuries from mother to daughter acquire a modern and contemporary meaning in a special instrumental composition. The combination of traditional Saharan strings, cello and acoustic guitars, and the fact that these songs are sang for the first time by a man – creates a unique soundtrack that takes the listener into the deep world of the women in Yemen. Continue reading

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2. – 3. 7. | Jewish Košice with Jana Teššerová: SYNAGOGUE & THE GALLERY OF ĽUDOVÍT FELD

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In September 2015, Jewish Community in Košice opened a gallery named after an eminent Košice artist Ľudovít Feld. The exposition installed in the synagogue on Puškin street includes the works of Košice-born painter Ľ. Feld, student of the Košice painting school of Eugen Krón, as well as the works of other important Slovak Jewish painters.

SATURDAY, June 2 | Tour of the Synagogue on Puškin street with a lecture on Jewish monuments, Holocaust and a visit to Ľudovít Feld Gallery accompanied by a screening of the film about the painter. First admission at 2:00 p.m., second admission at 4:45 p.m. | Entrance fee: adults 2 €; children, students and pensioners 1 €

SUNDAY, June 3 | Visit to Ľudovít Feld Gallery accompanied by a screening of the film about the painter. Gallery will be open between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. | Entrance fee 1 € Continue reading

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2. – 3. 7. | Walking Tours with Milan Kolcun and Zoltán Balassa: JEWISH KOŠICE

Accompanying event | Meeting point: in front of the State Scientific Library, Hlavná 10

Jewish Košice, one of the most popular double-wander, offers two different routes both on Saturday and on Sunday.

Saturday, June 2 | Three former synagogues: tour of one of the synagogues, visit to the former Jewish school, restaurant, a place that was presumably a Jewish prayer room, B´nai Brit, “Jewish street ”.

Sunday, June 3 | Visits of synagogues, Mikveh; important Jewish figures from Košice. Continue reading