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8. 11. | 7:00 p.m. | Ola Bilińska: BERYOZKELE (PL)

HalmiCaffe, Hlavná 21, Košice | Tickets: 3 €

BERYOZKELE is a musical project which aims at reinterpreting, in a modern way, traditional songs in Yiddish. The album Beryozkele – Yiddish Lullabies and Evening Songs was chosen “the best Polish folk album of 2014” by Polish journalists associated with traditional music. The album was released in December 2014 by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

BERJOZKELE is a collection of songs, related in their mood and subject-matter to night, silence and sleep. Many of them were popular in Poland and the Eastern Borderlands at the beginning of the 20th century and in the interwar period; they were part of the repertoire of famous artists of that time. Some, on the other hand, are unknown or forgotten. A very important element of these compositions are the lyrics: sometimes anonymous or traditional, very often written by Yiddish poets. They are testimony to the talent of pre-war artists, as well as to the wealth of Yiddish culture. The singer, with the support of Anna Rozenfeld, an accomplished Yiddish scholar, has made an effort to recreate this wealth as fully as possible, with great care as to the sound of the language and interpretation. Continue reading

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29. 6. | 5 p.m. | Monika Powalisz: GOLDEN BEES (PL)

KLUB, Štúrova 11 | Tickets 1 €

Exhibition of Monika Powalisz’s (Poland) comic anthology Golden Bees will open this year’s edition of Mazal Tov Festival. The anthology offers a glimpse into the life of well-known Jewish inhabitants of Warsaw in the inter-war period, their fates, dilemmas and the environment in which they grew up and lived.

Scripts of the six stories included in the Golden Bees (Złote pszczoły) anthology were all written by the director, screen writer and script editor Monika Powalisz. Other comics in the anthology were drawn by six young and acclaimed Polish female artists: Joanna Jurczak, Malwina Konopacka, Anna Czarnota, Agata „Endo“ Nowicka, Olga Wróbel and Zosia Dzierżawska. Through their individualised drawing, each of the authors has lent the characters their unique style and traits, breathing new life into every one of them. Continue reading

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29. – 30. 6. | Urban Works: COMICS (PL-SK)

KASÁRNE/KULTURPARK – Pavilón Foxtrot, Kukučínova 2

Comic as the art of storytelling. A creative comic workshop with Monika Powalisz and a Slovak illustrator.

If you have arts/graphical skills, come and learn how to draw a good comic. You will get practical advice, learn about good tips and tricks and you can try to make your very own short comic under the supervision of skilled comic authors. The workshop will be split  to two days as follows: Continue reading

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30. 6. | 5 p.m. | An Israeli Film Evening: APPLES FROM THE DESERT

KINO ÚSMEV, Kasárenské nám. 1 | Tickets 1 €

Tapuchim min ha’midbar. Israel, 2014, 96 min. Family drama, romance. Hebrew with Slovak and English subtitles.

Young girl Rebecca lives in Jerusalem.  She is the only daughter of an Orthodox Jewish family.  Unhappy with her life, Rebecca becomes interested in the secular world. And then one day she decides to change her life. The movie is based on eponymous Savyon Liebrecht’s play, the winner of Israel’s Best play award, 2006. Continue reading

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2. 7. | 3 p.m. | Studio Damuza: BIGWIGS (CZ)

KASÁRNE KULTURPARK, Kukučínova 2 | Tickets 1 €

Prague Studio Damúza prepared a new puppet tale based on Isaac Bashevis Singer work The Fools of Chelm and Their History for this year‘s Mazal Tov Festival.

What happens when five sages meet at one table: Gronam Ox, Treitel Fool, Dopey Lekisch, Shmendrick Numskull and Zeinvel Ninny? Can they solve the problems of the little town? How shall one punish an ill-mannered carp; who should marry whom so that disaster does not happen; and what to do when sour cream is scarce? Merry tales of human foolishness, naivety and love. Continue reading

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Document about the project Being a Jew

From November 2014 to April 2015, citizens of Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania, Katowice and Gdańk in Poland, Alba Iulia in Romania and Košice in Slovakia, had chance to discover the Jewish culture and tradition by taking part in a day-long event Being a Jew. It was an opportunity to visit a synagogue, learn a song in Yiddish language, listen to Jewish music, taste the kosher food and to honour victims of the Holocaust in the end of the day.
The goal of the project Being a Jew is to spread knowledge about the Jewish traditions and thus fight anti-Semitism which is still alive throughout Europe. Memory, reflection, understanding and discussion are vital for building an open-minded and tolerant attitude of appreciation for cultural diversity of contemporary Europe.

Video document: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBWbLq8Lp0g

Final report of the project Being a Jew 
Website of the project: www.beingajew.com

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Being a Jew

Have you ever wondered how does it feel to be somebody else for one day only? To live in a different culture of different traditions? Such possibility is now given to you by a Lithuanian organization Vilko valia. We are one of the project’s partners.

Last year a few thousands of people participated in ‘Ponar Lullaby’ project organized in Lithuania. It had been so succesful that its organisers decided to let it continue, as well as to invite to it the representatives of institutions and organizations from other European countries. From November 2014 to April 2015, citizens of Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania, Katowice and Gdańk in Poland, Alba Iulia in Romania and Košice in Slovakia, have chance to discover the Jewish culture and tradition by taking part in a day-long event. It’s an opportunity to visit a synagogue, learn a song in the Yiddish language, listen to jewish music, have a taste of kosher food and honour victims of the Holocaust in the end of the day.

The goal of the project is to spread knowledge about the Jewish traditions and thus fight anti-Semitism which is still alive throughout Europe. The planned activies are to show participants the life in a Jewish community in a few selected cities yet before the Second World War, in the same time encouraging to ponder upon the causes and results of the Holocaust. Memory, reflection, understanding and discussion are vital for building an open -minded and tolerant attitude of appreciation for cultural diversity of contemporary Europe.

Invitation (in Slovak language only)

The project is co-financed by the European Commission with the framework of Europe for Citizens programme.

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