Category Archives: Program 2016

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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


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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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


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


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


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


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