Festivals of Jewish culture in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is an important cultural crossroads and Jewish culture is an integral part of the picture. Visitors to the country have an opportunity to experience this extraordinary culture when visiting the numerous Jewish sights around the Czech lands and at festivals of Jewish culture.

The aim of the festival called Boskovice 2005 is to regenerate the Jewish Quarter in this town in Southern Moravia. From 14th – 17th July 2005 the festival will take place for the 13th time. Over the four days visitors will have the chance to enjoy a full programme of events which will take over the whole Jewish town and other places in Boskovice There will be four stages, the largest of which will feature world music, blues, jazz, alternative rock and alternative dance music, and will be the venue for performances by Tata Bojs, Jiri Schmitzer, Tomas Kocek and Erzsi Kiss Music from Hungary. A smaller stage will feature alternative rock and world music with performances by VRM, Kvety, Swordfishtrombones, Majerovy brzdove tabulky etc. The jazz stage and the chamber music stage in the synagogue dedicated to folk complete the range of music on offer. There will also be theatre performances at the castle for children and adults alike and a cinema showing 5-7 film blocks a day from documentaries to animation and fairytales. As part of the festival there will also be exhibitions, readings and spontaneous open air events.

Trebic, a town integrally connected with Jewish culture and priding itself on its UNESCO listing, invites visitors to a festival called Samajim 2005 The second year of the festival of Jewish culture will take place this year 1st – 6th August. The festival will be opened with an exhibition of photographs by Pavel Herman called Fragments and a performance by the Mayim and Yocheved ensembles which will present Israeli and Jewish dance. The Tuesday will see a lecture on Franz Kafka, a concert of Jewish music and an evening showing of the wartime drama by Roman Polanski „The Pianist“. On Thursday audiences can hear Yiddish songs performed by Hana Frejkova and Michal Hromek, accompanied by a discussion called „The Secrets of Jewish Music“ on the history of music and musical instruments. The performances will continue on Friday, and the festival will end on Saturday 6th with a final concert and discussion in the synagogue. Those who wish can bring a sleeping bag and spend the night in the synagogue.

From 14th October to 30th November the second part of the Czech—German Jewish festival called Nine Gates will take place. The autumn part in Prague will be opened with a film festival accompanied by a programme including music, exhibitions, seminars and literary evenings. In late October and early November the festival will travel to nine towns across the Czech Republic - Kolin, Hermanuv Mestec, Lostice, Holesov, Mikulov, Trebic, Rychnov nad Kneznou, Cesky Krumlov and Boskovice. The programme of events in the different towns will be made up of a lecture, a concert and an exhibition called Disappeared Neighbours.

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