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Welcome to our Diaspora in Kazimierz – a Jewish heart of Krakow, that has been a house for the festival for 28 years already. We hope during the festival we all would feel like we were living in a better world – world full of mutual respect and love to the other people. We hope you will take those values back home with you and they would help you to improve the world. Let the festival starts our own private tikkun olam. 

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion (PS 137,1)

Is there any place in the world, where the same people live for many generations?

When in 586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar invaded and destroyed Jerusalem and forced its inhabitants to leave their homes,  the Jewish Diaspora started.

Diaspora gave birth to two great Jewish civilizations: Ashkenazic and Sephardic ones. Until today they shape Jewish world but they also influence non-Jewish civilizations.

During the festival we will show diversity and beauty of Jewish culture from the entire Diaspora. However, Israel will be a main point of reference as the place that united Diaspora into one state and country.

Paradoxically, Diaspora gave enormous strength to Israel: strength coming out of respect for diversity, internal cultural pluralism, freedom of belief and freedom of expression.

Diaspora is a result of certain ‘tectonic movements’ of people. There is no place in the world which would not be a home for immigrants, refugees, who shape history and culture of those places.

We will speak about the Diaspora or rather – about many Diasporas. I hope that both Jewish and Polish experiences will help us to better understand all those changes that we are witnessing nowadays.

Those changes sometimes create fright, agression, hatred among those, who look at the world from the perspective of “one blood, one religion, one culture’ point of view; from the perspective of a tribal community, whatever it means in a contemporary world.

Diaspora i s the world.... And this world is inside of each of us.

26th Jewish Culture Festival will be held between June 25th and July 3rd, 2016. Detailed program of events will be published on our website in early April. Internet presale of tickets to the festival concerts will start in May 4th and the festival ticket office will open on June 18th.

See you in Kazimierz!


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