Friday, January 4, 2013

Jewish Culture, etc Festivals in Europe 2013

Line to visit synagogue during the 7@Nite festival in Krakow. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

As usual, I am trying to put together a list of as many as possible of the numerous Jewish festivals -- culture, film, dance, etc -- that take place each year around Europe.  Please help me by sending me information!

The big culture festivals and other smaller events make good destinations around which to center a trip. Some, like the annual Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow, are huge events lasting a week or more, which draw thousands of people and offer scores or sometimes hundreds of performances, lectures, concerts, exhibits and the like. Other festivals are much less ambitious. Some are primarily workshops but also feature concerts. Many of the same artists perform at more than one festival. 

 The list will be growing and growing -- and again,  I ask my readers to please send me information and links to upcoming events. Thanks!


June 2-16 -- Vienna -- Jewish Culture Weeks


Oct. 30-Nov. 2 -- Helsinki -- Helsinki Klezmer Festival


July 28-August 1 -- Carpentras -- 12th Festival of Jewish Music


June 9 -- Budapest -- Judafest street festival

November 10-17 -- Szombathely -- Jewish Culture Festival


June-August -- Florence -- Balagan Cafe (every Thursday evening in the garden of the Florence synagogue)

July 20-25 -- Rome -- International Festival of Jewish Literature and Culture

August 25-September 5 -- Puglia region -- Lech Lecha Jewish festival

Sept. 28-Oct 1 -- Milan -- "Jewish in the City" Jewish culture festival


August 30-Sept. 1 -- Trondheim -- Jewish Culture Festival


June 1-7 -- Wroclaw -- 15th annual Simcha Jewish Culture Festival

June 8-9 -- Krakow -- 7@Nite/Night of the Synagogues

June 8-29 -- Tarnow, Bobowa -- Days of Remembrance of Galician Jews

June 9-12 -- Warsaw -- 16th annual Jewish Book days

June 26-29 -- Oswiecim -- Life Festival

June 28-July 7 -- Krakow -- Festival of Jewish Culture

August 24 - Sept. 1 -- Warsaw -- Singer's Warsaw Festival 10th edition

August 26-30 -- Kazimierz Dolny -- Pardes Festival: Encounter with Jewish Culture

Sept. 4-6 -- Plock -- Jewish Culture Days

Sept. 16-22 -- Katowice -- Sababa Jewish Culture Festival


May 22-25 - Lisbon -- Judaica -- 1st Jewish Film & Culture Festival


July 18-22 -- Kosice  -- Mazal Tov festival (part of the program of Kosice as European Cultural Capital 2013)


June 17-21 -- Cordoba -- 12th International Festival of Sephardic Music


Jan. 9-31 -- Lausanne -- Festival of Jewish Cultures


Sept. 1 -- London -- Klezmer in the Park festival