Jewish Culture Festival Kicks Off in Krakow as Euro 2012 Winds Down

While sports fans in Poland are engrossed in the Euro 2012 soccer finals, the Jewish community has its own sporting event to enjoy. The 22nd Jewish Culture Festival kicked off on Friday in Krawkow, marking the beginning of a nine-day festival of art, science, politics and philosophy. And the opening act: a lecture on Jewish sports.

Over the nine-day festival, audience members visiting this historical city to soak up some “Yiddishkeit” will be presented with a wide range of cultural events intended to present Jewish creativity from various angles. This year’s festival, unlike in former years, will host a larger number of international acts, including artists, scientists and ensembles form various countries including Israel.

Already on the first night of the festival, audience members met the sculptor Danny Caravan who dedicated his lecture to the connection between creation and the place of creation. Three days later, Prof. Shlomo Avineri will raise the issue of the integration of exiles in Israel and two days after that the Polish historian Grzegorz Gembala will discuss the “Six Days that Changed the Middle East.”


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