Jewish Cultural Festival

Jewish Cultural Festival

June
The ten-day Jewish Culture Festival takes place each year in Cracow, Poland. Centered in the former Jewish district of Kazimierz, the festival offers a wide array of cultural, historical, religious, and culinary events related to Jewish culture, particularly that of the Jews of Poland and Eastern Europe. Lectures, book launches, klezmer-band performances, folk-dancing lessons, and photographic exhibitions are all among the festival's many rich offerings. Festival participants and spectators come from around the world to visit the festival, which has grown significantly since its launch as an annual event in 1994 (prior to that it had occurred on a less regular schedule since 1988).
The aim of the festival organizers, the Jewish Cultural Festival Society, is to pay tribute to and sustain interest in a way of life that once thrived in Poland but has nearly disappeared since World War II. Before the war, the Jewish population of Poland was 3.5 million, but it was decimated by the Holocaust. Today there are only 10,000 self-described Jews living in Poland.
CONTACTS:
Jewish Cultural Festival Society
ul. Józefa 36
Kraków 31-056
Poland
www.jewishfestival.pl
Poland National Tourist Office
5 Marine View Plaza, Ste. 208
Hoboken, NJ 07030
201-420-9910; fax: 201-584-9153
polandtour.org
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