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Currently available are the tickets for concerts by: KROKE & Anna Maria JOPEK, Frank LONDON & Friends, Trio KOMEDA AHEAD, ASEMAN BAND Hadar Noiberg, Orkiestra NAXOS Milo Kurtis, Anna RIVEIRO, Zbigniew CHOJNACKI, Sławomir ZYGMUNT, Daniel KAHN & THE NAZAROFF BROTHERS and the others.

You can buy the tickets by the page >> Eventim.pl

Jewish Theatre will perform during this year’s Singer’s Warsaw Festival

For the 14th time, E. R. and I. Kamińskie Jewish Theatre – Yiddish Culture Center is partnering Singer’s Warsaw Festival. Once again, a true feast has been prepared for theatre lovers.

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The fans of Jewish classics will certainly enjoy “Kasrylewka Town” based on the short stories written by Sholem Aleichem. It was directed by Shmuel Atzmon-Wircer – the founder and the honorary director of The Yiddishpiel Theatre in Israel, who will also play the part of Tevye The Dairyman, a popular character who gained global recognition with the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” The play is performed in Yiddish with Polish subtitles. But this is not all as the audience will have an opportunity to come across another text written by Sholem Aleichem, though, this time arranged in a completely different way: “The Big Lottery” directed by Tomasz Szczepaniak. It will be a contemporary, funny and a little bit wild music comedy on how winning a lottery can open Pandora’s box full of calamities, difficulties and tribulations and that lucky draw does not solve all troubles.

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“The Big Lottery” photo: Andrzej Wencel

Another classical author presented during the Festival will be I. B. Singer and his “Szosza” directed by Karolina Kirsz. The aim of the play is to provoke a reflection: can innocence exist in the world that is dancing its way into catastrophe, when the existing order is shaking and everyone wants only to “immerse in a moment of pleasure before they disappear forever?”

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“Szosza” photo: Magdalena Kuc

For those who have a desire for contemporary repertoire, the Jewish Theatre has prepared “The Convertible Girl” based on the play under the same title written by the American playwright, Daniel Simon, about whom his student, Woody Allen, once said: “Everything I know about comedy I learned from Daniel.” The play was translated by Janusz Tencer and directed by Marcin Sławiński, who has been entertaining Warsaw audiences of Kwadrat, Komedia and Capitol Theatres. “The Convertible Girl” is a charming and funny romantic comedy with happy end about a girl who needs to convert to Judaism before she can get married to a religious Jew and a bumpy road that leads to achieving that goal.

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“The Convertible Girl” photo: Andrzej Wencel

Music fans should book time for “George & Ira Gershwin” directed by Jan Szurmiej. It is not just a music monograph featuring works written by the outstanding duet, in which the younger brother was the genius composer and the older wrote the brilliant lyrics. First and foremost, it is a fascinating story, narrated through songs, about a woman and a man who seem to be unable to find each other in the jungle of the big city.

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“George & Ira Gershwin” photo: Andrzej Wencel

A completely different kind of experience, a journey to the world of Bruno Schulz, an observation on the verge of consciousness and dream will be offered by the performance “Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass” directed by Agata Duda-Gracz. In his review, Marcin Kube from Rzeczpospolita wrote: “Weaknesses? One, but serious. This performance was staged just once and it does not look like it is going to be played again. However, if it turns out that it is staged again, do not miss the opportunity.” And we encourage Festivalgoers to seize this chance!

 

Program of the 14th Singer’s Warsaw Festival

We have the pleasure to present you program of the 14th Singer’s Warsaw Festiwal.

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David D’Or and Miri Mesika together for the first time on the stage of 14th Singer’s Warsaw Festival

Styles, trends and fashion are all but natural to come back. We keenly observe the past seething into our future, into the urban space. The Singer’s Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival, respecting the history of Warsaw and her inhabitants, revives the memory of the city for those who feel the bond with the cultural heritage, the multi-cultural spirit and the openness of the capital. Like every year artist from all around the world will present their novel, eclectic and creative performances, inspired by the common Polish and Jewish tradition.

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David D’Or

What’s up for us this year?

We already know the stars of this year’s festival. Artists of both Polish and international format are expected.

This year’s edition of the Festival will traditionally be inaugurated by the concert the the Nożyk Synagogue, where we shall hear the most prominent representatives of the klezmer and cantoral music. The musicians are performing „Ahava Raba” project – an emotional interpretation of prayer and blessing recited by the Jews during Shakharit – the morning religious rite. The show will host world renown artists: Frank London, Yaakov Lemmer, Patrick Farrell, Merlin Shepherd, Guy Shalom, Benjy Fox-Rosen.

One of the very unique festival events is the Warsaw premiere of a new album by one of the most popular klezmer bands of Poland and Europe – KROKE „TRAVELLER”. It is already the eleventh album in the portfolio of this Cracow-based trio, shining bright on the international music scene for a quarter of a decade. KROKE will perform upon our stage accompanied by Anna Maria Jopek, a prominent vocalist giving concerts with the most important music characters of our time. It is an encounter of the two worlds of sensitivity and a unique fusion of author’s music, calling upon influences of numerous cultures and traditional sounds via the use of modern means.

The very special guest star of the Festival is Daniel Kahn, the “one man band”, hailing from the USA and now Berlin-based actor, director, scriptwriter and poet. On our stage, he will present two of his music projects. The Painted Bird joins the accordion and the clarinet with punk rock and the trombone with the electric guitar. This novel arrangement will be presented to us in, i.a., songs by Mordekhay Gebirtig or David Edelstadt with an unrestricted, New York freedom and cabaret form. In the other project, he performs with the international super-group The Brothers Nazaroff, performing in the Yiddish-folkpunk „simcha madness” style.

We will also hear Renata Przemyk, performing pieces from the newest album – from the „Boogie Street” show after Leonard Cohen’s “Book of longing”. A very special complement to the concert are the additional songs from Cohen’s repertoire, such as „Suzanne” or „Hallelujah”.

The programme of the Festival also features once again the section of Singer Jazz Festiwal – within which prominent personalities of the jazz scene are performing.

We will have the opportunity to listen to the greatest star of the jazz part of the Festival, Rolf Kühn. This world-renown jazz musician, hailing from Germany, is a phenomenon: performer and clarinet player, excelling in numerous areas of music. Rolf Kühn will perform in a new project „Clarinet Summit” – initiated by Adam Baruch, artistic director of Singer Jazz Festival. Next to Rorf Kühn on the stage will appear young jazz musicians, amongst them Ircha Clarinet Quartet – a quartet by Mikołaj Trzaska, consisting of excellent musicians playing various types of the clarinet. The project will also see the participation of the Oleś Brothers, acclaimed as the greatest treasure of Polish 21st-century jazz.

The main star of the final festival concert is David D’Or, a world-renown Israeli countertenor and composer. We have already hosted David in Poland during the 11th edition of the Festival, where he was so well received by the Polish audience. This year, this angel-voiced, unmistakably unique artist comes back to Warsaw with a new project. It is the first time that he performs on the very same stage in a unique conjunction with a great star of the Israeli musical scene, Miri Mesika. This phenomenal artist, so popular in Israel, is now enjoying her first visit to Poland.

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Miri Mesika

A great asset of the Festival are also the theatre performances.

There will be ample occasions to see the popular and acclaimed shows by the Jewish Theatre, such as „Shosha”, „The Sabbath girl” or „Karsylewka Town”. Ahead of us lie also the opportunities to see the cult shows, which are making a special, Festival-oriented comeback to the stages. In cooperation with TR Warszawa, the ATM Studio stage shows us two prominent plays by Maja Kleczewska and Łukasz Chotkowski. The acclaimed „Dybuk” is based on the renown Jewish drama by Shimun Ansky – the story of the soul of a deceased yeshiva student inhabiting the body of his loved one, which, when interpreted by Kleczewska and Chotkowski, also shows its new meanings, so important for the contemporary viewer. There is also one more special artistic event in line – the play of „Malowany Ptak” based upon the famous, controversial novel by Jerzy Kosiński, premiered not so long ago in Warsaw. It is a story of a small Jewish boy during World War Two, seeking refuge in the Polish countryside. The play was co-produced in cooperation with Teatr Polski in Poznań. During the Festival, plays will also be presented by Yiddishpiel Theatre of Israel and the Jewish Theatre of Bucharest. Moreover, Jewish-themed performances will be shown by Polish theatres.

On the Festival

Singer’s Warsaw Festival is held in August-September at the Grzybowski Square and Próżna Street. This time, part of the events are held at the temporary location of the Jewish Theatre at 35 Senatorska Street in Warsaw. Some of the shows will be histed by the Kwadrat Theatre. The events will also be held at the Warsaw Garrison HQ Club as well as on the stage of the ATM Studio.
The Festical presents various manifestations of the vividly live, Polish-Jewish tradition. The stages will host prominent artists drawing from the wealth of the Polish Jews’ cultural heritage. The excellent programme, the prominent artists and the multitude of attractions attract 60 thousand spectators of the Festival every year.

Singer’s Warsaw Festival is an initiative by the Shalom Foundation, the aim of which is to restore, if but for a few days, the atmosphere of the pre-war city of Warsaw. We intend to show the Yiddish culture, its excellent literature and heritage. Books, music, theatre, cuisine, conversations with creators and artists – all those cannot be missed at our Festival. We present aor spectators with writers, musicians, artist of various genres and generations, and their innovative projects. We also give the chance to learn of the Jewish history and custom. We talk to experts, historians, scientists, allowing for discussions and exchange of views, attempting to be the event, due to which the dialogue of history with the present is not only possible but also effective.

Come and visit our Festival in late summer!
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We present the new “musician” of 14th Singer’s Warsaw Festival!

Visual identification for the festiwal is created by Lech Majewski.

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Have a happy Passover!

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All our friends – we wish You happiness and joy with all the good things in life. Have a happy Passover
 
Shalom Foundation Team

Invitation to the 14th Singer’s Warsaw Festival

For the fourteenth time, the Shalom Foundation has the pleasure to invite everyone to celebrate music, theatre, literature and art, in other words: the Jewish Culture Festival – Singer’s Warsaw!

This year, the Festival will take place on 26 August – 3 September 2017.

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Photo: Janusz Paliwoda

We will offer you a full range of events so that everyone can find something interesting. We welcome theatre and music lovers, researchers of the Jewish history and culture, fans of photography and art, those of you who enjoy thematic walks and workshops. People who like to, from time to time, feel an air of nostalgia with a tiny hint of old days and those, who seek new experience, and follow the latest trends in art and culture.

We also encourage artists to send us interesting proposals. The Festival’s stages await!

„Oczy w oczy z…Gołdą Tencer” – an interview for TVP Polonia

“Powiedzieć o niej kobieta – instytucja to zdecydowanie za mało. Nie uznaje określenia – “nie da się”, bo dla niej wszystko jest możliwe, wystarczy tylko chcieć i ciężko na to zapracować. Aktorka, reżyserka, organizatorka Festiwalu Kultury Żydowskiej, założycielka i prezes Fundacji Shalom, dyrektor Teatru Żydowskiego – Gołda Tencer.”

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Zapraszamy do obejrzenia wywiadu z TVP Polonia: http://oczywoczy.tvp.pl/27278728/oczy-w-oczy-zgolda-tencer

Happy New Year!

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We wish all our Guests and Viewers, Friends and Co-workers a successful and prosperous 2017. May this year brings all the desired success and happiness in your life that.

We wish ourselves that we again met you and played together during the next, the fourteenth edition of the Singer’s Warsaw Festival.

Gołda Tencer and The Singer’s Festival Team

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

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Wishing you and your family a joyous and peaceful festive season. May you be blessed with lots of love from the ones that matter most.

 

The team of the Shalom Foundation

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