Pardes Festival – Encounters with Jewish Culture

Pardes is a Hebrew word meaning garden as well as a special way of studying the Torah. Pardes Festival – Encounters with Jewish Culture, is a reference to the garden-city of Kazimierz Dolny, an immersion in the garden of Jewish memory and culture. An important place in the Kazimierz garden of memory is held by art by Jewish artists.

The Spichlerz Kultury Foundation is pleased to invite to Pardes Festival, a new cultural event on the map of the Lublin region, taking place August 20-24 in Kazimierz Dolny.

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Marshal of Lublin Province, Krzysztof Hetman, are honorary patrons of the event.

The festival will open on August 20, 5 p.m., at the Kazimierz synagogue with a presentation of the Gwoździec Re!construction project.

The history of artistic colonies in Europe will be an important subject of this year’s festival, including the communities of Kazimierz Dolny, the École de Paris, or the Swiss Monte Verità. We will get to know the extraordinary stories of Jewish artists: the figure of Sara Lipska, a fascinating artist from a Chassidic family, who became all the rage in Paris, will be presented by  Ewa Ziembińska, a curator from the Królikarnia in Warsaw. The work of painter Simon Mondzain from Chełm will be introduced by Artur Winiarski, the curator of a private collection at the Villa La Fleur in Konstancin.

The program also includes guided curator tours of the Polish Jewish painting collection at the Celejowska House, an exhibition of photographs from the publication Matzevot of Daily Use, a presentation of the album Lublin Renaissance in which a special place is given to synagogal architecture, a presentation of Jaśmina Wójcik’s project “An Acoustic Walk Around A Town That Is No More” as well as many other projects prepared especially for Pardes Festival.

Films rewarded at the latest edition of the Jewish Motifs Film Festival will also be shown. There will also be music – Meadow Quartet will perform with a special guest appearance by Lithuanian multi-instrumentalist Tomas Dobrovolskis. Telephone reservations can be made from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kazimierz synagogue: (+48) 81 881 08 94 or (+48) 692 578 677.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to taste local specialties combining elements of Jewish cuisine.

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