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Summer’s here—it’s Jewish Culture Festival season in Europe

by Ruth Ellen Gruber

May 26, 2014 | 9:19 am

Crowd at the Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

Summer weather is here  (if not the official calendar summer...). That means it’s festival time, and Jewish culture, film, music and other festivals are happening all over Europe. There's music, exhibits, talks, performance, workshops, books, you name it. Many of the festivals focus on or take place in old Jewish quarters, and many of them featuring guided tours of synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other Jewish heritage sites.

I maintain a one-page list of festivals over at my Jewish Heritage Travel blog, with links to web sites and programs.

So far, I've listed about two dozen -- some of which have already taken place — but that by no means includes everything out there, so please let me know about upcoming festivals and festival events so that we can include them.


And here are the festivals, with their links, that I've listed so far -- keep checking the Jewish Heritage Travel web site for more


ALL OVER EUROPE -- September 14 --  15th European Day of Jewish Culture (This year's theme -- Women in Judaism)


May 18-27 -- Vienna -- Jewish Culture Festival



June 5-9 -- Copenhagen -- Jewish Culture Festival


June 10-26 -- Paris -- 10th Aimer Festival of Jewish Cultures


March 30-April 13 -- Berlin & Potsdam -- Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam

July 19-August 16 -- Weimar -- Yiddish Summer Weimar

August 5-9 -- Weimar -- YSW Festival Week


June 8 -- Budapest --  7th Judafest Jewish street and gastronomic festival


May 29-June 1 -- Rome -- European Jewish Choir Festival

September 13-16 -- Milan -- Jewish and the City festival


April 30 - May 4 -- Leeuwarden -- Jiddisch Festival

September 13-16 -- Amsterdam -- International Jewish Music Festival and Competition


March 18-21 -- Szczeczin -- Adlojada Days of Jewish Culture

April 22-27  -- Warsaw -- Jewish Motifs Film Festival

May 10-11 -- Poznan -- 2nd Jewish Street Festival

May 22-25 -- Warsaw -- 5th New Jewish Music Festival

May 25-28 -- Warsaw -- 17th Jewish Book Days festival

June 6-10 -- Wroclaw -- 16th Simcha Jewish Culture Festival

June 7 -- Krakow -- 7@Nite festival (Night of the Synagogues)

June 27-July 6 -- Krakow -- Jewish Culture Festival


May 20-25 -- Oviedo -- Israel Week


May 15-19 -- L'viv -- Days of Yiddish in L'viv

May 26-30 -- Drohobycz  -- Bruno Schulz Festival


March 28-20 -- Youlgreave (near Matlock) Derbyshire -- KlezNorth

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