There aren’t many Jews left in Krakow since the war. Around 200 reside in Krakow today as opposed to the 68 000 that was here before at the turn of the 20th century. So why have a Jewish festival in a city with so few jews? The idea is to re-introduce jewish culture to a place where it once richly thrived.
Starting today and all week long Jewish workshops, seminars, art shows, theater, tours, and most of all music will be held all around the city. This year a new site for the opening party was settled upon; the Hala Targowa. Tonight the music begins at 6:00 pm, in an old Jewish market house the Mahane Yehuda.
The main event of the festival, as always, is held next Saturday; Shalom on Szeroka street, or as some call it ‘Jewish woodstock.’ For one night a year Szeroka is cleared of all its restaurant terraces and parked cars and a stage is set-up in front of the Old Synagogue. Starting at 6:00 pm and going to the last man standing or swaying.
If you’re in Krakow you will not want to miss this.
For more info check out http://www.jewishfestival.pl/en/