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30th JCF | thank you all!

Within the 10 days of the Jewish Culture Festival, everything that we have been working on for the whole year, comes into shape. Everything must work on the first try. Usually it does. This time – it worked, too. We have successfully gone through the jubilee, 30th edition of the JCF.

Each Festival is like a large machine, involving hundreds of people: to begin with artists and instructors through technicians, service providers and media and to end with volunteers and sponsors. The Festival Office is like a lens in which all the people and actions are focused. None of these elements can be missing. Yet the success of the Jewish Culture Festival is thus the success of these hundreds of people involved in many aspects of the JCF preparation and execution.

So we would like to thank all of you – for your support, assistance and your confidence. It is you that we work for all the year round – so that you could have the real celebration of the Jewish culture for these ten days.

Dear Friends,

It is a great privilege to thank you for the years of the co-operation which we have had so far and which led us today to the threshold of the 30th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow.

You were with us in the past times, which were much more friendly, so now my gratitude is even greater that you are with us in these times when the pandemic of hatred fell onto this world and the horizon of the nearest future seems to be so dark..

Let us not curse this darkness – but instead, let us keep the fire of mutual respect and love, which we lit 33 years ago on the Polish soil covered with the ashes of the people murdered and burned with the fire of hatred.

Each Festival edition is a sign for the world that we are together both in light moments of celebration of the Jewish culture and in dark moments of anti-zionism and antisemitism..

No matter how the history of the world goes – we will stand together: we the Jews, we the Poles, people of good will.

The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow is your home, out common Ohel Moed.

Please – bring in your own light here.

Janusz Makuch

Thank you all. See you in a year: from June 24th until July 3rd, 2022!

Fire in the kitchen, open air dinner hosted by Robert Makłowicz and chef Aleksander Baron, photo: Edyta Dufaj
Q&A with Frank London (translator: Katarzyna Spiechlanin), photo Edyta Dufaj
Copernicus - A Dark Matter Experience, feat. Erith; Collegium Maius, photo Michał Ramus
Copernicus - A Dark Matter Experience, feat. Erith; Collegium Maius, photo Michał Ramus
Kumzits: Tent Of Assembly by Dan Farberoff & David Behar Perahia, photo Edyta Dufaj
Kumzits: 64.00 Stones by R. Stein Wexler, photo Edyta Dufaj
Kumzits, photo Edyta Dufaj
Kumzits: Ha Mapa by Yael Serlin, photo Edyta Dufaj
Baharim. Concert from the Negev Desert by Gad Tidhar, photo Michał Ramus
Baharim. Concert from the Negev Desert by Gad Tidhar, photo Michał Ramus
Gurgulitza, photo Michał Ramus
Jealous, photo Michał Ramus
Female Cantors Concert, photo Michał Ramus
Morning Papers by Aga Kozak, photo Edyta Dufaj
Kumzits: Ha Mapa by Yael Serlin, photo Edyta Dufaj
Sisterhood - series of panel discussions curated by Marta Majchrzak, photo Edyta Dufaj
The Machers - coordinators of festival volunteers, photo Edyta Dufaj
Opening Concert: Dark Matter, photo Michał Ramus
Festival Tent, photo Michał Ramus
Łona and Webber & The Pimps, photo Wojciech Krysiak
Łona and Webber & The Pimps, photo Wojciech Krysiak
Golem, film with live music by Sarapata and Marcela Rybska, photo Michał Ramus
Opening Concert: Dark Matter, photo Michał Ramus
Yosi Notkowitz and Janusz Makuch, photo Edyta Dufaj
Cantor Sveta Kundish, photo Edyta Dufaj
Morning Papers: Aga Kozak and Marta Majchrzak, photo Edyta Dufaj
The Mapscrambler: Joran Lee Schnee, photo Michał Ramus