(kus) For the Jewish Culture Weeks in Frankfurt from October 15 to November 5, the Jewish Community has invited international greats and brought them together with local players who have been influencing cultural life in Frankfurt for years. Together with the city of Frankfurt, this will paint a contemporary portrait of modern Jewish life.
Cultural enthusiasts can expect a program that surprises, but above all pursues one goal: to show how diverse and intergenerational Jewish culture is anchored in the Main metropolis, even outside of community life. Even in places where one might not suspect it at first glance.
The Jewish Culture Weeks, which take place every two years, have long since become a fixed institution in Frankfurt and at the same time are not afraid of change. They have become younger and bolder, appealing to a broad audience: pop-up culinary arts, modern dance and electronic music are a theme for the first time. The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts was also won over as a sponsor of the final concert, and the City of Frankfurt - a long-time supporter - increased the budget. "The variety of topics and the participation of the independent scene and our major Frankfurt cultural institutions represent the interested togetherness in our city and show that Jewish life has arrived exactly where the Culture Weeks take place: in our midst," says Ina Hartwig, Head of the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt.
A look at the programme gives an idea that these three weeks will be one thing above all: varied and beyond clichés. Art, concerts and culinary delights, dance, theatre and film, guided tours as well as lectures, readings and workshops - more than 30 events are planned for the three festival weeks. New cooperation partners, such as the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, the Schauspiel Frankfurt, but also the Robert Johnson in Offenbach, stand for a broad cultural spectrum. "This year, free of clichés, we want to show that Jewish culture also means modern life," says Marc Grünbaum, head of culture at the Jewish Community. "Of course, tradition and religion play an important role, but at the same time, as an open-minded community, we are a part of Frankfurt society."
The event will kick off on October 15 with L-E-V (German: Herz), the dance company by dancer Sharon Eyal and techno DJ Gai Behar that is in demand worldwide. Another highlight: at the invitation of the Jewish Community, top Israeli chef Yossi Elad will open a pop-up restaurant in Club Michel in Frankfurt's Bahnhofsviertel from 17 to 28 October, modelled on his Jerusalem restaurant Machneyuda. Kosher dishes will be served there in cooperation with Frankfurt restaurateurs David and James Ardinast (IMA). For all food fans of the city and Jewish Cuisine equally must and delight.
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