21st Annual Kraków Jewish Culture Festival

Over 25,000 people attended 272 events during the ten days of the festival.

To speak of the 21st annual Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, held June 24 through July 3, 2011, one must simply let the numbers speak for themselves: over 25,000 people attended 272 events during the ten days of the festival (including 24 concerts, 33 lectures, 70 workshops, 39 tours, to name a few). Performers, speakers, and instructors flocked to Kraków from the US, Israel, England, France, Ukraine, Canada, Spain, Mali, and of course, from within Poland.

Leilah Broukhim, inspired by her Jewish and Persian roots and by her experience with the flamenco art form, created an acclaimed performance entitled "Dejando Huellas — Traces."

The star-studded schedule of events included famous animator Arie Kaplan; the Israeli ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner; New York Times bestselling author of "Born to Kvetch," Michael Wex; Jewish cooking author Janna Gur; innovative graphic designer and typographer Oded Ezer; and musical performers Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird, the Bester Quartet, Abraham Inc., Yemen Blues, Roger Davidson Ensemble, Tsuker-Zis, Di Naye Kapelye, Alfred Shreyer, Khaira Arby, and, from Madrid, flamenco dancer Leilah Broukhim.

"Words are inadequate to convey the joy and the lasting sense of connectedness that we both feel upon our return from the festival. Just being in that remarkable place, throbbing with change and with Jewish feeling, defying 20th-century history and writing a chapter for the future."
—Howard and Judy Sacks

For more information, visit the official "Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow" website.