Newcomer on the festival list is the Jewish Culture Festival, which takes place for the 4th time throughout the city for nine days from 2 June. Showcasing a series of arts and entertainment events in different venues across Copenhagen, the festival celebrates all things Jewish, including concerts, plays, award-winning films, exhibitions and culinary delights. Highlights of the festival include include:
2 June, the Grand Theatre: IDA
The internationally renowned director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this touching and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating to the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. The film will be introduced by Professor Dariusz Stola, director of the new Polish Jewish history museum in Warsaw.
6 June, the Synagogue: Henrik Goldschmidt with The Royal Danish Orchestra
Solo oboist Henrik Goldschmidt and musicians from The Royal Danish Orchestra present rarely performed masterpieces written by Jewish classical composers. The concert is a journey around the Jewish and classical traditions from all over Europe. Henrik Goldschmidt’s own music will create the framework for the concert.
5 and 7 June, Jewish Guided Tour with Charlotte Thalmay
1-hour guided tour in the heart of Copenhagen. Charlotte Thalmay will tell stories about the first Jews in Denmark and the Hebrew inscription on the Round Tower. Learn about Niels Bohr and how he contributed to the rescuing of the Danish Jews during World War 2.
8 June, The Jewish Community Center: klezmerdance
Join one hour of joyful klezmer dance – led by the Danish “klezmerpioneers” Klezmerduo from Aarhus. Henrik Bredholt (soprano sax, cimbalom and vocal) and Ann-Mai-Britt Fjord (accordion and vocal) were among the first to revive klezmers in Denmark more than 25 years ago.
8 June, The Synagogue: Semer Label Reloaded by Alan Bern & Band
The Semer Label Reload project is a re-interpretation of music recorded between 1933 and 1938 featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Lorin Sklamberg, Dan Kahn and other international stars of Yiddish music.
9 June, The Jewish Community Center: Theatre Kufr
An untraditional and experimental play based on a true story about the 17 year old Eva Kohn who were transported to Theresienstadt and later to Auschwitz. When the real world becomes too cruel she escapes into a fantasy world of refuge by joggling and playing with her doll. The play is from the Czech Republic and without dialogue, just a few ending words in English.
9 June, DJUS: Kosher wine tasting
Learn how to taste wines while hearing the story behind each of them.