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Jewish Culture Festival
July 29, 2009   
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The Jewish Culture Festival will be held for the sixth time in Warsaw from Aug. 29 to Sept. 6. Every year, Warsaw's Próżna Street and Grzybowski Square regain something of their pre-World War II character for a few days in early September. Klezmer music and synagogue chants resound through the air, and the area is populated with figures once common on the capital's streets: traders, craftsmen, merchants, newsboys, street artists, painters, organ-grinders and flower girls. There are also film screenings, workshops and street performances.

As usual, this year's festival features a wide range of cultural events such as plays, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and literary meetings. Visitors will have an opportunity to taste Jewish dishes and take in a fair in Próżna Street filled with market stalls and craftsmen's workshops.

The highlight of the festival this year will be a concert by David Krakauer, a jazz clarinetist who combines klezmer music with modern jazz, and John Zorn, an outstanding saxophonist and the founder of the legendary Tzadik Records company bringing together musicians playing avant-garde and experimental music with Jewish roots.

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