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Cultural Crossroads in £ód¼
September 2, 2011   
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This year’s Four Cultures Festival in £ód¼, organized by the Marek Edelman Center for Dialogue, will last five days, from Sept. 13 to 17. The event has its roots in the rich tradition of £ód¼ as a multicultural city. This year’s festival will tackle the need for role models in the contemporary world, hence the main theme—”Masters.”

The festival program comprises five branches of art: literature, theater, film, music and visual arts, featuring remarkable artists who work where different cultures meet.

The special guest of this year’s festival is Etgar Keret, one of the most famous contemporary Israeli writers and directors. The movie section of the festival will highlight ethnic Jewish humor and mostly consist of movies by Mel Brooks. The music section will feature Polish band Czes³aw ¦piewa and a guest from Israel, Ukrainian-born accordion virtuoso Vitaly Podolsky.

In the literature section, Adam Michnik, the editor-in-chief of the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, and famous poet, prose writer and translator Adam Zagajewski will discuss Polish author and Nobel Prize winner Czes³aw Mi³osz. Great Polish and Russian writers will be discussed in terms of translating their work.

Meanwhile, theater-related festival events will center around Hanoch Levin, a contemporary Israeli dramatist.

The festival epilogue, planned for Sept. 23 and 24, will feature special guest Raimund Hoghe, a prominent dance theater director who for many years studied under the legendary Pina Bausch.

Visual arts at the Four Cultures festival will juxtapose classics with young artists. The festival will begin with an overview of the latest works by Polish painter Jacek Sempoliński. This section will also feature Statutes of Kalisz by Artur Szyk as an illustration of the involvement of Jews in the life of the Polish state.
Maria Sondej
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