Singer's Warsaw Festival of Jewish Culture to open on August 24

“It is most important for me that Singer's Warsaw is called a festival of friendship,” the festival's director, Gołda Tencer said. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Over 3,000 artists will take part in the 16th Jewish Culture Festival - Singer's Warsaw, which will start in Warsaw on Aug. 24. Planned are 2,180 cultural events at 45 locations in eight Warsaw districts.

The festival will be officially inaugurated by a concert of cantors at Warsaw's Nożyk Synagogue. It will feature Yaakov Lemmer from the US, Yoni Rose from Germany and Yedid Weksel from Israel, who will be accompanied on the piano by Menachem Bristowski.

"It is most important for me that Singer's Warsaw is called a festival of friendship," the festival's director, Gołda Tencer said.

"Warsaw needs Singer's Warsaw and Warsaw needs Jewish culture," a Warsaw city official stressed. She also underlined that, in her opinion, "Jewish culture also needed Warsaw."

The festival will feature concerts and events associated with the literature, history and traditions of Jews. It will also present a number of theatrical performances.

The entire festival programme, which runs from August 24 to September 1, is available at: www.festiwalsingera.pl/program-festiwalu.

The closing concert, to be performed by violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy, will be held at Warsaw's Grzybowski Square and will be open to the public free of charge.

Since 2004, the organiser of Singer's Warsaw Festival of Jewish Culture has been the Shalom Foundation.