32nd Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow: The "Ruah" Breeze


Krakow, a city rich in history and culture, is once again the meeting place for lovers of Jewish culture. The 32nd Jewish Culture Festival will be held between June 28th and July 2nd, 2023 in the heart of the old Kazimierz district. The festival, whose main theme is "Air", is a place where Israel meets the Diaspora, creating a complete Jewish universe​1​​2​.

"Ruah" - The Main Theme

The festival puts forward the idea of "Ruah", which in Hebrew translates as spirit, breath, wind. The festival considers three core meanings of the word "Ruah" - Spirit (Holy Spirit), Breath (Breath of Life), and Wind. "Ruah" appears in the Tanakh almost 400 times, an invisible "white fire", while the Torah was written on the black fire. Ruah is the breath of life for each word, the center of the spirit, the inner energy of life, the space for freedom, both between the living letters of the Torah and between people​2​.

"Seven Beggars" Exhibition

A key event in the program is the "Seven Beggars" exhibition, which presents a dynamic installation of performative materials, props, costumes, musical instruments, drawings, and photographs. The exhibition will be open every day from June 28th to July 2nd, from 10:00 to 18:00. The exhibition venue is the High Synagogue, Jewish Museum Galicia bookstore, Józefa Street 38. The exhibition is co-financed by Mid Atlantic Arts USArtists International in cooperation with The National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding​3​.

Festival Program

The detailed festival program is not yet available. From the information available on the official festival website, the main festival stage is located in the Kazimierz district, on Szeroka Street. The detailed program will be published in due time​4​.


The Festival is a meeting place for people from different places around the world who want to learn more about Jewish culture, share their experience and knowledge. The diversity and richness of Jewish culture are within easy reach.

The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, which was established 35 years ago, is one of the most important and highly esteemed worldwide. It's a place where tradition meets modernity, and various perspectives and experiences come together to create a one-of-a-kind festival that reflects the richness of Jewish culture.

Janusz Makuch, the founder and director of the Jewish Culture Festival, along with the team of organizers, continually strive to create unique and inspiring experiences for participants​2​.



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