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The XII festival of Jewish culture and art opened

The play "Thawed" based on the play "My grandfather is younger than me" by David Cohn, which took place on the stage of the Birobidzhan regional philharmonic society performed by the Moscow theater "Shalom", opened the 80th festival of Jewish culture and art, the press service of the head of the Jewish Autonomous Okrug. Welcoming the spectators from the Jewish Autonomous Region and the guests who arrived at the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the region, the chairman of the organizing committee of the festival, Irina Pinchuk, noted that a wonderful holiday of Jewish culture is of great importance, it is always a bright event in the life of the autonomy. As the chairman of the organizing committee said, "The XNUMXth festival is also a creative gift to all residents of the region, its guests in the year of the XNUMXth anniversary of our beloved small homeland. The festival will continue a series of bright anniversary events."

Irina Pinchuk recalled that the first festival took place in 1989 and was called the festival of Jewish song and music. Since then, many famous soloists, artists and creative groups have visited Jewish festivals: the choir of Mikhail Turetsky, the Georgian ensemble "Iveria", Iosif Kobzon, Levon Oganezov, Klara Novikova, Emmanuil Vitorgan, Leonid Kanevsky, Yevgeny Leonov, the Klezmer ensemble "Simkha" from Kazan, Roman Kartsev, "Aliya" ensemble from Samara, Alexander Levenbuk, Evgeny Valevich and others. With the participation of famous performers from Israel, USA, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, China, South Korea and other countries, the festival has acquired international status.

The festival is expected to be a gift for the region's 80th anniversary. Its program includes more than 40 creative meetings with spectators and artists, diverse exhibitions, concerts, shows and similar events. The concert of the boys' vocal group "Flowers of Jerusalem", which arrived from Israel, took place yesterday in the city Palace of Culture in Birobidzhan. The atmosphere of the holiday will be conveyed by the artists who left today with performances in the villages of Leninskoye, Amurzet, Dubovoye, Kamyshovka, the city of Obluchye, and the village of Nikolaevka. Their concerts will take place in local houses of culture. And in the regional center today there are meetings with the children and grandchildren of the first settlers, author's meetings with the writer Andrei Izmailov, concert programs of the Dobranoch klezmer ensemble from St. Petersburg and artists from the Czech Republic "The Jewish Violin of Alexander Shonert". The Museum of Modern Art will open today the exhibition "American Artists - a Gift to the Workers of Birobidzhan", consisting of facsimile copies of the collection of the Russian Ethnographic Museum. Part of this exhibition, which featured 23 facsimile copies of the collection, was already shown in Birobidzhan during the 50th Festival of Jewish Culture and Art. This time, the exhibition will feature about 1936 facsimile copies of works by famous American artists who donated their works to the residents of the autonomy back in XNUMX, who were never brought to the region. The copied works today represent almost the entire collection from the funds of the Russian Ethnographic Museum of St. Petersburg.

After the official closing of the festival, which will be held on Sunday at the regional philharmonic society, the celebration will continue in the city recreation park, where participants of the entertainment program for young people - representatives of educational institutions will try to build a minor - a candlestick with seven lamps, is a symbolic attribute of Jewish life. Sunday will end with a festive firework on the quay of Bira.

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