Multi-genre festival of Jewish culture ŠTETL FEST

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  • 29 august–1 september 2024

ŠTETL FEST [SHTETL FEST] is an international multi-genre festival of Jewish culture that connects Brno institutions and commemorates historical places and figures connected with Brno’s Jewish life, which was drastically interrupted by the Second World War.

Each year focuses on one main theme that permeates the dramaturgy of the entire festival. It builds on the Jewish history of Brno and with the motto “Dignity in Diversity” tries to highlight historical experiences that we can share together across society today. It is also one of the few Jewish culture festivals that is co-organised directly by the Jewish community and the programme reflects Jewish traditions.

One of the festival’s regular features is “Returns to Brno”. We search for families and relatives of the original Brno Jewish families who built something in Brno and mostly did not survive the war. These stories are an important part of the festival, as is the laying of the “Stolpersteine” (Stones of the Disappeared).

The festival takes place at many venues in Brno, mostly connected with Jewish history, and connects Brno institutions (Husa na provázku Theatre, Brno Philharmonic, Brno Regional Museum, Brno City Museum, Memory of the Nation Institute and many others) and revives Brno’s interwar Jewish villas.

When the event takes place

29 august–1 september 2024

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