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January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day – Songs of Arrival

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Henry Watson Music Library, Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Kingdom
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As part of Holocaust Memorial Day, Manchester Jewish Museum's song-writing group will present an initial performance of songs inspired by the moving stories of Jewish Refugees arriving in Cheetham in the 1930s and 1940s. We have been working with baritone singer Peter Brathwaite (originally from Cheetham) Israeli opera composer Na'ama Zisser and community composer and saxophonist Joe Steele for the past 6 months to bring to life the real life stories within our oral history collection, highlighting the experience of…

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Holocaust Brunch by Tamara Micner

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Arab Emirates
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£5

Photo credit: Holly Revell Holocaust Brunch explores what it's like living in the shadow of genocide and displacement. Darkly funny, moving and provocative, this show asks how we can honour the histories we inherit whilst breaking free from them, and whether the weight of inheritance can be turned into a gift.     The audience are invited into a topsy-turvy storytelling space, journeying with Tamara from a place of trauma to some sort of healing. We hear the true survival…

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March 2020

Dark Room by Helena Tomlin

March 7 - March 14
Manchester Jewish Museum Pop-Up Space, Manchester Central Libray, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Kingdom
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An installation exploring the anonymous photographs in the museum’s collection, the darkroom is a place to come face to face with the people in our archive that we know nothing about and help us to create a caring response to those whose stories have been lost. The installation will be on display in the Museum's Pop-up space on the Lower Ground Floor of Central Library during the festival. It is free to come and explore. It will feature photographs and…

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Family Storytelling with Robin Simpson

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Manchester Jewish Museum Pop-Up Space, Manchester Central Libray, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Kingdom
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Experience the amazing stories in our Story Selector Machine, brought to life. Meet Fanny and the two Freddies who made a long train journey to Manchester, have a boogie to the tunes played at a 1911 dance at Cheetham Assembly Rooms, and find out what happened to boxer Sam Aarons. Robin has used the real life stories in our story selector machine to create a bespoke show about the lives of the Jewish communities in Cheetham Hill. Suitable for children…

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Good Appetite with Leo Burtin

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3JL
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£8 – £10

Theatre Chef Leo is your host for a unique foodie film experience. Enter the diverse world of the Jewish kitchen, where stories are sifted into dishes, history is stirred in with spices, and cultures from around the world are sprinkled on top. Taste, listen and tell your own story. The snacks in this event will  vegetarian with vegan options and use kosher ingredients but is not under Beth Din Supervision. Guests will be seated at 7.30pm. Please let us know…

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The Great and the Grand

March 9 @ 5:30 am - 6:30 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Arab Emirates
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A sharing of a new musical theatre work in tribute to the sacrifices, support and adventures of our grandparents. What can we learn about ourselves from them, from tall tales to words of wisdom? Come along and celebrate grandparents everywhere. This show has been created by Miriam Sherwood and Dynamite Island, with members of the public. It features stories of grandparents from the museum's oral history collection and the personal stories of grandparents from our participants. The show is free…

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Immigrant Diaries with Sajeela Kershi and Special Guests

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Arab Emirates
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£8 – £10

An all-female multi-faith night of comedy on the Jewish Festival of Purim, with special guests Shazia Mirza, Rachel Creeger and Juliet Meyers. Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis, are hot topics dividing Britain. How many are there? Why are they coming here? What do they want? 'Statistics don't tell the story, people do' The creation of comedian, writer and broadcaster Sajeela Kershi, Immigrant Diaries has won multiple awards and enjoyed critically acclaimed sell out runs at London’s Southbank, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh…

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My Jerusalem by Avital Raz

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Arab Emirates
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£8 – £10

A solo performance derived from a song. A politically-charged tale of a drunken one-night stand, infused with stories of growing up in the turmoil of 1980s Israel. A nuanced exploration of the politics of division, from internal checkpoints and separation walls to gender norms. Can we go beyond the blame game and really see each other’s all too vulnerable humanity? Programme: Doors will open at 7pm and there will be a dance installation by artists Dani Abulhawa and Sarah Spies…

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Songs of Arrival

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Arab Emirates
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£8 – £10

A performance of songs based on the stories of Jewish refugees arriving in Cheetham from our oral history collection as well as contemporary stories of migration to Manchester. We explore how we try to assimilate in new places and what different communities can learn from each other. This event is made possible with performance and support from Peter Brathwaite, Na'ama Zisser, Joe Steele, student performers from the RNCM and MAnchester Jewish Museum's Community Song-writing Group. The show will feature original…

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Rendezvous in Bratislava

March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays
Salford, M50 3AZ United Kingdom
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Affiliated Performance: Rendezvous in Bratislava by Miriam Sherwood and Dynamite Island The Lowry, 8pm, tickets direct through the Lowry, click here for details 0343 208 6000 Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together. They’re the perfect double act: He’s got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical. The only problem is – they’ve never met. And he’s been dead for 39 years. Please note that this event is being organised…

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