The annual York Festival of Ideas returns from 6 to 18 June 2017 under the banner of The Story of Things. This year’s Festival programme includes two free events – A Comedy of Us Jews and Children, Conflict and the Arts of Hope – produced by the Performing the Jewish Archive project.
A Comedy of Us Jews (Mon 12 and Tues 13 June): A light-hearted short musical about a Jewish clothing merchant who falls in love with his Parisian mannequin. Written in 1940 by Jac Weinstein of the Helsinki Jewish community and performed by University of York students.
Children, Conflict and the Arts of Hope (Sat 24 and Sun 25 June): The arts were a lifeline for young people during the Holocaust, helping them both to express their experiences and escape temporarily from their surroundings. This performance, a collaboration between Bootham School, the Anne Frank Trust and Performing the Jewish Archive, is inspired by children’s art of the past and present.
One of the largest free festivals in the UK, the York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of events including talks, exhibitions, theatre, music, film, guided walks, children’s activities and workshops, all designed to educate, entertain and inspire. Be among the first to hear about the full 2017 programme by going to the York Festival of Ideas website yorkfestivalofideas.com and subscribing to the mailing list. The full programme will be available online from the end of April.