Snapshots Festival Jewish Press release

Snapshots Festival Jewish Press release

East End-based Rich Mix continues Snapshots – a bite-sized festival in 13 parts celebrating East London in its Olympic year – with its seventh instalment, ‘East London Jewish Culture: Bagels, Bar Mitzvah and Babkas’.

Discover and celebrate past, present and future East London Jewish culture at Rich Mix.

Sunday 29th January 2012, Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA

Snapshots continues in January 2012 with a Sunday event that reflects on the rich Jewish heritage in the East End of London. With an exhibition, archive films, a theatre premiere, a guided walk, live music, market stalls, family workshops, food, drink, and much more besides, this is a unique event for people of all ages and interests.
The exhibition, Our Brick Lane, tells the powerful story in the words and images of past and present communities of living and working in the area. Concentrating specifically on the former Jewish Community and current Bengali and Somali communities this exhibition records the cultural life of this important East London Street from 1960 onwards. Brought to Rich Mix by Eastside Community Heritage this exhibition will be accompanied by a special Q&A and Our Brick Lane film as part of the festival day itself.
Also during the day, the JCC for London will convert Rich Mix’s main space into Yentaville, a bustling hustling market marketplace managed by our four handpicked Yentas. For those not in the know, a Yenta is a Yiddish word for an old Jewish Woman who is a meddler, and these gossipy women will warmly welcome you and your loved ones to join them for an afternoon of Yiddish kicks, including Yenta makeovers, storytelling, arts and crafts, their infamous matchmaking service and London’s first Kosher pop up restaurant Kosher Roast!

After the Yentas pack up and leave, the stage will then be set for the Yiddish Twist Orchestra, the all-star East London based band. Under the guidance of trumpeter Lemez Lovas (Oi Va Voi, Shtetl Superstars) and twistneck guitarist Ben Mandelson (3 Mustaphas 3, Triaboliques) with support from Europe’s retro king Natty Bo on vocals (Ska Cubano, Top Cats) and sizzling Latin trombone player Paul Taylor (Snowboy, Roberto Pla), their music pays homage to the genius and paranoia of Willy Bergman, the anonymous beatnik funkateer who got the slums – and salons – on both sides of the water dancing to that pounding Yiddish beat.

As part of our ongoing series of historical and cultural local walks, celebrated local author, artist and activist Rachel Lichtenstein (On Brick Lane, Rodinsky’s Room – with Iain Sinclair) will lead participants around the historic Jewish East End. As well as unearthing many hidden gems, this special event will culminate in a guided tour of in the beautifully restored Sandy’s Row Synagogue. The Synagogue is the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in London, and the last remaining synagogue in Spitalfields, described as being ‘Once the heart of the Jewish East End and the home of its renaissance’.

Once the walk is over, participants have the chance to hotfoot it back to Rich Mix to enjoy The Man Who Became A Room, an exciting new play inspired by Lichtenstein’s Rodinsky’s Room. This ensemble piece follows the story of Rachel, a young artist in her early twenties, who becomes increasingly obsessed with a man called Rodinsky who disappeared from a room above a derelict East End synagogue in the late 1960s. Her determination to find out who he was leads her on an eccentric journey to the lost world of the Jewish East End and its origins in Eastern Europe. On the way she has experiences that veer from the comic to the mystical, flirts with Jewish orthodoxy, and falls in love with a British Asian man. Only when she finally lays Rodinsky’s ghost to rest, does she manage to integrate these multiple identities, emerging into today’s very different East End and a future that embraces the multi-cultural Britain of today.

DIARY OF EVENTS
Exhibition: Our Brick Lane Wed 25 Jan – Thu 2 Feb. Free
A photographic exhibition unveiling the histories of the Bengali and former Jewish communities in and around Brick Lane. Curated by East Side Community Heritage.

DAY PROGRAMME
Snapshots Festival Day: Sat 29 Jan / 12pm – Midnight / Free
12pm: Guided Walk with Rachel Lichtenstein. £8. Walk
A literary walk taking in the lesser known history of the Jewish communities around West Spitalfields including a unique viewing of the refurbished Sandy’s Row synagogue.

1pm – 3pm: Family Workshop. Free. Workshop
A storytelling session of traditional Yiddish tales followed by a hands-on puppet-making workshop.

1pm – 5pm: JCC presents Yentaville. Free. Market Place
Welcome to Yentaville, the town where everyone knows your name, your business and your mum. Join the Yentas for an afternoon of Yiddish kicks, with stalls, food and entertainment run by a different Yenta.*
*Yenta is the old Yiddish word for an old Jewish Woman who is a meddler/gossip.

1.30pm: Our Brick Lane. Free. Film & Q&A
A powerful story of the cultural life if East London through the words of past and present communities.

2pm: Idea Store Storytelling . Free. Storytelling
Come and listen to classic tales and exciting new stories, and explore the world of sound and rhyme through our interactive story time sessions. Let’s bring to life the wonderful world of books through storytelling and music. For children aged 0-5 and their parents/carers.

5pm: The Man Who Became a Room. £3. Theatre
An exciting new play inspired by the non-fiction best-seller Rodinsky’s Room by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair. Follow Rachel on her eccentric journey to the lost world of the Jewish East End and its origins in Eastern Europe. A work in progress, followed by post-show Q&A.
Supported by the Shoresh Charitable Trust and produced by YaD Arts.

EVENING PROGRAMME
7.30pm: Yiddish Twist Orchestra + DJs. Free. Live Music
An all-star band hailing who pay homage to the genius and paranoia of Willy Bergman, the anonymous beatnik funkateer who got the slums – and salons – on both sides of the water dancing to the Yiddish beat.

Snapshots is a showcase of the flavours, feelings and fashions that make East London the place it is; a smattering of family-friendly, free exhibitions, workshops, performances and film; an arena for diversity, debate and disagreement; an opportunity to look back in time as well as a platform for the young and talented; a market-place, a melting pot, and a meeting-place.

Each month Snapshots will focus on a particular culture that makes up part of the fabric of the local area, giving people the opportunity to delve back into history as well as look forward to the future of East London. So from the Bengali to the Jewish communities; to the East End pub culture and the fashion/garment trades; to the Carnival celebrations, we will be capturing the spirit of these cultures and histories through a variety of commissioned theatre, music, art, dance, film, debate, family events and more.

For more information, visit www.richmix.org.uk.

LISTING INFORMATION

Rich Mix
Info & Booking 020 76137498, www.richmix.org.uk , 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA. Liverpool Street Tube, Shoreditch High Street Station or Bethnal Green Tube

Rich Mix Snapshots Festival
East London Jewish Culture: Bagels, Bar Mitzvah and Babkas.
Sunday 29 January 12pm – Midnight

End-based Rich Mix will mark the one-year countdown to the Games with the launch of a year-long festival – Snapshots – a bite-sized festival in 13 parts celebrating East London in its Olympic year. Snapshots Festival continues in January 2012 with a special event celebrating the Jewish cultures that have made East London their home over the years. With theatre, exhibitions, live music, dance, storytelling, workshops, film, debate, children’s activities and market stalls, delivered by a mixture of international and local contributors, the event promises to provide a “Snapshot” of this varied and ever-changing part of the world and is open to all.

More information, http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/festival/snapshotspart7/
Rich Mix Snapshots Festival
Saturday 23 July 2011 to 21st July 2012
Snapshots – a bite-sized festival in 13 parts celebrating East London in its Olympic year. Snapshots is showcase of the flavours, feelings and fashions that make East London the place it is; a smattering of family-friendly, free exhibitions, workshops, performances and film; an arena for diversity, debate and disagreement; an opportunity to look back in time as well as a platform for the young and talented; a market-place, a melting pot and a meeting-place.

· Saturday 23rd July: “Snapshots Launch: Rich Mix Open Weekend”
· Saturday 23rd August: “Carnival Mix: Bringing the Party East”
· Saturday 24th September: “Fashion & Garment Trade: Rag Trade / Trading Rags”
· Saturday 22nd October: “Black History Month: Black History… Black Future”
· Saturday 12th November: “Migration: Just passing through?”
· Saturday 17th December: “Alternative Christmas: Meet me under the mistletoe”
· Sunday 29th January: “East London Jewish Culture: Bagels, Bar Mitzvah and Babkas”
· Saturday 18th February: “Valentines: An East-End Love Affair”
· Saturday 24th March: “Bangladesh Community: Banglatown”
· Saturday 21st April: “St George’s Day: My old man said follow the band”
· Saturday 19th May: “Protest, power, struggle and strife: ¡No Pasarán!”
· Saturday 23rd June: “Eastern Europe Community: The Eastern Bloc”
· Saturday 21st July: “Snapshots Finale: Olympics Commences”

More information, http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/festival/snapshotspart7/

Region: All
Start Date: 29/01/2012
End Date: 29/01/2012
Start Time: 12:00 to 00:00
Venue: Rich Mix
Venue Address: 35-47 Bethnal Green, London
Website: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/festival/snapshotspart7/
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
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