Manchester Jewish Museum recently announced a two-week-long arts event. ‘Festival of Leaving’ will take place in November, a while before the MJM temporarily leaves its historic synagogue home and moves into Central Library, to allow for building work. To mark this move, the Museum is hosting diverse programme of installations and live performances all about leaving, loss, and legacy. Just a few standouts are outlined here. Acclaimed street performer Nick Cassenbaum will transform the venue into an East London schvitz (Jewish steam bath), for a show full of personal stories about schlepping off to summer camps and Spurs games. Folk singer Ana Silvera (whose great grandparents married in MJM’s synagogue) presents ‘Orcales’, a song-cycle with lyrics that explore love, loss, and salvation. Concluding the festival will be singers from Hope Mill Theatre. They will be performing works by some of the greatest Jewish American songwriters of the 20th Century, and tunes from their next production: ‘Rags’ – the spiritual sequel to ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.
Mon 5 Nov – Sun 18 Nov, Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 8LW, Tel: 0161 834 9879, Event times and prices vary, www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com
Published on: Sat 20 Oct 2018