Who: FestivALT

Where: Kraków, Poland

When: January-December 2021

With: MOPS Krakow, University of Silesia in Katowice, POLIN Warsaw, FoJAM Melbourne, JCC Warsaw, Arts in Boston, Pamoja Gallery Krakow, Czulent Krakow, Galicia Jewish Museum Krakow, Krakow Museum, Koffler Centre for the Arts Toronto, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Australian Society for Polish Jews Melbourne, American Jewish University, Asylum Arts NYC, Krakow Scouts, Urban Memory Foundation Wrocław, Theatre Powszechny Warsaw, Museum of Holocaust Washington, Krakow Ethnographic Museum, Club of Catholic Inteligentsia, City of Krakow, Zapomniane Foundation Warsaw

CentrALT is the centre for contemporary Polish Jewish art and ideas. Operating at the intersections of art and activism, CentrALT is an interdisciplinary cultural institution presenting contemporary art, conducting artistic research, and offering educational and social activities through the lens of contemporary Jewish Poland. CentrALT grew out of FestivALT, a ten-day annual contemporary Jewish art festival, currently in its fourth edition. Due to Covid-19, the organization had to reimagine the way it works, transforming from a festival model to an ongoing season of work. This transformation became the catalyst for understanding the value and need for a year-round organization, with ongoing activities aimed at supporting the cultural activity and curiosity of citizens. Recognizing the need for more nuanced, autonomous representations of Jewishness in Poland, CentrALT is a critical laboratory to explore, experiment and construct modern definitions of Polish Jewry. It operates under the premise that culture and art play a vital role in building a modern, inclusive, critical society. As Jewish culture and interest in Jewish issues and life in Poland continues to grow, year-round artistic activities created and organized by Jewish people are essential to maintaining, strengthening and evolving authentic Jewish ecology.