Milan’s Jewish community will offer a four-day festival of music, dance, traditional cuisine, meetings, discussions, plays, readings and language starting after sundown (end of the Sabbath) on Saturday 28 September, and finishing on Tuesday 1 October, Holocaust Memorial Day, with a discussion on “Spiritual resistance during the Shoah”.
Guastella neighbourhood, surrounding the central synagogue, will be the heart of the festival which will present a wide range of cultural activities to invite the whole city to take part in a period of exchange and dialogue.
Most events will be open free of charge, including guided visits and kids’ activities. In a hors de programme introduction on Saturday evening, psychoanalysts Haim Baharier and Vittorino Andreoli will discuss the sense of the day of rest under the provocative headline “Shabbat isn’t a Sunday which happens on Saturdays”.
The full programme then gets under way on Sunday, when mayor Giuliano Pisapia, province president Guido Podestà and Jewish Community president Walker Meghnagi, together with Daniele Cohen, culture councillor and Rav Alfonso Arbib, chief rabbi attend the formal opening. The full programme is available here.