Jewish arts festivals have been pretty much hit or miss in the UK. Actually, they’ve been more miss than hit. It’s been several years since London had a proper Jewish arts festival, and even then the Harvey Goldsmith extravaganza was far from great – overpriced, over-hyped and overrated resulting in few Jews, let alone anyone else, attending.
Now though, without being schmaltzy or clichéd, and promising a kick up the ass of Jewish arts festivals, is Dash 05. Running from mid-September to the first week in December, Dash 05 offers a mix of theatre, visual arts, dance and music, from Jewish artists across the globe. From exhibitions featuring contemporary photographs of Israeli life through to alternative performance evenings, Dash 05 is a who’s who of leading contemporary Jews, including:
Marisa Carnesky, performer
Adam Kossoff, video artist
Oi Va Voi, band
Max Reinhardt, DJ
Maurice el Medioni, Algerian-born pianist
Yasmin Levy, violinist and BBC World Music Awards nominee
Other highlights will include a contemporary classical concert, Elida, plus ongoing debates and discussions. The organisers hope to make this a regular annual event.
It’s refreshing to see a UK Jewish arts festival try to go beyond the usual mix of fishballs and latkes and offer audiences something new as well as something to think about.
Best of all, many of the events are free of charge and even though that do charge an admission are reasonably priced.
For more information visit: www.dasharts.org.uk