The Ashkenaz Foundation celebrates global Jewish music, arts and culture.

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Past Event

New York

Category Litterature
For many centuries, Jews were the target of antisemitic visuals, images that framed them negatively as one-dimensional figures. Join Eddy Portnoy for a discussion of how Yiddish cartoons evolved to become a unique forum that considered all aspects of Jewish cultural and political life.

Past Event

Los Angeles

Category Music
Combining elements of the ancient with the modern, the avant-garde with the traditional, and the classical with folk, award-winning artist Chloe Pourmorady is joined by a world-class ensemble of musicians from Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Canada and the U.S.

Past Event

Category Celebrations
One of the most revered Jewish rituals, the celebration of Havdallah at the Ashkenaz Festival is likely Canada’s largest outdoor Havdallah ceremony. Thousands of people gather to sing together and awaken their senses by smelling spices, drinking wine, and basking in fi relight, as the passing of Shabbes (the Sabbath) is marked. This year’s Havdallah is led by Aviva Chernick  and Yacov Fruchter of Beth Tzedec Congregation, in collaboration with Jewish bluegrass and Americana innovators Nefesh Mountain.

The Ashkenaz Foundation celebrates global Jewish music, arts and culture that embraces the past, present and future.

Through its biennial festival and year-round programming, Ashkenaz showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft and visual arts.

The Ashkenaz Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious showcases of Jewish music and culture anywhere in the world. Since 1995, the festival has taken place biennially at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto’s premier venue for the presentation of world and folk culture and for the meeting of diverse communities through the arts. Originally founded as a showcase for Klezmer and Yiddish music and culture, the Ashkenaz Festival has evolved over the years into an eclectic showcase of global Jewish art and culture, encompassing not merely the traditions of eastern Europe, but also Sephardic, Mizrachi and Israeli culture, and all manner of cross-cultural fusion. The Festival is offered 90% free to the public and attracts a multicultural audience of over 60,000 people. Nowhere else in the world does so large and diverse an audience come together to experience Jewish cultural arts. Though strongly focused on music, Ashkenaz is a multidisciplinary festival, including dance, theatre, film, literature and talk, visual arts, and kids/family programs. Ashkenaz usually features over 80 performances and 200+ individual artists, hailing from across Canada and around the world. Over the years, Ashkenaz has presented artists from over 25 countries and 6 continents.

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