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Join the ‘MAKKABI / still standing’ action!


We invite you to join the choreographic activity “Makkabi // Still Standing”, which will take place at the turn of April and May 2024!

How to apply?
✍️ Participation in the workshop and the planned event is free of charge. All interested persons are requested to fill in the FORM.
📩 All questions will be answered at:
Detailed project action plan:
1️⃣ Movement workshops with choreographers Monika Szpunar and Weronika Pelczyńska, dedicated to choreographic and performative practice around Still Standing;
Friday, April 12, 5:00–8:00 PM
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Monday, May 6, 5:00–8:00 PM
Friday, May 10, 5:00–8:00 PM
Saturday, May 11, 3:00–8:00 PM
2️⃣ Substantive classes on the history of the Makkabi Stadium and working with memory, led by anthropologist Dr Aleksandra Janus:
Date to be confirmed.
3️⃣ An anti-discrimination workshop and an introduction to the basics of Jewish culture, led by Jewish educator Miriam Synger:
Thursday, April 25, 5:00–8:00 PM.
You can sign up for selected or all events within the project.
❗ The choreographic activity is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
⚽ The educational activities will be open to the whole community of the KS Nadwiślan sports club, not just the people participating in the project.
🎥 The preparation process and the event itself on May 11 will be documented photographically and on film.
❓ Did you know that in the centre of Krakow, just below Wawel, there is a former Jewish football stadium? Are you curious about the people who played there and the people who came to watch? Did you know that tensions between Krakow sports clubs date back to pre-war times?
💡 If you want to find out more, take part in the open call for the next edition of the Still Standing project! We invite young people and adults to join. Anyone over the age of 15 can apply, regardless of fitness level or previous experience with choreography and movement in public space. With foreigners living in Krakow in mind, the project will be conducted in two languages: Polish and English. Our aim is to restore the memory of Krakow’s Jewish past, and in particular the Jewish sports club Makkabi.
⚽ The project enables participation in a series of free workshop and educational meetings and in a collective choreographic activity (May 11, 2024) in the space of the KS Nadwiślan pitch, i.e. in the former stadium of the Jewish sports club Makkabi. Participation in the choreographic activity will consist of collective performance of simple movement activities in the open space of the pitch.
🔳 The “Still Standing” activity has been developed since 2020 by Weronika Pelczyńska and Aleksandra Janus in cooperation with Monika Szpunar. Its aim is to commemorate places related to Polish-Jewish history through movement and dance as tools of remembrance. The project refers to the choreography of Noa Eshkol and raises questions about care as an attitude towards the past. This year we are planning commemorative activities on the site of the former Makkabi Stadium, involving the local community.
🏟️ This year we want to organise commemorative activities at the former Makkabi Stadium and involve the local community. Jewish history – in Poland, but also in Krakow – can be associated mainly with war and the Holocaust, with Schindler’s List and Jews in traditional costume. Together we can change this and show that sport and dance are good ways to learn about our common past, to get to know our forgotten heritage and to understand the reality that surrounds us.

The event was organised in cooperation with the KS Nadwiślan Club, Makabi Warszawa, Cricoteca, Zapomniane Foundation and the Urban Memory Foundation as part of the project "MultiMemo: Multidirectional Remembering. Remembering for Social Justice", which FestivALT is implementing with the support of the European Union within the framework of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme. 🇪🇺 Co-financed by the City of Krakow.