Festival celebrates Jewish contributions to arts, culture

The ish Festival returns to Washington Park this weekend as a kickoff to the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial.


The festival debuted in 2017 as a grassroots effort to showcase Jewish arts, lifestyle and neighborhood. Now in its 3rd iteration, ish has developed to serve wider populations and has deepened engagement beyond the competition by itself.


Acclaimed reggae, rap and different rock singer, Matisyahu will headline the occasion Saturday night time with a live performance.


“ish’s growth reflects Cincinnati’s assorted Jewish demographic. We’re happy to heart our work downtown, in the historic property of Cincinnati’s Jewish local community, although honoring and partnering with those who simply call the West End and About-the-Rhine dwelling currently,” mentioned Abby Schwartz, chair of the ish board.


The topic of this year’s pageant is “from Era to Technology,” a nod to the record of contributions of area Jewish men and women to the city’s arts and tradition.


Pursuing the rededication of Chestnut Street Cemetery on Sunday, attendees will make a formal procession to Washington Park, led by marching and Klezmer bands, a musical custom of the Ashkenazi Jews of Central and Eastern Europe.


“I knew artwork and artists experienced the electric power to encourage us even for the duration of these extremely tough periods, and to support us experience related to a person another, even from afar. It was ish’s time to do just that,” reported Marie Krulewitch-Browne, the event’s founder. Her previous skilled experiences include a 10 years at ArtWorks Cincinnati.


This year’s pageant will function an expanded footprint and program. Organizers said the park will appear alive with artwork, dance, new music and record over the two-working day event.


In honor of the historic character of this year’s function, ish will debut a digital platform for their “Jewish Cincinnati: A Wander Via History” strolling excursions, featuring the artwork of neighborhood artist J. Miles Wolf. It features guided audio narration and augmented actuality technology.

Other functions consist of the start of a getaway box plan artist talks a virtual evening of foods motivated by global chef Yotam Ottolenghi, in partnership with nearby dining establishments and a CincyFringe musical debut. Actors from Playhouse in the Park will carry out historic reenactments.


There will also be programs aimed at teens and an artist fellowship for youthful adult creatives.