Encounters of Jewish-Sephardi Cultures
19 — 23 June 2019
“Bragança, Territory of Sephardi Culture“
Guided by the stimulus of recovering the Sephardic memory and identity, the Municipality of Bragança now holds two fundamental spaces for its cultural life, dedicated to the subject: the Centre for the Interpretation of the Sephardi Culture in Northeastern Trás-os-Montes (CICS) and the Memorial and Documentation Centre – Bragança Sefardita (Sephardi Memorial), both inaugurated in 2017 and located at the “Street of the Museums”, in the Historical Centre of Bragança.
To give relevance to this wager, the municipality promoted, in that same year, the Land(s) of Sefarad – Encounters of Jewish-Sephardi Cultures. A great acceptance, a recognized success by the critics and by the media and a strong participation in the diverse activities by the community of Bragança, the national and spanish communities, invited guests and international speakers, artists, among many others.
Consequently, a second edition of Land(s) of Sefarad – 2019 – was implicit, and explicit, in the diverse evaluations conducted by the partners and promoters of this project.
A great, 5 days, event is proposed, of both national and international character, with 5 main objectives to fulfill:
To sensitize to the Jewish Religious Cultural Tourism (national and international); To bring to Bragança figures of international renown, both Jewish and Sephardic, in a connection with Spain: artists, researchers, historians, investors, Sephardic descendants; To involve researchers, historians, local entrepreneurs of Trás-os-Montes and the “Raia” region; To cause an impact in the specialized and generalist media on the importance of the Sephardic culture in the recent past and in our near future; To place Bragança in the International Routes, through a new centrality.
«Diasporas, Identity and Globalization» | It is intended to place the city as a reference center for the reflection on the memory and the Jewish heritage in Portugal and throughout the North of the Iberian Peninsula.
Scientific Coordination: Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas «Alberto Benveniste» da Faculdade de Letras Univ. de Lisboa.
The 1st International Forum of Sephardic Economics and Entrepreneurship intends to bring to Bragança this multi-continental dynamics, this capacity to undertake, beyond the immediate moment and the close geography. With this Forum, the added values and strategies of the Portuguese economy 's rapproachment to the rhythms and specificities of the Sephardic economy and finance will be equated, with special focus on the connection between Sephardic communities around the world and the connection with the Sephardic Jews who in recent years have sought for the Portuguese citizenship.
Zadok Ben-David, Israeli artist
Graça Morais, from Trás-Os-Montes, with artworks from the series “o Medo”
Exhibition “Arquivos de Memórias”, Memorial e Centro de Documentação – Bragança Sefardita
The Jews and the New Christians of Bragança: fear and hope in the multicultural wheel of Trás-os-Montes
Exhibition in Contemporary Art, Artists from Zamora and Leon
Exhibition and activities – Educational service – About the Jewish-Sephardi culture.
Show of Sephardic-Jewish Cinema – documentaries and short films + fiction – with curatorship of Elena Piatok (festival JUDAICA).
One of the most immediate solid fields of economical development in the Sephardic world is, of course, that of certified kosher food.
After the Opening. An intimate concert will be performed, with voice, violoncello and percussion, in a creation of Sephardic songs.
Yamma Ensemble – Israeli group
Sephardic music, Ladino, …