Festival of Leaving at Manchester Jewish Museum
Ana Silvera, playing Manchester Jewish Museum this November.

Festival of Leaving at Manchester Jewish Museum

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

The two-week long Festival of Leaving comes just a few months before the Manchester Jewish Museum temporarily leaves its historic synagogue site as the building undergoes some construction. During this period of rebuilding and renovation, the museum will be conveniently relocated within Manchester’s iconic Central Library.

To mark this occasion the Manchester Jewish Museum is playing host to the Festival Of Leaving, an exciting two-week long programme of installations, music and live performance.

Between the 5th and 18th of November 2018, Manchester Jewish Museum will house a diverse live performance festival in which artists from a wide range of backgrounds will showcase work which responds creatively to the provocations of leaving, loss and legacy.

The museum, which first opened its doors in 1984, is home to a collection of Jewish stories – stories of journeys, communities and identities, past and present. Through its collections, synagogue setting and prime location on Cheetham Hill Road, the museum is uniquely positioned to bring people together to share experiences and stories.

The Festival of Leaving will mark a significant milestone in the museum’s history as well as offering up an opportunity for artists and diverse audiences to explore, in a creative and playful way, the wider issues of leaving, being left and the things we leave behind.

Witness the music of Ana Silvera: Oracles – a poignant and dreamlike collection of songs written during a period of profound grief. Also Sefiroth, an international collective of musicians who weave timeless stories of love, loss and yearning for home. Catch live performance in Bubble Schmeisis and bloominauschwitz and an evening of spoken word with Young Identity: Ode on the Road.

With inclusivity at the core, the Festival of Leaving boasts something for everyone – whether you’re a regular visitor or new to the museum – here are our listings for this vibrant and thought-provoking festival.

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Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA Manchester
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery

Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

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PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

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Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery
Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

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The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange

Radical Lates at People's History Museum
Activity 11 October 2018–14 February 2019, FREE

Radical Lates at the People’s History Museum