The newly renovated Manchester Jewish Museum hosts Synagogue Nights, a striking programme of Thursday evening events this autumn.
Running from 14 October to 2 December, Synagogue Nights is an intimate series of evening events taking place in the atmospheric and beautiful surroundings of the Museum’s recently restored synagogue. Steeped in Manchester’s rich Jewish history, the synagogue has always been the Museum’s pièce de résistance – both as a Jewish place of worship and as a thriving cultural space.
An intimate series of evening events taking place in the atmospheric surroundings of the Museum.
Now, as part of the Museum’s £6 million redevelopment, the wonderful 19th century Grade II listed Spanish and Portuguese synagogue has been refitted with sound and AV technology to further bolster an exciting and eclectic cultural events programme. Illuminating diverse Jewish experiences, stories and histories, the atmospheric building offers itself as a space where artists can experiment with new ideas. And a place where audiences can connect with culture to explore often untold and unexpected narratives.
Although all of these Thursday evening events share in celebrating Jewish experiences, the programme is wonderfully varied. You’ll find animated graphic novels, Yiddish pantomime, Klezmer gigs and theatre performance that manages to incorporate large-scale knitting.
For the first two shows of the season, Manchester Jewish Museum will join forces with the upcoming Tsistsit – the nationwide Jewish Fringe Festival. The first, She Seeks Out Wool is a spoken word and large-scale knitting performance created by Sophie Ablett and Klein Blue. Running from 14 – 17 October, She Seeks Out Wool cleverly weaves a story of family, identity and loss.
Ana Silvera – Ladino Laments and Love Songs on 28 October promises to be an emotive musical set. The London-born singer-songwriter will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes as she traces her family’s journey to Manchester to found the very synagogue she is performing in. On 4 November, Cartoonist and musician Carol Isaacs (aka The Surreal McCoy) brings her graphic memoir to the stage. The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland features lively animation and an original score by 3yin.
On 11 November Suzette Coon will present A Jewish Love Story, a work-in-progress performance telling the story of one woman’s flight from the Polish pogroms and its impact on future generations.
Fusing Hebrew jazz with global grooves, enjoy a wonderful evening with the singer-songwriter Noga Ritter and her soulful trio on 25 November, before Yankl & Der Beanstalk tops off the season on 2 December with a riotous take on a pantomime classic.
In addition to the Thursday evening events, Klezmer-ish will perform on Sunday 24 October. In their first set since the pandemic, the four classically trained musicians will showcase their new album The Lockdown Songbook, as part of the Tsitsit Fringe Festival.
A superb evening in one of Manchester’s most stunning buildings.
Welcoming and unique, there will be opportunities for audiences to connect with artists after each event, through workshops, post-show Q&A sessions and informal discussions. Additionally, the Museum’s brand-new vegetarian café will be serving up a range of delicious snacks and drinks throughout the events too.
Synagogue Nights offers a superb evening in one of Manchester’s most stunning buildings. Step out and experience something new.