When it is hard to find the words, we tell stories.

In “Maiseh”, which is the Yiddish word for tale (מייסע), seven legends are told in the public space. These stories are vehicles to grapple with loss, misfortune, betrayal and broken hearts. They arm us with humor, hope, courage and love. They bring us together.

Between June 25th and July 3rd, artists from Israel, Germany and Poland tell their version of legends from Krakow – in performances, drawings, murals, sound installations, workshops, and letters. Listen to these stories as they unfold in the streets of Kazimierz. 

Hadassa Goldvicht
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The search for a fleeting, familiar treasure, being cut into fragments in order to retrieve a memory. One foot in the air, one still on the pier. Past and present, life and myth intertwine. Every day, one letter is released: a chapter in the process of mourning.

legend: After dreaming about a treasure hidden under a bridge in Prague, a poor Jew from Krakow called Isaac travels there, only to find that the treasure was located under the stove in his own kitchen all along.

25.06 – 4.07


The letters will be published at  – one for each day of the festival. To follow the artist’s tour of Kazimierz, please read the letters in the following specific locations (click the link to see the map):

25.06 – Eden Hotel, ul. Ciemna 15
26.06 – Synagoga Poppera, Szeroka 16
27.06 – Kładka Bernatka
28.06 – Stara Synagoga, ul. Szeroka
29.06 – Skwer Ozjasza Thona (in front of Tempel Synagogue)
30.06 – ul. Starowislna 77
1.07 – ul. Józefa 42
2.07 – ul. Szeroka, the Nissenbaum Foundation memorial
3.07 – CKŻ, ul. Meiselsa 17 – cafe on the rooftop
4.07 – during your departure from Krakow

Hadassa Goldvicht is an interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working in Jerusalem, Israel. In her work, which revolves around language and ritual, she moves back and forth from large-scale public interventions with members of communities and institutions, to works created within the private domain. In the past two decades her work has been exhibited widely. Her works are included in major collections, both private and public. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (2004) and the School of Visual Arts in New York (2007).


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Maiseh was created especially for the 31st Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow

Curatorial team: Yael Sherill, Lianne Mol & Julia Kawka – Curatorial Collective for Public Art / Berlin, Meydad Eliyahu – HaMiffal / Jerusalem, Paweł Kowalewski – Jewish Culture Festival / Kraków