When a Synagogue gets a hashtag

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Under the new Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council funding, the Manchester Jewish Museum is reinventing.

Bollywood, comedy, theatre, Video Jame, gigs, and old classic Klezmah is revitalising the museum, opening up to a new demographic. The museum, and heritage site as a former 19th Century Synagogue, is looking towards the future. With long-term future goals of extensions and development, the museum is diversifying its audience with an exciting new events programme, with the best hashtag.

#Synagigs is the hashtag for the autumn, and future, events within the museum.

I went to Video Jam and the Karima Francis gig and as a space for events, the building is impressive. Acoustically, performances bounced around the room. It fits amongst the interesting shift of heritage sites becoming venues, audiences are becoming tired of soulless, repetitive Academy venues and it is heritage sites and museums that are opening up to this demand, and doing it oh so well.

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SOUTINE & CHAGALL

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have been invigilating the School of Paris exhibition at the Manchester Jewish Museum. This exhibition has pieces from infamous artists such as Chagall and Soutine, with Soutine’s work La Soubrette as the highlight of the show, and image of the advertisement campaign. As a personal favourite, the work Apocalypse in Lilac was perfectly suited to the Synagogue space. The works were loaned from the Ben Uri gallery, amongst others, to display works in the north and to gain visitor opinion from the northern Jewish community.

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