;es­ti­val to cel­e­brate refugee con­tri­bu­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

by Lu­cian Freud, whose grandfather, Sig­mund, fled to the UK from Vi­enna in 1938

A YEAR-LONG na­tion­wide arts fes­ti­val will take place from March 2019 to March 2020 to cel­e­brate the refugees that came to the UK from Nazi Europe and their im­pact on Bri­tish cul­ture.

The fes­ti­val, called In­sid­ers/Out­siders, will of­fer ex­hi­bi­tions, con­certs, dance and theatre per­for­mances, film screen­ings, walks, lec­tures and lit­er­ary events across the UK.

Ini­ti­ated by art his­to­rian Mon­ica Bohm-Duchen, it will high­light the con­tri­bu­tions of the artists, writ­ers, de­sign­ers, ac­tors, film-mak­ers, dancers and mu­si­cians — as well as pub­lish­ers, art his­to­ri­ans, deal­ers and col­lec­tors — who, after flee­ing Nazi-dom­i­nated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, en­riched Bri­tish cul­ture.

The fes­ti­val pro­gramme will ex­am­ine th­ese émi­grés’ on­go­ing in­flu­ence on Bri­tain’s cul­tural land­scape, and fea­ture work by their de­scen­dants, ex­plor­ing their fam­i­lies’ lega­cies.

Jewish for­mer refugees who will be hon­oured dur­ing the year-long event in­clude Lás­zló Mo­holy-Nagy, Lu­cie Rie, An­nely Juda, Josef Her­man and Hans Keller.

Ms Bohm-Duchen said: “This fes­ti­val will pay trib­ute to a dis­ap­pear­ing gen­er­a­tion and en­sure their achieve­ments and im­mense cre­ativ­ity are re­mem­bered.

“It will also hon­our those Bri­tish­born in­di­vid­u­als who, in wel­com­ing and work­ing with th­ese émi­grés, chose open­ness and in­ter­na­tion­al­ism.”

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