Festival Djudeo-Espanyol, The Annual Celebration of the History, Language, and Culture of the “Hidden Jews” of New Mexico, comes to Santa Fe, June 24 and 25, 2016.
The sixth annual Festival Djudeo-Espanyol
– a celebration of the history and culture of the Sephardic Jews of New Mexico will take place this year in Santa Fe at Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta and Caffe Greco, 233 Canyon Road on June 24 and 25, 2016.
Highlighting the Iberian Jewish presence in New Mexico, the Festival features a Sabbath dinner, Saturday morning service using Sephardic melodies from around the world, personal stories told by crypto-Jews, a pop up art show, a dramatic performance of Hebrew poetry of Spain translated into Spanish, expressive writing, a guided tour of the exhibit “Fractured Faiths” at the New Mexico History Museum, and a talk about Eulogia Carrasco’s Song of the Sparrow. Admission is by a suggested donation of $20 at the door for the full day of activities on Saturday and $35 for the Friday evening Sabbath dinner celebration. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased online at nahalatshalom.org. Everyone is welcome to attend all the events.
This year’s featured guest is Cantor Dr. Neil Manel Frau-Cortes, a translator and specialist in Semitic languages, Jewish music and medieval literature who grew up on the small Catalonian island of Mallorca in a Converso family. Dr. Cortes has set some of the traditional Friday evening blessings and songs to the beautiful Alabados melodies of New Mexico and will offer them in celebration at a Friday dinner at Caffe Greco, 233 Canyon Road. Dr. Cortes will also lead a Saturday morning service featuring Sephardic melodies from around the world, at Drury Plaza, 828 Paseo de Peralta.
“Hebrew Poetry of Spain in Translation: A Dramatic Reading”, is directed by Salomé Martinez-Lutz, artistic director of Teatro Nuevo Mexico (established in 2003) and features actresses Monica Rodriguez, María Herrera, and Sandra Marroquin-Evans. It presents, in dramatic theatrical style, poetry written in medieval Spain by some of the greatest poets of all time. The original idea, selection of the poems, as well as translations into Spanish is by Héctor Contreras López. Following the performance there will be a guided tour of “Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities,” the ground-breaking exhibition at the Museum of History. After viewing this powerful exhibit, festival participants will have the opportunity to sort through their reactions during an expressive writing workshop.
“Telling Our Stories” will give attendees the opportunity to listen to the personal journeys of four individuals with crypto-Jewish/Converso background.
The festival wraps up with a talk by author Dr. Sara Koplik entitled “The Discovery of a Modern Crypto-Jewish Manuscript: Eulogia Carrasco’s Song of the Sparrow.”