Manchester Jewish Museum launches its December trailblazer series next week, meeting the women at the frontline of the UK Jewish Music scene.

The December showcase forms part of the series of trailblazer events as Manchester Jewish Museum prepares to reopen in Spring 2021.

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What Does The Future Sound Like? runs from 10-15 December and celebrates the diversity of Jewish music, meeting some of the emerging stars.  A series of digital films will be released over the first six days of the Jewish Festival of Chanukah featuring musician Francesca Ter-Berg in converation with special guests Carol Isaacs, Manchester University graduate Anna Lowenstein, Polina Shepherd and Ana Silvera. Together they explore their own musical identities, transforming traditions and accessing memory and cultural histories to imagine the future. Each of the films will focus on a specific artist and will contain samples of their music.

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Speaking about her participation in the event, Francesca Ter-Berg said, “It has been a fantastic opportunity working with Manchester Jewish Museum and their Creative Producer Laura Seddon to create these five films that really show the breadth and diversity of the genre-pushing contemporary Jewish music scene in the UK. Although we are five very different artists, we have found common threads in our work in how we challenge and transform traditions and conventions to create our own new musical identities, and in the way we care for the stories we tell, as well as for each other.”

Future trailblazers include January’s young Creative Activists’ response to this year’s Holocaust Memorial day theme ‘Being A Light in the Darkness’, February’s culinary delve into the archives with theatre chef Leo Burton and a Spring walking tour going back in time through Redbank and Cheetham with The Bare Project Theatre Company.

Manchester Jewish Museum – Francesca Ter-Berg image courtesy of Iggy Crespo