The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

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One Gate – Two Holidays. Time for Chanukah and Christmas

One Gate – Two Holidays. Time for Chanukah and Christmas

The workshop is designed as a discussion of the Polish-Jewish history of Lublin from the perspective of two simultaneously celebrated festivities – Chanukah and Christmas. The idea refers to the sybolism of the Grodzka Gate as the meeting point for the two religions and the people inhabiting both sides of the gate, independent of whether their houses were lit up by a Hanukkah Lamp or a Christmas Tree. Young people learn to recognise the similarities between religions, getting to know traditional meals, rituals and tales characteristic for the two holidays.

Target group: elementary school, 1st grade middle school
Workshop time: 90 mins
Place: The Grodzka Gate – 21, Grodzka Street

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Urban game. In search of the non-existent city

Urban game. In search of the non-existent city

The convention of the urban game enables to locate the former Jewish Town in the spaces of contemporary Lublin. Participants recognise the traces of the past in the transformed area of the present-day castle grounds.

The area for the game embraces 4 locations:

1. The Czwartek Hill & St Nicholas Church – view of the Jewish District zone from the hill top
2. The foot of the Lublin Castle Hill – the former Maharshal Synagogue site
3. Castle Terraces observation deck – view of the Jewish District zone from Krawiecka street
4. 47, Lubartowska street – the house of Róża Fiszman-Sznajdman

During the game, participants have to arrive at all four locations, following the instructions provided. The workshop's design is based on archival sources including photographs, literature and city layouts of pre-war Lublin superimposed onto its contemporary plan.

Target group: middle and secondary schools
Workshop time: 90-120 mins
Place: Podzamcze (castle grounds)

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Biographical workshop. Stories from the Gate

Biographical workshop. Stories from the Gate

The workshop is designed as a reconsideration of the socio-historical situation of the Jewish citizens of Lublin in the post-war Poland, including the phenomenon of Jewish emigration seen from the perspective of individual people. Participants of the workshop get to know the biographies of nine people connected with pre- and post-war history of the Lublin region and the city itself: Nimrod Ariav, Thomas Blatt, Adam Bromberg, Róża Fiszman-Sznajdman, Anna Langfus, Krystyna Modrzewska, Dawid Sztokfisz, Nechama Tec and Symcha Wajs. Their stories demonstrate the complicated and diverse personal reactions to post-war reality and the experience of the Holocaust. The participants are also invited to discuss the complexity of human endeavour to remember the Jewish past.

Target group: high schools
Workshop time: 90 mins
Number of participants: max. 15
Place: The Grodzka Gate – 21, Grodzka Street

“May his soul be bound in the bond of eternal life”. Reading the Jewish Cemetery

“May his soul be bound in the bond of eternal life”. Reading the Jewish Cemetery

The workshop is made up of two parts. Participants meet at the Grodzka Gate where introductory issues on Jewish funeral tradition and the symbolism of gravestone inscriptions are discussed. Later, they visit the Old Jewish Cemetery at Kalinowszczyzna street where they can see the actual Hebrew incscriptions on the matzevahs still remaining in the graveyard. Additionally, the participants of the workshop get to know the life stories of people important for the religious and cultural life of Jews in Lublin (gravestones of the famous scholars).

Target group: middle and secondary schools
Workshop time: 90-120 mins
Place: The Grodzka Gate – 21, Grodzka Street / Old Jewish Cemetery in Lublin

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Price List

workshops in Polish: 5 zł / person

workshops in a foreign language (English, French, German, Russian): 10 zł / person

 

Workshops need to be booked in advance via electronic mail [email protected] or at the following number: /081/ 532 58 67