Given the spread of COVID-19 and public health concerns associated with it, we have taken the difficult step of postponing the 2020 JxJ Festival until a late Summer or Fall date to be determined.
While we are confident that this is the right and necessary decision, it was nonetheless a heartbreaking one—we are entrusted by an amazing community of artists, supporters, patrons, volunteers, and partner organizations to host the largest Jewish cultural event in the DC area, and for the first time in 30 years, we will not be able to do so as planned.
We had confirmed a stellar program of concerts, screenings, and world premiere events for this milestone edition of the Festival, and are actively working on re-scheduling programs. The exact shape, scope, and nature of this re-scheduled programming is not yet known, but our full focus is on bringing these artists and their stories to our stages and screens when it becomes possible.
In the meantime, we are considerably ramping up public programming through our digital networks, and will have some exciting announcements to that effect in the days to come.
We firmly believe that the role of the arts in bringing together community—even if virtually rather than physically—has never been more important.
While we, and the rest of the world, have to shift how it is that we do our core work, we are as committed as ever to providing a cultural respite and means of connection during this unprecedented time.
Artistic and Managing Director, JxJ