Thursday, JuLY 6, 2017
Speaks about The Annual Ot Azoy Festival of Jewish Culture in Toronto: Yiddish Culture and the Russian Jewish Community

Vita ShtivelmanVita Karlovna Shtivelman is a Russian Jewish poetess, essayist, declamator, hi-tek professional, founder and manager of Et Cetera (arts and science club). Vita is the author of two books and a large number of publications in the media of Russia, Israel, USA and Canada. Vita has a popular radio show about science and poetry, she is the soundtrack creator in the movie "Shtetl" as well as the winner and a contest judge of international literature contests. The biggest project of Et Cetera is the international annual festival of Jewish culture "Ot Azoj!". Four festivals had been performed in Toronto in the last four years with great success. Club members and the audience enjoyed performances and presentations of signer Svetlana Portnyansky, Vice-President of Word Jewish Congress Josef Zissels, chief editor of Yiddish Forward Boris Sandler, Director of “Tkuma” Igor Shchupak, presenter from YIVO Lyudmila Sholokhova, musicians Psoy Korolenko and Robi Botos and many others. The accomplishments of the creative team Et Cetera are poetry festivals, literature shows "War's Unwomanly Face", "Isaac Babel", "Five Thousand Years of Poetry by Sigmund Freud", "Alexander Pushkin and Lesia Ukrainka Above Language Barriers", "François Villon", "Nikolay Gumilyov", "Science Fiction", kids concerts, charity events and science educational programs.Vita has been awarded with Scroll of Honor from the Municipaity of Toronto for organizing the "Ot Azoj!" festival.