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A record-breaking festival!

Opening our packed How to Fight Antisemitism event last Wednesday chair Hugo Rifkind commented on how great it was to see that coronavirus worries hadn’t stopped the audience coming out in large numbers, quipping “and they say Jews are hypochondriacs!”, to which panelist Simon Schama replied “It’s because there are so many doctors here!” And so went Jewish Book Week as a whole, the most popular in its 68-year history, with ticket sales over the 15,000 mark for the first time and attendance up by more than 10% compared to the previous year!
A big thank you to the 186 speakers & performers who graced the stages of #JBW2020 for some 80 talks, concerts, Q&As, staged readings, debates & panel discussions over nine days at Kings Place & JW3. And to our sponsors, benefactors, patrons, supporters & partners who make the festival possible. And last but certainly not least, YOU the Jewish Book Week audience who supported us in such big numbers. If you would like to feed back please consider filling in our festival survey which takes around 10 minutes to complete and includes a prize draw 
Over the coming months we will be making videos & podcasts available of almost all #JBW2020 events, starting with our sold-out opening evening discussion of David Ben-Gurion with Tom Segev & Jonathan Freedland
Over the course of the festival we heard from a wide range of voices including Auschwitz survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch; science experts Jim Al-Khalili & Marcus du Sautoy; actors Steven Berkoff, Celia Imrie & Janet Suzman; former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw; broadcasters Kavita Puri, Gavin Esler, Emma Barnett & Rob Rinder; award-winning novelists Howard Jacobson, Elif Shafak, A. D. Miller & Hannah Rothschild; jazz singer Claire Martin & many, many more
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