Here are the answers to some of the questions about Limmud Festival that people have been asking, and more info on how you can get involved.
I’m worried about security at the event
As in previous years, Limmud Festival will be supported by the Community Security Trust (CST) who will be providing security 24/7 throughout the event. The CST is working closely with West Midlands Police and the NEC security, whom we have met with as part of our Festival planning. You can help the CST team to help us, by always wearing your Limmud ID badge, and by ensuring you do not leave any unattended items around the site.
Where will I be staying, and what facilities will be available?
Limmud will have exclusive use of two on-site hotels: the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel (Standard On-Site – Hilton) and the Crowne Plaza (Families Standard – Crowne Plaza). We will also be using the Genting Hotel (Deluxe – Genting). These hotels surround Pendigo Lake and are within a five-minute walk of each other.
We will also be using the Ibis Styles (Premium Economy – Ibis Styles), a fifteen-minute walk from the Hilton; and Economy rooms in other local hotels.
How will I get around if I am staying off-site?
If you have driven to Festival, ample (free) parking space is available at the Hilton and by the NEC. We will provide free onsite shuttle buses stopping at all hotels throughout the day so that if you are staying hotels which are slightly further away (up to 25 min walk) you will not need to shlep!
I’m worried that I’ll get lost!
We will have clear signage and maps on site to enable easy navigation, which we review and update every year with our enhanced knowledge and experience of running Festival on this site.
What about the programme?
The programme is shaping up to be just as amazing and engaging as ever. We have a variety of programming and social spaces to meet different needs and styles of session. From lectures, panel debates and discussions, to workshops, classes and discos, there will be something for everyone. Click here to keep an eye on our programme page for presenter announcements and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news.
Can I present a session?
It is a core Limmud value that all presenters are participants and all participants can be presenters.
For this reason, any participant can choose to offer a session when booking their Festival place by simply checking the “I would like to present a session” box on the application form, and submitting the follow-up forms that will be automatically sent out when booking is completed. We will do our best to ensure that those who offer to present a session at Limmud Festival will be included in the programme.
The deadline for applying to present a session is 10 September 2019. For more information, please click here to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any financial assistance available?
Yes, as much as possible Limmud Festival offers economy or off-site/non-residential options to keep costs down, and being a Festival Maker or a Yad is not only a great way to reduce the cost of attending, but also to enhance your experience at Festival by making connections.
To help spread the cost of coming to Limmud Festival, it will be possible to pay for your place in instalments.
Limmud has a Financial Assistance Scheme, for UK residents, to support those for whom the above options may not be possible or practical, or still may prove to be financially prohibitive, and to try to ensure that those who would like to join are able to do so. Applications for financial assistance must be received by 16 September.
Please select this option on the booking form – no immediate payment from you will be required. All requests for financial assistance will be dealt with in strict confidence.
I have additional needs, what about me?
Participant care is always central to our events – please complete the “medical, access, or other requirements” section of the application form and the Festival team will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Participants with additional needs will also be contacted before Festival to ensure their needs are met. If you have any further questions, please contact our Limmud Office by clicking here to email email@example.com.
I’m coming with my children, what about my family’s needs?
Every year at Festival, families make up a vital part of the event. Children are the future of Limmud and we love seeing them around the site. We will have a designated families hotel, with a family dining room. Click here to visit our dedicated Families page to find out more about bringing your children to Limmud Festival 2019.
And can I come for Shabbat?
Yes! Shabbat Limmud will take place from 20-21 December and we’d be honoured if you’d join us. Shabbat at Limmud Festival is always a more intimate and relaxing affair, so there is a lot to be said for getting settled and familiar with the new site, before the influx of other participants on Sunday. Click here to find out more about Shabbat at Limmud Festival here.
What if I can’t come for the whole event?
This year we will be offering the option to attend Limmud Sunday to Tuesday and Tuesday to Thursday, as well as flexible non-residential day places. Please click here to see the pricing page for all available options for this year.
What if I don’t know anyone…?
That won’t last long! We always try to make it easy to meet people at Limmud events, and this year is no exception, so not knowing anyone shouldn’t put you off. With a wide and varied range of social programming, you’ll soon get to know fellow like-minded participants. Another great way to meet people is to volunteer, so get in touch if you are interested. There is also a buddying scheme available – just mark that this is your first Limmud Festival or that you are coming on your own on the application form to receive more information.
Sounds great, how can I get involved and help?
Limmud is run almost entirely by volunteers, and we’ll need lots of people to help with all aspects of the event. There are plenty of ways to get involved either before or during Festival. You can do everything from helping to direct people around the hotel on the first day of Festival, to coordinating all the plans for families, and everything in between – there are lots of ways you can get involved. Click here to check out our volunteering options.
If you would like to volunteer to help create Limmud Festival 2019, please click here to contact our Limmud Office.
Can I bring my pets?
As much as we believe that Limmud should be for everyone, unfortunately this does not yet extend to pets. Only registered guide dogs will be permitted on site so please make suitable arrangements for other pets to be cared for whilst you are away.