Showing posts with label Festival of Lights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Festival of Lights. Show all posts


June 6, 2011: In celebration of its long history as an epicenter for artists and creative thinkers, Jerusalem will present its Season of Culture Festival featuring a series of riveting artistic exhibitions, spanning the disciplines of dance, music, poetry, philosophy, visual art and new media, including:

  • The Merce Cunningham Dance Company Presents The Farewell Waltz (June 6-11): In collaboration with the Israel Festival and the re-imagined Israel Museum, the Season of Culture Festival will host seminal performances of The Farewell Waltz including site-specific interpretations created especially for museum spaces.       
  • Kutiman Online (June 16): Artist, musician and YouTube sensation Kutiman will unveil a digital presentation of his specially commissioned work for the Jerusalem Season of Culture Festival.


  • In-House: An Evening of Dance, Theater and Music (June 21-24): Jerusalem's unique private residences will open their doors to dance, theater, music and poetry performances, creating a special environment between audience and performer. 

  • Different Trains (June 30-July 21): The festival will feature an interpretation of the Steve Reich masterpiece, Different Trains, performed at an ancient and newly renovated Turkish prison at the Tower of David.  

  • Balabasta Festival (July 4,11,18,25): The Mahane Yehuda market will be transformed into a stage for dancers, musicians, sculptors, actors and poets presenting evening performances among the colorful market stalls.    

  • Contact Point (July 14): A festive evening featuring dancers, actors, poets, philosophers, musicians and DJs performing at the Israel Museum.    
  • Road to Zion (July 21): A musical celebration of Jerusalem bringing together international and local artists to celebrate the diverse spiritual paths that lead to Jerusalem.  

  • Renee Fleming (July 28): The world-renowned soprano Renee Fleming will present a one-off, open-air performance alongside the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta at Sultan's Pool.


Beginning June 15 through June 22, Jerusalem will host its second annual Jerusalem Light Festival transforming the Old City into a living light art display with illuminated images projected onto its various ancient sites and attractions. 

The festival will feature artistic light exhibits designed by local and international light artists throughout the Old City, as well as street events and performances, a lighting fair in the Davidson Center Archeological Garden and four different routes around the Old City following the illuminated sites and installations. Also, the former Jerusalem Municipality Building will replicate the celebratory lighting display created in honor of the coronation of King George VI in 1937, and a video mapping tour will be projected on the Rothschild House taking visitors on a journey from city to nature.

In addition, the TILT Group (France) will create a futuristic garden of light in an exhibit that encircles the audience and creates an innovative urban environment using advanced technology at the Jaffa Gate; and Italian artist Richi Ferrero will present "Bwindi Light Masks" featuring illuminated African masks alongside a soundtrack of Mongolic music accompanied by a Bulgarian chorale group at Zedekiah's Cave.

The Jerusalem Light Festival is a unique event that showcases some of the world's most creative artists transforming the Old City of Jerusalem into a living work of art. This special combination of modern and ancient will create some additional excitement for travelers arriving in Israel this summer.

Also, the city's El Wad Street will be transformed into a festively lit marketplace beginning at the Damascus Gate to the entrance of the Western Wall.