Culture in Israel - Israeli Festivals

This is another page I have about the culture in Israel. This one is more about festivals in Israel, but if you want to learn about the main cultural institutions in the country then visit this page.

Most festivals in Israel started as a fringe type cultural experience and grew into the mainstream – or sort of…

There are quite a few festivals in Israel, and I will talk a bit about the main ones:

The Israel Festival

This is probably the biggest festival in Israel. It takes place during the spring and artists from all over the world (and of course Israeli artists in particular) take part in a variety of art forms and shows including dance, music, theater and other unique art forms.

The festival has been running for almost 5 decades now and most performances take place in Jerusalem which is the main hosting city. There are also a lot of free performances that take place in the streets, including theater, kids' shows, jazz music etc.

Click here for the official website of the Israel Festival.

The Israel Festival in JerusalemThe Israel Festival in Jerusalem

Haifa International Film Festival

This awesome film festival takes place in – surprise – Haifa, the beautiful city on the Carmel ridge. The festival is held each year in September or October and has been going on for over 25 years now. The film festival is 8 days long, during which it premiers 150 new international and local films to tens of thousands of viewers. There are feature films, short films, documentaries, animation and more. It is a lot of fun and you can catch many films that otherwise you would not have a chance to watch in your local mall or theater.

Click here for the official website of the Haifa film festival.

The Haifa Film FestivalThe Haifa Film Festival

Jazz in the Red Sea Festival

Every year since 1987 a Jazz festival takes place in Eilat on the Red Sea. The Festival takes place on the last week of every August between Monday to Thursday.

If you are a Jazz fan and you happen to be in Eilat you will be able to join more than 70,000 other people that attend the festival every year.
The music ranges from classical to contemporary Jazz with some Latin stuff and even some world music. The festival attracts some big names in the jazz world, such as Chick Corea, Incognito, Dianne Reeves and many others. There are about 10 concerts per night and all of the concerts are held outdoors at the port. It's a really great vibe if you are into jazz.

Click here for the Jazz festival's website.

Akko Festival of Alternative Israeli Theater

This festival was created to give a stage to smaller and more unique theater forms, and it takes place in Akko – a perfect setting really. I'm not really into alternative theater that much, but you can find more information about the festival on their official website.

The Akko alternative theater festivalThe Akko alternative theater festival

So there you go. Those are some of the best festivals and will give you a taste of the culture in Israel. Have fun!

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