Festivals and Events
Steeped in religious significance, Israel is home to numerous sites of historical and cultural significance to Jews and members of other religions. Yet Israel is far more than just an open-air history museum, as can be seen by vibrant cities like Tel Aviv that have their finger on the pulse and are embracing modernity at a spectacular rate. Israel is the perfect blend of the old and the new and its festivals fully reflect this attitude.
Originally established as a music festival, the Israel Festival
has now become the leading Israeli event of the year and is the country’s chance to showcase the hottest, freshest talent in a multitude of different disciplines. Dancers, musicians, actors and artists all take to the streets and stage to display their phenomenal skills, each contributing to the prestige of the festival and the excitement of the program.
Tel Aviv Pride
Fast becoming one of the world’s top gay destinations, every year Tel Aviv hosts the most fabulous of pride celebrations complete with parties and performances, all dedicated to the LGBTQ community. At the end of a week of events, the pride parade takes place in an explosion of sound and colour. The Middle East might not be the most obvious place to embrace everything other than heterosexuality, but Tel Aviv Pride
is sure to leave you breathless as you party into the night.
White Night Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has so much to offer and is such a lively and bustling city that someone decided, why not keep the city open all night so people can enjoy it for even longer? Thus, the creation of White Night Tel Aviv came about. Shops, restaurants and historical points of interest stay open all night long with parties on every street corner across the city. Pulsing music will flow through the airwaves all night long as the city of Tel Aviv forgoes sleep for this exciting festival.
Karmiel Dance Festival
Once a year, Karmiel hosts one of Israel’s biggest dance festivals
as 250,000 people from all over flock to witness the non-stop performances that take place over the course of three days. Showcases, workshops and competitions all make up the agenda for this lively festival with every genre imaginable finding its place somewhere in the program. Make your way to one of the venues for a visual treat, suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Klezmer Music Festival
Held in the Old Jewish Quarter and the Artist Quarter of Tzfat, the Klezmer Music Festival lasts for three days with a program consisting of free performances that take place between 9pm and midnight. There are also workshops and jam sessions for those looking to learn a bit more about traditional forms of Jewish music. Bringing children along? Not to worry, the festival caters well to young ones with various activities on offer such as magic and storytelling shows and demonstrations of some of the unusual Klezmer
Jerusalem Beer Festival
With over 100 beers on offer, lovers of this marvellous tipple will be well provided for at this unique Israeli festival. International brewers will flock to Jerusalem during this event to hawk their produce, allowing the curious to taste before purchasing. The evenings will be filled with music by local and national artists, providing some entertainment to accompany the merry-making of the festival’s attendees.