52nd Israel Festival to take place this summer in Jerusalem

Saturday 27, April 2013


52nd Israel Festival to take place this summer in Jerusalem


The Israel Festival, taking place between the 23rd May and the 22nd June 2013, is a three-week celebration of the performing arts featuring tens of different events in dance, theater, jazz, classical, Israeli and world music, with international and Israeli performers.


The festival which first started in 1961, has since then become one of the most important events in Israel’s cultural calendar.
The events during the festival will be held in some of Jerusalem’s iconic landmarks, including the Tower of David, the Jerusalem Lepers Colony, the renovated and reopened First Train Station, Sultan’s Pool and Ein Kerem, as well as the Jerusalem Theatre, the Gerard Behar Center, Mamilla, the YMCA and Beit Shmuel. 
Highlights within the music, dance and theatre performances include:
Music: Israeli pianist and songwriter Shlomi Shaban will open the festival at the First Railway Station (23rd May). The show will include guests such as Asaf Avidan, Berry Sakharof and Ninet Tayeb. The festival’s closing concert will be performed by Kaveret, one of Israel’s most popular bands at Sultan’s Pool. The festival will mark the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with a festive concert of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Shazlan.
Dance: In a performance adapted to suit the unique surroundings of the Tower of David, Dressed to Dance will be a display of flamenco costumes from Madrid to the accompaniment of live music. Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Guy Behar with their dance company L.E.V. will present Housen, a site-specific version of House, adapted to the Hansen House site, home of the former Jerusalem Lepers Colony in the Talbiya neighbourhood.
Theater: International theatre performances will include a performance of The Bee, co-written by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan. Inspired by the events of 9/11, this play is about a Japanese man and his enraged reaction when his wife and son are taken hostage. The UK’s 1927 theatre company will perform The Animals and the Children Took to the Streets, incorporating live music, performance, storytelling and animation. Blind Summit Theatre, founded by Nick Barnes and Mark Down, will be performing The Table, in which the cardboard-constructed protagonist Moses shares his perspective on life.
Tickets can be purchased at the Jerusalem Theatre. For more information about the festival, please visit



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