• צילום: יח״צ
    24.5 21:00

    Mah Omrot Einayich?: A formal opening event

    A journey through the songs of Shoshana Damari, the first lady of Israeli song, whose voice formed the soundtrack of her time and of our identity. The concert features original arrangements of the great and beloved songs that were written for Damari by Israel’s best lyricists and composers, including Moshe Vilensky, Yaakov Orland, Nahum Nardi, and Ehud Manor.

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  • צילום: וויטק ברטינסקי
    25.5 16:30 | 25.5 19:30

    Non Troppo, or: The School of Weathers

    At the School of Weathers in the heart of the storm, snow and wind, inside a world of chaos and opposites and with dancers and a mesmerizing stage, we learn from the storm how to live between the poles and enjoy the questions that do not always have answers.

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  • צילום: נדב אריאל
    Several events

    Peter and the Wolf at the Zoo

    A magical performance on the lawn opposite the flamingo and waterfowl area by the Jerusalem Street Orchestra. With challenging questions that try to discover who the good ones are, who the bad ones are, and what all that has to do with protecting the environment.

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  • צילום: מיכה קירשנר
    26.5 21:00

    A kicking tribute to ' HaClique'

    Israel’s leading indie bands play a salute to HaClique, the legendary rock band that, in the early 1980s, paved the way for many artists and set the brazen bar for indie rock in Israel. The bands will play new arrangements of songs by HaClique, as well as original material.

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    Several events

    Nephilim

    As Yonatan Levy continues his voyage among the layers of Israeli reality’s unconscious, he stretches the limits of the theater with a trilogy centering on the characters of Menachem Begin during his visit to Beaufort Castle, an Israeli judoka competing in Asia, and supermodel Bar Refaeli behind Carolina Lemke sunglasses.

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  • צילום: מיכאל טופיול
    27.5 14:00

    Breaking The Lines: The Tziporela Ensemble - Ronny Somek

    Written and directed by the Tziporela Ensemble, “Born to Bite,” satirizes the important small moments of our lives. The beloved poet Ronny Someck will pop up to add in his own biting insights.

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  • צילום: עמרי כהן
    Several events

    Classical Music Weekends at the Eden-Tamir Music Center

    The Eden-Tamir Music Center, housed in a building surrounded by a garden in Jerusalem’s picturesque Ein Kerem neighborhood, is one of the city’s jewels. Under the artistic direction of the renowned pianist Alexander Tamir, the center will present two series: The Symphonic Piano and the Concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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  • צילום: Theresa Rauter
    27.5 12:00 | 27.5 15:00

    More than Naked

    In Uhlich’s unique choreographic world, which resembles a playground, twelve dancers show their best and less-than-best sides, lay aside all possibility of provocation, and examine the naked body without prejudices and in a manner that entertains and liberates.

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    Several events

    DJs, live performances, video-mapping screenings by Nevet Yitzhak on the front wall of the theater, and an open-air café in the Festival spirit

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    Several events

    Rest

    A revival of an iconic work by Adina Bar-On, a pioneer of performance art in Israel. In an installation that deals with Israeli identity, Bar-On gives a well-known poem by Natan Alterman her own dramatic interpretation as she lies on a bed suspended high above ground in the theater lobby.

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  • צילום: Emile Zeizig
    28.5 21:00

    TWERK

    A mesmerizing collaboration by a duo of choreographers who turned the dance floor into a space for training, development of a language of dance, and extravagant anthropological and ritual observation of a world where the crowd is the choreographer, the performer and the audience.

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    28.5 21:30

    Odyssey

    Cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton appears in a rare collaboration with the writer Aharon Appelfeld in a performance produced especially for the Israel Festival. Recorded excerpts of Appelfeld reading from his work The Story of a Life run like a thread through Odyssey, Wieder-Atherton’s monumental work for cello.

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  • צילום: יוליה בורשטיין שחם
    29.5 17:00

    ClassiLike 2: Symphony Soup

    A little girl must prepare soup to help a young man in distress. But the soup she must cook is no ordinary dish. It is a miraculous soup made from sounds, reminding us that we need art just as much as we need food.

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  • עיצוב: לירן מסר,  סתיו דרור, מוטי בכר
    Several events

    The City Square

    Come celebrate Jerusalem’s cultural beauty and variety in Zion Square, the city’s own beating heart. The City Square features lectures by leading intellectuals, performances of music and dance, and screenings of video and film, as well as theatrical performances for children and the whole family. With support from the Eden Foundation and the Jerusalem Municipality, and designed by the Architecture Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

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  • איור: דוד פולונסקי
    30.5 17:00

    ClassiLike 2: A Moonless Night

    Zohar cannot fall asleep without moonlight. She goes on a nighttime journey to look for the moon and put it back in the sky. Along the way, she meets various creatures, animal and human, and finally finds what she is looking for in the far-off hut of an old man.

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  • צילום: Matteo Maffesanti
    30.5 21:30 | 31.5 20:30

    FOLK-S, will you still love me tomorrow?

    One of the most prominent representatives of contemporary dance in Italy brings us a unique piece that draws inspiration from traditional folk dances. Sciarroni brings these ancient dances into confrontation with modernity, creating a new ritual that takes place to the soundtrack of Romantic-era music alongside synthpop and hip-hop.

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    31.5 20:30

    From East to West

    From Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem Scheherazade to Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio to new arrangements of songs of Shoshana Damari and Fairuz, classical music meets Oriental traditions under the baton of Eitan Globerson.

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  • צילום: תום דבש
    31.5 19:00 | 31.5 21:00

    Center Stage: Go Straight

    A young actor who left religion comes out of the closet in search of freedom only to discover that his new label is just as limiting if not more than his previous societal boundaries.

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  • צילום: יואב רודה
    1.6 19:00 | 1.6 21:00

    Center Stage: The Ineffable Name

    A dark existential story based on Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “Death and the Compass.” A Latin American detective who attempts to solve a series of crimes is drawn into Jewish mysticism, ending in a chaotic, nightmarish journey.

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  • צילום: Martin Argyroglo
    2.6 20:00 | 3.6 13:00

    La Mélancolie des Dragons

    An artist with a rare voice invites us into an enchanted visual world that contains a mixture of six aging rockers, soap bubbles, huge plastic bags, music from the Middle Ages, songs by The Scorpions, one mischievous puppy — and reality that is slowly mixed with a dream.

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  • צילום: שירלי אבנון-קרייזל
    2.6 19:00 | 2.6 21:00

    Center Stage: In case I'm not around

    “I have not yet given birth to a child. I have not yet published a book. Who will remember that I was ever in this world?” A traumatic incident drives a successful psychologist to drop everything and create a TED-like talk for the child she may never bear.

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  • Photo by Jeff Roffman
    2.6 20:30

    Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer

    The award-winning conductor Murry Sidlin presents a concert that combines video and narration with works composed by Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Zigmund Schul, Pavel Haas, Rudolf Karel and other composers who wrote musical works while they were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp before they were sent to their deaths.

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  • צילום: Pierre-PLANCHENAULT
    2.6 22:00

    Of Ivory and Flesh: Statues Also Suffer

    An imaginary tribe that lives by extreme mechanical dictates and speaks a rare language of theater and dance must suddenly reach a high level of physical and emotional expression. The work premiered at the 2014 Montpellier Dance Festival and has enjoyed global success.

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  • צילום: Diegor Rosman
    2.6 22:00

    Castle in Time Orchestra

    The new gospel of groove of the concert halls: An orchestra with 23 instrumentalists and singers, one computer, and a conductor link the world of the classical orchestra with that of the contemporary sound of the indie and electronic world. A concert that combines performance art, video and sound, inspired by a seminal book by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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  • צילום: Wang Chong
    4.6 21:15 | 5.6 20:30

    Thunderstorm 2.0

    A classic Chinese story that brings a fresh voice from China to the stage. The stage functions as both a theatrical venue and a film set, misleading the audience and undermining its perception of reality in a moving and poetic theatrical language.

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  • צילום: אורית מילר
    4.6 21:30

    Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis With Yehudit Ravitz and Mira Awad

    Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis host Yehudit Ravitz and Mira Awad on a journey into the rich repertoire of the Al-Kuwaity brothers, Saleh and Daud — Dudu Tassa’s own grandfather and great-uncle — who were among Iraq’s greatest musicians. A special performance for the Festival of the album “Allah Shawaiti.”

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  • צילום: ניר שגב
    5.6 19:00 | 5.6 21:00

    Center Stage: With One Foot in Heaven

    When Israeli tanks mistakenly open fire at Israeli troops stationed in a Lebanese village, tin puppets come to life in a surrealistic world suspended between dream and memory. Based on a true nightmare.

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  • צילום: ניר שאנני
    6.6 19:00 | 6.6 21:00

    Center Stage: The Audition

    A struggling actress who gets the chance of a lifetime to audition for the coveted role of Lady Macbeth decides to do something so outrageous that no one will ever forget her.

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  • עיצוב: יח״צ צוללת
    Several events

    The Sub-mobile Comes to the Neighborhood

    To mark the Yellow Submarine’s 25th anniversary, the Israel Festival is proud to launch the Submobile tour. The Submobile, a vintage Volkswagen Transporter painted to look like a submarine that has surfaced from the ocean’s depths, will travel throughout Jerusalem, bringing a colorful celebration of culture, art and concerts featuring beloved musicians.

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  • צילום: Don Hunstein Sony Music
    Several events

    Learning Songs

    In her unique artistic language, Nava Frenkel creates a fascinating meeting with the American musician Louis Hardin, who was known by his nickname Moondog — a blind street artist who spent part of his life voluntarily homeless and a brilliant avant-garde composer who walked the streets of New York City wearing a long robe and a Viking-style horned helmet and sporting a long white beard.

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  • באדיבות הגלריה המוראבית בצ'כיה
    7.6 20:30

    For the opening of an exhibit of 60 spectacular Iranian posters that were designed between 1973 and 2013, the Museum will host an evening of shows featuring sound, music, and spoken-word performance by the best contemporary artists, who will furnish a glimpse into Iran beyond the political-religious discourse.

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    7.6 19:00 | 7.6 21:00

    Center Stage: Progress Report

    In this new stage adaptation of Daniel Keyes' short story Flowers for Algernon about the rat race, a boy imprisoned in an adult’s body participates in a transformative experiment.

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  • צילום: יוליה בורשטיין שחם
    8.6 17:00

    ClassiLike 2: Robert the Rabbit

    Robert the Rabbit discovers that while Sergei Prokofiev’s work “Peter and the Wolf” features a duck and a bird, it has no rabbit. Filled with a sense of mission, Robert leaves everything behind to go to far-off Russia to meet Mr. Prokofiev and convince him to include a rabbit in the story.

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  • צילום: יח״צ
    8.6 20:00

    Make yourselves comfortable on the terraces or on the lawn at the foot of the historic YMCA tower as you listen to Professor Gaby Shefler’s beautiful playing on the carillon in the bell tower, and sing to his special arrangements of beloved Israeli songs.

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  • צילום: ליאור רוטשטיין
    8.6 22:00

    Breaking The Lines: Shlomi Shaban meets Dory Manor

    What makes a good musical setting for a poem? Are there melodies that missed the mark of the poet's intent? Who needs poets in a world of singer-songwriters? Musician extraordinaire Shlomi Shaban and poet Dory Manor will discuss the thin line between songwriting and composition.

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  • צילום: Wonge Bergmann
    9.6 17:00

    Mount Olympus: To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy

    The renowned playwright Jan Fabre and his 27 courageous actors break the rules, inviting us to a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience — 24 hours during which the troupe will dance, sweat, suffer, love, sleep and dream in the emotion-filled theater of Greek tragedy.

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  • צילום: יוליה בורשטיין-שחם
    9.6 17:00

    ClassiLike 2: Bells of the Heart

    A good king gives his people a special gift: magic bells that can express their innermost feelings. The kingdom’s inhabitants live in peace, tranquility and cooperation thanks to the melody produced by the magic bells. But when the king dies, a wicked knight takes his place and forbids the bells to be rung.

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