Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Festival of Lights

With the arrival of summer comes the start of the festival season here in Israel. One of the most celebrated and anticipated festivals in Jerusalem is the Festival of Lights, which begins today, June 15, 2011 through June 22, 2011.

Jerusalem Festival of Lights (aerial view - google images)

Watch the Old City of Jerusalem come alive with crazy light displays throughout the entirely of the ancient city's grounds. This year, in its third year in Jerusalem, the Festival of Lights will showcase the artistic work of 10 different international artists who specialize in the rare field of light art. Light will be used to create incredible statues, installations, performances and artwork that will be likely to dazzle you and awe your senses. 


    
 
    

   

    

This year, the Light Festival will explore the connection between light and sound and the senses of sight and hearing, as well as the special relation that is created when a visual experience enhances an auditory experience (and vice versa). 


    

     

    

   

Over 250,000 visitors are expected, so make sure to get over there and be one of them! There are four different walking trails that you can take to explore the visions of lights:



And also, don't miss the remarkable acrobatic show, called The Butterfly Effect, at the Habonim Gardens (for just 55 shekels). The show will be set against the backdrop of one of Jerusalem's beautiful Old City walls, onto which video art and light displays will be played in conjunction with the acrobatic acts. 


    

    

Entrance to the Jerusalem Festival of Lights is free and the "doors" are open from 8 p.m. to midnight everyday except for Friday night (remember, we are in Jerusalem and Friday is Shabbat....). Hope to see you there! Looks like an exciting thing to do and definitely a feast for the eyes.

* all images via Jerusalem Festival of Lights website, see here

1 comment:

  1. We're missing all the "best of Israel"! Sounds terrific.

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