Who said Jerusalem wasn't a cultural capital of the world? The Old City is not the only thing to see and do here in Jerusalem. It just so happens that Jerusalem has housed a number of cultural festivals since my arrival here in November. And though I'm a little late to post about this recent jubilee, I will say that Jerusalem has been quite the busy city over the last few weeks amidst some 50 grand performances in music, dance and theater.
The Israel Summer Festival used to took place in the beautiful outdoor setting of Caesarea, Israel. However, over the years, the popularity of the Summer Festival grew so much that events started taking place in venues throughout the country. As of 1982, the city of Jerusalem decided to officially adopt the Summer Festival and make the event its permanent home.
This year, the festival took place from May 23, 2011 to June 18, 2011. I told you I was a bit late on the memo! Just a few more days to enjoy what's out there. But I have heard from others that there was a lot to see. Throughout the festival, audiences were able to enjoy performances by artists from all over the world, as well as premieres of Israeli works and tributes to leading Israeli artists. Take your pick: dance, theater, jazz, classical music or an authentic Israeli and / or world cultures performance. Whatever suits your fancy, you may choose to go see. For a performance schedule, see here.
The festival’s staff and all those involved in its production view the festival as a means to promote artistic encounters crossing all political and national boundaries, to encourage collaborations between Israeli artists and their colleagues from abroad, and to introduce the public to emerging forms of art.
So, if a cultural craving was on your palette in recent weeks, this would've been the time to satisfy those cravings! Not to worry, however, because soon enough, there will be yet another festival going on in the holy city of Jerusalem. It seems that there's always something exciting going on in Jerusalem, no matter what time of year it is.
* images via Israel Festival website