Okay, so you might want to visit this place for a little longer than 80 minutes. I really don't know how I managed to miss this one, especially since I'm a travel enthusiast. Luckily, it's not too late yet. There are still a few days left of the annual Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Festival, which welcomes artwork, handmade goods, clothing, purses and even multiple performances from dozens of cultures around the world.
Between August 15 - August 27, 2011 (see, only a few nights left to go, but you can still make it) you can head over to the Hayotzer Arts & Crafts Center, Mitchell Gardens and the Sultan's Pool area at the foot of the Old City between the hours of 6 pm to 11 pm to visit booths from around the world with unique arts and crafts that will certainly draw your attention:
If you are eager to get abroad but are stuck at work, then perhaps the International Arts & Crafts Festival might be the thing for you. You can travel "around the world" in just one night as you view booths filled with crafts from all over the world. Here's just a brief sampling of which countries will be represented:
The Israel Pavilion will showcase more than 150 of Israel's most well-known artists and artisans who will exhibit a plethora of paintings, prints, ceramics, leather goods, jewelry, metalwork, weaving, textiles, Judaica, toys, woodwork and additional crafts:
Nearby, in the International Pavilion, guest artists and artisans from around the globe will be here in Jerusalem from all corners of the Earth. From the Far East, there will be booths for China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Korea. From South America, there will be visitors from Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia; and from Central America, you will have a chance to see unique items from San Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. Nearby, Mexico will be exhibited as well.
From Africa, go visit booths from Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and Zimbabwe. From the Middle East, Jordan will be making an appearance. From the nearby European continent, you will have the chance to shop around from visiting artisans from Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Macedonia and Ukraine. Lastly, from Eurasia, you will have the rare opportunity to see the unique cultures of various countries including Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Where else can you see so many cultures in one location? Go check out the rare arts and crafts or perhaps you may want to go just to people watch the gathering of cultures from around the world. Though it's late in the game, the annual Arts & Crafts Festival here in Jerusalem always hosts musical events and performances as well. For more details on what there still is left to see, head over to the festival's website here.
With a Jerusalem Resident card, the entrance fee will be 45 shekels, and without it, it will cost 55 shekels. From those who have been there already, I hear it's well worth it.
I'm glad I found out about this cultural festival before it's too late. I'm usually pretty on top of the happenings around my neck of the woods, but this event (which ironically seems to have my name written all over it) somehow slipped by me. I think I know where I will probably be tomorrow night...unless of course I find myself a fantastic last minute deal and go out and do some real traveling abroad. In the meantime, this festival will have to do the trick. It's not often you can find so many different countries represented in one little place.