Starting in July, Israel’s steamy summer can be a challenge for anyone who likes to keep cool. Fortunately, Jerusalem’s lofty elevation provides a much-needed respite from the heat. While many enjoy cooling off in the relatively cool Judean mountain air of the capital city, Jerusalem’s late summer and early fall cultural calendar are as hot as it gets! Check out these upcoming events in the Holy City:
MACCABIAH GAMES-July 4th-18th
The world’s largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four years in Israel-“the Jewish Olympics” as they are frequently called, are Maccabi World Union’s largest and most famous endeavor.
JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-July 13th-23rd
The festival features 10 jam-packed days of screenings, special guests, panels and festivities. The festival takes place at the ‘Sultan’s Pool’ and in the Old City and provides an arena for Israeli film and the world’s finest cinematic trends.
A WHITE NIGHT-NYLON #2-July 7th
A big art exhibition in a beautiful location-the ‘Tower of David.’ More than 100 artists will transform the ancient citadel into a living, interactive, evolving art exhibition. Art, music, theater, video art, performance art, architecture and much more.
JERUSALEM LIGHT FESTIVAL-June 28th-July 6th
This annual light festival brings the greatest light sculptors in the world to Jerusalem. Their works will light up the streets and alleys of the Old City, major tourist sites and prominent public spaces. Artists from Israel and abroad take part in the festival and use light in order to create statues, installations and performances.
KLEZMER FESTIVAL-August 3rd-10th
Dozens of klezmer musicians from Israel and around the world gather in Jerusalem for a variety of musical performances. This unique festival brings together the mystical sounds of Jewish klezmer with a variety of musical styles from around the world.
JERUSALEM WINE FESTIVAL-August/September TBA
Hosted by the Israel Museum, this festival is an excellent opportunity to sample wines from the country’s leading wineries in the museum’s iconic sculpture garden. There will be about 35 wineries offering samples.
JERUSALEM SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL-August 23rd-September 15th
A magnificent three-week festival that calls musicians from across the globe to celebrate their sacred traditions in the most sacred city in the world. The festival brings its own unique voice into millennia-old caves, gardens and fortresses.
THE PIYYUT FESTIVAL-October 1st
Beit Avi-Chai presents ancient liturgical verses given a yearly lease of life at this festival. New voices sing the traditional words of this religious art form, exposing new audiences to its captivating mysteries. Performances paint a colorful image of Temple times.
JERUSALEM CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL-August 31st-September 9th
Held annually at the Jerusalem YMCA, this festival brings together prominent classical musicians for a series of intriguing concerts. The 2017 festival will highlight chamber pieces by Schubert and will offer special shows in collaboration with the Opera Festival.
INDIE CITY JERUSALEM MUSIC FESTIVAL-October TBA
This musical event will include 3 stages that will host 15 leading musical compositions for two evenings of shows. The Jerusalem Indie City Festival features live shows, DJ’s, stalls, and more fun late into the night, taking place alongside an art fair from Bezalel and after-parties at local bars.
CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL-MANOFIM-October TBA
The official event of the contemporary art scene in Jerusalem, which kicks off the city’s exhibitions season. Manofim is an independent initiative that emerged from the ranks of artists who live and create in Jerusalem, and is directed by them.
HOUSE FROM WITHIN FESTIVAL-October 26th-28th
One weekend a year, Jerusalem opens up a diverse variety of generally private spaces to the public in this huge event; houses, synagogues, gardens and more become available to public eyes in some of the most exclusive and renowned spots in the city.
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