White Night events will be held tonight in Be'er Sheva, Ashdod, Netanya and Tiberias. The events, similar to the White Night held in Tel Aviv last month, are being funded by a NIS 2.4 million investment of the Ministry of Culture and Sport in the framework of "providing a stage" for culture in Israel's periphery.

The events will be held on the main streets of the cities and will include theater and musical performances. Art galleries, restaurants and other public venues will remain open all night. In Be'er Sheva, events will kick off with a concert performed by the The Israel Sinfonietta, Be'er Sheva, featuring Beatles songs, to be followed by stand-up comedy acts and musical performances by Kobi Oz, Assaf Amdurski and others. All clubs in the city will hold White Night parties, and the Globus-Max cinema will show films throughout the night.

In Ashdod, events will feature the city's Andalusian Orchestra, along with performances by singers David Deor and Shomo Bar. There will also be circus performances, story-telling corners, theater, beach parties, laser shows and all-night movies.

Hadag Nahash will headline events in Tiberias.The Raanana Symphonette Orchestra and singer Harel Skaat will also perform in the Galilee city. Other highlights include a tribute to veteran Hebrew singers, children's theater performances, acrobatics, pantomime routines and human sculpture acts.

In Netanya, the Kibbutz Orchestra will host Shlomit Aharon and three tenors. There will be a video-art exhibit, and children's books author Smadar Shir will appear at a children's pajama party. There will be fringe theater performances throughout the night. Klezmer musicians will play on the boardwalk. Other highlights: dance performances, a beach party and the screening of Israeli films.

Limor Livnat, Minister of Culture and Sport, stated: "White Night events promote in a very positive manner the goal of strengthening Israeli culture, and improving access to it for Israeli citizens."