Tourist Tip #271 / Jerusalem Season of Culture Gets Underway

Tel Aviv is widely considered Israel's cultural capital, but this summer-long event proves Jerusalem is no slouch in the culture department.

Tel Aviv is widely considered Israel's cultural capital, but that doesn’t mean that the capital itself is slacking off when it comes to artsy goings-on. Case in point: the Jerusalem Season of Culture, a multidisciplinary arts bonanza taking place in July and August.

The "season" comprises multiple events conceived by a group of artists, curators and producers with the aim of "creating unique cultural experiences in the most beautiful and complex city in the world," as they put it.

It all kicks off July 1 with the In-House Festival, in which visitors explore a handful of Jerusalem homes and immerse themselves in artistic works inspired by those places.

Other events include late-night encounters at the Israel Museum, in which artists from a range of disciplines engage with works on display and invite audiences to take part as well.

Then there's a food truck – operated with the help of Machneyuda restaurant – that will roam the city as part of an artistic-culinary-social journey that tells the story of Jerusalem. It will park at different locations and host different local personalities (journalists, politicians, authors and the like) while trying to serve up the ultimate "Jerusalem dish."

Later in the season, a new radio station will hit the airwaves for one week in August with programming will dedicated entirely to the Holy City's independent music scene. The broadcasts will end at 11 P.M. but the party will move to different to-be-determined locations, where bands and DJs will pay tribute to different eras and sounds of the city.

Music buffs can also check out the four-day-long Sacred Music Festival, which combines music from different countries and religions at different venues throughout the city, including the Tower of David Museum, Zedekiah's Cave, and the multicultural YMCA.

The festival includes "Testimony Encounters," walks around town that shed light on rituals and ceremonies of Jerusalem's diverse faiths, and a “night stroll” in the Tower of David Museum, in which participants spend an entire night weaving through ceremonies, singing circles, prayers, workshops and dances performed by international artists.

For more information about all the season's events, visit http://www.jerusalemseason.com/en; for tickets call (02) 653-5850
 

Tal Shahar