About the Israel Festival
The Israel Festival — an internationally-renowned interdisciplinary festival that takes place each year in Jerusalem — presents high-quality productions in dance, music, drama and performance theater from all over the world, as well as original Israeli productions and free outdoor performances for the general public.
The Israel Festival, which was founded in 1961, is celebrating its fifty-seven anniversary.
The Festival, which will take place from May 23 to June 9, 2018 , offers a program of unique performances representing contemporary artistic trends from all over the world — new interdisciplinary works not shown in any other setting — that seek to present new theatrical languages alongside classical, high-quality, and unique productions.
As a major platform for artistic discourse and professional enrichment, the Festival includes several professional conferences and seminars, as well as master classes with guest artists.
The Festival functions as the primary venue for original international productions by renowned artists from all over the world. Past guests artists include Robert Wilson, Romeo Castellucci, Jan Fabre, Maurice Béjart, Alvin Ailey, Peter Brook, Daniel Barenboim, the dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Lucinda Childs; Angélica Liddell, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Xavier Le Roy, and Tom Luz. In addition to the international productions, the Festival hosts premieres of original Israeli productions. Artists hosted at past Festivals include Eyal Weiser, Yossi Izraeli, Yonatan Levy, and Adina Bar-On.
This year’s Israel Festival, which marks the State of Israel’s 70th year of independence, will be hosting the greatest artists in dance, music, theater, and performance art. At the same time, it will present, in a first-time collaboration with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, a large-scale showcase of original Israeli works presented to dozens of leading international festival directors, the festival will present a wide variety of original Israeli works, including a festive opening event entitled Hiphopland, with top Israeli hip-hop artists, inspired by the values set down in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. A gala opening event , scheduled to take place at the Sultan’s Pool, will feature leading artists from the world of Israeli music.
The European Festivals Association, of which the Israel Festival has been a member since 1990, recently launched the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) Festival Label to recognize festivals that meet the organization’s three main criteria: artistic commitment and innovative approaches, involvement in their local communities, and promoting global connections and collaborations.
The Israel Festival is proud to have been awarded the EFFE Label for 2017–2018. In its citation, the jury described the Israel Festival as a “very good festival that combines innovative and emerging arts with more traditional forms. The festival combines a local with an international ambition. It is important to have in this region a cultural promoter for a more peaceful society. It is an organization that builds bridges between people”.
The Israel Festival, which was founded by the late Aaron Zvi Propes, is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation
The Israel Festival Team:
Dan Halperin, chairman; Idit Amichay, Yehezkel Beinish Yitzhak Ben-Nissim, Yoram Braverman, Nili Cohen, Orly Doron, Ahuva Ganor, Hanna Hertzman, Ruth Horn, Jonathan Livni, Ziv Nevo Kulman, Ruta Peled, Harry Sapir, Barry Swersky, Anat Tzur, Micha Yinon
Eyal Sher, General Director / Aviva Nir-Giladi, Assistant to the General Director / Itzik Giuli, Artistic Director / Miri Menirav, Producer / Elisheva Braun Lapidot, Marketing Director / Shira Vitaly, Artistic Program Coordinator & International Relations / Merav Kedar, Sales Director / Dina Ashkenazi, Account Manager / Leah Stora, Assistant Producer / Gavriel Goodman, Production coordinator / Galia Baras, Assistant Marketing & Sales /
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