Founded in 1961 the Israel Festival presents outstanding international theatre performances, contemporary dance and classical music, along with outstanding original Israeli works and open to the public street performances. Attended by over 35,000 people, the Israel Festival is one of Israel’s most important and beloved cultural assets, celebrating Jerusalem’s multiculturalism, history and beauty.
The eclectic programming of the Festival attracts varied audiences from Jerusalem and beyond, and is a dynamic hub for students, professional artists and culture lovers, greatly enriching the city’s cultural landscape.
Hosting leading international artists and engaging emerging and established Israeli artists, the Israel Festival provides an important platform for inter-cultural encounter and dialogue, and is vital to a modern, dynamic and pluralistic Jerusalem.
Past festival participants include Bill Forsythe, the Kirov Ballet, Peter Brook, Complicité, Zakir Hussein, Daniel Barenboim, Laurie Anderson, Boris Charmatz, The Trisha Brown Dance Company, Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs, Romeo Castelluchi, Jan Fabre, Philippe Quesne, Angelica Liddell, Ensemble Modern, Julien Gosselin, Xavier Le Roy, Doris Uhlich, Wang Chong, Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Israeli artists featured in the past include the Kaveret Reunion, Shalom Hanoch, Yossi Yizraeli, Ohad Naharin and many more.
Beyond inspiring, memorable performances, participating artists conduct master classes and artist talks. As part of these encounters, the festival collaborates with leading art academies, professional guilds and independent artists. The presentation of iconic and ground-breaking artists propels a lively local-global discourse amongst the artistic community, cultural consumers and the general public.
The Israel Festival is an active member of the Israel Cultural Organization Forum, the Silk Road Festival Association and the European Festival Association and is the recipient of the EFFE Label of Excellence.
The artistic program for 2020 reflected on issues of togetherness, community, empathy, aging, privacy and technology, democracy, emergency- values that have emerged with heightened relevancy and urgency during the Covid pandemic.
Still under the impact and limitations of Covid , the 2021 Festival will mark the Festival’s 60th Anniversary by highlighting original Israeli cross disciplinary productions and community inspired artistic engagements, creating an inclusive, unique and inspiring artistic landscape for both performers and audiences.
The Israel Festival Team
The Israel Festival Team:
Eyal Sher, General Director / Aviva Nir-Giladi, Assistant to the General Director /
Itzik Giuli, Artistic Director / Miri Menirav, Producer / Vered Daya, Marketing Director / Merav Kedar, Sales Director / Shira Vitaly, Programming Associate & Artists Relations/ Dina Ashkenazi, Account Manager / Gavriel Goodman, Acting Producer / Maayan Navon, Producer Assistant /
The Israel Festival was founded by the late Aaron Zvi Propes. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Foundation, embassies, private and public foundations and corporate partners.
Dan Halperin, chairman; Idit Amichay, Yehezkel Beinish, Yitzhak Ben-Nissim, Yoram Braverman, Nili Cohen, Orly Doron, Hanna Hertzman, Jonathan Livni, Dr. Tal Kohavi, Ziv Nevo Kulman, Barry Swersky, Anat Tzur, Micha Yinon
Audit Committee: Prof. Leah Achdut, Adv. Ruth Horn
Public Relations: Ora Lapidot, Adi Tzoref-Feldman
Public Relations Russian Sector: Sofia Nimelstein
Graphic Design: The League – Koby Levy, Rony Karadi, Maya Vaspi
Website: R2K – Rotem Tal, Khalil Jarban, Nof Harari
Digital Media & Social Media: 6 Degs – Eyal Bason, Saar Gamzo
Writing: Shira Vitaly
Copy editor: Gal Kusturica
English translation: Maya Shimony
Russian translation (website): Leah Greenspan, Anna Irovich
Arabic translation (website): Sectors – Ola Badin
Box office: Eventer
Accounting: Avraham Bechar & Co. / Internal Auditor: Ofer Sassover, CPA / Legal Counsel: Adv. Tamar Fineberg