Artists from 39 countries have arrived in Jerusalem for the summer’s biggest arts festival–the International Arts & Crafts Fair, known to locals as Hutzot Hayotzer–the name of the permanent artists quarter just outside the walls of the Old City where the fair originated 35 years ago.
Bringing together more than 150 artisans from Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, the fair is spread out over the Sultan’s Pool area and is one of the most colorful happenings in the capital. This year there’s even an exhibit of Australian aboriginal art at the fair.
Open every evening until August 11 from 6 p.m-11 p.m, the fair is a great place to check out Israeli art and judaica items as well as the international wares. An extensive food court means there’s no chance of going hungry–everything from felafel, pizza, pasta, wine, beer and all the ice cream you ever want to eat is available.
When it’s time to rest from all the shopping and viewing, top-level performers are on hand to entertain at 9:30 p.m every night. Performances by David Broza, Aviv Gefen, Ibri Lider and Ahinoam Nini are included in admission price and are still to come this week and next.
Admission prices start at 45NIS for adults, but there are family rates and discounts available–no advance booking needed. Just show up at one of the entry gates around Sultan’s Pool just below the Yemin Moshe neighborhood.