Festivals and More Festivals in Jerusalem

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Judy Lash Balint on May 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Have you ever been to a Philosophy Festival? If you feel like sharing ideas with some of the 21st century’s top leading minds from all over the world–then drop in on the What’s On Your Mind Philosophy festival in Jerusalem between May 18-20.

Philosophy not your thing? Pretty much anyone should be able to find a festival to go to over the next few weeks in Jerusalem as the city’s cultural offerings work up to a fever pitch of activity.

We’ve mentioned the Israel Festival before, so suffice it to say here that the word is that the opening event on May 23 at 5 p.m and 7 p.m will be a free performance in Zion Square, downtown Jerusalem, of the breathtaking antics of the Australian troupe Strange Fruit, who perform on poles above the heads of the audience.


Strange Fruit performance


A few hours later the Israel Ballet Ensemble will be joined by soloists from The Bolshoi Ballet in an outdoor performance of Giselle that will be staged in Safra Square, the plaza in front of the Municipality complex at the eastern end of Jaffa Road.

For something completely different–On the Wings of the Raga is the first attempt at bringing an Indian Music Festival to Jerusalem.  Scheduled to take place between May 19-23, at all the usual cultural venues, the festival includes events sure to be sell-outs, like the Mrigya group from Delhi, known for their Indian electric fusion sound.

Appealing to a different crowd (one with fat wallets!) is the Opera Festival in Masada, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.  A fabulous series of events brings stars like Andrea Bocelli and Daniel Oren to Israel for spectacular stagings of Aida at Masada: Verdi’s Jerusalem at Sultans Pool in Jerusalem and a host of smaller events beginning next week.


Tags: Bolshoi Ballet, israel festival, Israeli Opera Masada, Jerusalem festivals, Strange fruit, Verdi