Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Festival Opens Tonight with Strange Fruit

Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Judy Lash Balint on May 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Strange Fruit–a performance art group from Melbourne, Australia, is the opening act for the 50th Israel Festival that kicks off in Jerusalem tonight.

The theater, dance, circus act performers give two 20-minute free shows on Monday at 5 p.m and 7 p.m in Zion Square (Kikar Zion) downtown Jerusalem.

Get familiar with the location, because next week, on Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, the same square (and much of downtown Jerusalem) will be awash in Israeli flags, white shirts and blue pants and skirts as the traditional Rikudegalim (a Hebrew play on the words for dancing and flags) gets underway.

Photo by Judy Lash Balint

Departing from Independence Park and Gan Sacher at 5 p.m on June 1, tens of thousands of teenagers, youth movement members and students will take to the streets waving and wearing all manner of Israeli flags.  They’ll make their way singing and dancing all the way into the Old City through the various gates eventually reaching the Western Wall plaza for the main ceremony of the day that starts around 7 p.m.

More on other Jerusalem Day festivities in a few days–meantime, enjoy the Israel Festival and the beautiful spring weather of Jerusalem.

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