Israel Festival debuts May 23

Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 by Webmaster

Israel Festival debuts May 23
The Israel Festival, planned for May 23 to June 22, may be celebrating its 52nd year, but as usual the list of performers and venues is fresh and new.

“I’ve been doing the festival for 22 years, but I feel like I’m doing it every year for the first time,” says Festival Manager Yossi Tal-Gan. “Every year it’s a new challenge to make it special and different.”

Among the talent he and his five-person staff have lined up are veterans and newcomers in the fields of dance, jazz, classical music, theater and family entertainment – from Israel and from abroad. 
This year’s theme is Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, which debuted exactly 100 years ago. Several musical and dance pieces are to be presented based on this classic.

There will also be shows by Israeli performing artists Nurit Galron and Shlomi Shaban, a children's adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It, and Israeli baroque ensemble Baraccade. Avital Meets Avital, a cross-genre music project featuring Avi Avital on mandolin and Omer Avital on bass and oud, is also on the bill.

Free street theater and live jazz will be open to the public at The First Station, the newly restored old Jerusalem train station that is the city's newest dining and leisure complex. The jazz ensemble will also perform in Jerusalem's downtown pedestrian mall. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, celebrating its 20th anniversary at its current location, is participating with a full roster of entertainment every Thursday afternoon during the festival.

(Communicated by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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