Plays in Israel are almost always performed in Hebrew (or, less commonly, Arabic), although some of the bigger theaters such as Tel Aviv’s Ha-Bima Theater and New Cameri Theater (and Jerusalem’s Sherover Theater) have headphones providing English-language translation for some performances, though there are a lot of performances in English as well. Productions, in all cases, range from revivals of the classics of world drama (both old and modern) to first-run stagings of new Israeli plays.
There are several theater festivals throughout the year in Israel, the most exciting of which is the Acre Fringe Theater Festival, which stages some performances in the city’s subterranean Crusader halls.
- Culture Square (8/21/2016) - Tel Aviv is Israel’s culture city. Most of the museums, orchestras, theaters, art galleries, dance venues and music halls come with an entry fee, however. To get a taste of the city’s arts scene, head over to Culture Square at the end of Rothschild Boulevard.
- Eilat’s Isrotel Theater (8/15/2016) - Eilat's Isrotel Theater is a magnificent theater that hosts performances every evening. The Isrotel Theater hosts the famous and spectacular show - WOW that combines acrobatics, dancers and artists from around the world. WOW created by the famous Israeli artist Hanoch Rosen, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Eilat, you simply should not miss it.
- Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
- Family and Children Tour 10 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch.
- Family and Children Tour 12 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, Negev and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German, and Dutch.
- February 2019 – THE THIRD PLAYBACK THEATER ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL – THE QUIET VOICES ARE GIVEN A STAGE (2/11/2019) - Are warmly invited to the third Playback Theater Festival “The Quiet Voices Receive Stage 3” to be held at the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. This is a social festival that yearns to give a stage and a voice to voices and to silent, restrained and silent populations.
- Gan ha’Em or the Mother’s Park in Haifa (8/18/2016) - Gan Ha'em offers a corner of green piece of nature in the heart of Carmel Center. In 1913 a garden was set up in Haifa, consequently called Gan Ha'em (Mother's garden) with vast lawns offering you a place of serenity and calm right in the center of town, unless arriving on an evening a performance is held. A garden for the mother and the entire family.
- Hullegeb Israel-Ethiopian Arts Festival 2016, December 2016 (9/8/2016) - The Hullegeb Israel-Ethiopian Arts Festival, which takes place annually in December in Jerusalem, is dedicated to creations by artists of Ethiopian origin in the fields of dance, music and theater. This unique outlet for the Ethiopian Israeli community reflects the depth and variety of their culture – from traditional to contemporary. Its dialogue with the surrounding Israeli culture can be seen in the wide range of performances presented at the festival along with its minor influences from Western and African art. This celebration of Israeli Ethiopian arts is a bridge between new and old and the Ethiopian and the general Israeli communities.
- June 2019 – MIDBURN FESTIVAL 2019 (2/12/2019) - Burning Man’s Israeli offshoot, and now the second largest regional Burning Man after Africa Burns, Midburn is a special 5-day festival held in the Negev. Founded in 2014, 2016 saw a record 8,000 people attend. This is not a music festival – there are no official stages – it is more of an art, self expression and community festival where camps host parties – and in the center of the playa are incredible art displays and a huge temple that is burned on the final night.
- May 2019 – Jerusalem Day 2019 (2/7/2019) - Jerusalem Day is the day we celebrate the independence of the holy city, celebrations include huge parties, concerts, street parties and more! To get an idea of what Jerusalem Day looks like, check out last year’s list of events
- May 2019 – MENASHE FOREST FESTIVAL 2019 (2/12/2019) - Thu 30 May 2019 – Sat 1 June 2019 | All Day xKibbutz Mishmar HaEmek – Mishmar HaEmek, Mishmar HaEmek, 290-335 Live Music | 3 days with camping | North Central Israel | May A fun 3-day festival, with live performances from over 80 top Israeli bands across all genres – the lineup has included amazing bands … Continue reading May 2019 – MENASHE FOREST FESTIVAL 2019
- Recirquel – February 2017 (9/7/2016) - Recirquel combines the world of cabaret and variety with the elements of modern circus with enormous success. The acrobats not only show admirable virtuosity in their circus technique they also embrace the stage of modern circus art along with remarkable intellect and playful skills.
- Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 – February 2017 (9/8/2016) - Every year, for 4 weeks in February, the Shaon Horef Cultural Festival transforms the streets of Jerusalem into a lively cultural venue full of surprises as thousands of young people come together for this exciting series of cultural happenings with more then 100 free events.
- Sounds of the Old City 2017 – March 2017 (9/8/2016) - Sounds of the Old City is a festival of international music inspired by the Old City quarters which are a focal point of Jerusalem’s culture and tourism. It allows visitors the exposure to the musical traditions found in the Old City of Jerusalem where special melodies both ancient and modern, played on a range of instruments and ensembles, create a collage of beautiful music.
- Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater (8/21/2016) - This complex, built in postmodern style, is the venue for visiting dance groups as well as for Israel’s contemporary Bat Sheva Dance Company and the Inbal Dance Theater, which often draws upon Israel’s ethnic traditions for its style. The Dellal Center hosts worthwhile modern and experimental productions, as well as a wide range of concerts and music events.
- The Hospitalers Compound – Hidden Rooms, Caves and Tunnels (8/16/2016) - Members of the Templar Order began building their quarter at the 12th century opposite the El-Jazzar Pasha Mosque. The area was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitallers, and what was their street level is now eight meters below the ground.
- The Tour from Hell (10/1/2016) - This tour was the tour from hell ... for me. For the group absolutely not, because they had loads of fun, costing me my hair of course. We are talking about a tour, which shows what Israel actually is, a mixture of culture, adventure, exploration and Israeli sights in all the major touristic centers of Israel. This article is part of the Tour Guide Diaries September 2016.
- Theater in Israel (9/28/2016) - Plays in Israel are almost always performed in Hebrew (or, less commonly, Arabic), although some of the bigger theaters such as Tel Aviv’s Ha-Bima Theater and New Cameri Theater (and Jerusalem’s Sherover Theater) have headphones providing English-language translation for some performances, though there are a lot of performances in English as well. Productions, in all cases, range from revivals of the classics of world drama (both old and modern) to first-run stagings of new Israeli plays. There are several theater festivals throughout the year in Israel, the most exciting of which is the Acre Fringe Theater Festival, which stages some performances in the city’s subterranean Crusader halls.