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.
The playback community is a diverse and complex community from all sectors of the population: secular, religious, Arab, ultra-Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox, right-wing and left-wing, women and men.
Every story has a place with us, without judgment and without criticism.
We do not ignore the difficult reality we live in. We want to raise the quality of listening and discourse to everything that is difficult.
The Playback Theater community in Israel seeks to find the spark alive within the difficulty.
The festival will take place on February 14 between 15: 30-23: 30 at the new Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv in the Karov Theater, Fresco House and Performance Malls.
In total, there will be four time bands for performances that will take place simultaneously in four areas, ie a total of 16 performances on various social issues.
List of occurrences and groups that appear:
1. Stories from the belly – “an old man – what does he have in his life”
2.Danstory – my addictions and me
3. The Playback Group of the Nazareth Fringe Theater Ensemble: Playback Dahar of Nazareth – Identity and Diversity (Arabic and Hebrew performance)
4. A game from life – my suitcase – identity and belonging
5. Playboy – The Monster of Jealousy
6. The company from Ichilov – non-politically correct – children is joy? Things you should not say
7 Stage Treasures – ImprovisArts – Life glows in Pace
8. Playback – Come on Racism!
9. Combinations in the Galilee – Believe that you can fix it
10. Pointe – Women’s Exclusion (Women’s Show Only)
11. Drawers – to be in water (p
12. Mirrors – Playback in the Dark
13. Addis – a group of women, a great rabbi – Michal Nasi
14. Tokens – madness on the normal sequence
15. The moment – about life and death
16. Respondents of Spirit – Respondents in the Secret Service
17. A transparent ensemble and a clear ensemble – performance – awareness monologues – a performance at a break throughout the station
18. Supervised by Amalia Hadar – Talking Tables – an active performance during a break that will take place in the foyer of the Karov theater
During breaks you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a conversation with friends and two exhibits.
The number of tickets for each show is limited according to the size of the hall.
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.
High culture is catered for by a fine modern opera house, several theaters, and a busy dance and performing arts center. Popular culture is supported by myriad bars, clubs and live music venues. Elsewhere, there is far less going on. Down on the Red Sea coast and in Sinai, entertainment is largely limited to bars and nightclubs.
The Jerusalem Post and the English-language edition of the newspaper Ha-Aretz, both of which are available throughout Israel, carry daily entertainment listings. Both also have extensive cultural supplements on Fridays with detailed listings of events for the week to come. There is also an English-language listings magazine Time Out Tel Aviv published every two months and available free at certain bars and hotels. Tourist offices also have abundant events magazines.
The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center.
The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians.
In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.
Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is home to the New Israeli Opera, a world-class company, which puts on four or five new productions a year. The center also frequently hosts visiting productions from Europe and America.
Local rock bands of variable quality perform most nights at Camelot and Ha-Bima Club, and also at Mike’s Place, which is a foreigner-friendly bar down on the seafront. Benchmark is a relative newcomer featuring live music in the bar-saturated area of Nakhalat Binyamin. This might be good or bad, depending on your point of view. At one side, it’s good, because everything is in a few places, but on the other side it’s very disappointing compared with the rest of the world.
For hardcore fans who are prepared to travel, Barbie mixes Israeli rock with Russian hard rock. Cafe Henrietta, Coffee House and Green Racoon, all of which are in central Tel Aviv, all feature jazz at least one night a week.
In Tel Aviv, the main cluster of bars is in the Nakhalat Binyamin district, particularly around the southern end of Rothschild Avenue and AAL illenblum. The venue that has young hipsters queuing outside every night is Nanuchka, a rowdy but classy bar-restaurant with surreal decor and a permanent party vibe. Around the corner, the splendidly named Betty Ford is a New York-style bar with a SoHo-style buzz. There are also plenty of good late-night spots around the Cinematheque on Ha-Arbaa Street and up in the Old Port area, which is where you’ll find Hannah’le, a bar with a wooden deck jutting out over the water.
Also up at the Old Port are a couple of super clubs, including long-time favorite the Fifth Dimension. However, perhaps the most fascinating and singular club is Ha-
Hamman, a strikingly beautiful, converted Turkish bathhouse in Jaffa. For something more casual and laidback, there’s Mike’s Place down near the seafront in central Tel Aviv or the Gordon Inn, a local pub with a pool table and a reliably
In Sinai, bars and clubs are generally found in the many resort hotels.
The internationally-known Bat Sheva company is the mainstay of modern Israeli dance. There are no classical ballet companies in Israel, but contemporary dance is very much alive here. The focal point of dance activity is the Suzanne Dellal Center, a superb, old Ottoman building at the heart of the historic, southern Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedek, which has benefited from extensive architectural renewal.
In Jerusalem, dance can be seen at the Center for Performing Arts in the Jerusalem Sherover Theater complex, while Jewish and Arabic folk dancing performances take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the YMCA auditorium.
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.
Foreign films shown in Israel are not dubbed, but carry Hebrew subtitles. Cinemas
are plentiful, especially in Tel Aviv, where complexes such as the Rav-Chen 1–5 are
modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. They tend to screen first-run Hollywood
fare. The Cinematheques, of which there is one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv, specialize in art-house and independent films, as well as holding themed seasons
Israel’s biggest movie theater complex is Cinema City, which has 21 auditoriums and three 3D screens.
Cinema City Jerusalem(8/20/2016)-Cinema City Jerusalem, which opened the end of February 2014, is the largest entertainment and cultural center in Jerusalem measuring in at 20,000 square meters and including eight floors, 19 movie theaters, including themed theaters, an indoor mall with dozens of restaurants, cafes and stores, a theater for plays, a hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.
Davidson Center(8/19/2016)-The center was built into the basement of an eighth-century building, scrupulously preserving and enhancing it. As you follow the winding ramp downward, artwork and archaeological finds take you back through the ages, and you’ll meet colorful figures of Jerusalem’s exploration in days gone by. A ten-minute, high-definition digital video ingeniously interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors.
Ein Yael(8/20/2016)-Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds instructional-experiential workshops for schoolchildren and youth on material culture in ancient times.
Entertainment for Children in Israel(9/28/2016)-In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits.
Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
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.
Festival BeShekel 2016 – Two days for Free – October 2016(9/6/2016)-Thousands of people descend on Monfort Lake Park in North Israel for a free 2-day festival. Founded in 2001, famous bands like Nechi Nech, Yemen Blues, and Yuval Dayan, perform alongside smaller local bands. There are also loads of events for the family, including shows, face painting, stalls, and lots of other activities.
Haifa Film Festival 2016 – October 2016(9/6/2016)-The Haifa International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place every autumn (between late September and late October), during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, in Haifa, Israel. The festival was inaugurated in 1983 and was the first of its kind in Israel.
International Center Mary of Nazareth(8/18/2016)-Modern multimedia technology portrays the Virgin Mary’s role in salvation history at the Mary of Nazareth International Center, just across the street from the towering basilica that commemorates her agreement to become the mother of the Son of God.
Jewish Film Festival 2016 – December 2016(9/15/2016)-The annual Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque explores a range of topics connected to the issue of Jewish identity are examined including: faith, art, culture, philosophy, music, food, lifestyle in Israel and in the Diaspora and the relationship between Judaism and other religions.
Katzrin, Capital of the Golan(10/9/2016)-Katzrin (Qazrin), ‘capital of the Golan’, with 6,725 people living there, makes an excellent base for exploring the central Golan and stocking up on picnic supplies. Founded in 1977, it is the region’s only real town. The lively little commercial center, Merkaz Eitan, is a classic 1970s complex that was spruced up considerably in 2013 – adding a tile-covered sculpture that is as whimsical as it is colorful. In addition to a bank and some eateries, it has a first-rate museum. Everything closes on Shabbat.
Kings City Eilat(8/15/2016)-Biblical amusement park. Caves depicting stages in King Solomon's life, an elevator to underground biblical scenes, 3-D movies, Hippopotamuses that spray water, water slides, mazes, an arcade and more. The park is closed on Saturdays and holidays.
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
Sahek Ota, Emek Hefer(8/20/2016)-This huge fun park is the only water park in Israel that operates all year round, with water parks in the summer, and heated pools and play areas in the winter. Plenty of great activities for the kids, with an extreme water park, fair rides, video games, mini golf, the Himalaya Bridge, a gymboree, and other great things to enjoy! There’s also a small museum.
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.
The French Film Festival – March 2017 – April 2017(9/8/2016)-French film is the most popular foreign film in Israel after English-language film, consistently drawing the largest number of viewers, with a larger number of films being brought to Israel from France than from any other country.
The Opera at Zappa – Pretty Woman – September 2016(1/7/2016)-Opera and movies is a winning combination. From Pretty Woman to The Fifth Element, from James Bond to Mission Impossible opera has served as a great soundtrack for the great movies of all time. An evening of operatic soundtracks from La boheme to La traviata with an addition of great film songs from Goldfinger, Breakfast at Tiffnay’s and more.
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.
Tower of David(8/19/2016)-Fortress within the walls of the Old City which is a complex of towers surrounded by a wall and a moat. The archaeological park in the courtyard of the fortress contains ancient remains. The Tower of David museum on the history of Jerusalem operates in the halls of the fortress. A special night show on the story of Jerusalem throughout the generations takes place in the evenings in the courtyard of the museum.
Tower of David Nightly Light Show Spectacle Gallery(10/5/2016)-The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.
Football is by far the most popular sport throughout the Holy Land. Two teams from Jerusalem play in Israel’s premier league, Beitar and Ha-Poel, and matches take place in the new Teddy Stadium at Malkha in West Jerusalem.
Basketball is the next most popular sport. The Jerusalem team, Ha-Poel, plays in the Sports Arena near the Teddy Stadium, while the Maccabee Tel Aviv plays at the Yad Eliahu Arena just off the Ayalon highway.
Almost all the large hotels have outdoor swimming pools; the YMCA in Jerusalem
also has an indoor pool. You can also swim all year round at the Jerusalem Swimming Pool, in the German Colony district, south of the center. The Red Sea is warm enough for year-round swimming, although most resort hotels also have swimming pools. Swimming in the Mediterranean is fine in summer but it’s too cold
from around October to April.
In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
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.
While performing from the wealth of music and culture of Jerusalem, this festival also strengthens the different quarters and religions through the accentuation on the uniqueness of each group and the connection between all. The sounds are varied, rich and connect to the stones, the alleyways and the people in Jerusalem.
The musicians are spread out along a circular path, beginning by Jaffa Gate, moving through the Armenian Quarter, then the Jewish Quarter, then the Muslim Quarter and finishing with the Christian Quarter, bringing you back to Jaffa Gate.
Sounds of the Old City is organized in conjunction with the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and Ariel Company.
The 4-day event will be full of concerts, special tours, and shows, but here are some hand-picked happenings you won’t want to miss.
2017 festival events will be updated soon
When: March 28-31 from 7:00-11:00 pm every day Where: Throughout the Old City of Jerusalem Admission: Free More information: phone 106 (local call), http://en.sounds-of-jerusalem.org.il/
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. Map.
Ever since it was set up at the beginning of the 20th century, Gan Ha’em has serves as a meeting place for both children and adults. The ownership of the garden, located in Carmel Center, was transferred after the Second World War to the hands of Haifa Municipality, and it was the legendary Mayor, Abba Hushi, who gave the garden its name, Gan Ha’em, in recognition and respect to the mother’s place and role in the family.
The garden, extending along 400 dunams, constituted a meeting place for many mothers, visiting the place together with their children and toddlers, enjoying the vast lawns, shaded areas, benches and picnic tables, a playground and a spinning carousel, and more.
Over the years, cafes, the mythological beer-house, food counters, and an acoustic stage called “the Conch” were added to the garden. Currently the garden serves as a place for families, youth, children and tourists to hang out and enjoy the tranquility of the garden or the multiple performances and attractions that take place in the garden throughout the year, mainly during the summer and the Holiday period.
During the year, Gan Ha’em hosts many performance and concerts free of charge. Alongside unique events held in the garden on special occasions, there are also events that have already become a tradition. In the framework of the International Film Festival, hosted by the city of Haifa every year during Succot, the garden hosts many out-door performances, as well as plays, creation workshops for children and families.
During the Succot Holiday the Mayor’s Succah is located in the garden where one may stay as a guest and dine when visiting the garden.
In recent years, Gan Ha’em also hosts the Haifa Pride Parade (for the LGBT community). The parade, passing through the Carmel Center Streets ends the event for Human Rights in a Democratic Society in a big happening in the garden.
On Independence Day one may enjoy the performances of Israel’s greatest artists in the garden, alongside a mass and happy happening. Furthermore, during the summer months one may enjoy weekly performances in the garden as well as additional events such as outdoor screening of films.