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Holiday of Holidays Holiday of Holidays

Haifa December

This festival is designed to bring together the residents of Wadi Nisnas and the rest of Israeli society - Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. This lovely Haifa neighborhood is lit up for the festival, and features live performances, tours, exhibitions and activities for the entire family.

 

Triathlon Tritahlon Eilat

Eilat December

A triathlon competition (running, biking and swimming), attended by athletes from Israel and abroad.

 

Tel Aviv Night RunTel Aviv Night Run

Tel Aviv November 1

The race features five tracks and passes through all of Tel Aviv - from Hayarkon Park to the southern part of the city. The event includes Rabin Square as well, where activities are held for the entire family

 

Yoga AravaYoga Arava

Arava November 2-4

Yoga Arava will be held this year for the 8th time, during a three-day weekend in which participants delve deeply into the world of yoga amidst the desert tranquility, with the best instructors in Israel and worldwide. Prepare yourselves to be reborn through motion, yoga and meditation. These weekend events will be held in over 20 villages and towns throughout the Arava.

Eilat Desert MarathonEilat Desert Marathon

Eilat November 17

This full desert marathon is geared for experienced runners, and also features slightly easier routes and even a popular race that is only several kilometers long

 

International Film Festival in HaifaHaifa Film Festival

Haifa October 5

Hundreds of premiering Israeli and international films, distinguished guests, panels and special events

 

 

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Jerusalem Succot holiday

Thousands of Israelis, tourists and pilgrims from Israel and abroad will march in this traditional event dressed in colorful traditional garb, on a route leading past the most important sites in the city, followed by an enormous event for families at Sacher Park

 

 

The International Jerusalem Chamber Music FestivalJerusalem Chamber Music Festival

Jerusalem September 1-10

This international festival is world renowned, dedicated entirely to a different theme each year. The festival features musicians from Israel and abroad and ends each year with Mendelssohn's String Octet

 

International Arts and Crafts FairFestival Huzot Haiozer

Jerusalem August 15-27

The International Arts and Crafts Fair combines live performances at Sultan's Pool with an arts and crafts fair and booths for the entire family. Visitors can spend an enjoyable Jerusalem summer evening among the stalls in the city streets, and enjoy a live performance later on. Tickets to the event combine both activities

 

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Akko August 3-5

Julius Cesar arrives to Egypt where he finds himself in the midst of a Game of Thrones episode between Cleopatra and her brother Tolomeo. Blood, sex and political manipulations in one of the greatest operas of the baroque. A new production created especially for the Crusaders Court in Akko.

 

 

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Eilat August 27-30

The 30th Red Sea Jazz Festival is the largest festival held in the city, which brings thousands of jazz lovers to Eilat each year. The festival is held at the Eilat Port and features performances by leading jazz bands, artists and ensembles from Israel and abroad. Musical director: Eli Degibri.

 

 

Karmiel Dance FestivalKarmiel Dance Festival

Karmiel August 8-10

Three days and nights that are chock-full of nearly 80 performances and events going on non-stop, by 5000 dancers from Israel and abroad, as well as activities, stalls, and over 300,000 visitors and guests that will paint the green landscapes of the Galilee in vibrant colors, rhythm and dance

 

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Tel Aviv July 15

This hard-rock band will return to Israel for the third time for a performance at Hayarkon Park and complete its European tour in Israel

 

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Jerusalem July 13-23

The International Film Festival in Jerusalem was first held in 1984. Since then, it has been one of the most important stages for Israeli film and for exposing the best of international film to audiences all over Israel. Each summer, over 200 films are screened during this ten-day festival, featuring a broad selection of events including screenings for renowned figures in the Israeli and international film industry, and professional workshops for the local industry

 

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Jerusalem June 21-22

The Opera Festival continues this year as well with popular opera performances by Verdi at Sultan's Pool in Jerusalem

 

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Jerusalem June 28 - July 6

The Jerusalem Development Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Jerusalem Municipality and Ariel Production Company, will hold the Jerusalem Lights Festival in the Old City of Jerusalem for the eighth year in a row. This a thrilling, unique light festival, featuring art using lights, giant installations, exhibitions, light sculptures, video mapping, light and fire performances, guided tours and more. This exciting cultural and touristic event is open to the public, free of charge

 

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Tel Aviv June

The annual international exhibition for marketing fresh agricultural produce. During the conference and the days that follow, transactions valued at millions of shekels are signed. Some 12,500 buyers, chain managers, suppliers and agriculturists from Israel and abroad visit the exhibition which has been held annually over the last 25 years.

 

The Méditerranée FestivalMditerrane Festival

Ashdod June 8-15

This international festival brings Mediterranean-style music, dance, film and flavors to Israel. The six-day festival is produced by the Performing Arts Center and will be held in the magnificent culture halls at the city center.

 

Abu Gosh Vocal Music FestivalAbu Gosh Festival

Abu Gosh May 31 - June 3

A musical celebration in Abu Gosh. The tradition of concerts at the Kiryat Yearim church will continue this year as well, with a series of five concerts featuring an excellent repertoire

 

Milk and Honey FestivalMilk and Honey Festival

Jezreel Valey May 30 - Jun 1

A variety of events and performances for the Shavuot holiday, sing-along events, first fruit ceremonies, exhibition of agricultural equipment, tours and more.

 

19th Docaviv FestivalDoco Aviv

Tel Aviv May  18-27

The documentary film festival is held twice a year - in the Galilee in the autumn and in Tel Aviv in the spring. During the festival, documentary films are shown from all over the world, including premieres. The event also features panels and outdoor events

 

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Tel Aviv May  17

Aerosmith, the legendary rock band, will open its final European tour, Aero-Vederci Baby, in Israel, at Ganei Yehoshua Park on May 17, 2017

 

 

Israeli Salsa ConventionAndrea-Silvia

Eilat May  11-17

"Paradise for lovers of Latin culture and the good life", to quote one of the guests at this convention who arrived from France. Sun, pool parties, workshops of all kinds and for all levels, dance parties around the clock, dance performances by the world's best dancers, delicious meals, and parties till sunrise in the six dance halls.

 

Gran FondoGran Fondo

Arad & Dead Sea Mar  2-4

Gran Fondo Arad-Dead Sea 2017 is an Israeli biking event on international standards. The event is held at one of the most beautiful and well-known sites in the world and every detail is carefully considered in order to make the event a unique one for all participating riders.

 

Winner Marathon JerusalemJerusalem Marathon

Jerusalem Mar  7

The Winner Jerusalem Marathon will be held this year for the seventh time. This traditional marathon features several different competitive and popular tracks

 

Natalie Imbruglia LiveNatalie Imbruglia

Tel Aviv Mar  1

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The Australian singer will perform in Israel at the Tel Aviv Theater of Performing Arts

 

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Tel Aviv Feb  24

The Red Sea Jazz Festival will be held this year for the sixth time. The thousands of visitors who attended the three-day festival in its winter format over the past four years enjoyed the unique atmosphere, excellent music and jazz performances.

 

Winter Red Sea Jazz Festival

Eilat Feb  9-11

The Red Sea Jazz Festival will be held this year for the sixth time. The thousands of visitors who attended the three-day festival in its winter format over the past four years enjoyed the unique atmosphere, excellent music and jazz performances.

 

Bonnie Tyler LiveBonnie Tyler

Tel Aviv Feb 7

Tel Aviv Theater of Performing Arts
Bonnie Taylor, queen of pop and rock, will be performing in Israel for the first time ever. Her performance will feature her greatest hits of all times

 

Ein Gedi RaceEinGediPhotos

Dead Sea Jan 28 

The Dead Sea Race is considered one of the classic races in runners' calendars in Israel, and attracts thousands of runners each year. The fast-paced route, professional production and of course the unique landscape of the valley and the Dead Sea, create a unique combination that cannot be found anywhere else in Israel. Don't miss this thrilling experience

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Eilat Jan 27 

ISRAMAN - Israel's version of the international Iron Man competition. ISRAMAN: Swimming - 3.8 km, bicycling - 180 km, running - 42.2 km. ISRAMAN 113: swimming - 1.9 km, bicycling - 91 km, running - 21.1 km. Some 1800 participants from Israel and abroad.

News from the Sky 

Delta Airlines

The American carrier announced four extra weekly flight to New York (JFK) from June to September 2016. With these flights there will be total eleven weekely flights on this line.

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Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines "premiere" flight landed in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Hainan is the fourth biggest airline in China and will fly three times a week to Tel Aviv (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday) in Airbus A330 aircrafts.

Air Europa new frequency

spanish airline Air Europa adds a new weekly flight to Tel Aviv, that will take off from Madrid on Sunday and return the following morning. Air Europa currently operates three weekly flights on this line.

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Low cost Dutch airline Transavia will start to operate flights from Munich to Tel Aviv starting September 2016. Transavia joins El Al, Arkia, TUIFly and Lufthansa in this line, and already operates flights from Amsterdam, Paris and Lyon.

Monarch Airlines Manchester-Tel Aviv.
British carrier Monarch Airlines opened its line Manchester-Tel Aviv, and will operate three times a week in Airbus A320 aircrafts. The line joins flights from Tel Aviv to London-Luton, operating since last December 2015.

 

Jerusalem Season of Culture 2016  

The Jerusalem Season of Culture gathers hundreds of visual artists, DJs, chefs and artists from other genres, to draw inspiration from Jerusalem’s complexities, divides and layers and create something that taps into the deeper sides of Jerusalem and the lives of the people here. People-Zumba

The 2016 edition will take place throughout September. All events that are part of Jerusalem Season of Culture are unique to Jerusalem’s ambiance, style and different layers. These events could scarcely work outside of Jerusalem and they give expression to a creative, sophisticated, artistic, social and humanist statement that is enjoyed by many every year.

Among other events:

8 Ways to Dissolve Borders
Discover parts of Jerusalem you never even knew existed on a series of innovative tours that combine different modes of transportation, art, theatrical performances and media to paint a gripping mosaic of that reflects the character of this complex city.

When: September 4-23, 2016
Where: Locations round Jerusalem

Sacred Music

A musical celebration spanning borders, artistic genres and continents

Where: Hutzot Hayotzer, The Tower of David Museum and YMCA, Jerusalem
When: September 18-23, 2016

 

Tomorrowland in Jerusalem

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On Saturday July 23rd, the second day of Tomorrowland, 7 countries will Unite with the People of Tomorrow in Belgium. A live video connection will be made between Tomorrowland (Belgium) and Mexico, India, Japan, Colombia, Germany, South Africa and Israel. Building bridges between Belgium and the rest of the world with a live connection from the Tomorrowland Mainstage, Live DJ sets on the local UNITE stage and the unique, magical Tomorrowland atmosphere: that's UNITE, the mirror to Tomorrowland.

 

Hot Summer 2016  

This summer enjoy a wide variety of concerts across Israel from the biggest stars. American heavy metal leading band Megadeth will perform in Rishon LeZion just south of Tel Aviv this July 02, 2016. Pioneer of the thrash metal scene, Megadeth is responsible for thrash metal's development and popularization. US rapper Pharrell Williams wll perform in Park HaYarkon in Tel Aviv this July 21, 2016. Pharrell is a Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, and artist who helped change the face of pop beginning in the late '90s.

 SantanaOn July 30, 2016 Mexican guitarrist Santana will perform in Park HaYarkon. Santana sees its origins in the 60s and enjoyed a huge success at the end of the decase and into the 70s, and a massive comeback in 2000 with the album "Supernatural", and remains today as one of the most popular rock bands with its unique blend of Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa and African rhythms.

The hugely popular brit musicians Morrisey will offer two concerts this August, one in Tel Aviv (August 22, 2016) and one in the unique ancient Roman Amphitheater in Caesarea (August 24, 2016). Morrisey is widely regarded as one of the finest lyricists and singers of his generation and was voted as the second greatest living Britain by BBC's The Culture Show.

Also Scottish-American alternative rock band Garbage will perform on August 18, 2016 in Rishon LeZion, Natalie Imbruglia will perform on August 31, 2016 in Tel Aviv, The Dire Straits Experience will be offer four concerts in Tel Aviv, Haifa and BeerSheba on September 07 to 10, 2016, and Latin superstar Ricky Martin will perform on September 14, 2016.

  

Elton John to Perform in Tel Aviv, Israel. May 26, 2016

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Sir Elton John will be coming to Tel Aviv for a concert in May 2016, the fourth concert in Israel for the British singer. Sir Elton John is one of the most famous and successful singers in the world and has sold over 300 million albums, some of his hits include “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Your Song” and “Candle in the Wind”. Sir Elton John is expected to perform at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 26, 2016.

 

 

Enrique Iglesias in Tel Aviv, Israel - December 16 and 22, 2015

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Enrique Iglesias will perform in Tel Aviv in December 2015. The Latin singing sensation last performed in Israel on June 2011. Enrique, the 40-year-old son of Julio Iglesias, who will perform as well in May 2016, is one of the most popular singers in the world with countless Spanish and English hits to his credit.  Iglesias burst onto the music scene in the mid-1990s, and by 1997 had sold 17 million Spanish-language albums and won the 1996 Grammy for Best Latin Performer. When he began to release albums recorded in English, beginning with 1999’s Enrique became a global phenomenon. Since then, he’s alternated between English and Spanish albums.

 

Jerusalem March - October 1, 2015

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Tens of thousands of Israelis and Christian believers from around the world participate in the annual Jerusalem March, a festive parade that takes place in the middle of the Sukkot holiday (the Feast of Tabernacles). The Jerusalem March takes place during The Feast of Tabernacles each year, and attracts participants from around the world. After the March there are family events and activities at the Sacher Park. The Jerusalem March has evolved since its founding in 1955 when it was a four day march around the time of Passover that was attended by a small number of IDF soldiers and a few dozen local civilians.

 

Matisyahu in Jerusalem - October 10, 2015

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Matisyahu returns to Israel with a concert in Jerusalem in October 2015. His performance at the Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem will have a full ensemble and include his best known songs. Matisayhu’s career took off in 2005 and the Hassidic singer quickly became famous for his mixture of Jewish, reggae and rap music. In 2011, he changed his appearance and stated he is no longer a “hassidic reggae superstar”. Hits include “King Without a Crown”, “One Day”, “Jerusalem” and “Chop ‘Em Down”. 

 

Kanye West - September 30, 2015

 

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Kanye West will perform in Tel Aviv, Israel, in September 2015. Kanye West is one of the most successful artists and producers of the last decadeand has sold more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads so far in his career. Greatest hits include: “Through the Wire”, “Gold Digger”, “Hey Mama”, and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”. West was also named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine in 2005, 2011 and 2015. He and wife, Kim Kardashian, visited Israel in April to baptize their daughter, North West, in Jerusalem.

 

Tel Aviv Gay Parade - June 12, 2015

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The Pride Festival in Tel Aviv-Jaffa will be held in support of gender equality with an emphasis on the transgender community.

The Tel Aviv 17th Pride Parade will take place on the 12th June 2015, under the slogan “Tel Aviv Loves all Genders”. This year the parade will be in support of transgender rights and recognition of their contribution to the LGBT community and the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, 120,000 people are expected to participate.

 

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Art Garfunkel in Tel Aviv - June 10, 2015 

 

American legend Art Garfunkel is coming to Tel Aviv. Art Garfunkel is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the duo, Simon and Garfunkel, one of the most influential groups of the 60’s.

Garfunkel’s solo career has featured a number of hits, although its the songs which were made famous with Simon which highlighted his career.

 

 

Tosca at Masada - June 4-13, 2015

 

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In the tradition of opera at the Masada National Park, Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, directed by Nicolas Joel, conducted by Daniel Oren with the Israel Opera Chorus and the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion, will be performed between June 4-13, 2015 as part of the Opera Festival.

Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is based on a French play named La Tosca by Victorien Sardou, written in 1887 at the time when Napoleon was preparing to invade Italy. It has everything - torture, murder and suicide, as well as some of Puccini's best known lyrical arias.

The story - Angelotti escaped from prison. Cavaradossi is commissioned to paint Mary Magdalene. Cavaradossi hides Angelotti in his villa. Tosca, the renowned singer, is Cavaradossi's lover and is a jealous lover. The Chief of Police, Scarpia, learns of Angelotti's escape, ties the artist with Angelotti, schemes to find Angelotti by torturing Cavaradossi. Tosca reveals Angelotti's hiding place. Angelotti kills himself. Cavaradossi rejoices Italy's defeat in the Franco-Italy war, Tosca kills Scarpia, Cavaradossi is executed, Tosca is found out and throws herself to her death.

The cast - Svetla Vasillieva is Tosca, Fabio Sartori is Cavaradossi, Scott Hendricks is Scarpia, Carlo Striuli is Angelotti and Noah Briger is Carceriere.

 

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American band One Republic will be performing in Israel as part of their 2015 world tour.

OneRepublic rose to prominence in 2007, when "Apologize" began its reign as the most popular digital download in American history, and since has become one of the most popular bands in the world.

 

 

 

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British legendary pop star and song-writer Robbie Williams will perform in Tel Aviv next May 2 2015 as part of the “Let me entertain you” Tour. Rising to fame as part of boy-band “Take That”, Robbie Williams is better known for his solo career over the past 15 years. His first seven albums each reach number one in the UK and sold 77 million albums and singles worldwide, making him the most successful British solo artist in the UK and bestselling non-Latino artist in Latin America. After rejoining “Take That” in 2010 and releasing a new album, it became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history. More details here

 

Agritech - April 28-30, 2015

 

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Since Israel's early days, the country's agriculture sector has been forced to provide its citizenry with advanced solutions. Situated in one of the world's most arid regions, it was Israel that pioneered and led the concepts of drip irrigation, recycling, purifying and reuse of wastewater for agriculture purposes. Based on its accumulated experience, Israel is poised to play a major role in supplying the world with cutting-edge agriculture solutions.

Agritech Israel 2015, the 19th International Agricultural Technology Exhibition, is one of the world’s most important exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies. The exhibition will be held April 28 – 30, 2015 at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv . We hereby invite all those involved in manufacturing, marketing, R&D, as well as all those involved in the various agricultural sectors both directly and indirectly, to take part in the Agritech Exhibition.

 

Sounds of the Old City - March 16-19, 2015

 

Music Festival JerusalemThe Festival offers us a glimpse into the Old City's musical traditions and is a pillar of Jerusalem's cultural and tourism night life. Festival visitors will enjoy a rare offering of musical bands and ensembles scheduled to perform authentic music on central stages and in the streets of the various Old City quarters. Each band and ensemble will play music unique to the quarter and area in which it performs, providing an exciting experience for visitors in the magical atmosphere of the Old City.

The Festival will be set up  along  a circular route; starting from the Jaffa Gate, and weaving  through  the Armenian, Jewish, Muslim and Christian quarters - ending back  at the Jaffa Gate. More details here.

 

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James Blunt in Tel Aviv - February 7, 2015

 

British pop sensation James Blunt will perform in Israel for the first time on February 7, 2015, promoting his latest album “Moon Landing”. Blunt rose to fame in 2004 with the release of “Back to Bedlam”.

The single “You're Beautiful” reached no. 1 in UK and US charts, among other countries. Blunt will perform in the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. More details here

 

 

NonStop Summer Festival - December 24, 2014 - January 07, 2015

 

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The first international gay winter festival is underway in Tel Aviv, The Best Gay City in The World. The Gay Parade events last June were so successful, bringing thousands of LGBT tourists, that the city is preparing a winter festival. Tel Aviv takes advantage of the convenient winter temperature (an average between 17° and 19° Celsius during this period), the exciting nightlife, the rich culture, the wide culinary offer and all the other good things Tel Aviv has to offer.  

Tel Aviv is known as one of the world's finest and friendliest LGBT travel destinations and as a cosmopolitan gay-friendly city. The vibrant scene is alive year-round, with dazzling nightlife, hip restaurants, stylish boutiques, and busy streets hopping with clubs and cafés. Visit the page of the Tel Aviv Municipality .

 

Fresh Paint Art Fair 2014 - November 4-8, 2014

 

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The Fresh Paint contemporary Art and Design Fair is an annual event which attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is one of Israel's largest art events and is held in a different venue each year.

The fair offers the opportunity to broaden awareness of contemporary Israeli art and provides a platform for artists to build connections with the global art community. Israeli galleries, museums and art institutions present their best pieces. Independent promising artists are handpicked to display their work and gain an invaluable showcase for their art in the Fresh Paint Independent artists Greenhouse. At the end of the fair an award will be given to the Most Promising Artist. The winner gets a monetary prize and a solo show in the following year's Fresh Paint Fair.

 Fresh Design is a unique part of the Fresh Paint Fair. Fresh Design will present the latest design trends in Israel. The fair also acts as a fund raising activity with proceeds going to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and other non-profit organizations. This event is a great way to get to know the most current Israeli artists and immerse yourself in the dynamic and exciting Israeli art scene.

 

Night Run Tel Aviv - October 28, 2014

 

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30, 000 runners are expected to participate in 2014's Night Run which takes a new 10km urban route this year. The new route takes in many of the beautiful sites of Tel-Aviv.

The slogan for this year's race is "Glow and Glory" and will wear florescent colored shirts to light up the City that Never Sleeps. The race starts in Rabin Square and proceeds up Ibn Gabirol Street, Rothschild Boulevard, Habima Square (Opera Plaza), Dizengoff Street, Nordau Boulevard and ends at the finish line in Park HaYarkon (Ganei Yehoshua). Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route in support of the runners.

 

Cirque Eloize

Cirkopolis in Tel Aviv - October 20-25, 2014

 

From Montreal’s masters of the circus arts, Cirque Éloize, comes a bewitching new award-winning show visually inspired by Fritz Lang’s legendary film Metropolis.In a grey, industrialised world, a bored office worker’s imagination takes flight, transforming his workplace into a wonderland of juggling, jaw-dropping acrobatics and exquisite contortion.

“These guys are on a whole other level. It seems that everything is more: more difficult, more daring, more ambitious.”

 NEW YORK POST

Bursting with stylish, spellbinding visuals, Cirkopolis is an astounding feast of gravity-defying acts, sinuous movement and transporting original music – a joyous blend of spectacle, creativity and skill from some of the best circus performers on the planet. In 2014, Cirkopolis won the Drama Desk Award for best Unique Theatrical Experience.

“A particularly stunning amalgam of theater, modern dance, original music, evocative projections and top-notch circus skills”

TIME OUT NEW YORK

Cirque Eloizerun will run six shows between October 20-25, 2014 at the Tel Aviv Opera House.

 

The International Balloon Festival - October 13-14, 2014

 

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The International Balloon Festival will take place on October 13-14, 2014 in Mount Gilboa, one of the most beautiful

spots in Israel. The unique setting, a landscape of beautiful fields and reservoirs, amid a striking mountainous backdrop makes the Gilboa International Balloon Festival something really special.

The Gilboa Balloon Festival will bring hot air balloons and their pilots from around the world, as well as the Galilee region, where hot air balloon rides are a popular activity. The festival will be family friendly with food stands, shows, and concerts by Israeli singers.

 

Tel Aviv Creative City

 

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Tel Aviv was designated as new member of UNESCO’s creative cities network Monday, along with 28 other cities, with focus on media arts. The network aims to develop cooperation between cities that have made creativity a strategic priority, and promotes partnerships in innovative projects, studies, training and policy linked to creative development.

Tel Aviv was recently designated the “World’s Smartest City” in a smart city conference in Barcelona for launching the Digi-tel platform, that will allow engaging with its residents and includes providing access to culture and arts. Tel Aviv also has free Wi-Fi in public areas frequented by tourists. Read more here.

 

Culinaria

 

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Readers and writers of world famous Saveur Magazine awarded Tel Aviv as an outstanding culinary destination in category small international. Tel Aviv has nearly 4,500 businesses in the food industry, above a restaurant for every 1,000 people and an unprecedented number by western standards. Besides excellent the hundreds of hummus, shawarma and shakshuka stands, Tel Aviv boasts world class restaurants including "Raphael" by Rafi Cohen, "Jaffa Tel Aviv" by Haim Cohen, "Pronto", "Katit", "Herbert Samuel”, "Messa”, and of course , “Mul Yam”.

“Machane Yehuda” market in Jerusalem received a special mention as well in its category, and “El Al”, Israel national carrier received a special mention in category “Best In-Flight Wine Program”. And for a drink before or after dinner, think of the bar at the “Imperial Hotel”, which has been recently awarded as the best bar in Africa and the Middle East and no. 56 in the general ranking by guide World’s 50 Best Bars in the World.

 

The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David

 

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Recurring multiple times throughout the week, the Night Spectacular is a 45-minute light-and-sound display using the walls beneath the Tower of David as a backdrop, but a simple written description doesn't really do the concept justice.

It's hard to fully conceive of what a titanic expanse of age-old monolithic city wall looks like when used as backdrop for the movies until you've seen it done. The moving images, sent from 20 projectors and two projection rooms, tell a wordless, politically neutral pictorial tale of the history of Jerusalem from the time of the Israelite kings down almost to the present day, treating viewers to dramatically larger-than-life reenactments of the deeds of David, the Romans, the monks, Muhammad, the Crusaders, Suleiman the Magnificent and the rest of the historical family. The action hums along a booming orchestral soundtrack by French composed Etienne Perruchon (the display itself is the product of a French multimedia company, Skertzo). It's better than any fireworks show, and while it is child-friendly, adults can enjoy the history lesson and technological wizardry on display.
 

Meet the People, Shabbat of a Lifetime

 

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Shabbat of a Lifetime invites you to experience an authentic Shabbat dinner (Jewish Sabbath feast) in the heart of Jerusalem. Get the unique chance to participate first-hand in a traditional Shabbat dinner with a family at their home while feasting on a variety of delicious, home-made cuisine from nine Jewish communities around the world.

At Shabbat of a Lifetime, we combine the personal touch of home-hospitality with a unique cultural immersion you won’t find anywhere else. On the Shabbat of a Lifetime program, you have the opportunity to discover the beauties of the Friday night traditions, and make personal connections with Israelis and meet other travelers of all backgrounds from around the world. Join us for this unforgettable experience on your next trip to Jerusalem!

 

The Art of Time - Permanent Exhibition

 

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The world-renowned Sir David Salomons collection is exhibited at the The Museum For Islamic Art, and contains more than 180 watches and clocks. This important, beautiful and rare collection came into being thanks to Sir David’s knowledge of horology and to his prosperity.

The collection’s most significant and special timepieces are the ground-breaking group of clocks by Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823). The inventor of some of the greatest technological innovations in modern watch-making, Breguet was among the most influential individuals in modern horology. Most of the watches that were returned to the Museum were made by Breguet, including watch number 160, known as the "Marie Antoinette".

The collection also features a selection of scientific instruments, such as barometric compasses, sundials and telescopes from the 17th to the 19th centuries, as well as an interesting group of clocks manufactured in the 19th century in Europe for the Turkish market.