By Jennifer GreenbergPosted: Thursday December 15 2016, 11:06am
Who knew a 40-kilometer long, 500-meter deep crater could provide perfect acoustics for an outdoor concert? Four years ago, the majestic Mitzpe Ramon became the artistic backdrop to the IntiMidbar Festival, a multi-disciplinary cultural event offering music and other art-based activities to the whole family. The enchanting desert scenery lures nature and culture lovers in to connect with the landscape, the artists, and each other, while participating in five action-packed days of fun.
Beginning this artistic-touristic journey on December 22 in the “Spice Route Quarter,” where the center of the festival will be held, visitors will branch out to the city library, community center, studios and other surrounding sites, for a unique insider's look at the local artists that live and work in the community.
In addition to musical performances by Daniela Spector, Hadas Kleinman and Aviv Behar, Alon Eder, Gadi Ronen, and Uzi Ramirez, families will enjoy dance and theatre performances, poetry readings, sing-a-longs, a series of DocAviv film screenings, a three-day "Jazz Conference" at Mitzpe Ramon jazz club, special workshops (sand painting in the sand of the crater, yoga workshops, natural perfume workshops, and liturgical hymn workshops), kids activities, and exposure to the best art south of Beersheba.
In honor of the Festival of Lights, IntiMidbar will shine the spotlight on Hanukkah throughout the festival, with celebrations including a special sunset Hanukkiah lighting on the Ramon Crater's edge, a children's holiday brass orchestra, 'Mushon’s menorah' – a theatre play for children, and a festive music-themed lecture by Yaron Ben-Ami.