Up All Night to Get Lucky: White Night 2019

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Time Out Israel Editors

Get your caffeine on, because White Night 2019 (Thursday, May 16) is set to be the best yet.

When White Night rolls around, aka the one night a year when the city pulls a collective all-nighter, it truly celebrates until the break of dawn. Live music, street parties and free entry to museums are just the beginning. The Tel Aviv White Night will take place on May 16, on the night of the 2nd Semi Final of the Eurovision contest. During the White Night, as the sun goes down, Tel Avivians and tourists are invited to wander through the many events and exhibitions taking place around the city - from the official Eurovision Village through cultural centers, museums, bars, open spaces, beaches and much more, until the sun rises and shines over the White City. Tel Aviv White Night is one of the biggest events of the year, and the Eurovision week is the ideal time for these celebrations. The events and performances are open to the public, most of them free of charge.

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Disco, Disco, Disco

Rabin Square is the quintessential Tel Avivian landmark, with hundreds of tourists visiting on a daily basis, thousands of Israelis gathering every year for Memorial Day ceremonies, and, in recent years, home to one of White Nights biggest events: the silent disco. Don your headphones, pick your tunes, and get groovin’.

If bumping and grinding alongside a bunch of teens isn’t your idea of fun, head to Ben Gurion Boulevard for a more sophisticated affair: Jazz on the Boulevard. Let the musical talents of local jazz bands entertain you as you partake in a moonlit stroll.

For the edgier amongst you, head over to Tel Aviv’s hipster paradise, Florentine neighborhood, hosting an annual street party including street performances, live graffiti demonstrations, tours and more. Casually sipping on kombucha, rocking a faded vintage button-down, or stroking a pet ferret will help you fit right in.

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Culture Vulture

Take advantage of the (free!) cultural opportunities, and head to the Eretz Israel Museum to explore their offering of exhibitions. White Night at the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art includes an evening in honor of the Eurovision Song Contest, in cooperation with We Quiz. In a competitive and award-winning evening, participants will examine general knowledge and Eurovision trivia. Visitors will also be able to enjoy museum exhibitions after dark and alcohol.

19:45 at Nachum Gutman Museum, NIS 60

A Tribute to the Eurovision

On May 16, the Tel Aviv Port will hold a White Night in its own bubble, a nostalgic and exciting event for those who love the Eurovision and everyone who grew up on it. Performances will include a unique original production starring the three most beloved Eurovision winners in the world - Anne Marie David, Loreen, and Carola. Anne Marie David, the first lady of the Eurovision Song Contest, known for her special connection to Israel, winner of the Luxembourg Eurovision Contest in 1973 and even represented France in Israel at the Eurovision Contest in 1979. Loreen is the Swedish singer who took over the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Euphoria", Which has become a huge hit all over Europe. Carola, the European star who beat out Orna Datz in the 1991 Eurovision Contest, and won first place. The event will be moderated by Orna Datz and Alon Amir and include dancers, drag queens, a screening of the second final of the Eurovision Song Contest, and DJ  Michal Amdursky, who will play the biggest Eurovision hits. The event will take place in the sandbox and the central deck of Tel Aviv Port.

20:00 at the Tel Aviv Port, free


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