The best things to do in Israel this month

Your Israeli cheat sheet: quell your inner FOMO with our checklist of must-do events

Oswaldo Romberg © Ofrit Rosenberg
By Time Out Israel Editors |

Dig out your dancing shoes, throw on your finest classical concert-viewing attire or simply tuck in for a good night’s rest and save energy for daytime events. Either way, there’s something to do in Israel this month for every person. From outdoor festivals to indoor entertainment, Time Out’s got you covered with the hottest happenings this month. Start your month off with a bang and keep the good times rolling with our picks of the very best things to do in Israel this month.

The best things to do in Israel this month

Port2Port, DJ Amelie Lens © THIERRY ROGEAFP via Getty Images
News, Events & Festivals

Where Man Meets Machine: Haifa's Port2Port Techno Festival

The first-ever Port2Port festival emerges in Haifa, promising to deliver top-notch electronic music and engaging art installations. An absolutely stellar lineup of local and international DJs will be hosted in the port of Haifa for a night of art and techno where the sea meets the land, nature and industrial installations. Amongst other artists, local legends Red Axes, Anna Haleta, Jenia Tarsol, and Amichay Matyas will play alongside international heavy hitters Amelie Lens, Roman Flugel, and Nastia.

February 6, 2020

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News, Music

Celebrate Bob Marley's 75th Birthday at Reading 3

The annual party kicks off with local and international tributes to the Reggae Legend. It is truly hard to believe that Reggae master Bob Marley would be 75-years-old this year. His music has united the world over with his signature messages of peace, love, and harmony. The power and longevity of his lyrics and truth have been a source of inspiration for decades after his death and they continue to live on in musicians across all genres today.

February 7-8

Neta Elkayam © Estwanat Hai
News, Events & Festivals

The Red Sea Jazz Festival - Winter Edition

Eilat's Red Sea Jazz Festival, the winter edition, returns this year with the intoxicating jazz sounds and gives music lovers a particularly warm jazz event The Red Sea Jazz Festival takes place at the foot of the breathtaking views of the Eilat Mountains and the Red Sea, while celebrating a decade of jazz festivities, and features a special weekend of music with Israeli and international artists, special productions, master classes and a Jam-session stage that plays into the wee hours of the night.

February 20-22

Van Gogh - The Exhibition © Ivanov Christinean
News, Art

Van Gogh-ing to Israel: World-renowned exhibition to arrive in Herzliya this January

Millions of visitors in more than fifty cities around the world have got to watch the wonder that Van Gogh - The Exhibition and now it has arrived in Israel this January. Vincent van Gogh has been celebrated for more than 150 years as one of the world's most influential modern artists of all time. Having been exhibited in the most prestigious museums throughout the world, van Gogh's latest showcase will be in the arena complex of Herzliya.

January - April 2020

A night at the museum © Igor Kaplunovich

Duchamp’s Games

Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod

In Duchamp's most famous work and essential point of study in the field of art history, L.H.O.O.Q, a cheap reproduction of the Mona Lisa breaks the boundaries of the classical art world, and conservative values of the past by adding male attributes to da Vinci's famous female portrayal and consequently evoke explicit sexual implications. The Duchamp’s Games exhibition has invited 18 Israeli artists to respond to the Duchamp's works in an open discussion on gender fluidity. 

Oswaldo Romberg © Ofrit Rosenberg

Osvaldo Romberg: a look into one of Israel's most influential artists

The Israel Museum, Neve Sha'anan

Although originally born in Argentina, Osvaldo Romberg quickly rose through the ranks of new Israeli immigrants to become one of the country's most beloved and respected artists. While teaching in the fine arts department of Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy, Romberg created a vast collection of art that has helped to conceptualize Israeli art. Romberg is known for his fundamental approach to Conceptual art by constantly breaking down the artistic act into most basic components: form and color. This exhibition will examine Romberg's scientific investigations, architectural sketches and theoretical framework incorporated into his art. 

Tomko Fuse © Octai Agronov

Tomko Fuse - Origami Installation

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Hadar-Carmel‏

Tomoko Fuse's beautiful work draws the viewer to think about the relationship between tradition and innovation. Fuse first became famous in the eighties and in recent years, has created pure art from single sheets of paper, a series of spiral shapes and surfaces of seemingly complex textiles. In her contemporary creations, Fuse constructs large-scale installations reminiscent of Japanese gardens made of gravel and rocks.

Jun Kamei, Amphibio © Jukan Tateisi
News, Art

'State of Extremes' at the Design Museum of Holon

The Design Museum of Holon & the Holon Mediatheque present an exhibition surrounding the past decade in the face of time, ten years after the museum's first-ever exhibition A decade ago, in 2010, the Design Museum of Holon presented The State of Things, an exhibition that featured more than 100 objects that reflected the issues of consumption culture and its impact on international design.

December 12, 2019, Closing: May 28, 2020

Emoglyphs © Israel Museum

Emoglyphs: from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji

The Israel Museum, Neve Sha'anan

During the succeeding millennia, these crude and limiting symbols were replaced by roughly 20 signs representing sounds rather than ideas, evolving into today's much more dynamic alphabet used by most of Western society. But oddly enough, the reemergence of picture writing has made a comeback in the Cyber Age in an unexpected way: the Emoji. By presenting the metamorphosis of picture writing from Antiquity through modern times, Emoglyphs illuminates the timeless power of the picture to act as a complex and sophisticated system of communication. The exhibition is designed by Shirley Yahalomi, who uses film and multimedia projections to showcase a wealth of archeological finds from ancient Egypt within the context of contemporary Emoji use. 

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