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The best things to do in Israel this month

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

By Time Out Israel Editors
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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

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1. Where Man Meets Machine: Haifa's Port2Port Techno Festival

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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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2. Celebrate Bob Marley's 75th Birthday at Reading 3

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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

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3. The Red Sea Jazz Festival - Winter Edition

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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

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

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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

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5. 'State of Extremes' at the Design Museum of Holon

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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

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6. Emoglyphs: from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji

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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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8. Winter Soup Festival at Jerusalem's Inbal Hotel

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Get your bellies ready for a variety of simmering soups to keep you warm during Jerusalem's winter days. Out of great love for soups and the culinary abundance of raw materials that Jerusalem offers, a seasonal tradition called the "Winter Soup Festival" was created at the Inbal Hotel for its fifth year now. During the festival, six different types of soups will be prepared on a daily basis at the hotel. 

Throughout December, Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem

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9. 7 Hot Spots to Catch a Jazz Show Every Single Night of the Week

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Snap your fingers, tap your feet - because Tel Aviv is alive with beautiful be-bop and cross-rhythm from the jazz genre. As we see more and more special jazz nights popping up on the regular, we have rounded up our favorites, giving you the opportunity to take a hit of the stuff any night of the week. It’s time to add some scat and sax into your life, folks.

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10. Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair

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In one of the oldest districts in Tel Aviv, adjacent to the Carmel Market, Nahalat Binyamin Street has a wonderful now-not-so-well-known secret, which makes itself known twice a week. Every Tuesday and Friday, the Arts and Crafts Fair brings around 220 artists together as they attempt to sell their works. 

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