Kabbalat Shabbat Tel Aviv Port © Or Glickman

Eurovision Happenings

This things called the Eurovision contest is gonna be taking over Tel Aviv for the better part of May. Here are all the special events planned from north to south.

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Time Out Israel
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The best events planned for the Eurovision

Dana International "Bereshit" Exhibition
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Dana International "Bereshit" Exhibition

The Tel Aviv Port in cooperation with the Municipality of Holon presents the "Dana International" exhibition, especially for the Eurovision, and for two weeks only! The cooperation with the Design Museum of Holon will enable the audience who have not yet been able to visit the exhibition in Holon and the large audience from all over Europe to be exposed to an exhibition dedicated to Dana International - who has revolutionized popular culture locally and internationally.

The exhibition will open to the general public from Friday May 3 until Saturday May 18 at Hangar 24, Tel Aviv Port. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge. Guided tours will be held in Hebrew and English in advance for groups and individuals. yarid-hamizrach.co.il

The Royal Playback Orchestra in Old Jaffa
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The Royal Playback Orchestra in Old Jaffa

An “orchestral performance” that is open to the public and encourages audience participation. It combines music, acting, and introduces the public to a classical orchestra.

Starting May 4, Kedumim Sq, Jaffa

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The Radio at Jaffa Port
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The Radio at Jaffa Port

A huge radio will be installed on the North Deck at the Jaffa Port. It will not only be a sculpture, but an actual radio that works! You can turn the buttons, switch stations, and turn the volume up and down. The radio has five music stations: oldies but goodies, current hits, Arabic music, classical music, and a station featuring Eurovision song hits.

Starting May 4, Jaffa Port (North Deck)

Dizengoff Center Events
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Dizengoff Center Events

Dizengoff Center will salute the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with a special festival to celebrate the beloved musical competition with a variety of activities, gifts, and attractions. There will be live performances of the competition’s hits of past years, a vintage clothing and record fair, and a huge outdoor exhibit on the outer walls of Dizengoff Center, created by Lika Ramati and curator Ilana Carmeli-Lanner that features portraits of Israeli winners including Neta Barzilai, Dana International, Yizhar Cohen and Gali Atari, along with a photograph of Kobi Merimi, the Israeli representative of 2019.

In addition, 40,000 flags of 41 countries and the flags of pride will be distributed for free, plus an on-site food fair throughout the week, from 12:00-20:00. There will also be night swimming available at Jimmy’s gym pool, available for NIS 25, between 22:00 and 4:00 AM every night/morning, and even massage treatments between the competitions and towards the final (special prices ranging from NIS 60-120).

Dizengoff Center, May 12-18

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Kabbalat Shabbat in a tribute to the Eurovision
Kabbalat Shabbat Tel Aviv Port © Or Glickman

Kabbalat Shabbat in a tribute to the Eurovision

A festive Kabbalat Shabbat in the spirit of the Eurovision Song Contest with the participation of the artist Yizhar Cohen, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. At the Kabbalat Shabbat they will sing the Sabbath songs in the melodies of Eurovision songs. The Kabbalat Shabbat will be held in English.

The Kabbalat Shabbat will take place on Friday, May 10, at 18:00-19:30. The event will take place at the central deck near the carousel, Tel Aviv Port. Open to the public and free of charge. 

A Flag on the City Hall
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A Flag on the City Hall

Tel Aviv’s iconic City Hall is often lit in the colors of different flags during international current events to show solidarity with countries around the world and special events in Israel. Now, Eurovision fans from around the world will be able to select their national flag and have it displayed on the landmark building.

May 12-15, 7pm-12am. City Hall

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Port to Port Bicycle Tours
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Port to Port Bicycle Tours

During the Eurovision Song Contest, the Tel Aviv Port will hold guided bike tours in English. The tours will depart from the Tel Aviv Port along the coastal strip to the Jaffa Port and back to the Tel Aviv Port. Along the route will be points of interest to stop and familiarize with the city and the coastal strip. In Jaffa Port, an important tourist attraction, participants will be able to stop for a short historical explanation. At the end of the tour, at Tel Aviv Port the participants will be offered a visit to the Tel Aviv Port market.

Bike tours will take place on Sunday-Thursday May 12-16, exit from the Tel Aviv port market (Hangar 12) First tour - between 11:00-13 00, second tour - from 14:00-16:00. Advance registration required, streetravel-tlv.com

The Eurovision Children's Garden
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The Eurovision Children's Garden

The children of Tel Aviv 2019 will be able to participate in a special version of Eurovision voting for kids. The Eurovision Children’s Garden will operate at one of the city’s favorite spots for families, Orchestra Plaza. While the kids vote on social media, the garden’s loud speakers will play special children’s songs from past Eurovision contests.

 May 12-18, Habima Sq

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Lighting Up Jaffa
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Lighting Up Jaffa

Thanks to a joint project with OSRAM, manufacturers of lighting solutions, tens of thousands of people worldwide will be able to affect the lighting in Jaffa’s historic and monumental Old City during the semi-finals and the grand finale. Clearly visible from the Eurovision Village and along the Tel Aviv coastline, the colors of the lights will change with the users’ votes for each song, streamed live using the official Eurovision app.

May 12-18

EuroARTvision Gallery with under1000 Gallery
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EuroARTvision Gallery with under1000 Gallery

Ten original works will be presented in the exhibition inspired by the ten leading songs that have won the Eurovision over the years, with each artist asked to respond uniquely and personally to one of the winning songs.

Festive opening of the exhibition starting from May 15, 19:30, under1000 Gallery. Hangar 9, Tel Aviv Port.

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Friday Shabbat Dinners
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Friday Shabbat Dinners

Shabbat dinners – held at sunset on Fridays – are a cultural custom for many Israeli families, both religious and secular. Most local families gather together with family and friends on a weekly basis. The Shabbat Dinner project will match tourists of any religion and cultural background with local host families for a meaningful night around a Shabbat dinner table. Tourists from around the world can take part in a unique immersive experience of a home-cooked meal while learning about Jewish traditions which have been observed for centuries.

May 17, Guest registration: Visit Tel-Aviv.gov.il

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