You’ve got this week covered. But how about next week? Why not stay ahead of the game and mark down the cool events and things to do in Israel coming up in the near future before they’re sold out. From free art exhibitions to spending your shekels at unique markets and craft fairs that span the country, get out those daytimers and start planning because our editors have recommendations for everything. You won’t regret it. After all, we’re here to keep you in the know and away from the “FOMO.”
What's on next week
This June, The Israeli Opera is taking the beloved fairy tale of evil stepsisters, magic slippers and horse-drawn pumpkin carriages and giving it a little operatic twist. Gioacchino Rossini's take on Cinderella replaces the story's fairy Godmother with a charming magician, a must-see for the entire family. Part of the Israeli Opera’s children’s opera hour.
Red Band is an Israeli-American puppet band that began twelve years ago as a humble street act called 'The Puppet Folk Revival'. After being picked up by the Israeli network "HOT" who gave them their own TV show, Ari Pfeffer, Micha Duman and Ami Wizel gained international fame. The trio incorporates music and comedy into their one-of-a-kind traveling puppet show.
Laila Lavan ('White Night' in Hebrew), is a one-of-a-kind event in Israel’s culture capital. Tel Aviv's cultural establishments stay open all night and other activities and attractions take place until the wee hours. White Night promises to be a night you’ll never forget – or, depending on how you spend it, one you’ll never remember. The city’s iconic museums, including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, are open and free to the public all night long and bars and restaurants stay open late and offer special menus. The streets are packed with revelers and traffic is at a standstill, so strap on those sneakers and get ready to do plenty of walking.
After a culturally stimulating start to June, mixing the top multidisciplinary arts festival in Israel with a week of eccentric Gay Pride, the country needed a couple of weeks to recover. Once those weeks pass, however, it will be time to get back on that cultural wagon with a brilliant dance performance hailing all the way from Detroit.
'Ohad Naharin's Virus' is an adaptation of 'Offending the Audience', a play by Austrian playwright, author and poet Peter Handke. Considered one of the most important postmodern writers since Beckett, Handke’s works have often been compared to those of Kafka. His pieces, much like Naharin's, are avant-garde, controversial, and extremely ironic and often challenge the limits of language (physical limits in Naharin's case).'Offending the Audience' is an hour-long play in which the actors shoot verbal spitfire at the audience. The play, written in 1966, aims to leave the audience feeling ill at ease, yet intrigued and wanting more. Naharin and sixteen of the Batsheva’s Young Ensemble dancers have adapted this same goal. Rather than just evoke a feeling, Naharin wants the feeling to elicit a response.
Israel's first-ever Reggeaton festival includes a team of Reggaeton and Hip Hop, topped by popular Puerto Rican superstar Daddy Yankee, who's also known as the master of Latin Reggaeton and Hip Hop. For the uninformed, Reggaeton is a musical style combining Latin, Hip Hop, R&D and Rockn'roll, often mixing in Rap segments in Spanish or other Latin languages. In addition to the artist, professional DJs with expertise in the field add to an event certain to be burning hot for lovers of the genre.
Nine years ago, the Jerusalem Development Authority recognized the charm that washes over the Old City on any given summer evening and decided to illuminate the picturesque alleys that run through it. Their annual festival of light invites people from all walks of life to take part in an enchanting 3-week event, offering dozens of spectacular light displays by Israeli and international artists; a huge 10-meter moon, illuminated puppets, impressive video art displays, large-scale light swings for children to play on, a 100-meter wire fence, and even a fire show are among the bright installations.
This fan favorite operetta tells the tale of love & despair, mistaken identities, and little white lies. The libretto, by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grunwald, pairs beautifully with a score of Hungarian melodies from the operetta wizards of Budapest. This Hungarian return to Israel is packed with pure operetta delights from the first act all the way to the finale.
Step inside the home of Chaim Nahman Bialik, Israel's national poet, for a theatrical musical journey like no other. Someone's Home is not just any plain Jane guided tour; the performance allows audiences of all ages to explore the poet's supposedly "haunted" property through his poetry. With the aid of musical numbers, theatrical cues and rich imagery – all of which rely on the national poet's autobiography – the rooms of the Bialik House come to life through a cast of unique characters, including Chaim Nahman Bialik himself.
When was the last time you could pet a piece of art in a museum? Whether you prefer dogs over cats or vice versa, a new, experiential exhibition for the whole family at the Israel Museum will make visitors look at their beloved pets in a different light.