Things to do in Israel this week

Discover the very best things to do over the next seven days, from cultural events to live music and more

EPOS Festival, artwork by Kobra © Martha Cooper

Thought you’d sneak in a relaxing week? Well, think again. Israel’s got loads of culture-packed activities this week, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. From new art exhibitions and restaurant openings, to the hottest musicians both visiting and local and secret speakeasies off the beaten path, you’ll be crawling to work come Sunday. See how many things to do in Israel over the next seven days you can check off your bucket list. After all, YOIO — “you only Israel once.”

What's on this week

Aster Rada by Ohad Romano, Neta Elkayam & Amit Hai Cohen by Estwanat Hai
News, Music

Ashdod Israel Andalusian Orchestra

The Israeli Andalusian Orchestra of Ashdod pays homage to the mountain and desert with a festival featuring the Berber tribal spirit and Moroccan folk music. Entitled "Voices roaming", the month-long event features two Israeli musicians Ester Rada and Neta Elkayam, both combining inspiring, multidisciplinary works with Andalusian influences and entirely fresh rhythms, colors and shifting cultural sounds. 

March 1 - March 26, 2020

The Burnt Orange Heresy, EPOS International Festival
News, Events & Festivals

EPOS: The International Art Film Festival

EPOS, the International Film and Arts Festival, is Israel's first film festival dedicated entirely to encounters between the various arts and cinema. The wide selection of the festival's films will be screened in cinemas, museums and other cultural institutions across Israel. 

March 11-14

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. 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

Courtesy of The Jewish Agency
News, Art

The Jewish Agency's Photography Exhibit

The Jewish Agency's Photography Exhibit titled “One to Ninety” is being displayed at the Ben Gurion Airport, depicting the story of the agency as it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Since its establishment nine decades ago, The Jewish Agency has stood at critical junctures in the history of the Jewish People and the State of Israel. The exhibition presents a series of photographs and personal stories that represent the history of the Jewish People and the country.

On display until the end of March

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 - May 28

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. 

Jazz Show © Shutterstock
Music, Jazz

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

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. 

Nahalat Binyamin Fair © Shutterstock
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair

Nachalat Binyamin

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. Each artist has a regular stall, so if you like the look of a piece of art, but don’t want to buy it just yet, you can always come back to the same spot next week to think again – although be careful, it may have already been snagged by another member of Tel Aviv’s art-hungry community. Each work of art is authentic and original, creating an extra-special atmosphere as you stroll through a sea of pure creativity. From stunning glass dinnerware to one-of-a-kind custom-made door signs, this is the ultimate place to truly experience the art capital of Israel.