Founded in 1961 establishing itself as Israel's premiere multi-disciplinary international festival. The Festival takes place annually in the spring, presenting outstanding international theatre performances, contemporary dance and classical music, along with outstanding original Israeli works and open to the public street performances.
Hosting leading artists from around the world and engaging emerging and established Israeli artists, the Israel Festival provides an important platform for inter-cultural encounter and dialogue.
Attended by over 35,000 people the Israel Festival is one of the city’s most important cultural assets, vital to a modern, dynamic and pluralistic Jerusalem.
In addition to presenting inspiring, most memorable performances, participating artists conduct master classes and post performances discussions. As part of these encounters, the festival collaborates with the leading art academies, professional guilds and independent artists. The presentation of iconic and groundbreaking artists propels a lively local-global discourse amongst the artistic community, cultural consumers and the general public.
The 56th edition of the Israel Festival (June 1-17, 2017) will continue to build on the Festival's strong brand recognition, uncompromising quality and prestige, while further introducing an innovative and compelling cross-disciplinary artistic program, catering to the festival traditional audience and to new, younger crowds, students and professionals.
- Last Israel Festival under Yossi Tal-Gan’s direction closed its 53rd edition24 June 2014For 53 years the Israel Festival has been one of the cultural events most identified with the city of Jerusalem, both locally and internationally. Over the years the Festival has carried on an...
- Israel Festival 2013: Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève - Midnight East review9 June 2013(Written by: Ayelet Dekel) Birthdays, graduations, holidays, festivals and weddings: those dates we mark with a star on the calendar, await their arrival, count the days in anticipation. The Israel...
- Israel Festival 2013: "Housen" - Midnight East review6 June 2013(WRITTEN BY: AYELET DEKEL) Hansen House is a star, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar know how to put on a great show, and their ensemble of dancers is simply spectacular! The duo have created a special...