Israel Festival 2022

22 August 2022

15.09.22 > 22.09.22

The Israel Festival presents Sun & Sea – the internationally acclaimed winner of the 2019 Venice Biennale Golden Lion - free of charge to the general public!  

A dance performance by Théo Mercier and Steven Michel from France, a trilogy of intimate theater pieces from the USA, collaborations with musicians from Turkey and unique original productions featuring Gon Ben Ari and Oren Fischer, Barry Sakharof, Renana Raz, Roni Kuban, Tal Friedman, Dudu Tassa, Neta Elkayam and Amit Hai Cohen, Corrine Kitzis, Daniel Koren and Itay Zvolon, Kabareh Cheikhat from Morocco and more.

The 2022 Israel Festival has launched, and will be held this year in September (15.09.22 > 22.09.22) and with Itay Mautner and Michal Vaknin as its new artistic directors. The festival takes place under the leadership of Eyal Sher, General Manager, and newly appointed Chairwoman of the Board Adv. Inbar Nacht.

Change. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. A small change, or a dramatic one. One that is aesthetic, or essential. A tangible change, or a change in thinking. Change - or at the very least, a step towards it - that’s what we are seeking. We want things to seep in, drop by drop, in their own time. We want for things to move slowly through the corridors of our consciousness and through the maze of our perceptions and preconceptions. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. ” affirmed Itay Mautner and Michal Vaknin, Artistic Directors.

As part of the Israel Festival’s ongoing efforts to make its programme accessible to the widest variety of audiences, the festival is proud to present the 2019 Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award Winner, Sun & Sea, free of charge for all thanks to the generosity of Wendy Fisher and The Kirsh Foundation. Eyal Sher, General Director, said: “Beyond the show’s outstanding artistic values, the high profile it receives in the framework of the Israel Festival along with now opening it to the wide public, are of supreme importance to raising public awareness to the climate crisis.

This year’s festival is characterised by a large number of original offerings conceived by our artistic team and developed especially for the festival by some truly outstanding artists. At the same time, after two years of limited international presence due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to present some incredibly inspiring gems from abroad. These are days of tremendous excitement as all these artistic goods “meet” the public.” concluded Eyal Sher.

This year, the festival will take place almost entirely at and around the Jerusalem Theatre. The halls, corridors and public spaces will be turned into a living, beating hub of artistic and creative events, inviting the public to ask themselves what performing arts are and can be, what does it mean to be an audience (or a witness), and how artistic creation can affect our lives.

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The Israel Festival is produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Foundation, the Beracha Foundation, Mifal HaPais, embassies and cultural institutes. The festival is a member of the European Festivals Association (EFA) and the Silk Road Festivals Association.