The Israel Festival, which was founded in 1961, is celebrating its fifty-sixth anniversary.
The Festival, which will take place from June 1st to June 18th, 2017, offers a program of unique performances representing contemporary artistic trends from all over the world — new interdisciplinary works not shown in any other setting — that seek to present new theatrical languages alongside classical, high-quality, and unique productions.
As a major platform for artistic discourse and professional enrichment, the Festival includes several professional conferences and seminars, as well as master classes with guest artists.
This year’s program, which continues the unique and inclusive artistic direction, includes several original international productions, including works by the American visual artist and theater director Robert Wilson and choreographer Lucinda Childs; performance artist Angélica Liddell of Spain; choreographer and visual artist Christian Rizzo of France; Swiss stage director Thom Luz; and Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues. Original Israeli works produced especially for the Festival will also be performed, including “Psalms,” a collaborative effort of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the Weimar Music Academy chorus; “Job,” starring Sasson Gabai, directed by Yossi Izraeli and produced by the Incubator Theater; a special concert by Ilan Volkov; an evening devoted to the songs of Tirza Atar; and a festive opening performance. As part of Prague Week in Jerusalem, in cooperation with the municipalities of Prague and Jerusalem, Prague’s Cirk La Putyka will offer free public performances in Zion Square.
The Festival operates in partnership with the Culture Administration of the Culture and Sport Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Foundation, and the Jerusalem Development Authority, together with various embassies, academic institutions, and cultural centers in Israel.
The European Festivals Association, of which the Israel Festival has been a member since 1990, recently launched the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) Festival Label to recognize festivals that meet the organization’s three main criteria: artistic commitment and innovative approaches, involvement in their local communities, and promoting global connections and collaborations.
The Israel Festival is proud to have been awarded the EFFE Label for 2017–2018. In its citation, the jury described the Israel Festival as a “very good festival that combines innovative and emerging arts with more traditional forms. The festival combines a local with an international ambition. It is important to have in this region a cultural promoter for a more peaceful society. It is an organization that builds bridges between people”.
The Israel Festival, which was founded by the late Aaron Zvi Propes, is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation
The Israel Festival 2017, is dedicated in loving memory of the late Micha Levinson, who passed away before his time.
Micha was a central pillar of the Festival during the 90’s, a driving force whose artistic vision and humanity laid the foundations of the Festival’s core values, contributing immeasurably to the establishment of its prestige both in Israel and abroad. We are proud to continue his legacy.
Dan Halperin, chairman; Atcha Bar, Yehezkel Beinish, Ofer Berkovitch, Yitzhak Ben-Nissim, Yoram Braverman, Nili Cohen, Orly Doron, Rafi Gamzu, Ahuva Ganor, Hanna Hertzman, Jonathan Livni, Ruta Peled, Harry Sapir, Barry Swersky, Anat Tzur, Micha Yinon
The Israel Festival Team:
Eyal Sher, General Director / Aviva Nir-Giladi, Assistant to the General Director / Itzik Giuli, Artistic Director / Miri Menirav, Producer / Elisheva Braun Lapidot, Marketing Director / Shira Vitaly, Artistic Program Coordinator & International Relations / Emmanuel Witzthum, Music Consultant / Merav Kedar, Sales Director / Dina Ashkenazi, Account Manager / Leah Stora, Assistant Producer / Gavriel Goodman, Production coordinator / Ella Grecko, National Service
Public Relations: Ora Lapidot, Adi Tzoref-Feldman / Public Relations (Russian Sector): Sofia Nimelstein / Public Relations abroad: Maayan Jaffe
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Russian translation (website): Leah Greenspan, Anna Irovich
Arabic translation (website): Sectors, Slem Awwad and Lina Maraane
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