Jerusalem has become in recent years a hub for diverse events, ranging from the traditional to the modern. The events provide a unique opportunity to soak up the marvelous historical and archaeological surroundings, whilst immersing in local culture and traditions.
Bringing world-class festivals and events to Jerusalem is part of an ongoing initiative to promote the city as a leading cultural tourist destination worldwide.
Just some of the events set to take place this summer include:
Jerusalem Opera Festival, 24 – 27 June 2015
In partnership with the Israeli Opera Festival, Jerusalem will host the inaugural Jerusalem Opera Festival on 24 – 27 June 2015. With the historic Old City Walls providing the stunning backdrop, the event is set to be held in the Sultan’s Pool, an ancient water basin which is dry in the summer and used as a spectacular open-air setting for concerts and events.
Visitors can enjoy opera al fresco under a canopy of starry skies, surrounded by thousands of years of history complimenting the exquisite on-stage action, creating an unforgettable viewing experience. The festival will feature a production of Donizetti’s popular operatic comedy, L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) performed by an all-star lineup of international singers, the Israeli Opera Chorus and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
International Film Festival, 9 – 19 July 2015
Over 10 days in July, the best of local and world cinema action descends on the city. With most screenings taking place at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the festival encompasses special screenings of the latest films from across the world alongside live music shows.
Puppet Theatre Festival, 9 – 13 August 2015
An annual event since 2001, the festival hosts the very best artists in the field of puppetry and visual theatre, providing a fun spectacle for all the family and particularly enjoyed by younger visitors.
Wine Festival, 17 – 20 August 2015
A popular event in the annual calendar is August’s Wine Festival, hosted by the Israel Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the city’s growing wine scene, sampling the flavours from over 60 wineries in the midst of the Museum’s extensive and beautiful gardens. Live music every night ensures a wonderful summer evening.
The Sacred Music Festival, 30 August – 4 September 2015
The Sacred Music Festival returns to the city bringing musicians from across the globe to perform in Jerusalem. The four-day festival brings together all faiths and music from around the world in an awe-inspiring and a vibrant new way of exploring the city. The festival hosts performances in ancient citadels, deep inside hidden caves and along the enchanted alleyways of Jerusalem. With something to suit everyone’s tastes, visitors can listen to a reggae concert in underground tunnels bathed in light or otherwise enjoy an uplifting classical performance in the Tower of David Museum moat. A festival filled with music, art, film screenings, delicious food, chai and coffee, the Sacred Music Festival is not to be missed.
International Chamber Music Festival, 3 – 12 September 2015
A continuation of the operatic events taking place this year, the International Chamber Music Festival celebrates classical musicians from around the world, with a series of events taking place at the YMCA building. This year’s edition of the event will focus on the works of composer Franz Schubert.