The eighth annual Hamshushalayim, Jerusalem’s culture and tourism winter
festival, is taking place this weekend and will continue for four fun-packed
Every weekend in December will feature hundreds of cultural
events, concerts, exhibitions, dance and theatrical shows that will extend into
the late hours of the night. Other attractions, special tours and culinary
delights will be offered throughout the city. Organizers say that Hamshushalayim
draws tens of thousands of visitors every year.
The central theme of
Hamshushalayim 2012 is humor, and the festival features stand-up shows, satire,
storytelling and jokesters, comedies, cabaret, humorous literature and poetry,
humor in art, pantomime, laugh yoga and funny theatrical tours for the whole
Among the participants are Gavri and Uri Banai in ‘On Humor’ at
the Jerusalem Theater; Dan Almagor explores the origins of Jerusalem humor in a
series of seminars at the YMCA; Yossi Alfy brings funny stories; and
caricaturist Michel Kichka invites sketched locals to the Tower of
There will also be a stand-up marathon at The Incubator Theater
and comedy performances at the Khan Theater, movie laughter mayhem at the
Cinematheque, humor in literature and poetry at Agnon House, children’s shows at
the Train Theater and much more.
Hotels in Jerusalem will offer
attractive weekend rates and special discounts for the duration of the festival.
A special menu will also be featured at participating restaurants, offering
meals at special festival prices.
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