If you’re looking for something cultural, informative, entertaining, wholesome
or just plain fun to do over the holiday period, you should be spoiled for
choice, particularly on Succot.
As always, the Tamar Festival down by the
Dead Sea is jam packed with big names such as Shalom Hanoch, Yehudit Ravitz,
Ehud Banai, Barry Saharoff, Alma Zohar and Aviv Geffen, as well as veteran
Turkishborn US-resident Sufi musician Omar Farouk Tekbilek. The Tamar Festival
concerts will take place from October 15 to October 19 in a number of desert
beauty spots, including the Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens, Nahal Zohar and Masada.
In addition to the highdecibel rock acts, there will be an ethnic music-based
show featuring Tekbilek alongside Yemen Blues, Dudu Tasa and veteran
cross-cultural music frontman Shlomo Bar. The festival will close with an
electronic music tour de force spearheaded by Knessiyat Hasechel with video
visual enhancement, followed by rave group Infected Mushroom. Besides the
musical entertainment there will be the traditional hands-on – or feeton – slot
of a moonlit trek along Nahal Tzin on the evening of October 16.
Meanwhile, over in Holon, the Mediatheque
is offering a rich range of entertainment and activities of stories,
movies, comics and animated exhibits and creative workshops for kids of all
ages. There is also a fascinating ongoing exhibition of works at the Israeli
Cartoon Museum by legendary American comics artist Joe Kubert and his sons Adam
and Andy. And there is plenty of artistic endeavor on offer from some of our own
leading animators and comics designers, including the New Heroes, New Starts
workshop courtesy of Ofer Zanzouri and Eran Aviani, which will show children
aged nine and up how to portray superheroes, while Amos Alanbogen will entertain
4-6 year-olds and their parents at the Illustrated Storytime slot.For
more information: www.cartoon.org.il and (03) 652-1849The Muzot Festival
Shoham is taking place for the 11th year running (October 17-18), with
headliners including Kobi Oz, with his Guide for the Perplexed show, and a host
of star pop and rock acts such as Dana Berger, Asaf Amdursky and Yeremy Kaplan.
Veteran vocalist Gidi Gov should also pack ‘em in with his Magical Mystery Tour
Beatles-based concert, which also includes guest performer Rona Keinan. There
will also be some holiday-relevant entertainment from Etti Ankri, who will join
forces with Yehudah Katz for a show at the Biblical Succa venue.
always, the Muzot program takes in theatrical pursuits too, with the Children’s
Succa housing a performance of David Shilman’s Kacha Lo Bonim Succa (That’s No
Way to Build a Succa) and Marak Kaftorim (Button Soup) by the Orna Porat Theater
group.For more information: www.shoham.muni.il and (09) 972- 3001
Science fiction fans will, no doubt, be delighted to learn that their annual
bash based mainly at Tel Aviv Cinematheque, the Icon Festival
, has grown to a
12-day event, starting on October 15 and ending on October 27. The program
includes hundreds of screenings and events and will, for the first time, offer
sci-fi fun and dialogue outside Tel Aviv, at venues in Jerusalem, Herzliya and
Holon. The Icon agenda features more than 100 movies, panel discussions,
conferences and a chance to meet and listen to some of the leading members of
the sci-fi community from across the globe, including America-Canadian science
fiction writer Robert Charles Wilson and Michael Vassar, president of the
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
Besides the on-screen
items at the different venues, the festival will host several leading figures
from the worlds of philosophy, religion, the arts and culture, including hesder
yeshiva head Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, theorist and geneticist Prof. Eva Jablonka,
and writers and journalists Irit Linor and Rubik Rosenthal. The visiting and
local celebrities will take part in panel discussions and talk about a range of
associated fields, such as the gray areas between technology and society, science, Judaism and fantasy.For more
information: www.icon.org.il The Boidem
(Attic) event, which takes place at the
Bikurei Ha’itim Center in Tel Aviv from October 16 to October 18, is an art
festival with a difference. As the name suggests, the festival unveils to the
public early works of veteran and renowned artists who come from a wide range of
The roster of artists, whose hitherto cloistered works are
being proffered to the public, makes for impressive reading and include top
artists such as photographers Gadi Dagon, Vardi Kahana and Michal Rovner;
playwrightdirector Yehoshua Sobol; Anat Gov; Edna Mazia; and Hillel Mittelpunkt;
dancers Nir Ben-Gal and Barak Marshall; as well as veteran dancer-choreographer
Rina Sheinfeld; award-winning film directors Ari Folman and Dina Zvi; and
artists David Vakstein and Anisa Ashkar.
The works cover a breadth of
genres and disciplines, from the plastic arts to dance, photography to
installations, and from video art to short movies.
Entry to the festival,
daily between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., is free.
The exhibition will be
followed by a symposium about the Boydem Festival and the works presented in it
at Tel Aviv University.For more information: http://www.tlvitim.co.il/
and (03) 691- 9510
One of the most impressive newcomers to the Succot events
slot is the Batzir Hadash
(New Grape Harvest) festival, which will take place in
Yavne on October 16-18. The event organizers have set down a hefty marker for
what they hope will become an annual event and have put together a very
impressive multidisciplinary program over the three days.
Municipality-sponsored festival is primarily designed to offer a stage for young
artists and original groundbreaking works from Israel and abroad. The opening
event, at Sanhedrin Park, features the Mime Daniel show from France and The
Invasion by Slovenian street theater group LJUD. On the Israeli side of the
program, the Orto-Da Theater group will present its long-running Stones
production, which has been performed over 300 times in more than 30 countries to
date, and the thoughtprovoking Zitzland on the Street show by Moshe Malka, Eran
Peled and Tidhar Cohen.
Batzir Hadash also includes concerts, including
the Hamoshav rock outfit, productions by young theater groups - such as Gush
Lecha by graduates of the Nissav Natic School of Acting – an acrobatics show by
The Smendrik group, and the Babel dance-theater production by Amir Kolban. There
will also be a couple of literary events and a musical-theatrical show called
Songs in Ashdodit.
For more information: www.yavnecity.co.il and (08)
The annual Storytellers Festival
has been one of the regulars in the
Succot cultural lineup for 18 years now. This year’s festival will be held at
the Givtayaim Theater from October 13 to October 20 and will feature more than
800 storytellers from a wide range of professions and all walks and stations of
life. As always, the festival items draw on a mosaic of cultural and personal
backgrounds, with the tale tellers including the likes of nonagenarian former
Israeli president Yitzhak Navon, veteran actress Lia Kenig, singercomedian Tomer
Sharon, conductorcomposer comedian-actor Ze’ev Revach, Gil Shohat and media
stars Yoav Ganai and Gadi Sukenik. As always, Iraqi-born raconteur Yossi Alfi
will be at the helm to guide storytellers and audiences alike, and, no doubt, to
add a few of his own anecdotes betwixt and between.
On the musical, drama
and comic entertainment side of the program, there will be a tribute to late
diva Shoshana Damari and an ethnic musicbased show called Gemar Hatuna Shelee –
For more information and tickets: www.yossi-alfi.co.il
or (03) 573-0661; (03) 604-5000 or *8965
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