One sign that summer is in full swing – besides the heat waves – is the
announcement of the annual music festivals that typify the Israeli musical
landscape. Two of the most venerable are the Briza Festival, taking place from
August 19 to 23, and the Tamar Festival, being held during Succot from October 1
to 5. And a young upstart which was launched only two years ago – the Moonlight
in the Desert Festival returns on Tu Be’av, August 2-3.
The 21st annual
Briza Festival, which will unfold at various venues in Ashkelon, will feature
heavyweight headliners like Shlomo Artzi, Eyal Golan and Knesiat Hasechel
celebrating their 20th anniversary, along with an admirable cross section of
local talent like Riff Cohen, The Mercedes Band, The Tavlinim and a dozen other
As a special attraction this year, the festival will feature, on
August 20th, an event called “The Jewish Woodstock.”
Beginning at 4
p.m. and continuing until late at night, the performers will include
Daniel Zamir, Aharon Razel and Udi Davidi.
This year the Tamar Festival,
which takes place along the Dead Sea and includes various activities and hikes
related to nature and the environment, will celebrate its bar
One of the best attended and most loved musical events in the
calendar, this year’s festival should be no different, with a stellar lineup
including Yehuda Poliker, Yehudit Ravitz, Rita, Barry Sacharov, Ehud Banai, Gidi
Gov, Mashina, Shlomi Shaban, Balkan Beat Box and Hadag Nahash.
Moonlight in the Desert Festival, which takes place at Han Hashayarot in the
Negev, offers both a romantic getaway for the festival of love as well as family
fare, including hikes and workshops and nighttime jeep trips under the full
moon. But the main attraction is music, with performers including the Idan
Raichel Project and Matti Caspi and Riki Gal in a duet.
information, go to http://ashqelon.net/?p=21153, www.tamarfestival.com. or