Like so many aspects of Israeli life in the last three to four weeks, the world of entertainment has been severely hampered by the ongoing hostilities and the uncertainty of evolving circumstances. Festivals and shows have been canceled, and foreign stars in a range of artistic fields have preferred to stay away.

This year’s Jerusalem Season of Culture appeared to be doomed to share the same fate, and until Monday this week, it appeared highly likely that the second edition of the now-annual Hahazit (Frontline) music event would be shelved. But with the cessation of the fighting in Gaza, it was decided that the five-day event would go ahead after all from August 10 to 14, albeit with a change of venue.

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