Photo Essay: Desert harmony

A Hanukka music festival brings light and warmth to the Negev.

Hanukka music festival.
Winter nights in the Negev desert can be very cold, with sub-zero temperatures not uncommon. But the Festival of Light also brings some warmth to the Negev with the Sounds in the Desert Festival. Each year, Kibbutz Sde Boker hosts the best of Israeli music during five nights and weekend days. Twenty-one shows cover almost every type of Israeli contemporary music, including rock, classical, jazz, pop, world music, Arabic music and more. For those five days this is the place to be, especially if you are a music lover.

This is the 15th year of the festival, which was born on a smaller scale on the holiday of Shavuot, says musical director Michael Volpe. “We quickly realized that May is not a very convenient month to come to Sde Boker due to the heavy winds and sandstorms common in the area at that time.” In the festival’s second year it was moved to Hanukka, which is when it has been held ever since.

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