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For the last 14 years, Haifa's mixed ethnic Wadi Nisnas neighborhood has marked the confluence (or near-confluence) of the three Abrahamic holidays over December (Christmas, Hanukka, and this year Eid ul-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice) with a month-long festival mainly taking place on Saturdays. This December is no different, as Mayor Yoni Yahav and Culture Minister Raleb Majadele launch at noon tomorrow this year's festivities. Every Saturday in December from 1 p.m. children will be treated to free performances in Hebrew and Arabic inside the Beit Hagefen Hall there. Outside on Saturdays will be an antiques fair, an arts, crafts and food fair, Scouts parades and platforms for ethnic music performances. Christmas parades go on the march on December 15, 22 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Santa Claus greeting the kids at 6 Hadad Street. A group exhibition entitled "Handicrafts" focuses on work traditionally associated with women and includes video, painting, photography, sculpture and installation (pictured is that by Shahar Marcus and Dana Levi), with pieces displayed both inside the Beit Hagefen gallery and outside on the streets of Wadi Nisnas.
For details call Beit Hagefen at (04) 852-5252.
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