Behind the scenes of the Israel Festival

n his first year as CEO of one of the country’s most prestigious events, Eyal Sher has overcome time constraints, BDS threats and the fallout from Operation Protective Edge.

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April 30, 2015 15:02
Canadian dancer Benoit La Chambre

‘Snakeskin,’ performed within a poetic string installation, by Canadian dancer Benoit La Chambre.. (photo credit: CHRISTINE ROSEDIVITO)

 
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Dreams sometimes come true, but once they become reality they may also turn out to be somewhat of a nightmare. That was exactly the case with Eyal Sher, who until a few months ago was head of the Culture Department at the Jerusalem Foundation and since August 2014 has been the CEO of the Israel Festival.

When Sher presented his candidacy for the festival position (among 23 other candidates), he had planned to manage both jobs for a while but quickly realized that this was not realistic. With barely eight months to prepare a festival that sometimes requires more than a year to mold into shape, Sher soon discovered that not only would he not be able to continue on both fronts, but that even focusing on only the new task would take up almost all his days and part of his nights.

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