Balabasta festival in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: ITRAVELJERUSALEM TEAM)
Every Monday evening throughout July, Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem transforms from a bustling marketplace into a vibrant cosmopolitan where musicians, poets, artists, players and peddlers meet up for an unforgettable cultural night. The Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC) is sponsoring the Balabasta event this year, after its first successful run in 2010. Dedicated to showcasing Jerusalem's contemporary cultures, the JSOC spotlights the city's flourishing art scene and cultural events in the summer months, from mid-May through the end of July. Come on down to Mahane Yehuda Market where the Balabasta festivities start at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 11:00 p.m. As you walk through the market, you can take in live performances, arts, culture, and entertaining shows waiting for you at every corner and alley, not to mention the wafting scents of delicious and authentic food that will give you a real taste for Jerusalem.
This year, some exciting new projects have been added to the Balabasta
event program, including: "Can't live with or with you" – an exhibition
of portraits in motion of the market people. "Blooming balconies" is
another inspiring project that transformed a courtyard used for parking
and unloading merchandise into a beautiful garden. Balabasta is
welcoming article Adam Yachin after his widely successful reception last
year to re-create a larger-than-life experience with "Giant Puppets."
There will also be a delightful lineup of rooftop concerts and bands.
Each Balabasta event will have two English-speaking tours. Entry to the
Balabasta event is free, and fun for the entire family. Heavy traffic
can be expected during the event in the surrounding area
following streets: Aggrippas, Kiach, Ha'armonim and Beit Ya'acov. It is
highly recommended to use public transportation.
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