I'm dreaming of a white night

Insomniacs unite! Tel Aviv stays up all night long, officially, with special events for just about every interest and taste.

tel aviv at night moon 88 (photo credit: )
tel aviv at night moon 88
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A motto is only as true as it is relevant. Thus, a boy scout should always be prepared, rock stars must indulge in sex and drugs and Tel Aviv must never take a break. Come May 27, Tel Aviv (which breaks infrequently anyway) takes its motto to the "extreme" with the fourth annual White Night event. UNESCO declared Tel Aviv's White City an international cultural heritage site in 2003. The origin of the White City is in the more than 4000 structures, at the city's center, built in the European International Style from the beginning of the 1930s through the end of the '50s. This year, as part of Tel Aviv's centennial celebrations, the event is titled White Night Times a 100 - in other words: bigger and better. The main event takes place along Sderot Rothschild, which will be recreated (between the hours of 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.) as, the organizers have dubbed it, Little Tel Aviv. 50 Bauhaus-style buildings along the boulevard will be adorned with glorious lights, offering a glimpse into the culture of numerous Hebrew poets, writers, thinkers and artists who once lived and created in Tel Aviv. Antique cars and people dressed in the fashions of that time period will line Rothschild. Student movies on the theme of Tel Aviv will be shown on outdoor screens. Stages are to be set up for traditional Israeli dance performances. Carriages will cart around passengers dressed as Israel's finest poets. And at the Tzalmania on Rehov Allenby, you can take your picture with period sets as the background. But the night, filled with events from which it is so very hard to choose, is just beginning. The best bet is to decide on a few events of interest and then explore all the street shows and various performances and tours as you walk from one to the other. Here are just a few samples: • Jaffa's Arab-Hebrew theater will hold performances and night tours in and around the flea market with restaurants and cafes staying open extra late as well. • Haverim Shel Natasha, the iconic Israeli rock band, will give a rare performance at Banana Beach following an outdoor showing of the Champion's League finals. • On the Tel Aviv University campus, students will perform original works on The White Stage. • A special tribute to Arik Einstein, complete with a cover band and screenings of his movies, takes place at The Third Ear located on Rehov King George. • If history is your thing, then check out the night tours being offered at the Trumpledor Cemetery, the Ben-Gurion house, the path following the Arlozorov assassination, around Neve Tzedek, Dizengoff Square and more. • A '20s style cafe will be set up at Kikar Bialik with performances by such greats as Yair Dalal and Marsh Dondroma. • Both the Gesher and Habima theaters will give performances at the Tachana area near Neve Tzedek. • For the art lovers out there, many of the city galleries will remain open late into the night. • Tzavta and Zappa are offering special, nighttime musical performances. • Suzanne Dellal hosts a performance by Spain's national dance company. • And, there is the 5 Club car exhibit at Kikar Rabin; a wine festival at the Tel Aviv Port; the Cinematheque screens Tel Aviv Postcards - short documentaries about the city, as well as documentaries about Israeli Rock, a nighttime edition of the Nahalat Binyamin arts fair takes place complete with musical performance; and the night finishes with a sunrise show by Yehudit Ravitz at Tzuk beach. For more information visit tlv100.co.il