The Jezreel Valley is celebrating Israeli music and its own contributions to Israeli society now until Saturday evening. The fifth annual Days of Milk and Honey Festival, which kicked off Friday in honor of the Shavuot holiday, is hosting a number of concerts and public markets for local residents and visitors to the region. A number of top musical performers are taking part in the festival over its eight-day run. Chart-topping newcomers Beit Habubot helped kick off the festival, and were followed later in the evening elsewhere in the Jezreel Valley by longtime musical favorite Yehudit Ravitz, who performed a special show at Kibbutz Beit Keshet in the shadow of Mount Tabor. Days of Milk and Honey will also see some of Israel's most beloved performers take the stage tonight as part of the Jezreel Valley's Student Day, which follows similar events held by universities in Tel Aviv, Beersheva and Jerusalem. Hosted by the Jezreel Valley Academic College, the Student Day concert features a joint performance by Shlomo Artzi and Shalom Hanoch, as well as a rock show by Fortisaharof, the musical duo made up of Rami Fortis and Barry Saharof that performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Hebrew University's own Student Day last week in Jerusalem. Also taking the stage will be pop star Ivri Lider, who released a new CD and DVD compilation of his biggest hits earlier this year. Rounding out the line-up are DJ Guy Friedman and trance group Sub6. Entrance to the event begins at 6 p.m. tonight, with tickets purchased in advance available at NIS 80 for the general public and NIS 30 for local residents and students. Tonight also marks the official start of the Jezreel Valley's Jewish Heritage Month, a free event opening in the presence of Eytan Baroushi, head of the Jezreel Valley Council, and Menachem Cohen, the deputy minister for Education, Culture and Sport. Actor Dudu Fisher, who's performed on Broadway and in London's West End, will be accompanied in a musical performance by the Rana'ana Symphony Orchestra and a collection of choirs, in an event taking place at the new Nehalel Amphitheater starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Rounding out the evening's offerings is HaGivaton, a celebration of 58 years of Hebrew song starting at 10 p.m. at the Radio Bar club at Kibbutz Beit Keshet. Admission is NIS 90. A number of non-musical events are also taking place between now and the festival's conclusion Saturday night. Public markets featuring local produce and other agricultural products will be hosted around the Jezreel Valley, as will events featuring works by local artists. The history of the Jezreel Valley will be retold during several events dedicated to highlighting the northern region's formative role in Israel's development, and festival-goers can take part in organized tours of the area on foot and bicycle and by car. For more information, call 04-652-0722.