The Days of Song Festival celebrates its bar mitzva and the country's 60th birthday with an explosion of Israeli song from folk to rock and back at the Holon Theater during Hol Hamoed Pessah from April 22-26. For the first time a song competition will be included. Music between the 1960s and the '80s will provide the theme of the event, with seven new songs written by famous songwriters active in those years to be performed by alums of the TV hit A Star Is Born. The songwriters include Nurit Hirsch and Nahum Heyman, and veterans such as the Parvarim duo, Shuli Natan and Ilanit. The Songfest will open with a gala devoted to the IDF and the songs they were known for singing. Now they will be sung by well known army troupe grads such as Tuvia Tzafir, Sassi Keshet, Shlomit Aharon and Aviva Avidan. Other events include an evening of Yiddish classics performed by Anat Atzmon and Hannah Lazslo, an evening devoted to Mediterranean sound with Zehava Ben and Shimi Tavori, and another gala featuring the most recent Star is Born heroine, Marina Blumin. The closing concert will take place on April 26, with Rami Kleinstein opening for Pablo Rosenberg and Shai Gabso. It's all at the Holon theater. Much will be free, of course, including an exhibition of vinyl records.