City Notes: Run for a good cause in haifa

Thousands of people are expected to hit the pavement and run for a good cause at the donor-sponsored “Get Out and Run” event in Haifa on April 21.

Getting out and running in Haifa (photo credit: TZVI ROGER/HAIFA MUNICIPALITY)
Getting out and running in Haifa
Thousands of people are expected to hit the pavement and run for a good cause at the donor-sponsored “Get Out and Run” event in Haifa on April 21.
For each kilometer run by participants in what is said to be a “fun and beautiful” route around the northern port city, NIS 20 will be donated by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to a philanthropic cause. Runners are encouraged to run as many times as they can around the circular two-kilometer route that starts in Gan Ha’em before turning around near the Yefe Nof Garden.
Before the athletic event starts, participants will be able to choose from a list of social charity projects to which they would like the funds to go.
To register, visit
Trance festival to rock the Galilee
Some of the top names from the trance music scene will be found under one tent this weekend in the Galilee.
More than 50 leading Israeli and international DJs are due to take part in the non-stop 72-hour Doof Festival starting today (April 14) and lasting until Sunday (April 16) at Golan Beach on the shores of Lake Kinneret.
Headlining the psychedelic celebration of nature music are international artists including Sweden’s Logic Bomb, Russia’s Parasense, Italy’s Arjuna, US-based ECT and more. Israeli DJs in the line-up include: Entropy, Double R.E.L., Amito, Orca, Huda G & Zombi and more.
Hundreds of partygoers are expected to attend the event, and they are encouraged to bring their own tents to camp out at the festival grounds come rain or shine. Tickets at the door cost NIS 375.
Docaviv coming to TA big screen
More than 100 films will be screened in this year’s 19th annual Docaviv documentary cinema festival in Tel Aviv taking place in May.
Films competing in the festival include David Deri, Doron Galezer and Ruth Yuval’s The Ancestral Sin; Daniel Sivan’s The Patriot; Yael Kipper, Ronen Zaretzky and Sara Shilo’s My Beloved Country; Mordechai Vardi’s The Field; Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman’s Muhi and others.
Festival screenings are due to take place May 11 to 20 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. In conjunction with the festival, cinematic happening will take place at other locations across the city, including Slope Park in Jaffa, Habima Square, Levinsky Park, Beit Dani and Beit Romano.
In addition to dozens of screenings, the festival holds discussion panels, special events, master classes and workshops attended by the festival’s international guests, members of the Israeli film industry and members of the public.
Hailed as one of Tel Aviv’s leading film festivals and as a global leader in documentary cinema, the Docaviv festival’s selection panel awards cash prizes for an original Israeli documentary production, an award for “Best International Film,” prizes for outstanding student filmmakers, and an additional prize in the “Depth of Field” framework for innovative documentary films from around the world. For tickets and further information: or call (03) 624-1797.
Piano masters to compete in the White City
More than 30 pianists from Israel and around the world will strike a chord at this year’s 15th annual Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, taking place April 25 to May 11 in Tel Aviv.
The competition, which has taken place every three years since 1974, seeks to promote the musical careers of outstanding young pianists.
Concerts are scheduled to be held at some of the city’s largest performing arts centers, including Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Bronfman Auditorium in Habima Square.
Along with local Israeli competitors, contestants hailing from China, the US, Taiwan, Croatia, Canada, France, Poland and Korea have made the cut to take part in the prestigious event.
Tickets are available by calling *9066 or (03) 511-1777 or at
Ride & Roll Festival: Bikers pedal to the metal in Eilat
Eilat is due to host motorcycle enthusiasts for a weekend of road raging and off-road fun April 20 to 22.
Starting out on April 20 from Cinema City Glilot near Herzliya, motorcyclists will set off on a 350-kilometer journey to the southern Red Sea resort town. Various refreshment stops will be available along the on way. Upon arrival in Eilat, participants will check into their hotels and celebrate with a live concert by celebrated musician Berry Sakharof at Herods Hotel.
The following day, relaxing pool parties and more concerts – including top artists Aviv Geffen and Mosh Ben Ari – will take place before the riders embark on the return journey to the country’s Center on April 22.
The starting price for an all-inclusive weekend including a hotel room and event admission is NIS 1,350. For further information and weekend package purchase, visit