New year, new points of view

Celebrate accessible, mass folk art in Afula where 3D pieces like this one will be on display. (photo credit: PR)
Celebrate accessible, mass folk art in Afula where 3D pieces like this one will be on display.
(photo credit: PR)
Something new for all five senses in the Galilee
For the third year running, the “Tastes in the Galilee” festival will be held around Lake Montfort in Ma’alot-Tarshiha from October 8-10, with fun for the whole family and much more than food! Musical performances, all free of charge, will include acts like Nechi Nech, Shimon Buskila, Hatikva 6, Allegro, Jimbo Jay and more. There will also be a variety of free activities such as street theater, art activities, games, a petting zoo, and different styles of music. There will also be beer and wine tastings and food vendors from all over the Galilee and all of Israel. For a fee, guests can also try out the new sports park that just opened by the lake. Additionally, on October 9, there will be special activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of Ma’alot-Tarshiha. For more information, check out
Afula shows off new dimensions
From October 8 to 10, in a celebration of accessible, mass folk art, the northern city of Afula will become an exciting and unique outdoor gallery of multiple dimensions. Dozens of 3D street paintings by artists from all over the world will be on display, along with interactive street actors, street performances, music, dance and theater art. There will also be living sculptures and art exhibitions. Spectators will be encouraged to photograph themselves with the art in creative ways and share their pictures on their social networks. The festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. around Afula’s Arlosoroff Boulevard. All the family is invited and entrance is free.
Face to face with history
Jerusalem’s Menachem Begin Heritage Center, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Development Authority, will host special walking tours during Sukkot that bring visitors face to face with some of the region’s foremost historical figures and include songs, riddles and stories about Jerusalem. The tour will leave the Begin Center and head toward the Khan Theater, where groups will meet “Theodor Herzl” coming off the train for his visit to Jerusalem to meet Kaiser Wilhelm II. The tour will continue to Mishkenot Sha’ananim and will hear about Moses Montefiore, before concluding at the King David Hotel with a visit with “Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.” Tours in Hebrew will take place from October 8-10, every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for NIS 10 per person. Groups meet at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, 6 Nachon Street.
The museum will also feature special workshops for children and extended hours during Sukkot. For more information on tours and other holiday happenings, visit or call (02) 565-2011.
New views of Judaism at Panim's Hakhel Festival
Panim – the Israeli-Judaism Network – will hold its annual Hakhel Festival this year on October 10 in Ramat Efal, featuring dozens of workshops, panels, and lectures (mostly in Hebrew) about Judaism, Jewishness, and the hottest issues facing Israeli society. A diverse range of speakers and presenters will spark the discussion, including a keynote by Shem Tov Levi and Ruth Calderon.
The conference will run from 11 a.m. into the night. Tickets are NIS 60 in advance and NIS 80 at the door. For more information and tickets, visit, e-mail or call (02) 624-4273.
Get down in the desert at InDnegev music festival
The legendary three-day music festival InDnegev returns to rock the South from October 19 to 21. A staggering lineup of indie, progressive rock, rap, folk, punk, electronica, and jazz groups will perform in a range of languages, including English, Hebrew, Arabic and Russian. There will be more than 100 live shows, with acts including Tatran, Tiny Fingers, the Angelcy, Luna abu Nassar, Rockfour, Antigona Rex, The Betty Bears, Bigfoot, Less Acrobats, Sefi Zisling and Kutiman, Ester Rada and many, many more.
The festival takes place at Mitzpe Gvulot, where on-site camping, concessions, and other amenities will be available. Tickets for children under five are NIS 20, for ages six to 11 are NIS 60, Thursday-only tickets are NIS 180 and full tickets (of which there are only a few remaining) are NIS 380. For information on tickets, accommodations and the full line up, check out