As summer draws to a close, the nights grow clear and the air is crisp and fresh, the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival fills the most complex and holy city in the world with a heavenly atmosphere. From within the walls of the Old City, from bustling squares, from the center of a regenerating city and from enchanted spaces under star-studded skies, a brand new voice rises up and fills Jerusalem with a new and harmonious song.
The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival is much more than a festival of first-class music. It is a pure, clear and courageous call to artists and guests of every race, religion and nationality to come to Jerusalem to celebrate themselves and all that they consider sacred. It is a festival that turns Jerusalem into a place where utopia is offered the chance, if only for a week, to burst through the city’s daily reality into a place that hosts artists and audiences from across the globe in a spirit of equality and respect; a pilgrimage site where a new reality can be constructed based on past and present.
Now in its fourth year, the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2015 will achieve a new depth. We are honored to present an even more expansive cultural program and to provide you with the opportunity to delve into new musical styles and encounter musical combinations that you have never heard before. We are also delighted to offer you a chance to savor original and unforgettable productions, to share a refreshing, transformative and once-in-a-lifetime experience, and to invite you to take part in a musical celebration spanning continents, definitions, and faiths.
Come join us on a journey of discovery that begins in the ears and ends in the heart. Come to Jerusalem. Come in peace!
The festival program is rich and varied and in order to ensure that you get the best out of it, we are offering reduced prices when purchasing tickets for multiple events.
On purchasing two tickets for different events—a 10% discount on the second ticket (the cheaper of the two).
On purchasing three tickets for different events—a 12.5% discount on the two cheapest tickets.
On purchasing four tickets for different events—a 15% discount on the three cheapest tickets.
On purchasing five tickets for different events—a 20% discount on the four cheapest tickets.
The special prices for advance booking are available as long as stocks last .
Due to the high demand and the limited number of places, tickets for the “Tracing Sanctity” events are conditional on purchasing a ticket for one of the festival performances.
Cancellations must be within 14 days of the transaction and at least 14 working days before the date of the event for which the ticket has been purchased. Tickets purchased 7 working days before the performance are not eligible for reimbursement.
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A city is merely the sum of the houses, streets, woodland, and people who live in it. The In-House Festival, now in its fifth year, is breaking out of the four walls and seeping into the hidden expanses of the city – from the private and personal into the public and societal. By moving among abandoned structures, public institutions, hidden homes and forgotten spaces, the festival is looking to hear the city’s heartbeat.
This year, more than ever, we are expanding the concept of the home, challenging the location and our audience with performances that display thought-provoking artistic intervention in the public realm. The artistic creations you encounter at this year's festival will seek, momentarily, to undermine the obvious and to facilitate a real dialogue – soul searching in places that will surprise even those who know the city well.
Like every year, we are offering you a series of intimate performances – in various locations throughout the city – that will shine new light on the venue, the artistic creation and you, the audience, and continue to resonate long after the curtains have come down. As is its wont, Jerusalem continues to offer us a wealth of amazing material that is just waiting to be exposed, and we are proud to have worked this into a unique and contemporary creation.
Each performance takes place in a different part of the city and opens the door on another world entirely. A combination of several shows over one evening makes for a perfect visit to the festival. You can put together a package that suits you, or you can rely on us and book one of the combinations we have created especially for you.
Artistic Director: Dafna Kron
Producer: Lia Lerer
Jerusalem Season of Culture, Artistic Director: Itay Mautner
You already know how this works:
For one night of the year, the Israel Museum turns into a hub of raucous nighttime encounters during which art peels itself off the walls, pours out of the collections, and rolls out of the museum spaces and into the souls of the thousands of visitors. Tonight, these visitors are not just observers but partners who experience, respond, and charge the artistic creations with additional meaning.
In its sixth year, Contact Point continues to challenge itself and its guests. From dusk until three in the morning, dozens of artists will present fascinating and thought-provoking interactions throughout the museum and the art garden. Performance artists await you next to, between and inside artworks with which they will engage through music, dance, speech and other creative innovations to devise a new and exciting reality.
These nighttime experiences, which will unfold alongside and in tandem with the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, will redefine the concept of a museum visit and its role in the contemporary art world. As part of the museum’s 50th celebrations, this summer’s program will include a series of special creations which have been produced especially for the jubilee year and which will offer you an alternative look at the museum’s 50 years of art.
The museum is young but the night is even younger and the adventure is just beginning.
Artistic Director: Renana Raz
Production Director: Neta Cohen
Producer: Hadas Balas
Jerusalem Season of Culture, Artistic Director: Itay Mautner
It all begins when you check in to Jerusalem’s Prima Royale Hotel for one hour
At reception you will be shown to your room: a double bed, crisp white sheets, television, towels, individually wrapped soaps. A hotel room just like the one next to it and pretty much like any other hotel room you have stayed in. In a hotel you are always far from home and close to yourself. In a room you have rented for a limited amount of time you are free to let go, go wild, hide away, or lose yourself in thought.
It is in a room like this, just an ordinary room, that “Knock Knock” will begin. An intimate event for multiple participants. A secret awaits you behind every door. Around 40 artists, video and sound professionals, actors, musicians, chambermaids, chefs, writers and directors, together and individually, will create a personal one-time experience for each participant.
And this is all we can tell you for now.
Creators and Artistic Directors: Michal Vaknin and Dafna Kron
Concept: Itay Mautner and Dafna Kron
Creative Team: Alit Kreiz, Binya Reches, Ofer Amram, Meital Raz, Neomi Levov, Marwan Aharon Alayan, YuvalHameiri, Amjad Hashem, Nataly Zukerman, ABRA ensemble--Chanan Ben Simon, Faye Shapiro and Yifeat Ziv, Vered Dror, Shira Petel, Liraz Pank, Tamar Bar, Yaron Steinberg, Jerusalem Street Orchestra, Ehud Vardi (partial list).
Production: Omer Elsheikh and Lia Lerer
Site Production Manager: Neta Meisels
Technical Management: Yaron Shavit
Site Design: Gal Groffit
Special thanks to Mark Moskowitz
Jerusalem is passing its time pleasantly, waiting for the promised redemption, the raising of the dead, and the great zombie revolution. With an impressive resume of 3,000 years of conflict and devastation, the mountain city is one of the last places, unspoiled by the trend dictate. And as such, Jerusalem has retained an element of musical and artistic fun, and is maybe the last fortress, that wasn’t struck by the hurricane called “Market Forces”. The hype, the narcissism, the magazine‐dictated culture and shallow listening habits haven’t made their way past the mounts of Jerusalem. The city’s musical fabric stays well under the radar of both ‐ mainstream and indie media.
This August, Frontline returns for the third time with a lineup of independent music, in the true sense of the word. A huge dose of hallucinations, anti‐establishment attitude and raw music in four days of broadcasts, concerts and mind‐bending ceremonies.
Come and join us at our new headquarters ‐ in the courtyard of the Hansen house. The broadcasts will start every morning with topical programmes, interviews, and sounds of different fascinating phenomena crafted within the city.
As the sun sets, live shows will take the Frontline stage in the spirit of the festival, ranging from the city’s most intriguing musical offerings to new and special projects that Frontline has helped to initiate, and like‐minded guests who will arrive from far flung geographical locations.
At 11:00pm, when the broadcast stops, you can join us for some mind‐bending happenings at venues all over the city.
Artistic Director: Gilly Levy
Producer: David Kosher
Jerusalem Season of Culture, Artistic Director: Itay Mautner
The Temple Mount, first and foremost, is a multi-layered history of action, seeped in life and blood. The Canaanites, the Jebusites, the Jews, The Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Muslims, the Crusaders, the Ayyubids, the Mamluks, the Ottomans, the British, the Jordanians, the Israelis and the Palestinians – and others too – have staged the very finest on this mountain.
According to Jewish tradition, this is where the Binding of Isaac took place; the New Testament tells of the expulsion from here of Jesus of Nazareth; it is believed that this is the place from which the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven; this is where the Temple stood; this is where the Al-Aqsa Mosque now stands; this was the site of the assassination of King Abdullah of Jordan; young boys play soccer here; and in the Byzantine period, the area was turned into a rubbish dump. And still today, here in this place – a 35-acre plateau at an altitude of 743 meters above sea level, with two domes in its center, flanked by a wall that is a remnant of destruction, and under which run tunnels and traditions through the very foundation stone of the entire world – we still witness tranquil mass prayer rituals alongside some of the most potentially explosive struggles in the Middle East.
The Under the Mountain festival, now in its fourth year, will take place in ever-widening circles around the hub of the Temple Mount. It will examine the relationships etched in a blood-soaked history, as well as the daily fabric of life on the Mount. The festival will offer a conversation that incorporates the sanctity, the history, the conflict and the mythology, together with the occupation, the beauty, the hatred, the splendor, the nationalism and the pain buried in this mountain; and it will seek to piece them all together into new combinations and understandings about this place and this time, about the potential and imaginary future.
The festival's actions and assemblies will impart narratives related to the Mount and offer performances of sanctity, ritual and mystery, together with atheistic, humanistic and universal stories and gestures. They will present structures of holiness and desires for secularization through which we can ask how – out of this cultural wealth that we share as human beings, and recognizing the differences and various identities – can we dream of a common future of justice and peace, how can we learn and unlearn the Mount and examine ways to escape the political and spiritual impasse in which it has been caught up.
Actions and works by: Yael Bartana, Shasha Dothan, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Allan Kaprow, Yonatan Levy, Hed Mayner, Santiago Sierra.
Assemblies hosted by: journalist Sliman Al-Shafi, linguist Dr. Anwar Ben Badis, poet and scholar Prof. Haviva Pedaya, artists and burners Itamar Fallujah, Lior Peleg and Rei Dishon, botanist Dr Ori Fragman-Sapir, Director of the Palestinian Heritage Museum Khaled Khatib, spiritual mentor Yiscah Smith, architect Michael Jacobson, community activists Idit Elhasid and Samah Masrawa, theorist Dr. Noam Yuran, archeologist Prof. Rafi Greenberg, anthropologist and artist, Dr. Ali Qleibo.
Artistic Director: Omer Krieger
Producer: Hilla Shitrit
Artistic Director, Jerusalem Season Of Culture: Itay Mautner