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‘HAMSHUSHALAYIM’ 2010- winter weekend events-Jerusalem

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Friday, November 19th, 2010

THREE WINTER WEEKENDS OF TOURISM, CULTURE, FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT IN JERUSALEM 2-4; 9-11; 16-18 DECEMBER 2010 

 

Jerusalem will once again host its main cultural city-wide event during the first three weekends in December (Thursday through Saturday). The event is known as ‘Hamshushalayim’ – Hamshush is Hebrew slang for the long Israeli weekend of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 During the Hamshushalayim weekends, various outdoor events will be open to the public such as street theatre, musical performances, and interactive night tours. The events will take place in several locations city wide, including the museum quarter, the city centre, the ancient city, and Ein Karem. The opening ceremony will take place on 2 December at the train station complex with an outdoor performance of music and street theater by the Zik group. The Mamilla Boulevard outside the Jaffa Gate will host the Mystery Theatre in a performance devised specially for the Hamshushalayim weekends.

 Tourists and visitors to Jerusalem will enjoy free entry (or for a nominal amount) from 21:00 – 02:00 to tens of tourist and cultural attractions in the city, including, among many others, the Israel Museum, the Science Museum, the Bible Lands Museum, the Museum of Italian Jewry, the Museum of Islamic Art, the Tower of David Museum, the City of David, the Davidson Center and the Old City Walls Promenade.

 Many of the sites will host live performances, attractions and special activities that are unique to the Hamshushalayim event, including, among others, an a-capella concert at the Scottish Church, Shlomo Gronich and the Shaba band at the Confederation House, the Shariar Band and a show of Turkish music and jazz at Museum of Islamic Art, rock performances and Greek festivities at the Lab (HaMaabada), Russian folk songs at the Tower of David and concerts at the Convent of the Sisters of Zion.

There will be many special guided walking tours, many free of charge, and some in English. Tours on Saturday are suitable for the Sabbath-observant.  Hamshushalayim 2010 also includes a culinary festival, with tens of the city’s leading restaurants, cafes and pubs offering fixed price menus for 78 NIS and 118 NIS per person as well as Jerusalem soup for NIS 20. 

Detailed information on the Hamshushalayim 2010 program available from www.hamshush.jerusalem.muni.il  (English available shortly) and the Tourism Ministry’s Tourist Information Office inside the Jaffa gate (tel: 972 2 6280403).