Tourism News from Israel


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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) has launched its second annual cultural calendar. The calendar highlights all of the capital’s major cultural events throughout 2012. It provides a clear and concise reference for everyone from tour operators to first-time visitors or even native Jerusalemites.

 Jerusalem has become home to a number of new exciting festivals and cultural events, which have further increased her standing as one of the most diverse and culturally rich tourist destinations on the planet. This year is no exception, with The Jerusalem Opera Festival, The Jerusalem Marathon, The Jerusalem Ice Festival and The Jerusalem Festival of Light amongst the line-up planned for 2012.

 In March Jerusalem is set to take center stage, when athletes from around the world will take part in a The Second Jerusalem Marathon running a breathtaking route through the city streets, old and new. In addition March will also welcome one of the world’s largest Ice Festivals to Jerusalem, covering an enormous space at what was once Jerusalem’s old train station, the festival will feature dozens of magnificent ice sculptures, an ice skating rink an even an ice bar.

 In June things will heat up when the Jerusalem Festival of Light brings the greatest light sculptors in the world to Jerusalem. Their works will light up the streets and alleys of the Old City, major tourist sites and public spaces. In addition, this year the Light Festival will host a special abridged version of Verdi’s La Traviata in the ancient Zedekiah Caves. This event will offer just a sample of some of the great opera available in September when the capital opens its doors to three nights of world class opera at the Jerusalem Opera Festival; to include an unforgettable production of Puccini’s classic La Bohème set in the shadows of Jerusalem’s spectacular old city walls.

 To view the JDA 2012 Cultural Calendar, please visit: