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Friday, March 30th, 2012

Throughout 3,000 years of history, Jerusalem served as a source of inspiration to poets, musicians and other creative spirits. Now, the Jerusalem Season of Culture summons the ancient muse for an annual summer showcase of the city’s contemporary cultural treasures. From mid-May through the end of July 2012, the city will host a series of riveting artistic experiences spanning the worlds of dance, music, poetry, philosophy, visual art, new media, and more. Highlights of the Jerusalem Season of Culture include:

May 13-18, 2012.  The Season Prologue: The 3rd International Writers’ Festival at Mishkenot Sha’ananim

 This bi-annual celebration of the written word showcases leading authors from Israel and around the world in discussions, lectures and cross-disciplinary exchanges

 21-28 June.  Going up: Jerusalem—Reality & Art Alongside Route no.1

Going up: Jerusalem is a creative act by a group of artists, social activists and intellectuals who will make a collective pilgrimage to Jerusalem over 5 days in pursuit of an alternative reality. The pilgrimage will end in a communal tent at the Wohl Rose Garden opposite the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), where the public will be invited to join along for a series of activities.

 4-6 July. In-House, A Festival of Dance, Theatre and Music in Private homes

Jerusalem’s most intriguing homes open their doors to dance, theater, music and poetry for unique encounters between audience and performer. Inaugurated as part of the 2011 Season, the In-House Festival will focus this year on original productions commissioned specifically for the festival in partnership with local and international artists.

12 July. Contact Point

  Leading Israeli artists will create live interventions, or “contact points,” with works of art on exhibit across the campus of the renewed Israel Museum. Dancers, actors, poets, philosopher, musicians, DJ’s, MC’s and more perform throughout the night at the Israel Museum, with the Silent Wi-Party taking place right under Anish Kapoor’s Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem

 9-12July. Under the Mountain

 Under the Mountain—A festival of new public art and an open exhibition with multiple participants, from Israel and abroad, that takes place in public spaces, via diverse media outlets, and in state institutions.It includes movement, media broadcasts, human behavior, political experiments, new monuments, artists as journalists, knowledge exchanges, and parties in the city that is at once home to Israel’s parliament, a world capital, and the heart of an ongoing conflict.

 6,7,9September. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

 For 24 hours, musicians and artists from Israel and abroad, from different and varied traditions, will rejoice in the concept of “sanctity”, and imbue it with new life and meaning. The festival will unfold in

 various locations throughout the city, and invite visitors on a 24-hour sacred-musical trip that will celebrate the sanctity within each of us, regardless of color, gender, religion or world view.

 15 July – 15 August  Artist of the Season.

Recently graduated from the Bezelel Academy of Art and Design Gabriella Barouch ‘s Pop-up Shop that will appear in the city center for one month, featuring her original merchandise, as well as additional Jerusalem-inspired works by some talented local artists.

 6,13,20,27  August.

Balabasta Festival. The Machane Yehuda market is the stage for dancers, musicians, sculptors, actors and poets – all this among the colorful market stalls throughout the evening hours.