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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

2012 is a pinnacle in Tel Aviv’s cultural life, with the completion of 3 major construction and renovation projects of the city’s cultural institutions:
To mark this milestone, Mayor Ron Huldai declared 2012 as Art Year. In addition to the opening events which will take place during the weekend 21-25 March 2012, the calendar of key events in Art Year include the following:

 Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair Tel Aviv: May 14 – 19, 2012  

Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair is Israel’s largest, most influential annual art event. The Fair attracts over 30,000 visitors each year, who enjoy presentations of the nation’s top galleries, promising emerging galleries and the unique Greenhouse which showcases the works of select, independent, emerging Israeli artists.

 Houses from Within: May 18 – 19, 2012

Over 100 homes that have special architectural value will be open to the public free-of-charge, offering dozens of tours and discussions about architecture, preservation and the public space.  Designer lofts, urban villas, unique synagogues, architectural landmarks and significant public buildings, will all be open to visitors. As a special feature of Tel Aviv Art Year, homes where some of Israel’s most important and influential artists lived will also open to the public, as well as private homes with unique art collections.

 White Night: June 28, 2012

UNESCO proclaimed the historic zone of Tel Aviv, also known as The White City, as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2003. To pay tribute to its unique urban and historical fabric, The Municipality holds a large-scale annual all-night festival. White Night is celebrated with cultural institutions open until sunrise and 100 different cultural and artistic happenings throughout the city.

 Loving Art Making Art: September 6 – 8, 2012

Loving Art Making Art launches Tel Aviv’s new exhibitions’ season, with three days of art activities in collaboration with some 60 galleries, museums, exhibition halls, and 240 local artists who open their studios to the public.

Additionally, street exhibitions and commissioned works are presented on the opening night and artists’ groups offer special events on this unique weekend.

 Gay Pride Week: 1 – 8 June

Art-related activities will pay tribute to Gay Pride Week and highlight various topics that are on the community’s agenda.  The main event will be on June 8th with the Gay Pride Parade, when huge crowds and processions paint the city streets a rainbow of colours.

 Tel-Aviv Pixel Hotel: 15 October, Bugrashov Beach

Who hasn’t fantasized about spending a few hours or an entire night in a lifeguard tower on the Tel Aviv beach?  Next winter it will be possible to make this dream come true thanks to an art project named Pixel Hotel, in the course of which a lifeguard tower will be converted into a hotel room open during the winter months.

About Tel Aviv–Yafo – The city in Numbers

 Tel Aviv–Yafo’s population is slightly over 400,000. Tel Aviv-Yafo’s greater metropolitan area is home to over 3 million people.

  • One third of the city’s residents are under the age of 35.
  • Over 5% of the city’s budget goes to art.
  • Tel Aviv–Yafo is famous for its 1748 bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants, 1 for every 220 residents.
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo is a center of Art: 1.5 million people visit the city’s 16 museums each year. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art displays the world’s largest collection of Israeli art, as well as classic masterpieces; The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion specializes in modern art; several historical museums reveal the rich history of the city and its environs; and over 100 private galleries and exhibition spaces present cutting-edge Israeli art.
  • Tel Aviv–Yafo is a center of Festivals: Over 40 annual festivals attract hundreds of thousands of participants. The festival themes range from food to classical music, beer to open-air dancing, visual arts to opera, and even an annual Hummus event! 
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo is a center of Theatre:  2 million tickets are sold for local performances each year. 75% percent of theater ticket sales in Israel are for Tel Aviv’s theaters.
  • Tel Aviv–Yafo is a center of Sports and Recreation: The city enjoys over 120 kilometers of bicycle routes, dozens of parks and gardens, 220,000 trees and 14 kilometers of very beautiful beaches.
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo is a center of Music: The city is home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Opera, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and dozens of bands and musical groups.
  • Tel Aviv–Yafo is a center of Dance: the city’s many dance troupes include the Israeli Ballet and the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company.

 White City
In 2003, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, proclaimed the historic zone of Tel Aviv, also known as The White City, as a World Cultural Heritage site. By this proclamation, the world recognized the special architectural qualities of the buildings, streets, squares and avenues of Tel Aviv.

 The White City is the world’s largest grouping of buildings in the International Style, also known as Bauhaus. About 4,000 buildings were constructed in this style in the 1930s and 1940s. The buildings of The White City were designed by European Jewish architects, who had studied in, or were influenced by, the Bauhaus School in Germany. When the Nazis rose to power, they shut down the school; many of its students and professors left Germany – a considerable amount of them moved to the young city of Tel Aviv. This group created a new architectural language, which is rich and diverse, characterized by its asymmetry, functionality and simplicity. The balconies, building pillars, flat roofs and “thermometer” windows became the trademarks of the city. These buildings reside in a unique zone, planned by the famous Scottish urban planner Sir Patrick Geddes.

 At a first look, houses in the International Style seem like white cubic buildings with little ornamentation. Yet a close observation of the fine details reveals the characteristics of the style and, of course, a focus on functionality and simplicity. The best way to experience the White City is by walking down and around Rothschild Boulevard, where many of the buildings have been restored to their original glory.

Tel Aviv Global City

Tel Aviv-Yafo is currently leading Tel Aviv Global City – a municipal and national initiative aimed at elevating the city’s global standing. The main target of the initiative is to position the city as a global business center with an emphasis on technology and innovation, and as a global culture center.

Israel is known internationally as the Startup Nation and Tel Aviv as the beating heart of the Nation’s extraordinary innovation scene . Greater Tel Aviv has emerged as a national center of technological companies and services, and a creative hub for entrepreneurs of all sorts. The Tel Aviv Global City initiative is a 10-year process that will result in a global leap of the city’s centrality, attractiveness and relevance to become a sort of “Silicon Valley” for companies outside the US.

Launched in 2011, the initiative includes dozens of projects: the city will seek to attract young start up entrepreneurs from around the world, global financial institutions and international corporations; will market its local cultural assets to international markets; will focus on enhancing the various foreign communities in the city, including students, business people and international visitors; will promote the filming of international television and film productions; will upgrade its tourist performance; and will implement various social and educational programs for local residents in the spirit of global values.

The Global City Initiative is spearheaded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, in partnership with the Israeli Government and 10 ministries, the nation’s major financial institutions (The Bank of Israel, Israel’s Security Authority, The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange), major academic institutions, and various public and private entities.