Jerusalem

Classical music is the capital's strong suit. Artists in other musical genres pass through from time to time, but Jerusalem is seldom their main focus. For English-language schedules of performances and other cultural events, consult the Friday weekend section of the Jerusalem Post and its insert "In Jerusalem," Friday's "The Guide" of Haaretz's English edition, Time Out Jerusalem, and the free weekly and monthly booklets available at hotels and information bureaus. Ticket prices typically range from NIS 75 to NIS 350, depending on venue size and artist.

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  • 1. Art Cube Artist's Studios

    This space houses various rotating exhibits, workshops, and lectures. It also serves as a home base for the annual Manofim Jerusalem Contemporary Art Festival and...

    This space houses various rotating exhibits, workshops, and lectures. It also serves as a home base for the annual Manofim Jerusalem Contemporary Art Festival and for local and visiting artists in residence.

    26 HaOman St., 9342180, Israel
    02-679--7508

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    Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and weekends
  • 2. Gerard Behar Center

    This historical arts center is home base for two excellent local contemporary dance companies, Vertigo and Kolben. Additionally, the complex hosts an annual roster of...

    This historical arts center is home base for two excellent local contemporary dance companies, Vertigo and Kolben. Additionally, the complex hosts an annual roster of independent theater, dance, musical productions, children's shows, art exhibitions, artist workshops, and festivals. Historically, it's known as the venue where Nazi officer Adolph Eichmann was put on trial in 1961, convicted of crimes against humanity, and sentenced to the death penalty.

    11 Bezalel St., 9459111, Israel
    02-545–6868
  • 3. HaMiffal "The Factory"

    Run by a local collective of 50 multidisciplinary artists, this meeting place is housed in a 140-year-old abandoned estate behind the Waldorf Astoria that has...

    Run by a local collective of 50 multidisciplinary artists, this meeting place is housed in a 140-year-old abandoned estate behind the Waldorf Astoria that has been renovated into a cultural and artistic center. The factory produces and hosts exhibitions, concerts, parties, concept events, culinary events, and workshops.

    3 HaMa'aravim St., Israel

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Fri.–Sat.
  • 4. Hutzot Hayotzer Arts and Crafts Festival

    Center City

    The local and international crafts and lively concerts presented at this festival are a highlight of August. Located in the Sultan's Pool, an ancient reservoir...

    The local and international crafts and lively concerts presented at this festival are a highlight of August. Located in the Sultan's Pool, an ancient reservoir in the Hinnom Valley beneath the walls of the Old City, the two-week event showcases crafts by Israeli and international artisans and features open-air concerts by top Israeli rock and pop performers. 

    Hativat Yerushalayim, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 94117, Israel
    02-623–7000
  • 5. Israel Festival

    Talbieh

    Top local and international musicians, theater companies, performers, and artists participate in this dynamic annual festival, usually held for two weeks in either early June...

    Top local and international musicians, theater companies, performers, and artists participate in this dynamic annual festival, usually held for two weeks in either early June or September. Styles range from classical to avant-garde. The Jerusalem Theatre is the main venue, but several locations around the city get some of the smaller acts.

    20 Marcus Street, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
    02-563–1544
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  • 6. Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    This world-renowned orchestra, which is based in Tel Aviv, performs locally at the International Convention Center, opposite the Yitzhak Navon train station. The venue also...

    This world-renowned orchestra, which is based in Tel Aviv, performs locally at the International Convention Center, opposite the Yitzhak Navon train station. The venue also hosts traveling art exhibits and musicians from around the world.

    1 Zalman Shazar Blvd., 95435, Israel
    02-655--8558
  • 7. Jerusalem Cinematheque

    Specializing in old, rare, and art films as well as more contemporary fare, this complex has four theaters, a café, and splendid views of the...

    Specializing in old, rare, and art films as well as more contemporary fare, this complex has four theaters, a café, and splendid views of the Old City and the Hinnom Valley from the terrace. Its monthly programs focus on specific directors, actors, or subjects. The annual Jerusalem Film Festival, held in July, attracts large crowds, as does December's Jewish Film Festival.

    11 Hebron Rd., 9354606, Israel
    02-565–4333
  • 8. Jerusalem Film Festival

    Center City

    Held in July each year, this festival attracts large crowds for screenings of Israeli and international films. Some screenings and the awards ceremony are held...

    Held in July each year, this festival attracts large crowds for screenings of Israeli and international films. Some screenings and the awards ceremony are held at the Cinematheque, while other screenings are at a number of venues throughout the city. Reserve tickets in advance.

    11 Hebron Rd., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 9354606, Israel
    02-565–4333

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: From NIS 46 for screenings
  • 9. Jerusalem Season of Culture

    Center City

    Also known as Mekudeshet, this group of Israelis and Palestinians work together to offer artistic and musical productions from their home base—known as Feel Beit...

    Also known as Mekudeshet, this group of Israelis and Palestinians work together to offer artistic and musical productions from their home base—known as Feel Beit on the Jerusalem Sherover Promenade. They seek change for all residents of Jerusalem, and put on events several times a year at Feel Beit, its terrace, or on nearby sections of the Sherover Promenade.

    4 Naomi Street, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 9355204, Israel
  • 10. Khan Theater

    Set in a former stable, this intimate venue offers local productions in Hebrew and some special events in English. There's a beautiful courtyard and a...

    Set in a former stable, this intimate venue offers local productions in Hebrew and some special events in English. There's a beautiful courtyard and a charming coffee shop and bar.

    2 David Remez Sq., 93541, Israel
    02-630--3600
  • 11. Zappa at the Lab

    This popular music venue hosts the country's top jazz, rock, and pop performers. Small and intimate, it's a great place to see Israel's best musicians...

    This popular music venue hosts the country's top jazz, rock, and pop performers. Small and intimate, it's a great place to see Israel's best musicians close up. Dinner and drinks are usually available. Posters around town announce upcoming concerts.

    28 Hebron Rd., 9354214, Israel
    03-762–6666
  • 12. Beit Avi Chai

    This 270-seat auditorium hosts lectures, concerts, and theater in Hebrew and English throughout the year, often on topics related to Jewish culture and history. Its...

    This 270-seat auditorium hosts lectures, concerts, and theater in Hebrew and English throughout the year, often on topics related to Jewish culture and history. Its lobby and second-floor gallery regularly host exhibits by well-known local artists.

    44 King George St., 9426216, Israel
    02-621–5300
  • 13. Beit Shmuel

    Musical and theatrical performances fill the season at this theater. Most of the plays are in Hebrew, but some community theater performances are in English....

    Musical and theatrical performances fill the season at this theater. Most of the plays are in Hebrew, but some community theater performances are in English. Beit Shmuel also offers themed walking tours around Jerusalem.

    6 Eliyahu Shama'a St., 9410806, Israel
    02-620–3555
  • 14. International Festival of Puppet Theater

    Center City

    Each August, local puppeteers and fellow artists from around the globe bring their creative productions to the festival organized by Jerusalem's Train Theater and held...

    Each August, local puppeteers and fellow artists from around the globe bring their creative productions to the festival organized by Jerusalem's Train Theater and held in its new Karon Theater playhouse. The shows are generally geared toward youngsters, although some are entertaining for the whole family or just adults. Many shows are in English or without words.

    Liberty Bell Park (Gan Hapa'amon), Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
    02-561–8514
  • 15. Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

    Center City

    The 600-seat YMCA Concert Hall is the main venue for the much-acclaimed Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, held over 10 days each year in late...

    The 600-seat YMCA Concert Hall is the main venue for the much-acclaimed Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, held over 10 days each year in late August or early September. Tickets for single concerts are NIS 170.

    26 King David St., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 92110, Israel
    02-625–0444
  • 16. Jerusalem International Oud Festival

    Center City

    This festival paying homage to the Arabic lute presents a range of ethnic music from Turkey, Iraq, India, Egypt, Palestine, and a host of other...

    This festival paying homage to the Arabic lute presents a range of ethnic music from Turkey, Iraq, India, Egypt, Palestine, and a host of other cultures, often including Israeli rock. Performances are held at various concert halls around town in November and also include literature and poetry readings.

    12 Emile Botta St., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 9410909, Israel
    02-624–5206
  • 17. Jerusalem Theatre

    Also known as the Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, this venue hosts some of the city's best plays, music, dance, and film screenings and...

    Also known as the Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, this venue hosts some of the city's best plays, music, dance, and film screenings and is home to the annual Israel Festival. The 760-seat Henry Crown Auditorium is the home of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. The Israeli Camerata Orchestra plays occasional concerts here at 11 am on Friday. Some of the Hebrew plays have English subtitles. 

    20 Marcus St., 9223310, Israel
    02-560–5755
  • 18. Jerusalem Wine Festival

    Givat Ram

    Held annually in late summer, this festival presents the latest vintages from 200 national and international wineries while often hosting local musicians. It takes place...

    Held annually in late summer, this festival presents the latest vintages from 200 national and international wineries while often hosting local musicians. It takes place in the Art Garden of the Israel Museum.

    Ruppin Blvd., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 91710, Israel
    02-625–9703

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    Rate Includes: NIS 95 for unlimited tastings
  • 19. Lev Smadar

    This venue—a single-screen cinema with a snack bar in an older building on a narrow lane—is a bit of a throwback to yesteryear's movie atmosphere....

    This venue—a single-screen cinema with a snack bar in an older building on a narrow lane—is a bit of a throwback to yesteryear's movie atmosphere. Its local following watches independent films, as well as the occasional blockbuster. Films are screened in their original language with Hebrew subtitles.

    4 Lloyd George St., 9311004, Israel
    02-566--0954

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: NIS 40
  • 20. Palestine Festival of Literature

    East Jerusalem

    The weeklong festival brings together local and international artists to read prose and poetry related to Arab culture. Free events take place in East Jerusalem...

    The weeklong festival brings together local and international artists to read prose and poetry related to Arab culture. Free events take place in East Jerusalem and the Old City during the spring season, and the festival travels to other cities in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

    Shimon Hatsadik St., Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

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