Whether you’re actually planning a visit to Israel or just dreaming about one, Israel21c’s list of the top 30 events in the Holy Land in 2015 offers fun food for thought. From the Jerusalem Light Festival to Hula Valley Bird Festival to the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, there’s something for anyone visiting Israel to enjoy. Here are a few we’d love to check out:
Fifth annual Jerusalem Light Festival, June 3-11
Dozens of light installations, displays, shows and sales of one-of-a-kind lighting products will be featured throughout the Old City
International Festival of Puppet Theater and Film, Holon, July 26-31
Featuring puppet makers and artists from Israel and around the world, this festival has been held annually since 1995 at the Puppet Theater Center in Holon. On the schedule are plays, shows and story-telling from Israel and abroad ... In the plaza outside there will be free street performances.
Jacob’s Ladder Festival, May 14-16 and Dec. 4-5
Known as “Israel’s friendliest musical and social event,” this twice-yearly bluegrass, folk, country, blues, Irish and world music extravaganza has been taking place since 1976 on the grounds of Nof Ginosar Hotel on Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
40th annual Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Fair (Hutzot Hayotzer), August 10-22
Look and buy: The handiworks of artists from Israel and 30 countries around the world will be displayed in the artists’ colony near Sultan’s Pool just outside the Old City walls. Every night is capped by a live concert by one of Israel’s most celebrated performers.
28th annual Klezmer Festival, Safed, Aug. 18-20
Held in the mystical Galilee city of Safed, this musical event showcases dozens of artists performing “Jewish soul music” on eight stages and in the ancient cobbled alleyways of the city.