Jaffa Fest | International Performing Arts Festival
3 May - 2 June
Director General: Lena Kreindlin
Artistic Director: Noam Semel
We are proud to present Jaffa Fest - a performing arts festival, as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the State of Israel. We believe that there is a no more appropriate place to note the independence of Israel than the city of Jaffa. Like the phoenix, throughout of its existence, Jaffa had known how to reinvent herself.
Jaffa is one of the oldest port cities in the Mediterranean. For over 5000 years Jaffa has served as a gateway between east and west, north and south, a bridge between continents, a cosmopolitan city full of goods, ideas, stories and myths. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of the prophet Jonah, king Solomon and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus.
According to mythology it is named for Japheth, one of the sons of Noah, who built the city after the Great Flood. Over the years, It has been ruled by Egyptians, Philistines, the Tribe of Dan, Alexander the Great, the Hasmoneans, the Romans, Napoleon, the Muslims, the Crusaders and the Ottoman Turks.
Nowadays, Jaffa is a symbol for coexistence of old and new. It is known for its cultural and religious diversity, and serves as one of Israel's major mixed cities with both Arab and Jewish residents. Alongside its glorious history, Jaffa offers a bustling cultural life with a thriving culinary scene, entertainment and style. Jaffa houses a wide variety of restaurants, night-life venues, hotels, shopping, theaters and museums. Old Jaffa, Jaffa Port and the Jaffa Flea-Market are some of the city's major attractions. The city of Jaffa is linked directly to Tel Aviv metropolis – the cultural and business capital of modern Israel.
Jaffa Fest will take place over the course of 4 weeks during May 2018, in collaboration with more than 15 leading cultural and educational institutions in Jaffa, along with 20 prominent restaurants and bars.
With Noam Semel as Artistic Director and Lena Kreindlin as Director General, we believe we can offer a distinguished artistic program in the highest production standards. Inspired by world-famous festivals such as Avignon and Edinburgh, the festival's program will correspond with global artistic trends in theater, dance and music and will invite both international and local artists to exhibit their work within Jaffa’s unique surroundings. In addition to the performances, exhibitions and panel discussions will be held.
We believe such festival can place Israel and the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa at the forefront of the international art scene.
We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to your participation