A Sweet Mélange of Many Cultures
Israel culture is as varied as in any well developed country of the
The areas of visual arts, music, sports, museums and all
pertaining to culture are at the level of Europe, Japan or the United
Because Israel’s population is a mélange of many cultures, every
sector has brought his part and slowly but surely it is now becoming one
only culture for the whole country.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta
We have a separate page for
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra is has
been the National Orchestra since then. After the establishment of the
State it became known as The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Its conductor Zubin Mehta, one of the best conductors of the
world was born in India, but has been with us for decades. We consider
him one of us. The orchestra’s home base is the Frederic Mann Auditorium
in Tel Aviv.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was established in the 1940s by
the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Its musical director is Leon Botstein
and its base is the Henry Crown auditorium of the Jerusalem Theater.
All concerts are recorded and broadcast on Israel’s classical music
Additional orchestras in Israel include the Haifa Symphony
Orchestra, the Ramat Gan Orchestra, the Be'er Sheva Simfonetta, and the
Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
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Israelis have been singing since the early settlers arrived with
their melodies from more than 15 countries. It slowly developed into
very unique Israeli Music. Today new singers keep appearing on stage and
becoming big stars in front of our eyes.
For this type of music I am going to dedicate a separate article.
The recently renovated Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv
Cradle of Israel Culture
It consists of various groups of different ethnic origin. The
beginners were immigrants fro Europe and Russia that created the legacy
used today by younger generations of Theater in Hebrew. It is in
constant evolution according to the world we live in. There are several theaters in Israel among them:
Habima is considered the National Theater of Israel. It is
located on the heart of Tel Aviv, but the company performs countrywide.
Habima presents both classical and contemporary theater. It has been
recently renovated at a cost of millions.
The Cameri Theatre Company was founded in 1944 as a local,
younger alternative to the “Eastern European” Habimah. It is
headquartered in a complex of five auditoriums at the Tel Aviv
Performing Arts Center.
Using all the auditoriums I gives some 1,700 performances a year
among palyes, musicals and comedies. We just saw “Fiddler on the Roof”
for the third or fourth time in 50 years.
Additional theater companies in Israel include
Gesher caters to the Russian speaking and Eastern European theater audience.
The Haifa Theater is a large, contemporary theater group which
organizes an annual theater festival of children's plays, and also
presents plays in Arabic.
The Yaffo Arab Jewish Theater presents fringe theater nature.
The Beer Sheba Theater is a large theater group located in Beer
Sheba in southern Israel. The group performs original productions and
hosting plays from other theaters.
The Khan is a theater company in Jerusalem that performs in the atmospheric Khan, a former Turkish bath complex.
Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre in Neve Tzedek Tel Aviv
Israel Culture - Israeli Dance
The Israel Ballet company
Performs a rich repertoire of Classical ballet
The Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre
It is Israel’s
home for dance and the premier presenter of Israeli and international
contemporary dance companies.It was established in 1989 and is located in the Historic
Neighborhood of Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv. It was founded by the Dellal Family of
London, England in honor of their daughter Suzanne.
Bat Sheva Dan Company
It was founded by Bat Sheva De Rothschild in 1960. Today it is
located in the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Neve Tzedek. Its artistic
director Ohad Naharin is considered one of the best choreographers in
Kibbutz Dance Company
It originated in Kibutz Gaaton in the north. This company is
choreographed by Rami Beer and stages performances by adults and
children. They have been acclaimed all over the world for their superb
Other dance companies
Some dance companies I want to mention are Bat Dor, Inbal, Noa Dar Company and Mayumana.
Performance of the Opera Nabuco on the slopes of Masada
An unforgettable experience for all
Opera in Israel
The Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center offers a variety of artistic
activities, including dance performances, classical music and jazz
concerts, performances for children; in depth back stage tours, fine
arts exhibitions and above all the Israeli Opera productions, which are
appreciated by opera professionals all over the world.
The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, featuring a state of the
arts performance hall, is located in a beautiful building designed by
the late Israeli architect Yaacov Rechter, with a modern day foyer
designed by renowned Israeli architect Ron Arad, in the center of the
exciting cultural hub of the city of Tel Aviv Yafo, the cultural capital
The Israeli Opera has established itself as one of the leading
international opera houses, featuring leading opera professionals,
singers, conductors, directors and designers. It coproduces its major
productions with some of the major opera houses around the world.
Since its inauguration 23 years ago, the Israeli Opera initiates a
vast education and outreach program all around Israel, in order to
expose new and different audiences to the magical world of opera and to
make opera accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem
The art scene in Israel had its beginnings in the early part of
the 20th century when the rebirth of a Jewish state in the Land of
Israel was beginning to take shape.
In 1906 sculptor Boris Schatz established Israel’s leading school
of art in Jerusalem, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. It was named
for Bezalel Ben Uri, the first artist mentioned in the Bible.
Bezalel underwent numerous changes until it became the leading
academy for art and design and moved to its present Jerusalem location
on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University.
Karmiel Art Festival
Festivals in Israel
There are many Festivals going on in Israel throughout the year.
They include children’s theater, string instruments festivals, visual
arts, several film festivals and festivals promoting food and drinks.
The Israeli festival is Israel’s leading cultural festival,
held every May and June in Jerusalem. The festival features performances
of music, dance, and theater from around the world.
The Karmiel Dance Festival is held in the northern city of
Karmiel each July. The festival includes dance performances and public
folk dancing sessions. Please visit our page on Karmiel.
The Akko Alternative Theater Festival held in Acre during the Holiday of Sukkot.
The Eilat International Jazz Festival takes place during the
last week in August in the southern resort of Eilat, features leading
jazz musicians from around the world.
Israel Culture is so vast that you may think of a big country of
100 million, no we are just close to 8 millions with a lot of culture.
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