The Israel Festival is a celebration of performing arts from around the world. Israel's major international cultural event, it showcases amazing theatre, dance, opera and classical music performances, including the best of Israel's own talent, and has been lauded for putting Israel on the map as a cultural tourist destination. The festival was actually founded in 1961 but has changed somewhat over the years. Programmes vary to exhibit a wide range of cultures, from ethnic music to opera, traditional and experimental theatre, and classical and contemporary dance. Throughout the festival there are also numerous free performances, including street shows, children's programmes and a nightly jazz club. The festival aims to promote the arts as having the potential to break through political and national boundaries and bring people together and usually there are guest performers from a number of foreign countries, often with significant links to Israel. In 2012 the programme was slightly downsized to weed out what was no longer popular and shift the focus to quality rather than quantity; each year the programme aspires to reflect current trends in the performing arts. The festival centres on the Jerusalem Theatre but a number of other venues are used.
Date: 23 May to 20 June 2013