Jerusalem’s light festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from Israel and abroad who stroll the picturesque lanes of Jerusalem’s Old City taking in its enchanted ambiance while its walls and cobblestone streets are illuminated with an amazing variety of modern light art installations created by local and international artists. The juxtaposition of the historic Old City with innovative and captivating artwork is a sight to behold.
Every year, four tracks are offered, each clearly marked by a different color light, taking visitors from one art instillation to another. Details about the pieces exhibited along each track are readily available, allowing guests to choose a route based on their preferences. The routes are in and around the Old City.
The artworks which are usually huge in size include three-dimensional installations, videos on landmark Old City walls and sound-and-light shows. There is also an art fair featuring work by a wide range of light designers displaying and selling their artworks. Some attractions around the Old City are open as well during the evenings of that week as well. It is a feast for the eyes.
The Jerusalem Festival of Light 2016, one of an elite group of light festivals held around the world, is proudly presented by the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism. It is produced by the Ariel Municipal Company.
This illuminating festival is appropriate for visitors, locals, families, artists and creative enthusiasts.
2017 festival events will be updated soon
Jerusalem Festival of Light 2016 Highlights
Prince of the Lights
Created by French artist Damien Fontaine, this installation is inspired by the classic children’s book “The Little Prince” and tells the story of a prince destined to return light to the world.
Where: The Christian Information Center, The Armenian Patriarchate Street, Old City, Jerusalem
Photographia — Painting with Light
Martin Adin of Pyromania paints abstracts on the walls of the Old City.
Where: Near Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Childhood memories meet aesthetic design as Italian artists Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Behngi present dozens of handmade origami pieces colored with LED lights inside.
Where: The Armenian Patriarchate Street, Old City, Jerusalem
Pictures in Motion
The Jerusalem AVS group presents a stunning visual show featuring a robot dancing as the lights create the different seasons around it.
Where: Hurva Square, Old City, Jerusalem
When: May 25-June2, 2016
Where: In and around the Old City of Jerusalem
Entrance fee: Free
Jerusalem evenings can be cool. Bring something warm to wear.
Photos courtesy of the Jerusalem Festival of Lights