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 instillations 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 2014, 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.
When: One week around June, 8:00-11:00 pm, closed Friday, open until midnight on Saturday. Exact dates for 2015 TBA
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