The Confederation House: A Center for Ethnic Music & Poetry

The Confederation House: A Center for Ethnic Music & Poetry

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The Confederation House, which is located across from the Old City walls behind the King David Hotel, seeks to bring together the multifarious communities and groups that inhabit Jerusalem, using the universal languages of music and art.

Taking a cue from its location astride the east-west Jerusalem divide, the Confederation House has come to serve as a venue for the exploration of the musical heritage of many traditions: Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Ethiopian, Ashkenazi/Sephardi - you name it. The Confederation House regularly hosts concerts, poetry readings and theater shows, producing nationally and internationally- acclaimed events such as the annual Poets’ Festival (which takes place in the northern town of Metula), and the Jerusalem International Oud Festival, which manages to attract a cadre of stellar oriental musicians every single year.

When it comes to theater, the Confederation House serves as a warm home to the much-needed Ethiopian Hullegeb ensemble, which it also initiated. Besides a heady dose of culture, visitors to Confederation House will enjoy one of the best views of the Old City walls, perhaps while sitting down at Te’enim, among the capitals longest-standing vegetarian restaurants, which always has some culinary surprises up its sleeve.

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  • Galit Cohen
    Galit Cohen
    January 25, 2023

    Very cozy and beautiful place for small events. Excellent food and environment

  • Sergio Y. Cigliuti
    Sergio Y. Cigliuti
    May 25, 2018

    I enjoyed a performance of ethnic music given by Piris and Mark Eliyahu at the Confederation House. The show took place in the relatively small theatre room at the second floor. Seats were comfortable, the sound was great...

  • Danae Marx
    Danae Marx
    November 2, 2021

    Great place for a wide range of shows- music from around the world. Beautiful building in a great location

  • C Margo
    C Margo
    May 13, 2021

    Beautiful view of the old city walls. Food was delicious and service was wonderful. Highly recommended!

  • Lior Herman
    Lior Herman
    December 21, 2018

    It's OK place with lovely views. The place is home to Te'enim, a vegetarian restaurant.

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