Culture in Israel

Like every immigrant country, Israel too, culture and art have been influenced by the various cultures that have immigrated to it. These have led to an abundance and variety of cultural works based on the cultures and countries from which the residents of the state arrived. These influences, which came from European, Asian, Arab and African countries, life in Israel also strongly affects subject matter discussed in culture: military and defense, Jewish-Muslim, Religious-Secular, and Oriental-Ashkenazi relations All of these lead to an abundance and depth in Israeli cultural work. The variety that is offered to you during your visit is extensive and besides local cultural activities you can also experience international ones.

Culture in Israel

Like every immigrant country, Israel too, culture and art have been influenced by the various cultures that have immigrated to it. These have led to an abundance and variety of cultural works based on the cultures and countries from which the residents of the state arrived. These influences, which came from European, Asian, Arab and African countries, life in Israel also strongly affects subject matter discussed in culture: military and defense, Jewish-Muslim, Religious-Secular, and Oriental-Ashkenazi relations All of these lead to an abundance and depth in Israeli cultural work. The variety that is offered to you during your visit is extensive and besides local cultural activities you can also experience international ones.

Museums

Israel has more than 120 different museums covering different themes. Besides leading art museums such as the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Petach Tikva Museum, the Haifa Museum and the Ein Harod Museum, there are many museums that are have a unique curating focus. These are the Yad Vashem Museum of the history of antisemitism and the Holocaust, the National Science, Technology and Space Museum in Haifa and the Antiquities Museum in Caesarea. One may also find unique, nay bizarre museums, such as the Marzipan Museum in Kfar Tavor, the Glass Museum in Arad or the Tractor Museum in Ein Vered. Besides the museums, there are also many galleries in numerous towns, which show design and craft art in addition to the local art. The influence of artists in Israel’s history have also affected its geography: besides monuments and outdoor sculptures, there are three well known artist colonies in Israel: :Safed, in Ein Hod and in Jaffa. Tours of these colonies combined with art will be a memorable experience.

Theater

There are many theaters operating in Israel, public and private, small and large, international and national. In your visit, you can visit the leading theaters: Habima, the Cameri Theater and Beit Lessin. However there are many small independent theaters – these are primarily fringe theaters and the independent troupes. Often, you can see plays of leading theaters around the country too – these tour mainly school auditoriums throughout the year. These independent theaters include: the Gesher Theater, Tel Aviv, the Khan theater, Jerusalem, the Be’er Sheva Theater, the Haifa Theater, the Incubator Theater, Jerusalem. Some fringe theaters of interest are: the Tmuna Theater, the Tzavta Theater – both in Tel Aviv, the Simta Theater, Jaffa, the Martef Theater, Jerusalem, the Ma’abada Theater, Jerusalem and more.

Opera

Israel’s opera is based in the Opera House situated at the Golda Meir Center for the Performing Arts, which was founded in 1994 in Tel Aviv. The Opera House is an active international opera building that attracts leading opera artists from around the world and Israel and constitutes one of the pillars of Israeli culture. There are approximately eight productions each year that and garner favorable reviews and recognition from the international opera press. Besides the annual repertoire of the opera there are Opera in the Park events held each summer – an outdoor opera show for the public in Ganei Yehoshua Park in Tel Aviv and an Opera at Masada. –The opera performance at Masadais held at the base of the Masada mountain. Each of these events is a unique masterpiece that is truly worthwhile to experience..

Music and performances

Israel has many musicians and besides international singers who come to Israel, including Madonna, Robbie Williams, Depeche Mode, Lady Gaga and others, there is a growing group of young Israeli talents who compose, write and create music in Hebrew as well as in English. Famous examples of these composers include Asaf Avidan, Roy Dahan, Alon Geva, Old Man River and the very famous singer Aviv Geffen, who appears as part of the Blackfield duo. Additionally to experiencing Israeli musical compositions in English and Hebrew, you can find a lot of music written and composed in Arabic. You can hear many of these artists on the street, in small bars, or outdoor sites such as the Shuni Amphitheater or the Caesarea Amphitheater. The summer days in Israel are filled with many musical events, two of which that are worth knowing are the Date Festival held during Sukkoth and the Moon Nights Festival on the Golan Heights held in April.

Dance

Although modern dancing started in the 1950s in Israel, it has made a significant breakthrough in recent years. Original Israeli dancing has gained national and international recognition and praise. A lot of activity takes place in the dance fields, and besides the Bat Sheva troupe led by Ohad Naharin, there are a number of leading independent artists who include Yasmeen Godder, Sharon Eyal and Barak Marshall who enjoy a large fan base due to their dancing talent. The opportunities to see modern dancing are diverse and besides the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel’s leading modern dance house and the theater in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv, there are many other places for modern dance performances.