In-House Festival and More Set for Jerusalem Season of Culture's 3rd Annual Program, Now thru Aug 23
Building on a successful 2012 Season, the non-profit organization Jerusalem Season of Culture will present its third annual festival from today, July 1 to August 23, 2013. The 2013 Season offers dozens of artistic experiences spanning the worlds of music, visual arts, culinary treats, cultural encounters, live art, social interaction, performing arts, new media and more. This summer, Jerusalem, which has served as a source of artistic inspiration for thousands of years, will once again be filled with events that challenge conventional definitions of culture and reexamine the relationship between observer, performer and location.
The events are designed to pull people out of their comfort zones and offer rare opportunities to experiment with new ways of thinking, questioning and participating. This year, the Season will place greater emphasis on these revelations exploring diverse populations and religions at traditional and unexpected venues, from ancient architectural treasures, historic buildings, museums and city squares, to contemporary galleries, marketplaces, rooftops, private homes and even hotel rooms and a park bench.
"The 2013 Season is about digging deeper into the cultures and identities that reside in Jerusalem and re-discovering the city's diverse and fragile cultural, social and political eco-system that is both physical and imagined." explained Itay Mautner, Artistic Director of the Jerusalem Season of Culture. "The thread that weaves this Season together is spun from the very material that makes this city so unique - a blend of culture and humanity that sometimes stings and sometimes ignites, but is always a source of challenging new discoveries spanning art, locations and a fascinating array of world outlooks and opinions."
In addition to the schedule outlined below, several additional programs will be announced in the coming months including a once-in-a-lifetime tribute concert, creative workshops and lectures with high profile artists and performers, immersive artistic experiences, indie music performances, a week of live radio broadcasts, and more.
In-House Festival (July 1-4)
The 2013 Jerusalem Season of Culture will open with an expanded version of In-House Festival (July 1-4), one of the Season's anchor programs. Directed by Dafna Kron, In-House will feature a distinguished group of directors, actors, musicians, dancers and more, who will take up temporary residencies in some of the city's most intriguing homes. Each house has its own unique story, with its own layered history, and has either special meaning for the artists or has played an important role in their life, sparking a special kind of intimacy and magic that only this level of familiarity could generate.
This year In-House will also include a generous number of original productions commissioned specifically for the festival. In addition to the performances taking place inside participating homes, this year's festival will widen the definition of what constitutes a home to objects like a park bench that currently serves as the absentee home for a performing artist who no longer resides in Jerusalem or a legendary school for the blind where the performing artist's grandfather attended.
Contact Point at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (July 25)
On July 25, the Season will return to the Israel Museum for Contact Point. Curator and artist, Renana Raz, the project's Artistic Director for the second year, will initiate a series of late-night encounters between artworks, the museum landscape, and dozens of artists and creators who will use the museum setting as a source of inspiration and as a starting point for an unpredictable journey - a journey that will open up another alternative dimension of the museum: nightlife.
The Israel Museum, which has long been a focal point for live cultural experiences in Jerusalem, is ranked internationally as one of the leading art and archaeology museums and is home to the legendary Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world. This provides fertile ground for creativity that spans artistic genres, epochs and civilizations. Audiences will be invited to expect the unexpected, to experience art and the creative process live in a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere, and re-consider what constitutes a visit to a museum.
Food Truck (July 17 - August 9)
This year, the Jerusalem Season of Culture, together with renowned chef Assaf Granit from the legendary Machneyuda Restaurant, is setting out on a culinary and social journey throughout Jerusalem's twisted streets.
The truck's decorative exterior will be designed by local artists as will the accompanying music that will signal its arrival to the city's diverse populations like: the local Ethiopian community, the ultra-orthodox, Muslims breaking the Ramadan fast, or late-night revelers. It will serve a variety of dishes conceptualized by Jerusalem luminaries including musicians, authors, film-makers and more. Each of these individuals will meet personally with Chef Assaf Granit to present a dish of their choice that, from their perspective, defines "Jerusalem food," and has been tailored to specific physical locations and its residents.