For the 10th straight year, Jaffa’s Gesher festival launched the Gesher festival, with an opening night performance of Oedipus Rex on Thursday May 18. Gesher Theater bridges cultures and languages, and the Gesher festival is an annual which brings some of the greatest international performers to Israel. On the opening evening of the 2017 festival, guests were able to enjoy a classical Greek play performed in Russian with Hebrew subtitles, a paradigmatic example of the international, intercultural and interlingual focus of Gesher Theater.

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  The 51st Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival will take place from May 30th to June 3rd 2017. Singer and conductor Hanna Tzur has been the festival’s musical director since 1995. Concerts are held in the spacious Church of the Ark of the Covenant gracing the Kiryat Yearim hilltop and in the intimate Crypt of the 12th century Benedictine Crusader Church nestling in a peaceful, exotic garden. People from all over Israel attend the festival, taking time out from the bustle of everyday life to immerse themselves in good music, enjoy the views over the Judean Hills, to picnic with friends, get a taste of the outdoor performances and browse the craft stalls.

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