The 2017 Vocal Fantasy, hosted by the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, followed the vision of the late Shimon Bigelman, who founded the festival in 2012. The six concerts, a celebration of choirs and voices taking place from July 12th to 15th 2017 and with the endorsement of the Jerusalem Development Authority, was dedicated to Shimon Bigelman’s memory.

Athletes from all over the country, Jews and Arabs, all came to a joint training on the beach and proved: We are all equal, we all want to live together in peace. "It's symbolic of a city like Haifa hosting a festival of peace"

Last Thursda(July 13th), the Maccabia’s beach was filled with more than 100 athletes, aged 10 to 60, all wearing a karate gi (training suit), who came to take part in a martial arts festival held at Leonardo Beach.

All of them practice part of the Budo for Peace Association, which uses the principles of traditional martial arts (restraint, determination, respect) for bringing together and bridging populations in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Thursday, 6 July 2017, at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, attended the opening ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah Games.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

"Dear Maccabiah participants,

Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.

I have two messages for you today.

The first is: Excel in sports; run, kick, jump, jump with the skies. Achieve everything you want and beyond what you want.

Now, I have personal experience in this. It's mixed. You see, I was pretty athletic when I was young and I tried out for the wrestling team. I broke my arm at 14.

Then recently, I thought I'd take a shot at soccer. I played in a soccer game of young Jews and Arabs in Israel. I broke my leg.

So, I cannot tell you, dear athletes, break a leg. I say: succeed, excel, win. You are all winners, you are all champions.

The Jerusalem International Film Festival will take place between July 13 - 23, 2017 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv supports the presence of the feature film “Ana. Mon amour” (2017, director: Călin Peter Netzer) in the international competition of the festival, as well as the participation of Romanian film critic Mihai Chirilov at the program of events dedicated to professionals in the field of cinematography, taking place during the festival between July 14 - 16.

The 6th edition of the Beer Sheva International Fringe Theatre Festival will take place between July 11-13, 2017 in the Old City and the Beer Sheva Fringe Theatre.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv supports the presence of the theatre and dance performance“Zic Zac”, directed by Andrea Gavriliu, as part of the international program of the festival.The performances will take place on July 12th, 2017, at 18:00 and 21:30 at the Beer Sheva Fringe Theatre (15 Anielewicz st, Old City).

Tickets: telephone - 08-6466657 oronline

”Zic Zac”

Director: Andrea Gavriliu

Cast: Andrea Gavriliu, Ștefan Lupu, Gabriel Costin

Scenography: Andreea Săndulescu

Light design: George Rotaru

Duration: 65 minute

Official trailer:

Synopsis: Him and her in a nightclub. Against their will, they become the puppets of the DJ which influences through music their entire being. It starts as a paring ritual and slowly makes them give off all of their inhibitions, frustrations, hidden passions and fears until they are fully unleashed and ready to lose themselves in each other’s beings.

Zic Zac is our generation's performance. It speaks about a relationship's steps: likes and dislikes, brutish kickoffs and philosophical debates, sensibility and cruelty, personal fears and the need to find our other half. All these are embedded in a psychedelic trip full of humor and especially MUSIC!

An annual multi-disciplinary festival, which takes place the 7th year in a row, the Beer Sheva International Fringe Theatre Festival has become the biggest cultural event in the south of Israel. During the festival, 40 shows and over 200 artists will take part in the three days of performance program.

The artistic program presents a unique line of original, critical and diverse work, combining original productions, the best of fringe theatre productions, premieres that were created especially for the festival, and a selection of international shows that provide a fascinating and contemporary look at independent art.

During the festival, the audience will be able to enjoy street theater from Spain, a French street circus, Romanian dance show, and a highly acclaimed show from Austria. In addition, there will be music performances by Lola Marsh and Shafita, children's plays in the form of stage adaptation for literary classics such as The Little Prince and The Sixteenth Sheep, and street performances by local artists.

More details about the festival and complete program:

 Romanian show “Zic Zac”, director: Andrea Gavriliu, at the Beer Sheva International Fringe Theatre Festival, July 12th, 2017 at 18:00 and 21:30