No holidays on the calendar? No problem. Autumn has its cultural festivals
The holidays are over, Chanukah doesn’t arrive for weeks, and there is some time left to celebrate the cultural benefits of jazz and piano festivals, animated film and documentary events, as well as appreciation. dancing on weekends in November.
Head north for DocAviv, Tel Aviv for piano and jazz, and Jerusalem for animation and dancing. You may need to double down on festivals, but don’t worry, your schedule should stay fairly light.
1) DocAviv Galil takes place in the city of Maalot-Tarshiha on the weekend of November 13-17. More than 30 documentary films from Israel and abroad will be screened during the five days of the festival, with a performance by Yasmin Levy, meetings with directors and filmmakers, an exhibition of local artists, workshops, screenings under the sky and tours of the Region.
The festival’s opening film is “Family in Transition,” the winner of the Israeli competition at last year’s DocAviv festival in Tel Aviv.
For more information and to order tickets (NIS 30 per movie) and check times, visit the DocAviv website.
2) The now annual “Between Heaven and Earth” dance festival returns to Jerusalem for its ninth year, October 22-25, conducted by choreographer Ronen Itzhaki.
The festival connects the dance world with the Jewish world, seeking to merge the traditional and the modern, Jewish sources and Israeli culture. This year’s topic is Utopia, channeling the thoughts of Bezalel founder Boris Schatz in his 2018 book on Jerusalem, and the four-day festival includes performances at the Gerard Behar Center, with free performances at the Mahane Yehuda Market in 4 p.m. on October 23, and women’s-only performances on October 23 at Gerard Behar.
On the morning of October 24, the festival will host a Gaga dance workshop, featuring the free movement style created by the director of the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin.
Find tickets on www.docdance.com.
3) A wide range of Israeli musicians focus on the keyboard at the 20th Piano Festival, performing in 53 events from October 20-27, with 300 artists, musicians, singers, dancers and actors participating in this year’s lineup.
This year’s artists include Shlomi Shaban with the Jerusalem Camerata and guest punk rocker Rami Fortis, cousins Eviatar and Ehud Banai, Yoni Rechter, Danny Sanderson in an acoustic performance with Tom Aaron, new Broadway star Shiri Maimon, Berry Sakharov, Shai Tsabari and Mark Eliyahu, Daniella Spector, and a host of young musicians and performers, such as Maya Isacowitz, spoken word artist Jimbo J and Phototaxis Neverland.
Tickets still available can be purchased through Zappa. Free events will also be held outside two of the main venues, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, on performance nights.
4) Have you heard jazz at the Piano Festival and want to know more? The Israeli jazz scene comes this way with dozens of performances at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival from November 28 to December 1, which takes place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Abraham Hostel.
Performances range from the original to the experimental to the more traditional, all exploring the genre. There are also free jazz evenings in the front space of Habima, and a Friday afternoon show in the same space. Head to Zappa for tickets and there is a discount for Tel Aviv Digital card holders.
5) Animators, budding animators, and anyone interested in animation should register for the AniNation Festival, October 31 – November 2, and the Jerusalem Film Fund’s Hop, Skip and a Jump Animation Workshop , from October 24 to 28.
The Hop, Skip and a Jump Workshop welcomes guest mentors from Netflix, eOne, Mattel and MGA Entertainment, who will work with locals to develop animated television projects. A few days later, animators can attend AniNation, which promotes professional networking and meetings between local animators and producers, distributors and other animation professionals invited from Europe and North America.
The three-day event hosts pitching sessions, one-on-one meetings and screenings, and provides exposure to budding animators and their projects.