The ‘Sound of Winter’ festival returns to Jerusalem this year promising another lively and colorful celebration of Israeli modern culture. Hosting an array of music concerts, dance shows, art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry readings and cooking classes the festival lights up the city and warms up the souls of its inhabitants during the coldest, quietest month of the year. Giving the stage to more than 128 artists and dancers the festival serves as a reminder that Jerusalem is not just a city for the pious. Equally there exists a secular, alternative scene making it a hub for the young and trendy.
The festival takes place every Monday evening throughout the month of February each time in different areas of the city. Events are held in various magical and undiscovered bars, cafes, book stores, clothes shops and galleries as well as on several pedestrian streets themselves.
Specific Events for 2014:
Monday 3rd February 2014 – Bezalel Schatz Street:
A dance performance by the Vertigo Dance Company in clothing shop windows on Bezalel Schatz Street;
Poetry readings by Amir Mnshuf, Schatz Street;
A live music concert featuring Arab and Jewish singers including the renowned artist Shi Tsabari.
Monday 10th February 2014 – Hillel Street:
Vitzo Threift Store: A team of stylist professionals will help you pick out a new outfit from second-hand clothes and accessories for only a few shekels. Hillel 11, 19:00-22:00;
Musical performance by the soulful singer Michal Lotan and Itzik Pazazti, a multitalented guitar player, singer and beat boxer. Italian Jewish Museum, Hillel 27, 20:00;
Kitchenware Jam Session: Guy Solomon & Omer Agay, two of Jerusalem’s most promising drummers, joined by the M.Cs Luka & Nevo will be creating an improvised jam session from giant pots and iron cast pans. The Tap & Barrel Bar, Hillel 33, 19:00 – 22:00;
The Winter Noise After Party: DJ Moffo will break out his best records mixing drum&bass, dubstep and tap. The Tap & Barrel Bar, Hillel 33, 23:00-2:00.
Monday 17th February 2014 – Aza Street:
Hummus eating competition: Hummus restaurant ‘Between Aza and Berlin’, 19:00;
Mini Indie Music Festival: Musical performances by six bands including Echo and Tito and Straight Jackets hosted in a large tent in a beautiful garden in Aza Street built especially for the occasion;
1920s Swing Music: The event will begin with dancing lessons from professional instructors followed by a show by the popular band The Betty Bears. The Jerusalem Institute, Radak Street, 20:00.
Monday 24th February 2014 – Ein Kerem Neighborhood:
Mini world music festival: Greek, Latin, Middle Eastern and Spanish flamenco music and dance will light up the streets of this beautiful neighborhood. Maayan Street, 19:00 – 22:00;
Live musical performance of funk, hip hop, jazz and oriental music by the local band Coolooloosh. The Community centre, 2 Maayan Street, 21:00;
Cooking lessons from an authentic Moroccan kitchen in the form of a comedy sketch performed by the actor Daniel Kishinovsky. 69 Ein Kerem Street, 19:00 – 20:00.
Entry to all events is free – except where otherwise noted – and subject to availability.