The Tamar Festival is an annual festival held near the Dead Sea in Israel during the Sukkot holiday. This five day Tamar Festival is one of Israel’s largest music festivals, featuring some of Israel’s greatest musicians as well as music from around the world all in a unique and powerful setting in Israel’s Negev Desert. The 2016 Tamar Festival will run between October 17-20 and will feature the likes of Ester Rada, Marina Maximilian, Kutiman with Princess Shaw, Dudu Tasa, Balkan Beatbox, Barry Sakharof, Mosh Ben Ari, Omer Adam, Lucille Crew, Avraham Tal, Hatikva 6, Infected Mushroom.
2016 Tamar Festival
Tamar Festival 2014. Image credit Eli Dassa
The Tamar Festival takes place in the Negev Desert next to the Dead Sea at three venues; the Kikar Sdom Villages, a magical setting in the desert, the Masada National Park, where many of the sunrise concerts enable the breathtaking sunrise over the desert and Dead Sea to provide a unique ambiance, and the beautiful lawns of the Kibbutz Ein Gedi Botanical Park.
Due to the unique desert setting, the Tamar Festival offers more than just music – with daily events including hikes and tours taking advantage of the beauty of the area, as well as childrens activities, and tours of the agricultural and community that this area of the Negev has seen.
You might like to stay overnight in the area after the festival – check out our Dead Sea Hotels for recommendations.
More information can be found on the Tamar Festival website.