Jerusalem Light Festival Brightens Old City

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There is something mesmerizing about a fresh splash of light hitting the most historical buildings of the past. For the tenth year in a row, the Jerusalem Light Festival illuminates the ancient building designs of the past with a large dose of international imagination, allowing hundreds of thousands of local residents and tourists to visualize a new future of Jerusalem.

By Zivya [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons
Over 35 installations created by global artists are running along four paths of the Old City in all four quarters to support this year’s theme of “Togetherness.” Each path is also decorated with performers and singers to entertain people along their journey.

The Jerusalem Light Festival takes place from June 27 to July 5. Highlights include an interactive graffiti wall by French artist Antonin Foureau, who innovated a way to create light graffiti with touch. The Damascus Gate was also spotlighted in a rolling slideshow of illuminations from global artists to represent ‘universal unity.’ Another exciting spotlight is a beloved art piece which traveled from the Negev desert, originally showcased at Midburn, Israel’s’ Burning Man. The Technodome is the vision of artist Lev Kraitman and creates both a light and sound experience, hosting a party under the “colorful sky” on the last night of the festival.

The celebration of light is one of the most popular attractions in Jerusalem which surely creates a bright path to connect culture, art and the world.


Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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