International festivals, street party for young people, white nights with sunrise and sunset concerts, hundreds of performers and original concerts - Netanya celebrates the summer
Shiri Maimon, Mosh Ben-Ari, Margol, Strong Black Coffee, Elai Botner & The Outside Kids, Idan Amedi, Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra - are but a few of the hundreds of singers, performers, ensembles, choirs and orchestras that will be taking part in the 2018 summer events in Netanya, marking Israel's 70th anniversary and Netanya's 90th anniversary. The summer kickoff happening will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, at the new Independence Square with an area of games, makeup and photo stations, and performances by Michal Haktana, Anna Zak, Mor and Eldad and more.
Netanya celebrates its 90th anniversary
In honor of Netanya’s 90th anniversary, Israel's finest performers and the children of Netanya have come together for a musical performance. The artistic program will include Yoni Roeh, Margalit Sanani, Lior Miller, E-Z, Ester Rada, Strong Black Coffee, Dudu Erez, Ayala Ingedashet, Havatzalot Netanya Dance Company, Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, and the international percussion ensemble, Tremolo. The evening, which will take place on July 12th in the new Independence Square, will be emceed by Ron Shahar. Although not from Netanya, Shiri Maimon, who loves the sea, will appear as the guest singer.
A week earlier, on July 5 at the Netanya amphitheater, under the stars, Yossi Alfi will host an evening of stories about Netanya that you’ve never heard.
The city of festivals
Netanya International Clown Festival, now in its fifth year, will also host dozens of clown performances and plays, including original plays that will be staged during the three days of the festival (August 14-16), in all of the halls in Heychal Hatarbut and in the city center in new Independence Square. This year, too, dozens of international clown artists are expected to take part. They come from the realm of theater, circus, medical clowns and street clowns.
Two weeks later (August 28-30), Netanya will be home to the Festivocali, a festival dedicated entirely to Israeli music. Alongside numerous concerts, the street festival, held in Ir Yamim, will focus this year on three main performances: a performance dedicated to three Israel Prize laureates, a concert dedicated to the songs of the late Yossi Banai, and a tribute to 70 years of Mizrahi music. Performers will include Idan Amedi, David D’Or, Ilanit, Izhar Cohen, Alma Zohar, Moshe Lahav and the Big Tish, as well as Yoav Kutner and Yoav Ginai.
The traditional Beer Festival is coming back to Netanya with a variety of beers from around the world, live performances, cover bands, seating areas and more, on August 8-9 in the new Independence Square.
The Karmila Festival will be held two days later, on August 10, also in the new Independence Square. The festival spotlights the ethnic and renewed culture of Ethiopian Jewry, black music, handicrafts, signature chef dishes, home-brewed beers and performances by Ester Rada, Moti Taka, Axum and more.
The Island Rave street party is coming back to one of the nicest locations in Israel, the island area on the promenade. The street party, for ages 18+, will be held on Friday, July 6. DJs Rising Dust, Braindead Dudu Pariz, Omer Gani and Natan LIVE will be in charge of the music.
Netanya in White
Netanya in White (July 25-26) is the name for the white night festivities. Twelve hours of performances, music, street plays and more. The list of artists expected to take part includes Mosh Ben-Ari with a sunrise concert, Elai Botner & The Outside Kids, a beach party dedicated to love with Mayumana, and a pajama party for kids so that they’ll also enjoy the fun. The events, which will take place in parallel throughout the city, will include nighttime tours at Netanya Museum, spectacular light displays, musical ensembles from all of Netanya’s sister cities, as well as a staging of the opera, Dan Giovanni. Along with all of this, telescope observations and star displays at Planetanya - The Madarame Center for Science, Space and Culture.
A variety of other events will also be held at Planetanya, in the city center, new Independence Square and the city's public parks. Furthermore, throughout the summer, Netanya Museum will offer urban art tours as well as missions to discover Netanya’s history and children's plays. Beit Habe'er Museum will host diverse activities and the community centers will offer performances, master workshops and a wide array of activity for teens and children.
See the Netanya website for additional information and details about all of the summer events.