The traditional highlight on Jerusalem’s summer events calendar is celebrating 36 years – the International Arts and Crafts Fair, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists and visitors, will take place at Arts and Crafts Lane and Sultan’s Pool from 15-27 August. The colorful fair, known as Khutsot Hayotser in Hebrew and named after the small arts and crafts lane which is open year round at the foot of the Old City Walls, features 150 Israeli artists and artisans, an international art exhibit from 39 countries, an international food fair, attractions for children, creative workshops, theater, dance and musical performances and spreads over an area of 5,000 square meters.
The Israeli Pavilion houses over 150 of Israel’s finest artists, exhibiting and selling paintings, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, textiles and weaving, Judaica, woodwork and more. The International Pavilion features artists from the Far East, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and, for the first time, an aboriginal art exhibition from Australia.
Every evening at 21:30, popular Israeli singers perform on the main stage in Sultan’s Pool. Other live music, dance and theater events take place during the evening on smaller stages, including groups from Colombia, Korea, Poland, Romania and Thailand and a puppet group from India who will perform in the International Pavilion from 19:30.
An International Food Fair complements the exhibits with exotic tastes and at the Eastern Fair, with its Bedouin tent, visitors can browse through Middle Eastern artifacts and handicrafts from Palestinian embroidery and Syrian furniture to Armenian ceramics and watch artisans from Hebron and Ramallah demonstrate the ancient techniques of glass-blowing.
The Bezalel Compound presents animation and video films, together with works in design, painting, sculpture, pottery, glass, metalwork, photography and fashion from the famous Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Admission to the fair includes entry to the pavilions and all the live music, dance and theater events. The fair is open every evening (except Fridays) from 18:00 – 23:00 and Saturday from one hour after the end of the Sabbath until midnight.
For a full schedule of events: http://artfair.jerusalem.muni.il/eng/all.htm