Tourism News from Israel


Two major cultural events in May will reinforce Tel Aviv-Yafo’s position on the global creative art scene. The events, Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair and Houses from Within, are part of the continuing celebrations for Tel Aviv Art Year. In 2012, the renovation and construction of three major Tel Aviv cultural institutions was completed: The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Habima National Theatre and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which doubled its exhibition space with a new building by American architect Preston Scott Cohen. To mark this milestone, Mayor Ron Huldai declared 2012 as Art Year. Tel Aviv Art Year continues with two major cultural events this month which celebrate the city’s creative spirit and vibrant art scene:

Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv: May 15 – 19, 2012

Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair is Israel’s largest, most influential annual art event. The Fair attracts over 30,000 visitors every year, who enjoy presentations of the nation’s established contemporary art galleries and the unique Artists’ Greenhouse, which showcases the works of promising, independent, emerging Israeli artists, all carefully selected by a panel of leading professionals. Alongside the galleries and the Artists’ Greenhouse, Fresh Paint prides itself on its professional program of special projects and commissioned works, its Video Greenhouse and an educational program of lectures and encounters with Israeli art and artists. The fair’s community projects and fund-raising activities benefit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and several other non profit organizations.

Houses from Within (Open House Weekend): May 18 – 19, 2012

Over 100 homes with a unique architectural value will be open to the public free-of-charge, offering dozens of tours and discussions about architecture, preservation and the public space. Designer lofts, urban villas, unique synagogues, architectural landmarks and significant public buildings, will all be open to visitors. Houses from Within belongs to the extended Open House family, with similar events held in London, New York, Barcelona, Dublin and Rome.  The international format has gained widespread popularity in Israel, with more than 80,000 visitors during the weekend-long event.