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Lights, art and action come to the City of Light

Jerusalem's annual lights festival attracts 250,000 gazers.


June 5, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
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The Jerusalem Festival of Light is an eight-day celebration of audiovisual artistry in the City of Lights. Begun in 2009, the festival has since established itself as a public and family-oriented celebration that draws artists from around the world. This year, 10 different world-renowned artists will join the homegrown talent to dazzle and wow visitors through the illumination of everything from architecture to light statues. Performances, tours and sites are also part of the experience.

People watch an audiovisual light show projected during the Festival of Lights, on June 3, 2015. People watch an audiovisual light show projected during the Festival of Lights, on June 3, 2015. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

The child-friendly festival allows young visitors to get up close and personal with the art. Here two children have their photo snapped with an ethereal image projected onto the Old City wall.

lightsThis year, ten international artists are featuring their work. (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

The festival draws 250,000 visitors to Jerusalem's Old City each year. As the festival grows in content and stature, this number is expected to increase significantly.

lightsThe festival brings 250,000 visitors to the Old City each year. (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Guided tours help visitors navigate the enchanting artwork. The main festival, because it relies on the darkness of night as a backdrop, is open from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

lights (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Visitors can choose between four different trails, each illuminated by a different color light. Details about the pieces exhibited along each trail are readily available, allowing guests insight into the disparate artwork on view.

lights (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Visitors also enjoy live performances. Here a saxophonist bedecked in an illuminated outfit plays beneath an art installation. Admission is free, as are a majority of the events connected to the festival.

lightsArtists from Israel and abroad have been taking part in the celebration for the last three years. (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

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