"A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND" SPECIAL EXHIBITION OPENS AT ISRAEL MUSEUM IN CELEBRATION OF MUSEUM'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem has launched a major exhibition, "A Brief History of Humankind," open through January 2, 2016. The show centers around 14 pivotal objects drawn from the Israel Museum's permanent collections, which illustrate the unfolding of civilization from prehistory to modern times. The objects on view include: The remains of the first use of fire in a communal setting; the first tools used by humankind; rare examples of the co-existence of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals; the earliest evidence of writing; the first coins; ancient written evidence of the Ten Commandments; and the manuscript of Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.
OPEN HOUSE TEL AVIV OFFERS VISITORS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO CITY'S HOMES AND BUILDINGS
Hidden apartments, urban villas, buildings with interesting architecture, designer lofts and curious plazas and gardens will all be on display during the Open House Tel Aviv festival from May 14-16, 2015. Inspired by Open House London and Open House New York, Tel Aviv now opens up private spaces one weekend each year for the public to peruse and explore.
JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY LIGHTS UP FROM JUNE 3-11, 2015
Jerusalem's Old City will once again host the Light in Jerusalem Festival from June 3-11, 2015. This year, ten international and several local light artists will present spectacular 3-D light exhibits, sculptures and video projections. Live performances, exhibits and tours will also be offered. The festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the Old City throughout the week-long festival.
ARCHEOLOGY 2015 CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN JERUSALEM, JUNE 21-25
Jerusalem will host Archeology 2015, an international conference on the findings and discoveries resulting from archeological excavations in Israel, from June 21-25, 2015. Archeology 2015 will be held in English and is open to participants from around the world who are interested in archeology, history, religion, education and the arts. The conference will offer tours of the most intriguing sites in the Holy Land and will allow participants to meet with researchers and excavators.
MAMMA MIA! returns to Israel for a limited run from August 20-September 5, 2015 at the Tel Aviv Opera House. MAMMA MIA!, the tremendously successful musical based on the music of ABBA, perviously performed to a sold-out audience of 70,000 at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena in 2007. The performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House will be identical to the London show in terms of directing, choreography, settings, lighting and music.
ELMA ARTS COMPLEX LUXURY HOTEL OPENS IN ZICHRON YA'AKOV
The ELMA Arts Complex Luxury Hotel is now open in Zichron Ya'akov, after eight years of planning and construction. World-class art combines with luxury and personalized hospitality at the ELMA, in which a cultural center and hotel are intertwined in a single site offering 95 rooms and suites, two performance halls, over 8,000 square feet of gallery space exhibiting the works of Israeli and international artists, Chef Ohad Levi's Oratorio restaurant, an extensive spa, a hammam, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, 28 acres of forest and incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea.
TEL AVIV'S PORT MARKET - A UNIQUE CULINARY EXPERIENCE
The Port Market, known in Hebrew as "Shuk HaNamal", is located at the northern end of the Tel Aviv Port, offering visitors a unique culinary experience complete with specialty stores, farmers' booths selling fresh local produce, food stands and some of the finest restaurants all within a two-story structure. The market is open every day from 8AM to 8PM, except Sundays. On Fridays, there is a local farmers' market that trades in the adjacent parking lot.
"DINOSAUR WORLD" EXHIBITION AT THE NEGEV ZOO THROUGH JUNE 14
The "Dinosaur World" exhibition is on at the Negev Zoo in southern Israel until June 14, 2015. The exhibition showcases more than 30 species of life-size dinosaurs, some of which are almost 40 feet tall, moving around in a lifelike manner. The exhibition also allows guests to search for Tyrannosaurus Rex fossils and learn the mechanical secrets behind the dinosaur models - and even control them.
NEW EXHIBITION "IN THE PLACE FARTHEST FROM TEL AVIV" SHOWCASING WORKS BY SCULPTOR VARDA YATOM AT THE OPEN MUSEUM IN TEFEN
The Open Museum in Tefen is currently showcasing the works of Israeli artist Varda Yatom, in an exhibition titled "In the Place Farthest From Tel Aviv," on now through October 2015. Yatom is one of the world's leading ceramic sculptors, whose works are characterized by existential questions and forms of distress. Her works are created in different series, each with a specific subject, while every sculpture also exists autonomously as a work in its own right.