KANYE WEST, BON JOVI & MARIAH CAREY TAKE ON TEL AVIV
Two huge music stars will set the stage in Tel Aviv this fall. Kanye West will perform in Israel for the first time at Ramat Gan Stadium on September 30. Bon Jovi will perform at Hayarkon Park on October 3, bringing classics like "Livin' on a Prayer" straight to the Holy Land. Mariah Carey recently made her musical debut in the country on August 18 at Live Park in Rishon Lezion.
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SKRILLEX AND ZEDD TO HEADLINE THE MINUS 424 DEAD SEA RAVE ON NOVEMBER 5
Two of the top names in electronic dance music, Skrillex and Zedd, will perform at the Minus 424 Dead Sea Rave at Masada on November 5. Taking place in a breathtaking location at the base of Masada, an iconic ancient fortress, and the lowest point on earth, the sunset-to-sunrise event is expected to draw in 20,000 people. Now in its third year, the Minus 424 Dead Sea Rave will feature an elaborate stage, pyrotechnics, special effects, a vast dance space, and VIP areas. Due to the festival's remote location on the Dead Sea, special shuttles will be provided from Tel Aviv, Rishon LeZion, Haifa, Jerusalem, Beersheba, and Eliat.
LEGENDARY ASTRONAUT BUZZ ALDRIN TO JOIN WORLD'S LARGEST SPACE CONFERENCE IN JERUSALEM
More than 3,000 members of the international space industry, agencies and academia are expected to converge in Jerusalem for the 66th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2015, which will take place from October 12 - 16, 2015. The Israel Space Agency will host the IAC with a week of meetings and lectures. Much of the event will focus on the recent discoveries by the New Horizons space probe that photographed Pluto earlier this month. NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin will visit Israel for the first time to participate in the IAC.
Two companies have won the bid to build two new hotels on the Jerusalem Ridge compound, overlooking the Mount of Olives -- an eight-floor, 400-room hotel and a seven-floor, 180-room hotel. This development is the first stage in the compound project, which will eventually include a total of 1,330 new hotel rooms.
2016 OPERA AT MASADA FESTIVAL
Looking ahead to 2016, the Opera at Masada Festival returns next September with a new larger-than-life production of Charles Camille Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila on September 15 and 17, 2016. Verdi's beloved opera Un Ballo in Maschera will be performed under the Judean skies on September 16, 2016.
Carmina Burana Dress Rehearsal 3.6.15. Credit: Yossi Zwecker
A historic building taken off the streets of Tel Aviv six years ago is set to make a comeback as part of a new 21-floor high-rise. The Adler house, built between 1910 and 1911, became one of the first homes in Ahuzat Bayit, from which Tel Aviv was born. In a unique conservation project, the first of its kind in Israel, the building was dismantled into dozens of pieces and stored in a warehouse. The old historic building will now be integrated in the lower floors of this new luxury high-rise.
The Adler House before it was dismantled in 2009. Credit: Henya Melichson
JERUSALEM BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY JEWISH ART TO SHOWCASE NEARLY 200 ARTISTS
The second Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art will take place from September 24 - November 5, 2015, showcasing the work of nearly 200 Israeli and international professional artists through 10 exhibitions held in seven different venues in the city center. The Tower of David Museum will host the main exhibition, Jerusalem.Passages, showcasing large scale projects by five leading artists. Biennale2015 will continue to explore the space where contemporary art intersects with the Jewish world to present personal interpretations of contemporary Jewish art.
Israel-based shoe designer Kobi Levi has become a household name in the world of high-end quirky heels, drawing in the likes of Lady Gaga to don his wearable works of art. Describing Levi's designs as "unique" is an understatement, as his shoes are designed to look like everything from sharks to swans to coffee cups and playground slides. Levi opened his studio in Tel Aviv in July 2011, where he began selling his creations to the public, which now range in price from $800 to $3,000 per pair. You can order the shoes via Levi's online store, but a purchase is of course best made straight from the source at Levi's Tel Aviv studio.
The 16th annual Tamar Music Festival will take place at the lowest point on earth: The Dead Sea. From September 28 through October 2, 2015, the festival will heat up under the desert skies with performances set on stages with the Judean Desert Mountains as the backdrop. The five-day event will feature a wide range of music from Israeli artists.
As a centerpiece of the Israel Museum's 50th Anniversary season, the museum will be hosting an exhibit titled Twilight over Berlin: Masterworks from the Neue Nationalgalerie, 1905-1945. On view from October 20, 2015 through March 26, 2016, the exhibit will focus on examples of works by German artists whose avant-garde creativity was the foundation for various modern art disciplines in Israel. Featured will be works by masters of the German Expressionist movement, together with such Weimar period innovators as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. German heritage that can be seen within Israel's modern visual culture will be explored as well, focusing on the influence of German designers on modern Hebrew typography and the graphic arts.
BARON DE ROTHSCHILD'S SHIP MAY HAVE BEEN FOUND AFTER
In a new study, researchers from the University of Haifa are trying to identify a shipwreck discovered at Dor Beach in 1976 as the Baron de Rothschild's missing ship. The "Baron de Rothschild's Ship" was one of three ships used to carry raw materials from France to a glass factory established by the baron at Tantura beach, which served as a local production house for wine bottles for a local winery. The ship vanished without a trace in the late 19th century, and relics from a 2008 excavation are now being re-examined.
ISRAEL'S LARGEST CYCLING EVENT
For one day every year, cyclists take over Tel Aviv, shutting down major roads and trading cars for bikes. This year, on October 2, 2015, over 30,000 people will bike along four different courses, attracting more than 100,000 spectators. A special event called "Bicycle Festival in the Big City" will also take place in Rabin Square from September 30 - October 1, 2015.
WalkAboutLove, a nonprofit organization that offers hiking enthusiasts an opportunity to discover Israel in a new way, has announced that its seventh edition will start on October 8, 2015. Participants can opt to walk 10 days with the group or continue with the full 11-week experience along the Israel National Trail starting in Eilat and ending at Mount Hermon.