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This year, the festival focuses on original Israeli music from a wide range of styles. The extraordinary encounter between music and art throughout the museum, which has been the festival’s inspiring hallmark from day one, continues to be a central pillar of the artistic program, with several different shows taking place throughout the museum every evening. A joint event of the Israel Festival and the Jazz Festival will feature a series of shows under the artistic direction of Avishai Cohen and Tamir Muscat, taking the audience on musical journeys between families of musicians and multidisciplinary creatives.

We hope that by September we will be able to hold the shows in front of a live audience (in accordance with the Purple Badge guidelines of course). Irrespective, the artistic program will be filmed and streamed on the festival website, and complemented by enriching contents that include documentation of creative processes, interviews with musicians, and audience participation.

The 6th Jerusalem Jazz Festival, created by the Israel Festival in collaboration of Yellow Submarine and the Israel Museum, and with the artistic direction of international trumpeter Avishai Cohen, will take place alongside the Israel Festival on 8-10.9.20, in the Sculpture Garden and the spectacular galleries of the Israel Museum.

The festival features a rich range of original productions, premieres, one-off musical collaborations, surprising mini shows, improvisations, and conversations with musicians, giving a new perspective to the artworks displayed throughout the museum. The artistic program reflects the variety of styles that comprise the contemporary jazz world, from world music, through hip hop, rock, groove, to supersonic jazz, and free jazz, classical chamber music, big band arrangements and more. The original productions were inspired by the artworks in the museum while other productions adapted the show in response to this creative space. This has led to a three-way dialogue between music, art, and cultural consumers.

Photo © by Sarale Gur Lavy


Old and new friends, dear audience,

We are thrilled that the Jerusalem Jazz Festival will be held earlier than usual this year, in a format tailored to the circumstances and the Purple Badge guidelines, between 3-12 September.
This year, the festival focuses on original Israeli music from a wide range of styles, one-off collaborations, multidisciplinary shows, artist talks and more. The exceptional encounter between music and art in the Israel Museum, which has become the hallmark of the festival from day one, continues to be a central pillar of the artistic program, with no less than six different shows taking place every evening throughout the museum.

Holding the festival under the current conditions of uncertainty and fluctuating reality poses a daily artistic, production, and administrative challenge, but we see a great importance in maintaining continued cultural activity for the sake of all of us – audience, artists, professionals, and workers in the cultural sector. Artistic activity is our protest. We are not giving up!

We are fighting determinedly alongside tens of thousands of others in the cultural sector to get culture back on track in the shadow of Covid-19. Hopefully, by the time the festival opens, venues will reopen and allow shows in front of a live audience. At the same time, we are making arrangements to film the shows and stream them on the festival’s website, complemented by enriching contents like documentation of creative processes, interviews with musicians and performers, audience participation and more.

We are looking forward to seeing you – in person or virtually.
Here’s hoping for better days,
Eyal and the festival team

Jazz Festival team

Eyal Sher – Director, Avishai Cohen – Artistic Director, Hadas Vanunu – Chief Producer, Adi Sheffi – Marketing Director, Merav Kedar – Marketing and Sales, Noa Melamed-Vazana  – Content Production, Itamar Bernstein –  Content Production, Yael Hershkovitch – Production Coordinator, Odelia Ratzabi – Executive Producer,  Aviva Nir-Giladi – Executive Assistant to the Director, Dina Ashkenazi – Account Manager, Neta Cohen – Head of Productions and Events Department, Israel Museum, Omer Tzur – Deputy Head of Events, Israel Museum, Acha Bar – General Director, The Yellow Submarine, Yaron Mohar – Director, The Yellow Submarine,  Yuval Hevroni – Technical Director, Technical Production – The Yellow Submarine
Art Director – Billy Levy-Nobleman

PR – Ora Lapidot, Adi Tzoref-Feldman
PR Russian Sector – Sofia Nimelstein
Graphic design & branding – The League – Koby Levy, Rony Karadi, Maya Vaspi
Website – R2K – Rotem Tal, Khalil JarbanNof Harari
Social Media & Digital   6 Degs
Video clip – Ido Cohen
Content Writing – Noa Melamed-Vazana
English Translation – Adam Miklaf
Tickets – Eventer
Livestream – Screenz Live

Board Members:
Dan Halperin, chairman; Idit Amichay, Yehezkel Beinish, Yitzhak Ben-Nissim, Yoram Braverman, Nili Cohen, Orly Doron, Hanna Hertzman, Jonathan Livni, Dr. Tal Kohavi, Ziv Nevo Kulman, Barry Swersky, Anat Tzur, Micha Yinon

Audit Committee:  Prof. Leah Achdut, Adv. Ruth Horn

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