Take a walk on the light side at Jerusalem’s light festival

Artists from Israel and abroad transform the Old City of Jerusalem with a series of startling light installations.

It’s that time of year again when Jerusalem’s Old City is turned into a city of lights.

 For eight days, starting today, the dark alleyways of the beautiful Old City will be illuminated by some of the world’s leading light artists.

This year, seven international artists worked with local counterparts to transform Jerusalem with a series of original light installations and sculptures.

This is the fifth year the city has staged the free festival, which runs every night except Friday, from 8pm to 11pm (and midnight on Saturday). Last year some 250,000 people visited the festival.

Visitors can follow several color-coded trails winding their way through the various quarters of the Old City, taking visitors from installation to installation. There’s also a lighting fair in Hurva Square, and a circus performance with flying acrobats and illuminations.

Check out our video to see what happened last year.


About Nicky Blackburn

Editor and Israel Director, Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London. She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.