Festivals in Eilat all year round
BY Lee Saunders DATE 23/01/2020
So often, festivals celebrate talent, promote diversity, and showcase our common humanity. Nowhere is this more visible than in the beautiful Red Sea resort of Eilat. Throughout the year, visitors come to this southern Israeli city, a jewel at the tip of the Negev desert, and the winter months are expected to bring in even more tourists following the opening of the new Ramon International Airport to international traffic this past April.
While you can snorkel and swim underwater with dolphins in Eilat, why not dive into the wide range of music festivals in Eilat that will leave you breathless. One of the landmark fixtures in the calendar is the widely respected and captivating Eilat International Chamber Music Festival. In the spot where the desert meets the sea and the red mountains cast their shadow from above, some of the greatest musicians from all over the world meet once a year to play music, give masterclasses and workshops, which consistently earn rave reviews. Founded by acclaimed violinist, teacher and performer, Leonid Rozenberg, the next festival takes place on January 22-25, 2020 at the luxury hotels, Dan Hotel Eilat and Dan Panorama Eilat, hosts for the past six years. The event will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven in four days packed with the most talented international and Israeli musicians, hosting two orchestras, famous soloists, as well as programs of classical and Baroque music, jazz, and a rousing, foot-stomping Flamenco show.
All That Jazz
In the winter, Eilat becomes a city of music festivals and with more Israeli jazz artists contributing to the worldwide jazz community, check out the Red Sea Jazz Festival, the long-running one-of-a-kind celebration of jazz aficionados, serving up all sorts of jazz since 1987. Running between February 20-22, 2020, visitors get to enjoy some of the best jazz musicians combining the global and local, East and West, modern and traditional. At the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, Israel is a country of immigrants, a real melting pot of cultures and musical styles. Enjoy the diversity – from classic and traditional jazz through bebop, hard bop and New Orleans, to fusion, salsa, rock jazz, and world music scented ethnic jazz. Don’t miss out on the traditional jam sessions that run late into the evening after the shows. This festival comes fresh off the back of Eilat’s round-the-clock folk dancing festival during which more than 3,000 dancers enjoying folk artists and showing their appreciation of Israeli dance.
In the ‘Winter’ months, the streets of Eilat spill over with entertainment and food. One of the most popular events in Eilat is the Eilat Street Theatre Festival. Running next February 28-29, this free two-day festival takes place on the northern promenade, close to the Dan Hotel Eilat, the streets spilling over with marvelous circus artists, dazzling acrobatics, live sculptors, hysterical clowns, talented dancers, musicians, jugglers and more. While Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have well known culinary scenes and festivals, the Eilat Street Food Festival is definitely not one to miss. On March 31, 2020, the city’s fourth street festival is a gastronomical celebration, with food stalls dishing up an affordable and intoxicating mix of sumptuous dishes from many of Eilat’s finest gourmet restaurants. Sample the many aromatic flavors, while local artists entertain children, youth and adults with live performances.
As Spring approaches, one of the most special experiences for the whole family is a week-long festival opening your eyes up to the skies. The Eilat Birds Festival – running from March 22-29 – is an educational and fun gathering of bird-lovers from all over the world. Hosted by the non-profit, Israel Ornithological Center, discover the migratory habits of larks and sandgrouse, present in the desert plains around Eilat, while the blooming Wadis provide resources for a large range of songbirds. Look out also for the Mountain and Dorcas Gazelle, Southern Red Fox, Golden Jackal.
If you are looking for some winter sun and the music, food and nature to warm your soul, look no further than Eilat.
Written by Lee Saunders