Light Jerusalem Festival 2013

This year’s fifth international light festival once again turns an ordinary evening walkabout into an awesome display lighting up the spiritual power that is unique to the Old City of Jerusalem.   
The “Light in Jerusalem 2013” festival is gifting city residents and visitors with 8 days of light from 5th to 13th June 2013 from 20:00 to 24:00.  The festival is free of charge and is appropriate for visitors of all ages. It is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority and is sponsored by The Prime Minister’s Office, The Ministry of Tourism, The Jerusalem Municipality, Yediot Aharonot Newspaper, El Dan Corporation, Ariel Foundation, and Bank Yahav. 
Spread out along three different routes throughout the Old City are 25 spectacular three dimensional light sculptures, interactive art videos and music displays projected on many of the Old City’s walls and buildings.  There are also street performances.
Jerusalem Light Festival Map
Jay and I attended last week and chose to follow the blue route. The blue route begins at the Jaffa Gate taking the visitor past Umar Ibn al Khattab Square where “Nomad Flowers” welcomed us.
Nomad Flowers
Little did we know that once we began following the Blue Route through the Christian Quarter we would find ourselves visiting “The Other Side” featuring different groups of lively and colorful ghosts!  
The Other Side
A Ghostly Trio
A Ghostly Violinist
Winding our way towards the Muristan we were pleased to find that the Shuk (market) was open.
Shuk (Market) in the Christian Quarter
Shuk (Market) in the Christian Quarter2
Near the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer we came upon “The Rainbow Above”.
The Rainbow Above1
The Rainbow Above with view of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
On the walls of the enclosed ancient Roman Cardo we enjoyed the “Illusion of Transparency” a changing kaleidoscope of color creating temporary stained glass look alike works.   
Cardo 1
Cardo2
In the open Cardo we viewed “Painting Jerusalem in Sand” which reminded us of a gigantic “etch-a-sketch”.  
Painting Jerusalem in Sand
At that point we continued along the white route in the Jewish Quarter and found “The Pyramid of Light” pointing towards the dome of the brightly light Hurva Synagogue.
Pyramid of Light1
Pyramid of Light and Hurva Synagogue
We walked over to Gan HaTekuma which was lit up with “Light”.
Gan HaTekuma Light
We learned that in their wisdom festival organizers had created one way routing for pedestrian traffic and so we weren’t able to enjoy the rest of the white route or the green route.
I think we may have to go back!
The festival also includes “Q: Live Rock Circus” featuring the Hits of Queen, providing an exhilarating acrobatics performance against an electrifying light display.  Tickets for this show at Gan Habonim cost extra and need to be purchased in advance. 
Q Live Circus
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Photos for this blog post by Isa David-Ben-Rafael and are owned by IsraeLightly
For more photographs, a professional video and “Q” ticket purchase information please visit the following site: http://en.lightinjerusalem.org.il/2013/
  
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