It may have been a decade since Tel Aviv was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but that hasn’t stopped the city from celebrating. Since the declaration, which recognized 4,000 buildings created in the Bauhaus and International architectural styles, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality has celebrated every year in the best way it knows how – with a huge party. The annual White Night celebrations are an ode to the “non-stop city” that is Tel Aviv.
As part of this year’s events, held on Thursday night, June 27, commercial establishments, cultural hubs, art centers and clubs throughout the city will stay open late, and outdoor performances will be held until the wee hours. As always, the events are open to the public and are free or cost a nominal fee.
Here are some of the highlights of the night-long festivities. .
The Hatikva market will be kicking off White Night with a party full of music and street theater. The market will come alive with dancers performing among the stalls, and the entire area will be filled with human statues and street performers. The stalls, shops and restaurants in the area will be open until later than usual. Events begin at 5:30 p.m.
From 9 p.m. on, Summit Park in Old Jaffa will host an indie rock festival with performers such as Electra, Geva Alon, The Angelcy, Brigitte from France and Reines Girls.
A huge Wi Fi Headphone Party will take place in Rabin Square from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Party goers will be able to listen to the music though a smartphone application set up by Radio Tel Aviv 102 FM. Headphones will be provided to those who don’t bring their own.
The Ozen Bar will host an evening dedicated to actor, singer and composer Shmuel “Shmulik” Kraus, who passed away this year. Various singers will perform songs from Kraus’s album The State of Israel vs. Kraus Shmuel. As well as good music throughout the evening, The Golan Heights Winery will offer discounted prices on its Gamla range.
As with every year, Rothschild Boulevard will host a huge street party throughout the evening, complete with live music, dance workshops and street performances.
In the main plaza outside the Habima Theater, ballroom dance lovers can enjoy dancing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the band Nostalgia and soloist Yossi Darom. Everyone is welcome to tango, waltz, samba, cha cha and rumba, as well as many other types of dances.
There will also be a Bollywood Dance Workshop at Gordon Beach.
If an old-fashioned sing-along is more your thing, then check out the Shira Be’tzibur session at Hatahana Complex near Neveh Tzedek. Gabi Barlin will be joined by the band The Tel Avivians for a performance starting at 9 p.m. From midnight until the early hours, Einat Sharuf will host a traditional sing-along session of Israeli songs.
For those looking for something a little more risque, the Mossad Club in Florentin will be hosting a sexy party called Kink Club from 11 p.m. that will feature live shows catered towards adults.
There will be a strict dress code at the unique event, which is inspired by similar parties that are very popular around Europe.
The Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv may seem an unlikely place to hold White Night celebrations, but the iconic building will be hosting an evening full of street art, as well as a treasure hunt throughout the station. In addition, a large street art exhibition will be on show on the seventh floor extends over 1,000 square meters of wall space. There will also be various theater performances throughout the evening starting at 9 p.m.
From midnight on, the stage of the Tel Aviv Opera House will come alive with operatic performances from such works as La Traviata, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and T he Phantom of the Opera .
There will also be activities for the whole family throughout the evening. Music performances for children, art workshops, light projections, and plenty of other activities will take place in Bialik Square.
As with every year at White Night, Hatzuk Beach in the north of the city will be the location for a sunrise concert. The Metropolin pop band will get the crowd going with a concert starting at 1:30 a.m., and Yehudit Ravitz will take over until 5:30 a.m.