Tel Aviv's 2017 White Night Festival to begin Thursday

Tel Aviv will officially begin its annual White Night festival celebrations tomorrow, June 29. Visitors can look forward to a carnival of musical performances, poetry readings, dancing, art shows, workshops and more. The festivities will begin with a secret un-official event on Wednesday night and will last until the early hours of the morning on Friday.
An all-white picnic from 2016's White City Festival Photo Credit: Moshe Lindenbaum, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality/ Channel 2 News

Since being recognized by UNESCO in 2003 as a cultural world legacy site, Tel Aviv has proudly celebrated its international status with its annual White Night festival. Events will take place throughout the city in both public and private spaces, indoors and outdoors, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The first event of the festival- a public picnic- will occur tonight, Wednesday, at 7:30 pm in a secret location in the city. Participants will be informed of the exact location one hour before the event begins and are required to bring along a folding table, table cloth, two chairs and a picnic basket with a three-course meal. Most importantly, attendees must wear all white.

White Night celebrations, 2016 Photo Credit: Moshe Lindenbaum, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality/ Channel 2 News

On Thursday, Tel Aviv's famous Rothschild Boulevard will host various pieces of European performance and interactive art. A street theater and circus will entertain visitors in Bialik Square, while Salomon Street will be transformed into a world food market. For the late night crowd, Radio Tel Aviv will be hosting a headphone party in Rabin Square. International and local bands will be performing throughout the cities in venues large and small.

Headphone party in Rabin Square in 2016 Photo Credit: Guy Yechiely, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality/ Channel 2 News

Unlike its Middle Earth counterpart, Tel Aviv is known as the White City because of its unique form of Bauhaus architecture introduced by German immigrants the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the Bauhaus style buildings are white, which was conducive to Israel's hot Mediterranean climate. In a play-on-words, the festival became known as the White Night festival; in Hebrew, doing a 'layla lavan' or a white night literally means to stay up all night. 

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