|The Jerusalem Development Authority, in collaboration with the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jerusalem Municipality and managed by the Ariel Company, is pleased to invite tourists, residents and visitors to a light celebration in the Old City.
Light has its own presence. Beyond its practical functions, such as creating security, illuminating obstacles and marking passageways, light also enables the observer to perceive the city in a different manner. Through light one can rediscover the city's lines, geography and strength. The preoccupation with light as raw material has developed rapidly over the past twenty years. This process has opened artists to a new world that integrates beauty, concept, abstraction and technology and includes a wide spread of possibilities and usages. A large number of artists and groups of artists are discovering the unique quality of the integration of light as a creative element and not just a means to lighting works of art.
The endeavors of innovative artists, the constant progression of technology and the change in perception of light's role in urban landscape, have led to the development of festivals that deal with decorative lighting and the research of the influence of light on urban space throughout the world.
The Festival of Light in the Old City will provide through the use of light, a dramatic and artistic dimension to the Old City's nights. From the illumination of architecture to light statues, the festival will be a public and family oriented celebration that artists from different fields will partake in.
Artists from Israel and abroad took part in the festival and used light in order to create statues, installations, performances and artwork. During each week, the festival brought 250,000 visitors to the Old City and succeeded in introducing a new trend in Jerusalem nightlife. The festival was targeted towards a wide range of the population. The festival included both displays of museum artwork and activities suitable to all audiences.
The Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem will light up in a new light the Old City, its alleyways and sites and will continue to promote the Old City of Jerusalem as a multi-faceted site, with an enchanting and delightful nightlife.