In the Machane Yehudah Market, The Shuk,
the piles of fresh garlic of spring,
have been replaced by the piles of summer fruit.
The old and narrow Jerusalem streets in the area are often crowded,
but on Monday nights in July, the crowds
have come for the Balabasta Cultural Festival.
As the sun sets the celebration begins.
Numerous musical performances,
all performed in the alleyways and corners of The Shuk.
Games were available
and many performers entertained the crowds for free,
but this mime had a sign requesting a coin to start his dance moves.
Artists painted in many locations,
adding more color,
to the market event.
Well known for its fresh food,
there were actually some people who were in The Shuk to do their shopping.
If you could get close to the displays,
there were bargains.
The Balabasta Festival has grown from last year.
Five years ago The Shuk was empty, a scary and dark place at night,
now it is filled with people and roses.