Jerusalem, City of Light.
One of the most popular cultural events hosted in the Old City
is the Jerusalem Light Festival.
I like to arrive early and wander the alleyways
as the sun set and the colorful lights came on.
This was an unique light piece in the Christian Quarter,
but there were several of these posters.
Many more Arab shops were open this year,
these drinks were ready for the large crowds.
The blue lights
led us past the barbershop which was open, but not busy.
There were 29 stops along four routes.
One of the most interesting was in front of the Hurva Synagogue.
Using buildings as screens,
works was big this year.
Easy to know who did “Circus of Light.”
Colored lights on the walls were in several locations.
This interactive piece changed as people touched it.
Nearby outside the walls, these globes changed in color and form.
This work near Jaffa Gate was an imposing structure,
and looked different from the other side.
Along the street to the Damascus Gate were actors,
in costume, in colorful settings,
but when you got close it looked so different.
Inside Jaffa Gate another light show shined on the Christian Information Center.
But my favorite was Damascus Gate,
where the 6 minute
light show required a video.
Photos of this huge, colorful complex piece
will probably be favorites from this 5th annual event.
But I also like this simple photo from the night.
The festival runs from June 11-19.
A lot of walking is involved.
It is hard to see everything in one night.
Some friends said they were disappointed,
but I think it was much better than last year.