This year, we offer you a concentrated festival comprising, almost entirely, of original productions that will flood the imagination with additional, possible realities. A festival that curates reality through meticulously produced artworks, expands your mind and also tries, wherever possible, to influence that reality in return. During the three weeks of Mekudeshet 2018—and actually at any given moment—we try to go back to our roots, to the spring or the heart of the city, and to call on everyone who believes—no matter what—to come to Jerusalem, to come find what is sacred for them, to come in peace.Tongues of Fire
Participating artists: Maya Dunietz, Talia Keinan and Guy Sharaf, Ofer Laufer, Hagit Keysar and Barak Brinker, Alit Kreiz, Adam Weingrod, Roi Carmeli, Tchelet Pearl Weisstub
Imagine that a flight of stairs is all that separates you from a heavenly city. A city that touches the sky, high above the ground, on the rooftops of buildings. Imagine a futuristic city that has been turned on its head in which rooftops become the stuff of fantasies, a playground for celestial spirits and demons. A place where you can watch the night unfold, get a glimpse of the architecture of the future and re-sketch the city’s skyline.
The time has come to leave the street behind and climb up with us to Above and Beyond where we will enter, for the second year in succession, a space which generally slips past our consciousness but is always there, above us. Above and Beyond invites you to open the door to neglected territory, which is usually kept under lock and key, and to immerse yourself in a series of rooftops, each of which will host a different artwork and offer an alternative existential experience. In Jerusalem, where history and politics pull you earthwards, rooftops lift you up with the spirits of the past and offer you a genuine opportunity to see things differently.
For seven days, a select group of rooftops will turn the center of Jerusalem into and imaginary super-city that answers only to the heavens. The rooftops will oversee each other, form a new urban contiguity, and create a fantastic reality that is dizzying, bestial and wild.
Join us on a skyward journey that will attempt to expand your consciousness, create a new reality, and ascend to a utopian city that transcends the here and now.
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