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
One day, this is what every night in the Middle East will sound like # Soloists: Sarit Hadad, Sharif, Ravid Kahlani, Violet Salama and Neta Elkayam # Conductor: Maestro Tom Cohen and The Jerusalem orchestra east & west and friends
Eventually, everything will work out. Because both you and I believe that deep down we all want to amplify the good. And even if right now conflicts and differences rage, ultimately, we are drawn to the light, and share the best plot of divine earth around…
Eventually, there has to be a happy ending. Because that’s the way fairy tales end. And even if it seems, for the moment, that bad guys are gaining ground, and even if you feel, for a second, that hope is lost, in the end the heroine will somehow find her way.
Eventually, things will work out here because the dates are sweet, the okra is ripe, and the grapes are juicy. The music is intoxicating, the morning heat peels of layers and defenses, and the evening breeze brushes off the last beads of sweat. Eventually, the end will turn into the beginning. It could happen this summer (though it’s not likely), or we may need to wait for the Messiah on a white donkey (they say the eternal people doesn't fear a long journey…). And it could happen sometime in-between. And it could be that we'll all be so caught up in our smartphones that we'll miss the moment—but eventually, it will happen. It will just happen.
And until it does, we will continue to offer you Kulna. Every year. Not only because we can be together and enjoy it, but also because it shows us, for at least one night a year, that the dream, which will be realized eventually, has already put down roots in reality and embedded itself in the land.
The huge Kulna concert, which brings down the curtain on Mekudeshet 2018, will take place once again in Gan Mitchell opposite the walls of the Old City, on the seamline where lovers of Jerusalem from east and west meet. From here, we'll offer Jerusalem a new tradition of a unique musical celebration that allows for Kulna (all of us) to revel in a new Middle East together. Here and now.
On stage, we'll meet artists representing the varied styles and tribes that share the Middle East. Sarit Hadad, one of Israel's most successful and respected singers, alongside Violet Salama, a prominent exponent of classical Arab music; Ravid Kahlani, from Yemen Blues, together with Neta Elkayam, who preserves and renews North African music; Sharif, the boy turned mature performer who adds a contemporary touch to Mizrahi music; Rabbi David Menachem who acts as a bridge for all the different parts of Jerusalem; Neta Weiner and Muhammed Mugrabi (System Ali) and the first peace rapper from East Jerusalem, Muzi Raps. Each artist will enjoy their own moment in the spotlight, but also be prepared for some surprising connections and one-time-only duets under the baton of Maestro Tom Cohen, who leads the Jerusalem Orchestra East & West to new territory that spans diverse sectors and audiences.