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
Four journeys by foot and on wheels
Jerusalem is a living, breathing city like any other metropolis. It is sometimes congested and sometimes flows freely. Sometimes beautiful and sometimes ugly. But Jerusalem is perhaps the only city in the world in which the eclectic, diverse and contradictory interact and integrate with such naturalness and ease in day-to-day reality.
Dissolving Boundaries, Mekudeshet’s flagship event, attempts to turn Jerusalem and the people who make up the city into raw material. To draw from a reality that exists 365 days a year in order to create an artistic experience that unfolds along the seamline between documentary and performance. It identifies, highlights, strengthens and accentuates the phenomena, places and people who turn the city’s challenges and difficulties into a living laboratory. It shines a light on and augments the reality that compels boundary dissolvers to build bridges and bypass the obstacles that sometimes seem impassable.
After two years, during which we offered you 12 different journeys, met over 50 inspiring Jerusalemites, and visited over 50 mind-blowing locations, we invite you to choose one or more of the four new 2018 journeys to dissolve boundaries and to join us on an extraordinary voyage of discovery. Walk, board a minibus, and ride the light rail—all on the same journey. Explore artistic and cultural bodies, venture into spaces that offer healing, knowledge and treatments from east and west, and immerse yourself, for a moment, in an inspiring reality that is hard to believe.
This year, we are offering three, 4-hour journeys during which you will meet people you didn’t know existed, and discover corners of Jerusalem which, even after you have visited them, you still won’t believe you saw with your own eyes. If you are seasoned boundary dissolvers, truly courageous, and up for a challenge—join us for a tri-lingual journey that will unfold over seven hours and introduce you to people and ideas from east and west, in Hebrew and Arabic, and in which things are stitched together, where possible (and it will not always be possible), in English.
You don’t need to know anything in advance. Just pick a day, language and time. From experience, we know that it's best to let the city surprise you…it’s going to happen anyway. Trust us, yourselves, and most of all, Jerusalem.
Some of the people you may be meeting:
Nasrin Abu Baker // Rabbi Zvi Porat // Aliza Toby // Yotvat Fireizen-Weil // Omer Shuster // Itay Akirav // Riman Barakat // Michal Gassner // Eitan Yogev // Riham Jaber // Nadav Schwartz // Prof. Renana Peres // Maya Buenos // Ido Ziv // Benjy Balint // Amal Ayoub // Feini Socknick // Karen Brunwasser // Avrom Leib Burstein // Muzi Raps // Hadas Gol // Noam Shuster // Yafim Rinenberg // Mahmoud Al Rifai.
Some of the places you may be visiting:
The monster statue in Kiryat Yovel // ALYN Hospital // Hebrew Union College // YMCA // Ein Yael // Nachal Refa'im // Salah a-Din Street // Open House // Ades Synagogue // Promise School // Art Shelter Gallery // Karen’s house // Central Bus Station // Burstein's Klezmer Basement // Night parking lot in Nevi’im St. // Imbala // Paul’s Guest House // Bab al Yemen.