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
Personalized, Jerusalem cultural experiences
Jerusalem is a uniquely fascinating and complex city. It is at the heart of an ongoing conflict, it has a unique diversity of populations and it is framed by an intricate patchwork of political and social undercurrents. An extraordinary social, political, cultural and historical mix that places it on the frontline of virtually every challenge that Israel and to an increasing extent, the world, is facing. For the last ten years we have been studying this complexity, drawing inspiration from it and presenting a breathtaking, artistic interpretation of it. The results of which we have channeled into a series of personalized tours that will take participants into the city under the radar.
The JLM Muse offers specially tailored cultural experiences. The general public, organizations and public institutions can now purchase art and activist tours in which they are introduced to the most creative, innovative and daring forces in the city. On offer:
Dissolving Boundaries: Doco-theatrical journeys, which was the subject of a full-length feature in the New York Times, invites audiences to sidestep the beaten path of religious shrines, archeological digs and Zionist monuments, and to step into the lives of extraordinary people;
Art and Activism Tours: Meticulously crafted tours that introduce participants to local activists and artists who are re-imagining Jerusalem's acute social, cultural and political challenges as opportunities for novel thinking and action;
Lectures: A unique set of fascinating lectures, which touch on and explore, from brand new perspectives, every aspect of art, culture and civil society in Jerusalem;
Mekudeshet+: Meetings with the people responsible for the festival and JSOC’s year-round work, an up-close introduction to our raw material and maybe even the chance to have a say in its future content;
Audio Journeys: An English-language audio journey, led by a facilitator, in which participants explore the city’ changing landscapes guided only by the voices and stories of some of Jerusalem’s most intriguing social, cultural and political innovators.