Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Jerusalem is alive! Israel is alive! It was evident last night at the 5th annual Jerusalem’s Sounds of the Old City Festival.
Thousands of people strolled through the ancient Old City walls to listen to many genres of music spanning across nine different stages, strategically located throughout the iconic Jerusalem neighborhood.
The atmosphere inside the Old City was magical and exhilarating.
Music and Ambiance:
The end of the winter chill was still in the air but that didn’t keep anyone away from living and celebrating life to its fullest. Music is a magical connector. It transcends the daily grind, enabling everyone to enjoy an inspiring evening and to feel the music.
As I walked through the cobblestone streets of the Old City, I felt the music pumping through my blood stream and causing my adrenaline to rush. The ability to walk safely through the Old City as many tourists and residents filled the streets with smiles, laughter, singing and dancing. Wherever I turned, the vibe was positive. Singing could be heard in every alleyway. I saw couples breaking into dance, teens excitingly broke into dance parties. Parents were dancing with their children.
The audience swayed and rocked to the contagious melodies and beats. Some even participated in ‘silent dance parties’ with headphones and can be seen bopping and bouncing to the melodies and beats! The audience walked safely throughout the Old City, waving in appreciation to the security personnel, while continuing to quietly bounce to the musical vibe.
The Old City Music Festival, now in its 5th year, is part of a jam-packed cultural calendar that Jerusalem offers every year. From opera, to tech, to art, to wine, to film there’s something for everyone in Jerusalem.
The Festival continues through Thursday night, March 31.
A job well done to all the organizers of this remarkable event. It was moving, emotional, spiritual, enlightening, and truly inspiring. As Jerusalem welcomes the Spring season, I can’t wait to see what’s in store as the weather warms up. If it’s anything like the OId City Music Festival, then the city streets will be filled with tourists, residents and visitors looking to enjoy Jerusalem, a city that is able to blend history with a vibrant cultural calendar.
Here’s a short video from the electrifying energy in the streets of the Old City on Tuesday night.
Guest Post by Tova Knecht