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Shaon Horef – The Sound of Winter


Bringing Culture to the Streets of Jerusalem

Arranged by the Youth Division of the Jerusalem Municipality, Shaon Horef is Israel’s annual winter street festival. Dance, art, music, and fashion merge on the streets of Jerusalem. Admission to the festival is free and open to everyone.

Handmade costume worn by performer at Shaon Horef winter street festival in Jerusalem

Every Monday during the month of February over 500 artists and musicians share their talent with the world. Costumes and masks are worn, and street parties and shows occur on every corner. This is the time and place for all creativity and self-expression!

female DJ throws street party at Shaon Horef Jerusalem winter street festival

Several of the shows are out in the street, while others are inside the windows of shops and hotels, allowing people to watch from outside. The walls of the street become the canvas for artists, and the sidewalks become a dancefloor, or a stage.

horn and trombone players perform at Shaon Horef Jerusalem winter festival

This festival serves as a rare glimpse into the spectrum of Israeli culture in all its variety. Different genres of music and art can be found, to match the diversity of those attending: thousands of Israelis and tourists from all walks of life. Shaon Horef is family-friendly, and provides entertainment for young children as well as adults.

sculptor displays art piece in the street during Shaon Horef Jerusalem winter festival

Shaon Horef takes over a different area of central Jerusalem each week, and is definitely regarded as a highlight of the Israel experience! Don’t miss out on the unique and wonderful Jerusalem winter festival. For more details and itinerary click here.

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Shira Koenigsberg
Shira Koenigsberg
Shira is American-Israeli and currently lives in Jerusalem. She enjoys yoga, red wine, and good books. Her literary influences include JK Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bob Dylan, and Dr Seuss.

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