The multicultural city of Haifa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the 'Festival of Festivals', a combined event gala of all the major religious holidays together since chronologically they all occured within a few days of each other.
The "Festival of Festivals" will take place throughout December with most activities scheduled over weekends from Thursday-Sunday.
- A nature tour 'From Black to Green'
- Beit HaGefen Theater
- The House of Grace
- Lunch at 'Garden' and Dessert at 'Douzan' in the German Colony
A Nature Tour 'From Black to Green'
Two years ago, the neighborhod of Romema in Haifa suffered from a wave of fires that turned all the open space in the neighborhhod from green to charred black. After several months of restoration, the festival of festivals is hosting a new tour for the first time, led by agronomists Hanoch Burger and Khaled Hamoud through the new path telling the story of the restoration.
Beit HaGefen Theater
'Beit HaGefen' is an Arab - Jewish Cultural Center that is located in the heart of the German colony. This year 'Beit HaGefen' will inaugurate a new space of activity, "The Third Space: A Space for Art and Education". The space is the new wing of the Beit Hagefen Gallery, which will offer the audience experiences that combine works of art and activities focusing on life skills in a multi-cultural society.
In general, aside from the gallery, several concerts will be held at Beit HaGefen as well as three free Arabic lessons accompanied by music played on a Kanun/Qanun (a string instrument) led by Avshalom Farjun. Some of the events will be open to the public for free and others require advance purchasing of tickets. Also, 'Beit HaGefen' will be included in some of the festival tours.
The House of Grace
The 'House of Grace' is the term for a kind social project taking place in the first Greek Catholic cathedral located in the heart of the German Colony. The project, envisioned by an Arab Christian family is aimed at rehabilitation of released prisoners before they return to society. The main hall of the cathedral is still used for prayers and concerts, but the back end has been turned into a hostel. The father of the family and founder of the project, Kamil Shehade has recently had a plaza named after him in honor of his important contribution to society. Fortunately, the family continues his work. We met his son Jamal as well as one of the tour guides, Ulfat Haider who will be leading a women's tour that will pass through the 'House of Grace'.
Lunch at 'Garden' and Dessert at 'Douzan'
If you like trying modern updates to traditional food, you'll enjoy these two neighboring restaurants located in the German Colony.
Our meal at 'Garden' consisted of delicious dishes such as meat or cheese filled giabettas, kebabs baked in a pan sealed under a layer of pita bread and grilled eggplant salad with Labane cheese decorations. The owner Tair Halifa wecomes you.
At 'Douzan' we were welcomed to a few mouth-watering desserts: chocolate cream cake, a raspberry cheesecake and owner Fady's special Malabi. Fady also welcomes you.
The best news is that all the information is availabe in English on the festival website. 22222222222222http://haifahag.com/?lang=2
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Photos Credit Beit HaGefen