A message from the Mayor of Acco
artists, actors, theatre aficionados, guests, and Acco residents,
The Acco Festival is now celebrating its 28th year.
This is my fourth year as mayor of the city of Acco, and it’s my pride and
pleasure to be taking part in this festival that grows in power and
richness from year to year.
The Acco Festival is a leading, significant event in Israeli culture. The
Festival invites us to an encounter with high-quality, original theatre in
a lively, vivid atmosphere, set against the background of the enchanted
scenery of historic, engaging Acco.
The audience, faithfully attending the Festival and filling its
performance halls and the city’s streets, attests to a hunger for the
out-of-the-ordinary doings of alternative theatre. This is an audience
that desires to experience, each time anew, the fresh spontaneity of live
theatre, up close and intimate.
In recent years, we have been engaging full-swing in a process of change
and improvement that can be felt in every corner of the city. Festival
guests can now enjoy a new boutique hotel, upgraded restaurants, and
better-maintained, cleaner streets.
It’s my pleasure to offer these greetings to the dozens of artists,
playwrights, directors, and actors taking part in the Festival, and to
wish you, the audience of spectators, and the residents of Acco, an
exciting and enjoyable experience of alternative theatre.
Greetings from the Minister of Science, Culture, and Sport
the 28th consecutive year, the city of Acco presents the Festival of
Alternative Israeli Theatre, the festival that has transformed Acco from a
city known for its archaeology and tourism to one of lively artistic
creation, welcoming the future. Acco, a city encompassing a blessed
coexistence that embraces an ethnic, religious, and multicultural
spectrum, has integrated its beautiful landscapes, ancient halls, and
great spaces to create the Acco Festival of Alternative Theatre, that has
made its mark on theatre arts in the State of Israel for the past 27
years. The Festival has revealed to us new artists, directors, and actors
who have moved from the periphery to center stage, and from the fringe to
I note with satisfaction how the Festival has contributed over the years
to the awareness of theatrical and artistic accomplishment among the
city’s youth, and particularly in the Theatre Arts major in Acco’s ORT
High School, the flourishing and international success of the Acco Theatre
Center, and in recent years, the success and accomplishments of the
Masrachid Festival of solo plays in Arabic.
Our thanks go to those who initiated this special festival, who chose Acco
as the location of the Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre. We laud
the past and present mayors of Acco, who have undertaken the endeavor of
conducting this important cultural enterprise under the flag of this
And to the present assembly of those involved: the mayor, workers,
artists, and audience of spectators – we wish a successful, enjoyable, and
With warm regards,
Minister of Science, Culture, and Sport
A message from the Director, Old Acre Development Corp.
Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre – one of the most important
cultural events in Israel as a whole and in Acco in particular. It
represents a wonderful tradition of original artistic creation in this
enchanted city that offers the charms of its alleyways, antiquities,
marketplaces, scents, colors, the new with the old, as it creates for its
visitors a human theatrical spectacle, the largest and most magical in
Over the years, the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre has
become a unique and significant incubator for alternative theatre, by
virtue of its artists, playwrights, directors, producers, actors, and
The Old Acre Development Corp., working through the Ministry of Tourism
among many other governmental offices, along with the Municipality of Acco,
has invested great efforts to continue the development and preservation of
this unique city with its rich past and sites attractive to tourists from
Israel and abroad.
With thanks to all the participants in this endeavor, with wishes for
success, and much enjoyment for the Festival’s guests,
Wishing you all happy holidays,
Director, Old Acre Development Corp., Ltd.
A message from the General Director, Acco Festival of Alternative
experience of theatre transforming itself each year in Acco, becomes an
artistic creation of thought and artifice which the viewer can encounter
The principle of preserving originality, continuing for 28 consecutive
years, has enabled Israeli theatre to harvest its fruits, enjoying the
products of the experimental laboratory that is the Acco Festival.
The unique spaces of Acco grant each time anew the motivation that
refreshes and inspires the artists, directors, playwrights, actors, set
designers, musicians, and all the production crews, who experience the
originality of creation amid the city’s ancient stones.
The unique textures and special magic of Acco, with its diverse
marketplaces and its tradition of hospitality, continue to give a platform
to young artists alongside stage veterans, Jews and Arabs, immigrants and
longtime inhabitants, who share a common endeavor: new and original
Israeli artistic creation.
Thanks go to all who engage in the craft of artistic creation and
Thanks are extended as well to the Festival management, the Ministry of
Science, Culture, and Sport, to the Municipality of Acco, the Ministry of
Tourism, the Old Acco Development Corporation, the Mif’al ha-Pais National
Lottery, the Galilee Development Authority, the Jewish Agency, and all the
foundations and organizations who support the Festival.
Wishing all a happy and enjoyable theatre holiday,
General Director and Chief Producer
Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre
A message from the Artistic Director, Acco Festival
of Alternative Israeli Theatre
year the expectation awakens as to what picture will emerge and arise,
among the cornucopia of offerings presented to the Acco Festival. What
will that picture reflect? Will its outline be drawn in clearly
Among this year’s many and varied attempts, all indicate ways of dealing
with reality. There are attempts to flee from it into fantasy, illness, or
insanity, to investigate it as counterposed to an alternate reality, or a
transition and transformation towards the future.
In these works a sort of filtering can be perceived, that allows for
creating within this reality, and at the same time a search for ways to
escape it. The work of art makes it possible to deal with its complex and
even cruel aspects, to challenge reality, to penetrate it, or to rise
above it. At a remove it may be said: to find salvation in artistic
We have the exciting evidence that the majority of these creative artists
are young people seeking and setting out on their way, while their voice
is clear as they choose to sound off in differing and diverse ways. This
is the generation of the future, whose voice is to be cultivated, heard,
This year, we’ve entrusted Avi Gibson Bar-El and Yinon Zafrir of the
Ortho-Da Theatre with the artistic management and production of the street
theatre venue. We join them in looking forward to seeing in the courtyards
and streets a flourishing scene of creative works, with the artists
presenting their shows in the open air, united as they develop and take
their place on Israel’s artistic performance map.
With thanks to Avigail for her rare talents and abilities,
and thanks to the Artistic Committee, whose hearts are filled with the
arts and artistic creation, and their souls with dedication and caring.
Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre