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Festival Shows
Gdolot U-Netzurot - A journey-play in one location
Gdolot U-Netzurot - A journey-play in one location
Show duration 75 Minutes
A documentary prophetic vision
A consensual homicide
A consensual homicide
Show duration 60 Minutes
Poetic story theater
Kalbashat – handcuffs  كلبشات
Kalbashat – handcuffs كلبشات
Show duration 50 Minutes
Drama
Kroy: Beyond what is and isn't
Kroy: Beyond what is and isn't
Show duration 70 Minutes
Cosmic Theater
Sitting in a room
Sitting in a room
Show duration 55 Minutes
Virtual reality
In the Days of the Crown
In the Days of the Crown
Show duration 80 Minutes
A periodical performative portrait
Whos should I bow to
Whos should I bow to
Show duration 60 Minutes
Performance theater
TOYZZZZZZZZ
TOYZZZZZZZZ
Show duration 60 Minutes
Dance theater
A Bit about the Festival
A Bit about the Festival

The Akko International Fringe Theater Festival, which is an important event in the Israeli theater scene, will be held for the 42nd year as it was held every year, in Old Akko during Chol HaMoed Sukkot, between September 21 and 24, and is prepared to host hundreds of people coming from all over the country. The artistic program will include hundreds of actors and performers, who will take part in dozens of theater shows, street shows, new shows and activities for the entire family.

 

The purpose of the festival is to provide young and alternative artists, who are not part of the theater establishment in Israel, with an opportunity to present other and different works. The term “fringe theater” encompasses approaches to theater which are not part of the mainstream, such as fringe theater, experimental theater, alternative theater, avant-garde and more.

 

The festival shows are held in the halls of the crusader knights at the heart of Old Akko, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2002. These halls provide a unique atmosphere for the alternative shows. The festival includes three main frameworks: the prestigious competitions which includes “fringe theater” shows, a guest show and street theater shows.

 

The artistic director, Shmuel Shmuelov, and the members of artistic committee working with him, have selected eight shows to participate in the competition out of the hundreds of shows submitted by young and alternative artists. Some of those who were not selected, were given the opportunity to present their work in other frameworks, with a smaller budget. Lizo Ohayun in the director and executive producer of the festival.

 

 

The festival is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Mifal HaPayis and the Ministry for the Development of the Periphery, the Negev and the Galilee.

About Akko

The historical gem that is the city of Akko is a fascinating mixture between east and west, past and present. Akko, the capital of the Western Galilee region, lies on the magical shores of the Mediterranean Sea, at the northern point of the Haifa Bay.

The city has plenty of attractions and unique historical sites, making it one of the major tourist destinations in Israel, drawing in more than one million tourists a year.

Akko is one of the 100 wonders of the world, and in 2001 was awarded a world heritage preservation site by UNESCO. Akko's uniquely fascinating history has shaped the city and turned it into a unique meeting point of faiths and religions, with several holy sites drawing in pilgrims from all corners of the world.

Spread over 12 sq. km, Akko's population of approx 56 thousand residents reflects an exclusive mix of different ethnicities and religions.

Akko has been blessed with a richness of tourist attractions from different historical periods, including a perfectly preserved citadel from the time of the crusaders, remains from the Ottoman period, a fishing port, Tel Akko (dated to Napoleon's time), the Underground Prisoners Museum, the Knights' Halls, the Al Jazar Mosque - the fourth most important mosque to Muslims, the Order of St. John's building, Khan Al Umdan, the Turkish Baths (currently the Municipal Museum), The city walls built in different periods, Khans used as inns, the Ramhal Synagogue, the Clock Tower, the colorful market and more.

Followers of the Bahai Faith consider Akko their holiest city, the final resting place of Baha-Allah, their religion's founding father, whose tomb is surrounded by magnificent gardens. In addition, the colorful oriental markets of Akko and its walls, museums, beaches and aquatic sports center, fishing port, marina, restaurants, hotels, and picturesque festivals held in the city on an annual basis, like the Akko Fringe Theater Festival, also attract tourists to town.

About Akko