Photo Essay: Balabasta Festival Turns Market Into Street Fair

The Balabasta festival in the historic Mahane Yehuda marketplace, known as the shuk, featured music, art and performances.

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Jerusalem street fair colorful costume
Jerusalem street fair colorful costume
Ben Bresky

The annual Balabasta festival took place for the past three Sundays in the Mahane Yehuda marketplace in Jerusalem. Known as "the shuk", the historic area is known for its fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and other products. The festival featured music, art and performances from local talent.

Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio's Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast features a photo essay of the event.


For coverage of a previous year's Balabasta festival click here.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For podcast archives click here. For Facebook click here. For Twitter click here.