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Jerusalem of Gold - The Holy City Decks Out in Light

Watch the Old City transformed into sparkling interactive light displays, as annual Festival of Light opens.
By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/11/2014, 3:59 PM

The Israeli capital of Jerusalem will be aglow in glorious light displays for the coming week, in the Sixth International Festival of Light. 

The Festival, which will be held in the Old City from Wednesday to next Thursday between the hours of 8-11 p.m. every night but Friday night, and until 12 a.m. on Saturday night, features free admission to the public. Arutz Sheva got a peek at the dazzling displays.

The light show is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Tourism. 

This year's Festival particularly emphasizes interactive displays that involve the audience. Exhibiting the variety of the show, one of the many fascinating displays is an illuminated house of cards featuring Biblical figures in the Hurva Square.

The creations of seventeen renowned international light artists, along with various talented Israeli artists, will be featured in the Festival. Also, for the first time, students at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design will display light fixtures at the show as well.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat welcomed the "hundreds of thousands of visitors to Jerusalem from within Israel and outside it" who would be coming to see the Festival.

"Jerusalem is reclaiming her proper status as an international cultural center and magnet for large numbers of young people, tourists and visitors, who are coming to enjoy the intermingling of a glorious past history and heritage with a lively and colorful present," remarked Barkat.

Four lighted paths, colored white, red, blue and green, blaze through different trails of the Old City's four quarters, showing different spectacular displays produced by the Ariel Municipal Company.

Zion Turgeman, Ariel Municipal Company CEO, commented "the four distinctive trails that extend across the four enchanted quarters of the Old City will feature light works that incorporate sound and video-mapping and actively involve festival-goers in a multisensory experience."