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Jaffa Theatre – A Stage for Arab Hebrew Culture

The award winning Jaffa Theatre was founded in 1998 in a multi-arched building in Old Jaffa overlooking the sea.  The theatre creates a unique theatrical language making use of the challenging space with the rich human fabric that exists in Jaffa.

Jaffa Theatre is a unique institution in the Israeli theatre world in terms of social involvement and in its style.

The theatre holds 3 major annual festivals: The Jaffa Children's Festival, Theatroneto and The Festival of Arab Culture

The theatre continues to focus on Middle Eastern culture staging a new musical cabaret on the life of the famous Egyptian singer Farid El Atrash.

ARAB -HEBREW CULTURE IN JAFFA ,2020

New productions:

"HERE AND THERE IN ISRAEL" - Based on a book by Amos Oz
Acting: Dalick Wolinitz‘, directed by Nola Chelton.  Opening: January

"THE LORD OF THE FLIES", a new Arab- Hebrew young version of the famous
book. Opening: February 

"BLOCK 30" - a new creation by Hanna Wazana, based on stories of Sami Bardugo, Ronit Matalon  and  Naftali Shem-Tov. Opening: April

"The BATH QUEEN": a renewed production of the play celebrating 50 years since it’s first performance and commemorating 20 years of Chanoch Levin’s death. Opening: June

The new ARABIC STAGE, directed by Rauda Sliman:

"THE TANZIM DAYS"- a new play by Ayiman Agabaria. In Arabic. Subtitles un Hebrew, opening: July.

"LYILA MURAD" - A Musical play based on the life story of the famous Egyptian- Jewish singer.

Literary events: reading and talking of Arabic writers and poets.

Arab versions of “THE YELLOW WIND” and “FARID EL ATRASH

Festivals

Theatroneto- the 31th edition of monodramas- Passover holiday 

THE FIFTH YAFFA FESTIVAL OF ARABIC CONTEMPORARY CULTURE—music, theatre, cinema, dance and poetry. July

THE INTERNATIONAL JAFFA CHILDREN FESTIVAL- PENTACOST HOLLIDAYS. October

Special activities:

LANGUAGE THEATRE- studding Arabic through Theatre

COMMUNITY THEATHRE, ARAB- HEBREW YOUTH THEARE

EVENING OF WORLD MUSIC

EXIBITIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND PLASTIC ART

Arab Hebrew PLAYBACK THEATRE

Hosting fringe performances from abroad.


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Supporters for the Theatre: The Arab Hebrew Theatre is a non-profit organization that succeeds to create unique theatre despite economic drawbacks. To our delight private and public bodies believe in the theatre's work and see themselves as partners showing their support by cash contributions or by administrative or marketing support for which we are very thankful.
Involvement in the Community: Jaffa Theatre considers community involvement is a matter of top priority. Support of performances in the peripheries is an opportunity for youth to experience culture. Jaffa Theatre delivers a social or political message through theatre within Arab and Jewish communities.  It initiates theatre days and performances with social messages to diversified populations and communities in the Arab and Jewish communities throughout the country followed by discussions with audiences to create a dialogue in schools and community centers hosting the theatre. 
Support co-existence: In Jaffa Theatre the phrase "multicultural" is not just a figure of speech but a fact and an ideology. The cultural involvement is realized by partnering with the local community, Jewish and Arab, veterans and new citizens, to accept the other exposing theater to communities that scarcely see theatre in halls around the country.  Jaffa Theatre employs art to promote social change between Arabs and Jews. Jaffa Theatre is a unique organization that serves as a model for creative collaboration between Arabs and Jews.  The Theatre deals with difficult issues in collaboration with Arab and Jewish artists a rarity in mainstream theatres in Israel.
Support of new Productions: Jaffa Theatre produces innovative and groundbreaking theatre on political and social subjects focusing on east Mediterranean cultures.  Dr. Naftali Shem-Tov from the Literature, Arts and Linguistics department at the Open University says on the subjects the theatre deals with "the contents are unsettling innovative and exceptional."

 

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Jaffa Theatre – A Stage for Arab-Hebrew Culture, 10 Mifratz Shlomo promenade old Jaffa, POB 3403 Tel Aviv 61030
Tel: 03-5185563 Fax :03-5185562, info@jaffatheatre.org.il
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