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| The 28th Jerusalem Puppet Festival     Main complex - Liberty Bell Park     See on Map
Wednesday, 31 July 9:17 PM

Puppet theater * Dozens of shows and performances from Israel and abroad * Evening performances for adults * Performances for children and youth * Music * Object theater * Artistic performances *Free outdoor performances in the main complex * FOOD TRUCKS * And plenty of surprises for the whole family.

Sunday to Thursday 18-22 August 2019

The Jerusalem Puppet Festival will launch on 18.8 with a selection of shows and performances from Israel and abroad. Four European countries will participate in the festival this year - Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and The Netherlands. Four Train Theater shows will premier throughout the duration of the festival, special productions, a show tailored for the religious and orthodox audience, shows for youth and evening performances for adults, as well as shows for children and a selection of outdoor performances and special events.  

The festival is known for its artistic quality.This year, out of consideration for the high cost of living for families and the festival’s variety of audiences, Liberty Bell park will become the epicenter of the festival and a pleasant attraction with activities for the whole family. Every day, from 10:00 to 23:00, visitors will enjoy a variety of activities at the park in addition to the festival shows: in the morning, - free workshops, bubbles, circus shows and more. In partnership with the Youth Authority and Sports Department at Jerusalem Municipality - there will be water games and sports In the afternoon, the Village of Fairies and Elves will open (for a charge) and there will be activity and arts and craft complexes for parents and children.

At the center of the festival, in the park, an upgraded food complex will be built at the center of the festival, in the park, including a number of food trucks with a diverse menu for families (Kosher). Lunch and dinner, ice cream and refreshments can be purchased in the trucks throughout the whole day and at a price for every pocket. At night the complex will turn into an open bar for adults, a DJ party and the festival atmosphere will continue into the night.

This year, in addition to shows that will be held in the Liberty Bell Park Amphitheater and The Train Theater, a few larger, more spacious performance halls have been added, such as the Begin Heritage Center and the Jerusalem Music Center in Mishkenot Sha’ananim. They are all close to each other, and are walking distance from each other.

The festival program places a special emphasis on entertainment for all ages. You can plan a family day outing at the festival, including shows for kids, outdoor performances for the whole family, food and activities at Liberty Bell Park, afternoon performances for youth and evening performances for adults. 

Initiated and produced by the Train Theater, this unique festival is celebrating its 28th year. It is considered a unique, high-quality festival with an international reputation and a diverse repertoire of shows from all over Israel and abroad. The festival is managed by the CEO of the Train Theater, Yizhar Floresheim and Artistic Director Shahar Marom.

Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem: “The Jerusalem Puppet Festival is one of over 100 events held in the city of Jerusalem during summer vacation. This is the 28th year of the festival, which, each year, again and again, brings diverse contents and maintains its high quality. This year, you will find a variety of shows from Israel and abroad at Jerusalem Puppet Festival, as well as attractions for the whole family. The heart of Liberty Bell Park will soon become the Train Theater’s new permanent venue.”

Yizhar Florsheim, Festival Manager and Train Theater CEO states: “This year the festival center will be at Liberty Bell Park, in light of our transition to our permanent venue in the park next year - a large, modern building, which is currently under construction; and will allow more original productions, more unique events for the general public and will allow us to expand our activities. This year, we built a special program for the whole family with an emphasis on plays combined with music for all ages. Anyone can find events and shows at the festival that send a different cultural message, both for children and adults. As part of a predetermined policy, the prices of the shows at the festival will be affordable and we even came out with special discounts for families, elders and Train Theater members, so that everyone will be able to enjoy the high-quality culture of the festival. He adds, “it is possible to purchase family tickets, which significantly lower the entrance charges, both for children and adults.” Florsheim also emphasizes that “the blessed connection with free attractions and activities provided by the Jerusalem municipality for families at Liberty Bell Park during the festival is important and is part of the fruitful and continued partnership between the Train Theater and Jerusalem Municipality.”    

Shahar Marom Artistic Director of the 28th Jerusalem Puppet Festival: “Every year the festival brings special shows and becomes one of the biggest attractions in Jerusalem each summer. We believe that the content, which combines object theater shows and visual theater from Israel and abroad, will constitute a local point of attraction for visitors and will turn the festival into the only event of its kind, which will attract many thousands from all over the country. We added  outdoor events in the morning as well, for the general audience to enjoy, and made sure to create a diverse program for a variety of sectors and audiences.”

Train Theater shows for children and the whole family are listed below

A special production for the festival - outdoor site: Village of Fairies and Elves - 20 artists created a legendary and playful village. In the sitethere are many surprises for the whole family: a fairy band, a boutique for elves, an upside-down classroom, an enchanted tree, and more and more.

For children:

Festival Premieres: Summer Rain 5 a special production - the best of creations from the Train Theater’s “Greenhouse,” a training program in artistic puppet theater for children, Alef-Bet Legend - a special performance featured at the festival’s premiere: One night, a worker at the Beit Midrash who cannot read discovers that the letters have spread their wings and left the holy books… Sounds and Shadows - a special festival performance - a pre-premiere of an album of children’s songs, with eastern music by the band “Ecoute” in partnership with shadow puppet theater master, Patricia O’Donovan, who will present shadows and characters during the songs. A premiere of the show “A Concert in the Sand” - a Train Theater production - the story of the first concert of the philharmonic orchestra in Tel Aviv, which will open the festival in a festive event in Zedekiah’s Cave and will be performed again for the general audience during the festival.

A very funny performance from Germany - Dumpu Dinki - a hand theater show combining live music on a drum set!

Train Theater Performances such as: Moustache the Cat, Toto and Friends, The Hungry Sandwich, Lost Crown a special and relaxed performance under the auspices of the Autism Treatment and Research Center. Stork Gift - a special performance from Lithuania, inspired by the old legend that tells the story of how the storks bring children into the world. Object theater accompanied by live music. Tailor Made, which recently won the prize for the best performance at an important puppet theater festival in Europe and more.

Another special production for the festival: Wild Puppets - three hilarious performances using different object and puppet theater technique. One of the shows are by the Belgian TOF Theater, one of the world’s leading theaters, a short, brilliant work in which a puppet under construction decides to take a stab at finishing up the job itself…

Shows for adults:

FREEZE a fascinating show by the Dutch artist (Nick Steur). A charged meeting between the power of the artist, the strength of the rock and the presence of the audience.

Object theater for adults with creator and artist Ariel Doron, with two performances at the festival BOXED and PLASTIC HEROES.

‘Tavas’by the artist Benyamin Yom-Tov, inspired by strong, archetypal characters who exist in the artist’s inner and outer worlds. ‘Silvery’ by the artists Hila Flashkes and Maayan Resnick - A performance with puppet theater, object theater and furniture.

‘Cheap Plastic Toy’ by the artist Gal Levinson - performance theater with colorful and cheap toys.

The well-known television puppet designer Maria Gurevich and the esteemed director Masha Nemirovskey will meet at the festival for an unusual meeting The Masters - two creators, different materials and one grand piano.

In addition, at the festival there will be professional artist meetings and a meeting with guests from the international exposure program, which takes place during the festival and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


28th Jerusalem Puppet Theater Liberty Bell Park Complex

Call  *3569 to order and buy tickets

For more details and to download the festival program

Link to the festival video

Ticket prices:

Children membership: 8 tickets for children’s shows by choice - 250 early bird 360 at the festival

Adult membership: 4 adult/youth shows only 200early bird 240at the festival

10discount throughout the festival for “Jerusalemite” cardholders, students, people with physical disabilities, police officers, soldiers or retirees.


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