Haifa, Israel (Photo credit: swallroth)
Haifa is one of the forgotten cities in Israel. For many who do not know of the history beyond the bible, it is a place that can easily be overlooked yet is one of the most gorgeous cities on the planet. It is rich with culture, color and entertainment. The arts are particular prized in the Haifa region and there are a number of festivals setting out to prove just how worldy this city can be. You might find you enjoy your Haifa tour more than the rest of the things you have been dying to see for years.
The Festival of Festivals is an amazing celebration of three religions simultaneously: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Events happen every weekend in December and hope to provide people the ideals needed to truly live together in peace. There are antiques, foods, artists selling their wares, performances and even music concerts in the local halls. The overall emotion is that of tolerance and joy; a truly unique experience for the area. These festivals have grown in popularity and really bring to light the similarities between the religions while be accepting of the differences.
For 25 years Haifa has been the home of an international film festival. There are usually 280 screenings or more of films from all around the world. With guests from various film communities, it gives the artists a chance to talk about the challenges of their craft in all different locations. It spreads the word of little known films and helps promote the true understanding of various cultures.
Haifa tours often include trips all around downtown and the interesting structures that have been build. The theater is the home to the Children’s Theater Festival yearly. This is an excellent place to take children to enjoy the theater and learn all about other cultures and entertainment. The actors rejoice in showing children how to laugh and have fun in this type of atmosphere. Make sure you aren’t shy, there is often some audience participation and you better be ready to come front and center if you are called on to participate.