Beit Avi Chai Piyut Festival 2016

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Miri Mesika/Photo: Ronen Ackerman
Miri Mesika/Photo: Ronen Ackerman

The Beit Avi Chai Piyut Festival will celebrate the Sabbath! Now in its 9th edition, the festival will take place from October 6 – 9, 2016, between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and will be dedicated to the first Sabbath of the year. Festival events will explore The Sabbath – its prayers, songs, symbolism and significance, in music, stories, and discourse.

Haim Louk/Photo: Maoz Vinstoch
Haim Louk/Photo: Maoz Vinstoch

The Beit Avi Chai Piyut Festival brings Piyut to center stage, inviting new audiences to experience these songs of the heart; the liturgical poems expressing the prayers, hopes, meditations and wishes of the Jewish people. It’s a unique encounter in which sacred poetry meets contemporary Israeli musicians, paytanim, cantors, and electric guitars.

Shai Tsabari/Photo: Muperphoto
Shai Tsabari/Photo: Muperphoto

The opening event, on Thursday, October 6th, will be Ja’alleh: A Jerusalem Yemenite Celebration, with the hosts, singers, speakers, and dancers gathered around a long table laden with arak and pitzuhim for an evening of music, discourse, and dance. Among the participants will be: Shai Tsabari, Zion Golan, Gila Bashari, Tom Fogel, and a women’s chorus.

Rona Kenan/Photo: Amit Israeli
Rona Kenan/Photo: Amit Israeli

A Feminine Journey to the Sabbath, will take place on Friday, October 7th at 13:30. A musical Kabbalat Shabbat featuring Maya Belsitzman, Rona Kenan, Neta Elkayam, and a string quartet.

The Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra/Photo courtesy of PR
The Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra/Photo courtesy of PR
Nasrin Kadri/Photo: Tom Marshak
Nasrin Kadri/Photo: Tom Marshak

A festive closing event will take place on Sunday, October 9th in Safra Square: Knocking on Heaven’s Door to Sing a Prayer. The Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra, conducted by Tom Cohen, will host: Mark Eliyahu and Miri Mesika in the premiere performance of a new work composed by Mark Eliyahu for vocalist, komanche, electric guitar and orchestra; Ziv Yehezkel and Nasrin Kadri in a dialogue of Arab-Jewish prayer and piyut; Idan and Elad Amedi in a journey of Jerusalem roots and prayers for the Days of Awe; and Paytan Moshe Louk with classic piyuttim from the Golden Age of Spain.

The full program and ticket information is available in English on the Beit Avi Chai website.