Images of White Night Tel Aviv

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Where did you come from, where did you go? Long past midnight, somewhere on Rothschild in Tel Aviv, one of the many bands lining the boulevard starts playing “Cotton-eyed Joe” and everyone is dancing.

Partying near Habima…or somewhere…/Photo: Megan O’Neill

I didn’t get where I wanted to go that night, it took me over two hours to get into Tel Aviv. My White Night began waiting at the bus stop for nearly an hour. When the bus finally arrived, it was full of people and didn’t stop. I would have hailed a cab, but all the cabs that drove by were full. When I finally flagged down an empty cab, the driver refused to take me to Tel Aviv, he said the streets were too crowded.

White Night in the cafes/Photo: Elizur Reuveni
and in the streets/Photo: Elizur Reuveni

He was right. The city was so packed with people and cars it was almost impossible to move. I had a mental list of places and things I wanted to see, but the city had a different message for me: abandon plans all ye who enter here. I followed the crowds…I didn’t get where I wanted to go, but I was exactly where I wanted to be.

Three fellow wanderers with cameras shared their images of the night with Midnight East: Ma’ayan Dekel – actress, Megan O’Neill – writer and web video creator, and photographer Elizur Reuveni.

Maya Resheff of the Vertigo Dance Company/Photo: Ma’ayan Dekel

 Somewhere in the noisy crowd, a lone dancer stood out in the crowd. Maya Resheff, a dancer in the Vertigo Dance Company performs a solo from White Noise. Choreographed by Noa Wertheim, the dance relates to the tension between the noise that surrrounds us inside and out – and our desire to be at peace.

Lights and video in Bialik Square/Photo: Megan O’Neill
Tel Aviv historic town hall in Bialik Square/Megan O’Neill
Mondiale on Rothschild/Photo: Ma’ayan Dekel

White Night Tel Aviv saluted the World Cup – or Mondiale, as we call it here, with music. Stages with groups performing music from football playing countries were rocking Rothschild all through the night.

LesBeats – homage to the Beatles/Photo: Elizur Reuveni

England may be out, but the Beatles will always be in!

Dancing to LesBeats/Photo: Elizur Reuveni
Italy/Photo: Ma’ayan Dekel

Something a little different from Italy…and something you can move to from South Africa.

South Africa/Photo: Ma’ayan Dekel

Some had things to sell…

Refreshments, anyone?/Photo: Elizur Reuveni

and some were advertising  something

Photo: Ma’ayan Dekel

but most of all, it was about having a good time – like this wi party.

Photo: Ma’ayan Dekel

Can you imagine dancing to “My Way” in Spanish?

Photo: Elizur Reuveni

Why not? These people seemed to enjoy it!

Photo:Elizur Reuveni
Photo: Elizur Reuveni

Amid the music and the crowds, I saw something I never imagined to see on a Tel Aviv street: someone was trying to park his car in a very tight spot, and another man approached him. Usually, what happens next involves raised voices and some version of “I saw it first!” But the man walked up to the car, and called out, “Hey friend, there’s a better spot opening up over there!” I didn’t manage to get a picture of it – but I hope the image remains in my mind for a long time to come…at least until the next White Night comes around.

AYELET DEKEL

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  1. I love your story about the parking space. Hard to believe something like that could happen in Israel…only on the White Night I guess 🙂

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