Manofim Contemporary Arts Festival: October 24-28

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The Manofim Festival Highlights Jerusalem’s Vibrant Arts Scene

Manofim, Jerusalem’s Contemporary Art Festival, supported by the Jerusalem Foundation, will celebrate its 9th year when it opens on October 28th.  The festival, open to the public free of charge, will take place at venues throughout the city, with a focus on placemaking and bringing art to untraditional spaces.  The festival continues through October 28th, with a wide array of special events and exhibits that kick off Jerusalem’s fall arts season.

The festival will open on Tuesday with the “Across From” exhibit at the Mormon University on Mount Scopus. The opening will include a tour of Mount Scopus, as well as a special concert featuring famed oud player Yair Dalal.

 Manofim is a project of the Art Cube Artists’ Studios, which was established by the Jerusalem Foundation. The festival is produced by artists who live and work in Jerusalem, with the cooperation of dozens of the city’s galleries and cultural institutions and hundreds of local artists and arts groups, making it a unique Jerusalem experience that attracts a wide audience and is a corner-stone of the city’s cultural scene.

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Every night of the festival will kick off with the opening of a new exhibit, accompanied by artist talks, tours, films, lectures, and concerts. All events are open to the public, free of charge, with the exception of the Saturday events at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Some events require advance registration. Highlights include:

Across From: Located at the Mormon University on Mount Scopus, this exhibit turns the Jerusalem skyline into a work of art, creating a window and gate into the city’s soul and its history.

The Jerusalem Art Conference: This year’s conference topic is “What Do You Do With Art?”, a series of panels and discussions about how art is used by contemporary society, focusing on topics ranging from conservation and preservation, to art and technology, to how art uses and is used by politics. The conference will include a lecture by painter and film-maker Rodrigo Imaz, a participant in Artcube’s residency program, who will discuss power dynamics in Mexico and how they relate to his experiences in Jerusalem. There will be a keynote session in English by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, who is the “official, unsalaried Artists in Residence of the New York City Department of Sanitation.”

Artists’ Appointments: These appointments will give audience members the chance to have one-on-one appointments with local artists and to visit their studios.

Salon Party: This party, celebrating the launch of Hacubia gallery’s painting salon, modelled after the 19th century painting salons of Paris, features live hip-hop and Middle Eastern music, cocktails, wine, and Parisian-inspired food art.

Insomnia: This event features night-time tours of two of the city center’s hippest arts venues – Muslala and Hamiffal.

Monolingua featuring Tamer Nafer: This popular celebration of Arabic music, featuring up-and-coming artists from east Jerusalem, is transplanted from its original location at Hamazkeka downtown, to a garage in Talpiot.

For more information, please visit the Manofim website: