Intro

During the first week of July (4-6 of July), International Live Statues Festival took place in Rehovot. This is an annual festival and it is taking place for the eighth time.

The dates of this festival were overlapping Lights in Jerusalem Festival. Since we could not visit both, we had to choose. In the end, we selected Live Statues Festival for two reasons. The first one is: we already visited Lights in Jerusalem Festival several times and I wrote about it on this blog three times. The second reason was the opening time. During weekdays Lights in Jerusalem starts at 20:00 and Live Statues Festival started at 18:30 (till 22:30). This is not that important for adults, but for parents of toddlers and preschoolers, this 1.5-hour difference can be significant (since you might have time only till 21:00).

We were planning to arrive at seven, but due to traffic jams, we made there only around 20:00. Also, keep in mind that on nearby streets there will be heavy traffic. Thus, if you arrive by car, try to park several blocks away.

Map of the area:

At the International Live Statues Festival

During this Festival Yacov Street (in Rehovot) is closed for traffic. And for several hours it became a pedestrian street with performers on both sides of the street.

Started walking along Yacov Street:Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
Note: detailed information about all performers can be found at Rehovot Municipality website.

Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

It is called International Festival since there were artists not only from Israel but from other countries as well. There were artists from Portugal, Serbia, Belgium, Ukraine, Holland and Spain. In total 150 artists took place in this festival and it is the biggest one to date.

Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Shows

After about 100 meters we saw a show. I did not expect it since it was a Live Statues Festival. But as it turns out there were several shows. The first one was The Wizard of Oz (and we will reach the second one towards the end of our visit).Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

As it turned out, a special Wizard of Oz production was created for this festival. Kids loved it, but due to the number of people, we were quite far away.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017At the end of the show, we heard an announcement telling the next show will be in an hour, but we decided to keep moving.

These are not bronze statues, but live people:Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

There were many actors and most of them had unique costumes.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Some were holding still, or relatively no movement and others were making a show.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Yes, there are many of people. Thus most of the time you try to take a photo, several smartphones will block your view.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Pandora box:Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Therefore, if you want to get close or even take a photo, it can take 5 minutes.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

In this case, it probably took me at least 5 min till it cleared a bit and I could move into position and take a front photo.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017But, keep in mind that we visited on Thursday. Probably the busiest day of the festival.

There were two open air food courts on the premises. They had only junk food (pizza, hot dogs, ice cream and frozen beverages (similar to Slurpee)). And when I tried to buy a bottle of water, they did not have any.

All this came at the non-cheap price tag of 15nis per piece. Thus, if you want something healthier, bring your own.

These kids probably do not have a clue to what these performers represent. And what is that big thing he is holding? Boombox? You can play music from your phone 😉Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

I have seen similar variations of people hovering, but have not fully figured out the trick.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017I guess the hand is not real and it is a metal stool.

Also, if you take a look at the photo above, in the right corners you can see next actors. Performers were quite packed. There were about 5-15 meters between performers, thus you do not have to cover big distances in order to see all of the Live Statues Festival.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Might I join for a selfie?Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Moving Artists

Most of the performers were on their stages. But some of them moved through the crowd.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
Several big snails:
Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
This performer played with clay. Here he added some clay to his thumb.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
Alien? 😉Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
Some performers had musicians and it was a group performance.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
I haven’t seen labels next to all performers. But, some of them had labels telling what it is and who it is. As you can see these are two theatre actors.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
There were three performers dressed in white and moving through the crowd. Interestingly, they used hoverboards and it added a lot to their image.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

This guy was a part of a canvas:
Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017The masterpiece by Ella Art Tattoo.

And these two Indian women, besides being photogenic, also gave candies to children.
Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
Meditating together?Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
As I mentioned previously, towards the end we saw another show.Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

These two performers specialized mostly on soap bubbles.

In the end, they dipped this long rope with loops into soap. And then swung the rope towards the crowd. All kids got up and tried to catch the balloons.
Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017
It was a very nice show for kids.

These are not real policemen, but artists cycling along the street. Initially, I thought that it might be hard to rotate the pedals, but as many bicycles in Israel, this was an electric one.
Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

It was already after 22:30, International Live Statues Festival was over and actors started to go home. On our way back to the parking I captured “the resting actor”.
Rehovot International Live Statues Festival 2017

Overall, we (both adults and kids) enjoyed the Live Statues Festival. It was much more than I expected. We spent two and a half hours and have not seen everything. The only downside was the crowds. My tip would be not to come on Thursday, but rather in the middle of the week.

That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!

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