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:
Note: detailed information about all performers can be found at Rehovot Municipality website.
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.
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).
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.At the end of the show, we heard an announcement telling the next show will be in an hour, but we decided to keep moving.
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.But, 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.
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.
Most of the performers were on their stages. But some of them moved through the crowd.
Several big snails:
This performer played with clay. Here he added some clay to his thumb.
Some performers had musicians and it was a group performance.
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.
There were three performers dressed in white and moving through the crowd. Interestingly, they used hoverboards and it added a lot to their image.
This guy was a part of a canvas:
The masterpiece by Ella Art Tattoo.
These two performers specialized mostly on soap bubbles.
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!