DOWN TO A FINE ART

The cultural landscape in Haifa—and indeed, in Israel—will have looked very different without Haifa Arts Foundation

Haifa Arts Foundation, established in 1976 by Haifa municipality, the Ministry of Education and Culture in Israel and the Senate of the Free City of Bremen, Germany, is active in promoting art and culture in the city. It supports cultural and artistic projects in the fields of theater, literature, cinema and visual arts, and grants scholarships to outstanding students in the fields of dance and music.

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BECKETT IN CHINA

A local troupe brings absurd theater to Shenzhen

Founded in 1990 by Roni Kenan, Hai-Po is a community theater that staged many plays over the years. Its latest endeavor is Samuel Becket's "one-mouth" play, Not I, from 1972.

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STAGE BY STAGE

Haifa Theatre fares well overseas, with its plays finding new venues in China, Toronto and Poland, among other places. Right from the very outset, the Haifa Municipal Theater loyally represented the spirit of place and time, and served in Israel as an example and role model for art that represents and demonstrates the diversity of Israeli society, its courage and its creativity.

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A HALL NEW WORLD

The City Hall building celebrates 75 years to its establishment

During its first decades, Haifa Municipality resided in various rented buildings, but the growth of the municipal system and the expansion of its activity, aimed to fulfill the needs of the ever-growing population, made it necessary to have all its departments under one roof, if only for efficiency's sake.

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GETTING THE BALL GOING

4,000 athletes from 80 countries, 600 competitions in various sports, and a boost to the city's economy; the Youth Maccabiah games was one of the largest and most significant events to take place in Haifa in recent years

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THINGS ARE GOING SWIMMINGLY

With a new open water swim and the Maccabiah Games pre-camp and hub, Haifa is off to a head start on its way to become an international sports center. In the past year and a half, Haifa hosted several major sports competitions, including the 470 Open National Championships at the Reuven Sadnai Sailing Center, and an international Judo tournament, which is turning into a local tradition.

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WAKE UP AND SMELL THE CARDAMOM COFFEE

Wadi Nisnas – a melting pot that generates a profusion of dishes

The locals refer to it simply as The Wadi, a deferential moniker that hints there is no other wadi before it; still, on the other hand, this kind of overfamiliarity might lead a person to take things for granted.

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A CONSTANT IMPETUS

Haifa's relations with France and its institutions

By: Yaacov Bazak

Over the last two decades, the city of Haifa, Israel's northern capital, experienced a rapid and significant development that gained it reputation in Israel and throughout the world.

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A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS

Bat Shir Choir gives voice to Chinese New Year.

The time is nearly midnight, and Tali Weisman is on a drive from Shanghai to Suzhou, after nearly 24 hours on the roads, yet she her voice is full of sizzling energy:

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

We work all year round to bring the best of France and expose the people of Haifa to events that make their life more interesting and meaningful.”In the French Carmel district of Haifa, below a French flag blowing in the wind, lies the Gaston Defferre French Cultural Center. The center brings French culture and initiatives to Haifa and exposes the city and its citizens to the finer aspects of life, as only the French truly know how to do.

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CITY OF CULTURE

The  Museums of Haifa has an ambitious and bold vision for the future. In the meantime it houses 6 different museums scattered across the city. While many major cities have what you call a monumental museum, one that is a city landmark and that concentrates many exhibition spaces under one roof, Haifa adheres to the 2nd tier philosophy of smaller museums dispersed throughout the city.

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THE BAHA’I – A RELIGION OF PEACE

TOLERANCE AND BEAUTIFUL GARDENING PRACTICES. Haifa is the holiest city to the Baha’i faith. We explore the special relationship between the city and this religion of peace, tolerance and beautiful gardening practices.

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