The Israel Arts Festival got under way on May 18, as crowds in Jerusalem watched open air "fringe" and official events.
1. GV Ben Yehuda Mall packed with people at cafe and standing. 0.04
2. CU Street violinist plays. 0.10
3. CU Angel with drum kit. 0.19
4. CU & SV Clown with puppet performs mime, people look on. (2 SHOTS) 0.28
5. GV Flags. 0.31
6. SVs Sankai Juka dancers being lowered over city walls, crowd watches below. (11 SHOTS) 1.53
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The Israel Arts Festival got under way on May 18, as crowds in Jerusalem watched open air "fringe" and official events. Campaigning for the July election and Israel's regional problems were temporarily forgotten as pedestrians crowded Ben Yehuda Mall. They filled the cafe terraces and packed the streets to watch clowns and musicians who were performing as part of the festival's fringe programme. Jerusalem's mayor, Teddy Kollek, declared the four-week long festival open, with the first official event attracting thousands of spectators to the Old City. Families sat on the grass to watch the avant-garde Japanese theatre group, Sankai Juku, in their performance. Four men, covered in white chalk, were slowly lowered by their feet down the walls, miming and gesturing on their way. This was the first of many events to be performed daily in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, during the four weeks of the festival. Plays, concerts and art exhibitions will compete with fringe performances for the attention of the Israeli public and overseas visitors.
Source: REUTERS - URI SHARON