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Prominent plazas of Jerusalem prepare for Independence celebrations

by harry May 05 2008
HolidaysFor the kidsThings to do

Sixty 60 year olds form a sixty to celebrate Israel's Independence.

Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) celebrations kick off Wednesday night and not one age demographic will be left out of the evening’s activities. Dozens of activities are happening throughout the city but here are the main four hubs of entertainment for Wednesday night and beyond.

Old Train Station Plaza
A relic of Mandate-era Jerusalem, the once abandoned train station abundant open space has turned into a hub of young and savvy Jerusalem culture. Train Stop (also known as Party for Independence) kicks off the summer activities with what is being billed as the party of the summer with numerous local bars and clubs teaming up for the event which will be a huge draw for Jerusalem’s twentysomething demographic.

Zion Square (Kikar Tzion)

If you plan on attending the laser light show and concert at Zion Square make sure you aren’t wearing any clothing you actually care about. The crowds will be large and the atmosphere rambunctious, some might even say mischievous, with Jerusalem’s potentially rowdy youth hitting each other with plastic hammers and dowsing one another with silly string and foam. But don’t let the potential mayhem stop you. The laser show should be at the very least entertaining and if the laser beams don’t blind you, perhaps seeing the, uh, sultry Maya Buskila will.

Safra Square (Kikar Safra)
Kick it old school in Safra Square with Israel’s national pastime, folk dancing, and an Israeli classic song sing-a-long. See, despite what you actually thought, they actually really do have Israeli dancing in Israel, it is not something that just exists in the diaspora. Here they just call it dancing.

Jerusalem Theater Plaza
Not to have their thunder stolen by all the other events and parties going on in the capitol, the Jerusalem Theater has decided to hold their Independence Day event after the holiday has ended. From 18:00 to 19:30 the theater plaza will have singing and dancing with special activities for children and families hosted by Levi Bar Gil. At 19:30, its time to let your hair down as Yaron Ben Simhon will host Israeli folk dancing followed by a performance by the Hebrew University student band and special performances by Yossi Azouly and Aviva Avidan. Make sure to check out Avidan's voice and moves in the following video. You won't be able to resist the dance.

None of the above float your boat? Do not fret. Odds are you'll find something to do on Independence Day in our comprehensive Jerusalem event listings.

Jerusalem's City Hall plaza, Safra Square, welcomes 60 people, aged 60, standing in the shape of a 60, yesterday in preparation for more complex choreography set to take place in same venue later this week (courtesy Municipality of Jerusalem's spokesperson's office).

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