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Tel Aviv celebrates itself with annual all-nighter

The White City rejoices in its Bauhaus demeanor and its youthful spirit with events in the parks, streets and sidewalks

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

White Night Tel Aviv 2018 kicked off Wednesday, June 27 with the White Picnic, an elegant, al fresco event where participants show up with a picnic dinner at a previously undisclosed location in the city (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
White Night Tel Aviv 2018 kicked off Wednesday, June 27 with the White Picnic, an elegant, al fresco event where participants show up with a picnic dinner at a previously undisclosed location in the city (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)

Tel Aviv’s annual White Night event arrives Thursday, celebrating the city’s UNESCO-worthy collection of Bauhaus buildings and energetic spirit.

The city has been marking its UNESCO status since receiving the title in 2003, choosing the all-night, White Night concept in recognition of the crisp white exteriors of the Bauhaus buildings, as well as the designation of Tel Aviv as a city that never sleeps and can entertain all night long. “White night,” of laila lavan, is a Hebrew phrase meaning an all-nighter.

The event kicked off Wednesday night with the White Picnic, an elegant picnic dinner held in a secret location for  participants who registered in advance and then dressed completely in white for an al fresco dinner.

The rest of the events taking place on Thursday evening are many and varied, and include many outdoor, free activities and performances for all ages.

Head to Bialik Square where the European Union delegation and City of Tel Aviv-Jaffa will present live performances and art installations from seven EU states.

White Night Tel Aviv 2017, at one of the many events held throughout the night, all over the city (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)

Have your dinner at the world food market and party in honor of Midburn, Israel’s version of Burning Man, with culinary options from around the world; meals are meals priced no more than NIS 30 per dish, at 10 Salomon Street.

The annual headphone party is at Rabin Square, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., using the Radio Tel Aviv 102 FM app, with headphones available for rent.

There’s some higher culture on offer at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, where there will be night tours, performances by the Tziporela Ensemble, Avihu Pinhasov’s rhythm club and the Israeli Opera performing, and video art installations. Advance registration is required for this nighttime stop.

Freestyle family dancing will happen a little earlier at the Frankfurt Garden on 23 Yosef Kitzis Street, following by the Yehuda and Caesars show at 8 p.m.

The annual headphones party at White Night Tel Aviv, always held at Rabin Square (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

Take in a film under the stars, as the Cinematheque moves outdoors to Gan Ha’Atzmaut, 250 HaYarkon Street, with films from 6 p.m.

Drink some ouzo and sing along to Greek music at the Jaffa Port, where a Green tavern will be in place for a variety of performances of Greek music.

Dance in white at the Gordon Beach from 9 p.m., along with dancers from the Tel Aviv University Dance Company.

A-WA Ensemble and Subliminal will perform at Givon Square, 7 Givon Street, at 9 p.m.

Waiting for Eurovision 2019? No need. There will be Euro Flash, a performance of Eurovision songs taking place on musical buses traveling throughout the city.

Dancers performing at the 2014 White Night Tel Aviv (Danielle Shitrit/Flash 90)

Drum on your body with Shekatak at the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, 8 p.m.

Hear Israeli rock from Dana Berger and Korin Allal at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, where the lobby of the bourse will turn into a performance space for the two singular singers at 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy White Night at the Israeli Opera, with children’s songs at 9 p.m. and a performance of soprano arias at midnight.

Take a picnic to the Eretz Israel museum, with activities, exhibits, music and a special tour of the museum, all starting at 6:30 p.m.

Follow the white-coated staff at Ichilov Hospital, where visitors can take a behind-the-scenes tour at 7 p.m.

Take some tastings of the still-aging whisky at the Milk & Honey Distillery, 7 p.m.

For more information, go to the White Night Tel Aviv Facebook page or the Tel Aviv-Jaffa White Night website.

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