One of the most impressive music festivals in Israel is the twice-yearly Jacob’s Ladder Festival.
Jacob’s Ladder appeals to a huge audience, but primarily the many thousands of English-speaking immigrants who are more in tune with the songs and musical genres that typically headline the festival.
The two events, the Spring and Winter Festivals, are usually held at the Nof Ginnosar Hotel, on the amazing shores of the Sea of Galilee. We wrote about the last Jacob’s Ladder Winter Festival here, but the Spring Festival is the one that really draws the crowds, mainly thanks to the warm weather, Spring ambiance, and some great bluegrass, folk, country, and blues.
The Spring Festival (usually held in May – check our events calendar for details) begins on Thursday evening and continues until late Saturday, with events all the family on six different stages or activity centers. Thursday is usually a relaxed affair so people can chill out after a week’s work, put up tents, and so on. From Friday morning until the Festival wraps up on Saturday evening you can enjoy a marathon of concerts and activities on a variety of stages with jam sessions of all types in every possible corner.
Tickets include entrance to all concerts, sessions, dance and music workshops, story tent, yoga, tai chi, swimming, crafts fair, parking and free camping. The majority of the activities and the Main Stage concerts are held outside. It is recommended to bring blankets or beach chairs for outdoor activities.
For more info about the Jacob’s Ladder Festival, see the official website at www.jlfestival.com, or call 04-6962231.
Here’s a clip from a previous festival – looks great or what!