Events in May 2012
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The summer is just around the corner and things are heating up! The Tel Aviv News and Calendar for May is packed full of exciting events.

Madonna opens her 2012 world tour here in the Holy Land. Tel Aviv hosts 4 different music, art and film festivals. We’ll cover all these events as well as DJ sets, , classical music concerts and operas, dance and things to do with kids.

Here’s our listing of the best Tel Aviv events in May.

Tel Aviv Musical Events in May

10 Days of Performances at The White City Music Festival

tel aviv events in may 2012  bobby mcferrin hosts white city musical festival

Don’t miss dozens of artist performances at the first-of-its-kind 10 day Tel Aviv Music Festival with rock & roll, jazz, funk, and ethnic music performances. The artistic host Bobby McFerren (Don’t Worry be Happy), opens the festival on May 1st at 9 PM with additional performances on May 3rd, 4th and 7th.

Other festival highlights include:

tel aviv events in may 2012 steve hackett at the white city musical festival

Steve Hackett from Genesis:
May 5 at 10 PM

Drummer Al Foster:
May 2nd at 10 PM

Singer Meshell Ndegeocello:
May 3rd and May 6th at 10 PM

Rajasthan Josh with Indian Folk Music and Dance:
May 7th at 8:15 PM

Guitarist Dominic Frasca, saxophonist Courtney Pine and many more!

Where: Tel Aviv Port, Hangar 11, 1 Yorday Hasira Street
What and When: May 1st to May 10

Tickets: Call 03-6020888

Madonna Rocks Tel Aviv on May 29 and May 31

events in may 2012 madonna world tour starts in tel aviv

What can be more thrilling that seeing Madonna wow the crowds in Tel Aviv. Madonna is “in love with Israel” (in her own words) and chose to start her 2012 world tour here in Tel Aviv.

When: May 29 and May 31st at 5:30 PM
Where: Ramat Gan Stadium (near the Ayalon Shopping Center), 301 Abba Hillel Street, Ramat Gan (a suburb of Tel Aviv)
Cost: Between $150 to $500 depending on the seat
Tickets: Buy tickets online SOLD OUT

Super Hot DJs Events in May!

Here’s a list of some of the best of local and international DJs performing in May in Tel Aviv clubs. Telavivians love to party. For more information, visit our page on the amazing Tel Aviv nightlife .

Make sure that you order tickets in advance for the DJ performances in order to avoid a hassle when trying to get into the club.

Sensational Avicii performs in Tel Aviv

avicii plays in tel aviv events in may 2012

Come hear Avicii’s first ever performance in Israel. His real name is Tim Bergling, he’s from Sweden and he’s rated the 6th best DJ worldwide.

When: May 31, 12 AM - 6 AM

Where: ‘Bitan 1’ at the Israel Convention Center (Ganei HaTa'arucha), 101 Rokach Boulevard

Cost: 180 Shekel or 220 Shekel for VIP tickets.

Tickets: Call 052-808-2062

2013 Live 2013 Band Set at Alive Techno Riot - Start of Summer Party

When: May 3, 12 AM - 6 AM
Where: Comfort 13 Club at at 13 Comfort Street
Cost: 70-100 Shekel
Tickets: Call Dror at 052-477-1119 or Yonatan at 054-775-9070

Miss Kittin at HaOman 17 club!

Miss Kitten, aka Caroline Herve is one of the leading Electroclash DJ’s, the music style that combines electronic dance music with New Wave.

tel aviv events in may 2012 miss kitten plays at haoman 17

When: May 18, 12 AM - 6 AM

Where: HaOman 17 Club at 88 Abarbanel Street

Cost: 120 - 140 Shekel

Tickets: 03-681-3636

Berlin-based Apparat plays at the Block

tel aviv events in may 2012 DJ apparat at the block

Israeli crowds fell in love with Apparat, aka Sasha Ring 5 years ago at his first Tel Aviv performance, even before he became one of the world’s hottest Berlin-based DJs.

When: May 4, 12 AM - 6 AM

Where: the Block, 157 Salame St. (near the central bus station)

Cost: 100 Shekel


Hardwell Summer Rave at the TLV Club

tel aviv events in may dj hardwell at TLV club

Called Robbert van de Comput, this Dutch musical genius who plays on the same sets as Tiesto, performs progressive electro at TLV club in the Tel Aviv port.

When: May 10, 12 AM - 6 AM
Where: TLV Club, 23 Carlebach Street
Cost: 120 Shekel
Tickets: Call Dan at 054-224-4444 or 050-587-4999

Amazing Reboot Plays at the Cat and Dog Club

tel aviv events in may 2012 DJ reboot at cat and dog club

German Reboot aka Frank Heinrich plays for the first time in Israel at the Cat and Dog Club.

When: May 11, 12 AM - 6 AM

Where: Cat and Dog Club, 23 Carlebach Street

Cost: 120 Shekel

Tickets: Call Dan at 054-224-4444 or 050-587-4999

Tel Aviv Classical Music Events in May

There are more classical music events in May than can be listed here, but here are some of the best.

5 Day Classical Music Festival at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art!

tel aviv events in may 2012 auser musici ensemble at the felicja blumenthal classical music festival

In this the fourteenth year running, the successful Felicja Blumental international music festival combines orchestral and vocal music, baroque, flamenco and folk music, plays and dance.

When: May 14 to and May 19st

Where: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27 Shaul Hamelech Street
Tickets: For tickets, call the Museum at 03-6077020 or call Bravo Tickets at 072-275-3221.

Come see Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice performed at the Israel Opera

tel aviv events in may 2012 orfeo and euridice at the israeli opera

This lovely opera is based on the well-known myth of Orpheus, the suffering poet and musician who gets a second chance from the gods to bring back his beloved wife Eurydice from the dead.

Where: Israel Opera House, 19 Shaul Hamelech St.
When: Weekdays: May 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 at 8 PM
Friday: May 11 and 18 at 1 PM
Saturday: May 12 and 19 at 9 PM

Tickets: Call 03-6927777
175 to 428 Shekel depending on the seat
15 shekel surcharge for Saturday night performances

World famous Israel Philharmonic Events in May
Orchestra and Classical Guitar Performance and a Haydn Piano Concerto

Where: The Smolarz Auditorium, Tel Aviv University Campus
Tickets: 1-700-703030 or 03-6211777
Cost: 190-460 NIS per concert

Come hear classical guitar maestro Angel Romero perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherherazade, Chavez and Rodrigo, conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.

tel aviv events in may 2012 guitarist angel romero with israel philharmonic

May 9, 10 at 8:30 PM
May 11 at 2 PM
May 12 at 9 PM
May 13 at 8:30 PM

Haydn Program with child prodigy Maya Tamir

When: May 1st at 8:30 PM

tel aviv events in may pianist child prodigy maya tamir

Haydn: Symphony no. 60 ("Il distratto")
Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major
Haydn: Symphony no. 104 ("London")

Tel Aviv Art Events in May

Fresh Paint 2012 – Israel’s Annual Contemporary Art Fair

If you’re in Tel Aviv in May, don’t miss Fresh Paint, the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with Israel’s vibrant art scene.

tel aviv events in may 2012 fresh paint art fair

25 different local galleries offer their artists’ works for sale. An artist’s greenhouse showcases 50 emerging Israeli artists and a video greenhouse features works by 10 up-and-coming video artists.

May 15 – 17, 5 – 10 PM
Friday May 18, 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday May 19 10 AM – 9 PM PM

Cost: 40 Shekel

Where: The New High School, 3 Shoshana Persits Street in the north of Tel Aviv near Hatzuk Beach

Tel Aviv Dance Events in May

World renown Batsheva Dance Ensemble Performances

Suzanne Dellal Dance Center, 5 Yehieli Street, Neve Tzedek
Cost:150 Shekel
Tickets: 03-5105656

2 Premiers by the Batsheva Dance Ensemble
Toxic Exotic Disappearance Act’choreographed by Yasmin Gudar and “House” jointly created by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar.

May 1 and 3 at 9 PM
May 2 at 7 PM
May 4 at 2 PM

Batsheva Sance Ensemble performs Tabula Rasa

Choreographed by Ohad Naharin for 10 dancers, Tabula Rasa is considered a classic and is performed around the world by modern dance repertoires. You’ll love it!

May 17,19 at 9 PM
May 18th at 10 PM

Tel Aviv Film Events in May

tel aviv events in may 2012 docaviv documentary film festival

DocAviv is Tel Aviv’s annual Documentary Film Festival with over 80 screenings in 10 days of some of the best of international and Israeli documentaries.

Cinematheque Film Center, 2 Shprintzak Street.
Also at the Tel Aviv Port (the Namal)
Tel Aviv Musuem of Art, the ZOA center and Beit Ha’am

When: May 3 – May 12th
For the full schedule, visit the English language website

Tickets: You can order tickets by phone at 03-6060800 or online at Just click on "Order Tickets Online" at the bottom of each film's screenings list.

Tel Aviv News - Kids Events in May that are Not Just for Kids!

Dance Bollywood Style for Adults and Kids

tel aviv events may 2012 bollywood dance workshops with gilles choyen

French choreographer Gilles Chuyen performs and leads three free Bollywood dance workshops for the entire family!

When and Where:

May 1st at 5 – 8 PM at the Tel Aviv Port (Namal), Northern Deck

May 3rd at 6 – 8 PM at the Gordon Beach Promenade behind the Crown Plaza Hotel

May 4th at 12.30 - 2.30 PM at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, 5 Yehieli Street
Cost: Free

Shavuot Holiday Fun at HaChava (the Farm)

HaChava (the Farm) is open all year round. You can visit the farm area, petting and feeding zoo, obstacle course and maze, go on a bird-watching tour and a nature tour.

There are some extra special events in May celebrating Shavuot, the Jewish holiday of Pentecost.

Different stations are dedicated to the different themes of the Shavuot holiday.

tel aviv kids events in may 2012 hachava celebrates shavuot holiday

The Shavuot Harvest Festival Station – Kids can reap wheat with a scythe and learn about wheat threshing. Children get to also knead dough and prepare traditional pita bread.

The Giving of the Torah Station – kids get to prepare small Torah scrolls and create ‘Ten Commandment Tablets.’

First Crop Offerings – children prepare gifts such as hair bands made of flowers and gifts from recycled materials.

When: Every weekend, Shavuot Special on May 26- 28, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM (except Friday when the ‘farm’ is closed)
Where: HaChava, 74 Rokach Street (Ramat Gan entrance of Park Yehoshua)
Cost: 49 Shekel (includes all the activities)
Telephone: 03-6138286‏

We hope you enjoy all the fantastic Tel Aviv happenings and events in May. Come back soon!

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