Festigal

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Festigal (Hebrew: פסטיגל‎) is an annual Israeli song and dance show for children. The Festigal is held every year at Hanukkah time, during the school vacation. It began as a song contest but the format gradually changed to include performances by well-known Israeli singers and actors.[1] Now the Festigal event is built around some theme or story.

History[edit]

The first Festigal took place in Haifa in 1981. Since then it has been held in many places around the country. It is among the largest events during Hanukkah. For example, in 2006 about 18 million NIS were allocated for the concerts.[1][2]

In 2005, the theme was "Holding Out for a Hero"[3] (cf. the song with this title).

In 2010, the theme was the story of two kids lost in the museum at night among the exposition coming to life and showing pieces of history (based on the movie Night at the Museum).

Participants[edit]

The following singers have appeared at the festigal: Ezra Dagan (1981), Nurit Galron (1981), Yardena Arazi (1982), |Izhar Cohen (1983), Uzi Hitman (1983), |Ilana Avital (1984), Izhar Cohen (1984), Rivka Zohar (1985, 1986, 1988), Ilana Avital (1985), Gidi Gov (1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, ), Amal Murkus (1986), Ofra Haza (1987), Margalit Tzan'ani (1989), Uri Fineman (1991), Hanny Nahmias (1992, 1993), Michal Yannai (1993, 1995, 2000), Ethnix (1994), Oded Menashe (1994), Riki Gal (1994), Dafna Dekel (1995), Yael Bar Zohar (1996, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2009), Sarit Hadad (1998, 1999), Tal Mosseri (1998, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012), Eyal Golan (2000), Teapacks (2001), Yehuda Levi (2002, 2003), Lior Narkis (2002), Ofer Shechter (2003), Harel Moyal (2004), Harel Skaat (2004), Ran Danker (2004, 2005, 2006), Oshri Cohen (2005), Shiri Maimon (2008), Adi Himmelbleu (2009, 2013), Yon Tumarkin (2009), Roni Dalumi (2010), Roni Duani (2010) and Amit Farkash (2011).

Hosts[edit]

The following celebrities have hosted the festigal: Tzipi Shavit (1982, 1989), Yoav Kutner (1983), Moni Moshonov (1984, 1987, 1988, 1990), Avi Kushnir (1985 + 1987), Gidi Gov (1986, 1987, 1991), Avri Gilad (1986), Sefi Rivlin (1989, 1993), Hana Laszlo (1989), Hanny Nahmias (1991-1993, 1997, 1999), Yael Abecassis (1994), Oded Menashe (1994), Michal Yannai (1995, 2000), Lior Miller (1996), Zachi Noy (1997), Tuvia Tzafir (1998, 2004), Shai Haddad (1998), Zvika Hadar (2000, 2001, 2010), Mariano Idelman (2002, 2013), Ofer Shechter (2003), Ran Danker (2004), Yael Bar Zohar (2005, 2009, 2012), Oshri Cohen (2005), Liraz Charhi (2007), HaPijamot (2007), Guy Zu-Aretz (2008), Gal Gadot (2008), Eli Yatzpan (2009), Maya Shoef (2010), Eli Finish (2012), Yuval Semo (2013)

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