Tel Aviv Convention Center
|Tel Aviv Convention Center|
Pavilion #1 (Central)
|Address||101 Rokach Boulevard|
|Location||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center|
The Tel Aviv Convention Center (Hebrew: מרכז הירידים - תל אביב) (formerly מרכז הירידים והקונגרסים בישראל - Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center), commonly known as Ganey Hataarukha (The Exhibition Gardens), is located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, Israel, adjacent to the Tel Aviv University Railway Station. Established in 1932 as "Yerid HaMizrach" (The Levant Fair), it hosts up to 2.5 million visitors and between 45 to 60 major events annually. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions and a large outdoor space.
The Levant Fair was an international fair, first held next to the Tel Aviv Port in 1932, to showcase the accomplishments of the pre-state Jewish community in the sphere of industry. After the success of the first fair, permanent structures were built on a plot of land at the northern end of Dizengoff street on the banks of the Yarkon River. Fairs were held in 1934 and 1936 with pavilions and halls constructed for the participating countries. The chief architect was Aryeh Elhanani. A flying camel became the official logo. Richard Kaufmann planned the pavilion layout. Other leading architects were Arieh Sharon and Joseph Neufeld. The pavilions were designed in the International Style.
In 1959, the fairgrounds were moved to their present location on 101 Rokach Boulevard (near the Yarkon Park and the Tel Aviv University), and the new site was inaugurated with an exhibition marking Tel Aviv's 50th Jubilee. In 1983, the convention center opened within the fairgrounds.
In recent years, the center has been used for many musical concerts and shows. To date, the convention center has hosted such musicians as Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Placebo, Dream Theater, Lady Gaga, Kaiser Chiefs, Simple Plan, Tokio Hotel, Faith No More, MGMT, Dinosaur Jr., LCD Soundsystem, The Drums, PIL, Missy Elliott, Akon, David Guetta, Avicii, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Steve Aoki, Bob Sinclar, Skazi, Infected Mushroom, Offer Nissim, Astrix and Balkan Beat Box, among others.
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