Israel Announces Online Holiday Fun, Music Fest
(Eilat, Israel) – For those traveling to Israel anytime soon, there’s a way to celebrate Chanukah online while learning more about the country, and the 9th Red Sea International Music Festival is set for the resort town of Eilat in January.
To mark the upcoming Chanukah holiday, which begins on the evening of December 11, the Israel Ministry of Tourism is launching a dedicated Chanukah microsite, where travelers can log on and light virtual candles for each night of the eight-day holiday, also known as the "Festival of Lights." The site was developed in New York in cooperation with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and will "go live" at www.goisrael.com on December 10, 2009.
With each candle "lit," visitors to the Chanukah website will be able to access more information about travel to Israel. And at the end of the holiday, site visitors who have lit all eight candles will be entered to win a free trip to Israel aboard EL AL Israel Airlines, to experience the country's many areas of cultural, religious and historical interest for themselves.
"Our new online 'Festival of Lights' is a fun, unique way to inform the American traveler about all that Israel has to offer as a travel destination, while celebrating the festive Jewish tradition of Chanukah," says Arie Sommer, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, "and we are delighted to have the backing of the Presidents Conference and EL AL for a promotion that links celebrating Chanukah with vacations in Israel."
For more information, see www.goisrael.com.
The 9th Red Sea International Music Festival will showcase world-renowned composers and more than 250 musicians from Russia and Israel in the southern resort town of Eilat, January 14-16, 2010.
For more information, visit www.redseaclassicalfestival.com. For more information about travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com.
The festival will open with a special performance of Verdi's La Traviata performed by St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Opera and led by Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger. Valery Gergiev will conduct three concerts, including Stravinsky's Les Noces (January 15), and two performances of Berlioz's Les Troyens (January 16) at the pavilion in the Eilat Port.
"The Red Sea International Music Festival is a highly anticipated event that attracts music lovers from around the world to the seaside resort town of Eilat," says Arie Sommer, Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America. "The amazing display of talent combined with the unique setting around the Red Sea will make for a truly special experience."
The concerts will take place in a specially built pavilion in the Eilat Port, and at the theater in the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel.