University of Haifa International School Student Blog
Since I’ve lived in Haifa for the past 5 months I’ve noticed all the events that the city brings.
From the beginning they had the film festival, then the Arab food festival, and now the Holiday of Holidays! All these events allows for coexistence among the diverse population in Haifa. The city wants its citizens to understand and gain knowledge on other cultures and religions in Haifa.
At the International Film Festival they had documentaries and short films from all over the world. The first Haifa International Film Festival started in 1983. It is currently in its 32nd year! This year they had over 400,000 people at the event. Their main aim is to promote coexistence and peace. The best part is when the directors talk about their film in between screenings. My favorite this year was Bar Bahar- In Between. It was about 3 girls testing out their emotional and physical boundaries in Tel Aviv. I highly recommend you to check it out.
The Arab food festival was also recently done in downtown Haifa. This three day festival showed 45 leading chefs from Arab and Jewish sectors. They shared their culinary masterpieces and people came hungry wanting to try everything. The best thing for me was how each chef made their hummus! Hummus from all over the world was a special section of the festival. A staple in Arab foods and with a warm pita it was like magic! The main reason for the festival was to strengthen coexistence in Haifa. It was also the perfect time for the festival since the week before there were fires in Haifa.
The last festival that is currently happening is Holiday of Holidays. This event goes on for the whole month of December. It started in 1993 and is currently running on its 23rd year. Majority of the events take place in the German colony and Wadi Nisnas. The festival here also promotes tolerance and mutual respect through music and arts! They have parades, music shows, and antique fairs! The fun is endless and everyone enjoys all the galleries, food, and Christmas shopping. There is still time left to visit Holiday of Holidays if you’re in town! Hope to see you there!