Jerusalem Knights in the Old City 2012
The festival will take place on Thursdays, October 18th & 25th, November 1st & 8th, 2012
The Jerusalem Development Authority, the Prime Minister's Office, the Jerusalem Municipality, and Ariel present "Old City Knights:" visit the Old City (Jaffa Gate and Christian Quarter) every Thursday throughout October and November 2012 for an enchanted autumn experience in the spirit of the Middle Ages, bigger and more spectacular than ever. Step back through time in the picturesque alleys of the Old City, where heroes of the Middle Ages, including knights, dragons, kings, princesses, magicians, troubadours, court jesters, and peddlers will roam the alleys.
The middle ages will come alive with costumed characters, sounds and chants of times gone by, dance, acrobatics and theater performances.
The journey will begin at Jaffa Gate, from there to the Muristan square and back to Jaffa Gate on a circular, fascinating and fun filled route.
This year's theme is knights and dragons.The whole Old City area, including Jaffa Gate, the walls of the City of David, Mamilla Avenue, Muristan Quarter, and the Christian Quarter, will be flooded with kings, princesses, knights, and dragons in breathtaking performances of battle scenes between knights and fire spitting dragons, as well as Knights of the night defending the Old City of Jerusalem from the Knights of Hell.
This year's festival takes place in conjunction with artists from the Venice Festival, creating a colorful experience in the spirit of the authentic Knights of the period and original shows in a medieval atmosphere.
Festival stations and performances/activities:
Jaffa Gate: knights banquet around a long knights table and special knights bar.
Tower of David plaza: Victory parade
Muristan Quarter: Battle for the castle, battle between knights and dragons, with audience participation
Road of the Hellenistic Patriarchs: Knight of the night and Lion of Darkness go to battle for the castle and search for the lost treasure. Participants will be asked to help the Knight.
St. Peter Street: Half man/half dragon threatens a maiden on her way to the fortress
Throughout the alleyways of the old city additional surprises and activities await visitors.
Victory Celebration: At the end of the route a victory celebration will take place with music, songs and dancing, and will continue late into the night.
Admission to all events is free! Entrance to the Knights Bar requires purchasing a wooden goblet which visitors will take home as a gift at the end. The Festival is suitable for families, tourists, visitors, and speakers of all languages. The restaurants, coffee shops, and markets in the area of the Old City and Mamilla will participate in the festival as well, extending their opening hours to be open to festival participants. The narrow pathways in the Old City are not suitable for strollers.
Parking: The Old City will be closed to traffic during the festival. Those arriving in private vehicles may use the paid parking at the Mamilla, Karta, and Safra parking lots. Alternatively, festival goers are encouraged to park at the "park and ride" lots of the Light Rail at Ammunition Hill and Mt. Herzl and arrive via public transportation to Jaffa Gate.
For more details, including arrival information and a map of exact event locations, visit http://www.jerusalem-oldcity.org.il/pages_e/Knights_festival.aspx or call the Jerusalem Municipal hotline at 106 or 02-531-4600.
Image credit: Image no. 3 (costumed musicians) by Omri Barel.
To the Jaffa Gate page.