For the city that never stops, there is always something going on. So when all of Tel Aviv comes together to host one collective night of nonstop partying, there must be a pretty good reason for it. What is that reason, you ask? White Night.
White Night is an all-night arts and culture festival that can be found in major cities all over the world. At White Night festivals, you’ll find shops, restaurants, bars, exhibitions, parties and more open until the break of dawn. Tel Aviv’s annual White Night festival, Laila Lavan, will take place June 29th, 2017.
In July 2003, UNESCO declared Tel Aviv to be a world heritage site. To celebrate, the city of Tel Aviv held their first ever White Night Festival, thus beginning the annual Laila Lavan tradition and yielding their reputation as quite the fun city!
Throughout the entirety of the city, there will be many events happening simultaneously for Laila Lavan. Depending on what part of the city you are in, there will be different types of events, so plan wisely! For help finding things to do and the best places to go, be sure to check out Gooster. Easily accessed through the Facebook Messenger, he will be sure to give you some great finds. You might also want to ask for recommendations on Gooster Tel Aviv Facebook Group. Here’s our brief overview of what to expect in each location.
Come to Habima Square if you’re looking for an experience like none before. Prepare yourself for live exhibits, circus and street theater, a drumming and fire show, and much more. This spot comes highly recommended and, in fact, this is where I will be camping out all night. Join in on a live stream for Gooster’s launch while watching the incredible acts happening all around. Surely a night to remember!
Jaffa is a city with rich history, making it a unique experience for any venture. There are lots to do here during Laila Lavan, including many different concerts wherever you go. For a different kind of cultural experience, try the Jaffa Port for a night of Greek and Turkish fun. The musical performance will be a combination of the best Greek singers in Israel as well as some Greek classics. If you are in the mood for jazz music, however, head to Kedumim Square for a performance hosted by Tel Aviv’s Jazz Orchestra. Alternatively, head over to Gan Hapsiga for a rock performance to last you through the night. Better yet, hop from concert to concert—guaranteed they’ll all be fun places to go.
The Rothschild area is lined with bars and restaurants, making it perfect for a night out. This area is poppin’ on any average night, and Laila Lavan is no exception. If you’re in the mood for live music and bar hopping, this is the spot for you.
Florentin is an up-and-coming artsy and hipster neighborhood. On each new street, you’re sure to see walls filled with graffiti. It should come as no surprise that their Laila Lavan grand attraction is “Made in Florentin”, an exhibition featuring local art and performances throughout the night.
Feeling like chilling on the beach? Walk up the coast and experience an array of events. Enjoy a free concert at Frishman, or join in on a folk dance with the Tel Aviv University dance group.
When you come to Rabin Square, make sure to pack a pair of headphones! Don’t be confused when you look around and see a mass of people busting out their own moves. This rave may be silent, but that doesn’t stop anyone from partying hard. Stop by for an unforgettable time!
Want to add a Latin flare to your Laila Lavan experience? Come to Suzanne Dallal and dance the night away. The catch? It’s all Latin music, so be sure to bring your Salsa shoes!
Are you a film fanatic? If so, be sure to stop by the Cinematheque for a night of wine and movies. Send in your home videos, and you may even make a guest appearance on the screen!
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Re-enact Night at the Museum by stopping by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Open until midnight, the museum will have special events, performances, and lectures.
If you’re looking for live music, but don’t want to walk to Rothschild, check out Nachalat Binyamin. They are looking to spice things up this year and are bringing in two live artists as well as DJs with a rockin’ setlist.
Still not sure what to do? Chat with Gooster, instantly via Facebook, giving you the coolest and off the beaten track events, recommendations and tips! Whether you are planning your itinerary ahead of time, or you’re in the mood for some spontaneity, Gooster will be there to help you out. Laila Lavan is sure to be an incredible night. Live it up—it only comes once a year!